Department of Medicine

Endowed Chairs

Endowed Chairs and Professorships

Endowed chairs enable researchers of the highest calibre to pursue critically important areas of study and recruit and nurture the next generation of researchers. With the support of individual and corporate partners, the endowed chairs listed below serve to attract and retain internationally renowned researchers in a variety of disciplines, ensuring that McMaster's students learn from the very best in the world.

Endowed Chairs in Medicine

Dr. Alfred CividinoAbbVie Chair in Education in Rheumatology
Alfred Cividino

Dr. Cividino's research focuses on establishing and maintaining a world class centre of excellence in rheumatology education and on contributing significantly to the body of scholarship in the area of rheumatology education.

The chair is being supported by AbbVie Corporation.

[Read more about the AbbVie Chair in Education in Rheumatology]


Dr. Rick AdachiActavis Chair in Rheumatology for Better Bone Health
Rick Adachi

Dr. Jonathan (Rick) Adachi, Professor in the Department of Medicine, is promoting education and research in osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.

The chair is being supported by the Actavis Specialty Pharmacueticals Co. (Actavis), formerly The Alliance for Better Bone Health, an alliance between Proctor and Gamble Pharmaceuticals Canada, Inc. (P&GPC) and Sanofi-Aventis.

[Read more about the Actavis Chair in Rheumatology for Better Bone Health]


Dr. Richard AustinAmgen Canada Chair in Nephrology
Richard Austin

Dr. Austin plans to pursue research into the causes of, and treatments for atherosclerosis: a hardening of the arteries that is often seen in patients living with kidney disease.

The chair is being supported through a $3 million investment made by the Canadian division of AMGEN — a leading human therapeutics company in the biotechnology industry.

[Read more about the Amgen Canada Chair in Nephrology]


Dr. John TurnbullAndrew Bruce Douglas Chair in Neurology
John Turnbull

A renowned researcher of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) disease, sometimes called Lou Gehrig's disease. Dr. Turnbull has been active in raising the profile and need for support for ALS research and patient issues with governments at provincial and national levels.

The chair is being supported by a donation from Bartek Ingredients Inc. in memory of its founder, Andrew Bruce Douglas.

[Read more about the Andrew Bruce Douglas Chair in Neurology]


Dr. Malcolm SearsAstraZeneca Chair in Respiratory Epidemiology
Malcolm Sears

Dr. Sears, research director of the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health, is investigating respiratory diseases, in particular the reasons for the rapid increase in the number of people, especially children, who have asthma.

The chair is being supported by a donation from AstraZeneca, one of the leading global pharmaceutical companies with a product portfolio that spans six major therapeutic areas: gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, oncology, respiratory, neuroscience and infection.

[Read more about the AstraZeneca Chair in Respiratory Epidemiology]


Dr. Paul MoayyediAudrey Campbell Chair in Ulcerative Colitis Research
Paul Moayyedi

Dr. Moayyedi's research projects focus on functional and organic disease of the GI tract, systematic reviews, and patient and population based gastroenterology research.

The chair is being supported by a donation from the daughters of Audrey Campbell (Linda Campbell, Gaye Farncombe and Susan Grange) via the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada

[Read more about the Audrey Campbell Chair in Ulcerative Colitis Research]


Dr. Akbar PanjuBoris Family Chair in Education and Internal Medicine
Akbar Panju

Akbar Panju will lead the academic outpatient practice within the Boris Clinic, a patient-centred clinic that provides efficient and personal care for individuals with multiple medical issues. He will also lead an academic program focusing on developing educational activities in patient-centered clinical methodologies and evaluating their efficacy, focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of multiple medical problems.

The chair is being supported by The Boris family, as part of their $30 million gift to McMaster in 2012.

[Read more about the Boris Family Chair in Education and Internal Medicine]


Dr. Jeffrey GinsbergDavid Braley and Nancy Gordon Chair in Thromboembolic Disease
Jeffrey Ginsberg

Dr. Ginsberg, the director of the Clinical Thromboembolism Group (CTG), is conducting research into the formation and treatment of blood clots and their effects. Under his leadership, the CTG has led many high impact studies that have influenced the way clotting problems are diagnosed, prevented and treated around the world.

The chair is being supported by a donation from David Braley, president of Hamilton-based Orlick Industries Limited, and his wife Nancy Gordon, a registered nurse who trained and practiced in Hamilton hospitals.

[Read more about the David Braley and Nancy Gordon Chair in Thromboembolic Disease]


Dr. Alexandra PapaioannouEli Lilly Canada Chair in Osteoporosis
Alexandra Papaioannou

Dr. Papaioannou is investigating the best strategy for osteoporosis care, particularly for fall and fracture prevention, and to train the next generation of physician scientists to look for a cure.

The chair is being supported by a donation from Eli Lilly Canada, a global research-based pharmaceutical developer and manufacturer along with matching funds from the Division of Rheumatology of the Department of Medicine, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.

[Read more about the Eli Lilly Canada Chair in Osteoporosis]


Dr. Shannon BatesEli Lilly Canada / May Cohen Chair in Women's Health
Shannon Bates

Dr. Bates will focus on developing an academic program in women's health, developing an awareness of current activities in women's health that are in place in the broader academic and health network and promoting McMaster as a leader in women's health.

The chair is being supported by a donation from Eli Lilly Canada, a global research-based pharmaceutical developer and manufacturer along with funds from McMaster University and the Population Health Research Institute, directed by Dr. Salim Yusuf

[Read more about the Eli Lilly Canada / May Cohen Chair in Women's Health]


Dr. Jennifer StearnsFarncombe Family Chair in Microbial Ecology and Bioinformatics
Jennifer Stearns

The chair will focus on establishing and maintaining a world-class program in microbial ecology and bioinformatics which exemplifies the central values of the University and the Farncombe Family Digestive Health Research Institute.

The chair is being supported by a donation from the Farncombe family.

[Read more about the Farncombe Family Chair in Microbial Ecology and Bioinformatics ]


Dr. Parameswaran NairFrederick Hargreave / Teva Innovation Chair in Airway Diseases
Parameswaran Nair

The chair will focus on establishing and maintaining a world-class program in airway diseases research which exemplifies the central values of the University and the Department of Medicine, and contributing significantly to the body of scholarship in the area of airway diseases, through teaching, research and/or clinical work at McMaster University.

The chair is being supported by Teva, the largest manufacturer of generic drugs in the world, and among the world's top 10 pharmaceutical companies.

[Read more about the Frederick Hargreave/Teva Innovation Chair in Airway Diseases]


Dr. Steve CollinsGlaxoSmithKline Chair in Gastroenterology
Steve Collins

Dr. Collins' research, which involves both basic and clinical science, addresses the pathogenesis of functional bowel disorders and specifically the role of infection, immune activation and inflammation in these chronic conditions. His other research interests include the role of commensal bacteria in digestive health and disease.

The chair is being supported by a donation from GlaxoSmithKline, global research-based pharmaceutical manufacturer.

[Read more about the GlaxoSmithKline Chair in Gastroenterology]


Dr. Jeffrey WeitzHeart and Stroke Foundation / J. Fraser Mustard Chair in Cardiovascular Research
Jeffrey Weitz

Dr. Weitz has contributed to the understanding of how anti-coagulant drugs interfere with the clotting mechanism and has been involved in clinical tests of both new and existing drugs to devise better means of treating clotting disorders, as well as the development of tests for better diagnosis of these problems.

The chair is being supported by donations from the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

[Read more about the Heart and Stroke Foundation / J. Fraser Mustard Chair in Cardiovascular Research]


Dr. Salim YusufHeart and Stroke Foundation / Marion W. Burke Chair in Cardiovascular Disease
Salim Yusuf

Dr. Yusuf research focuses on prevention of vascular diseases, thrombolysis, congestive heart failure and meta-analytic approaches to the evaluation of clinical trials.

The chair is being supported by a donation from the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

[Read more about the Heart and Stroke Foundation / Marion W. Burke Chair in Cardiovascular Disease]


Dr. Sonia AnandHeart and Stroke Foundation / Michael G. DeGroote Chair in Population Health Research
Sonia Anand

Dr. Ananad will be establishing and maintaining a world-class program in Population Health Research which exemplifies the central values of the University, Department of Medicine and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

The chair will be supported by Heart and Stroke Foundation, along with Canadian businessman and philanthropist Michael G. DeGroote.

[Read more about the Heart and Stroke Foundation / Michael G. DeGroote Chair in Population Health Research]


Dr. John EikelboomJack Hirsh / PHRI Chair in Thrombosis and Atherosclerosis
John Eikelboom

Dr. Eikelboom's research focuses on establishing and maintaining a world-class program in thrombosis and atherosclerosis which exemplifies the central values of the University, Department of Medicine and PHRI.

The Chair is supported by the Population Health Research Institute, a joint institute of McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences.

[Read more about the Jack Hirsh/ PHRI Chair in Thrombosis and Atherosclerosis Research]


Dr. Gregory SteinbergJ. Bruce Duncan Chair in Metabolic Diseases
Gregory Steinberg

Dr. Steinberg's research will contribute to the body of scholarship in the area of metabolic diseases, through teaching, research and clinical work and be an integral part of the institutional vision towards establishing and maintaining a world-class program in metabolic diseases.

The chair is being supported by the estate of Mr. J. Bruce Duncan, a long-time friend and donor to McMaster.

[Read more about the J. Bruce Duncan Chair in Metabolic Diseases]


Dr. Donald ArnoldJohn G. Kelton Chair in Translational Research
Donald Arnold

Dr. Arnold's reasearch contributes to the body of scholarship in the area of translational research, through teaching, research and/or clinical work at McMaster University.

The chair is being supported by Michael G. DeGroote (via Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation).

[Read more about the John G. Kelton Chair in Translational Research]


Dr. Irwin WalkerJoseph E. DesRoches Chair in Bone Marrow Transplantation
Irwin Walker

Dr. Walker's research focus is establishing and maintaining a world-class program in bone marrow transplantation and contributing significantly to the body of scholarship in the area of bone marrow transplantation, through teaching, research and/or clinical work at McMaster University.

The chair is being supported by a donation from Joseph E. DesRoches, former President of Purity Zinc Metals Co. Ltd. of Stoney Creek.

[Read more about Joseph E. DesRoches Chair in Bone Marrow Transplantation]


Dr. Mark CrowtherLEO Pharma Chair in Thromboembolism Research
Mark Crowther

Dr. Crowther's research focuses on contributing significantly to the body of knowledge in thromboembolism research and establishing a world-class Centre of Excellence in thromboembolism, which will exemplify the central values of the St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton and McMaster University.

The chair is being supported by a donation from LEO Pharma Inc.

[Read more about the LEO Pharma Chair in Thromboembolism Research]


Dr. Ashkan ShoamaneshMarta and Owen Boris Chair in Stroke Research and Care
Ashkan Shoamanesh

The chair focuses on establishing and maintaining a world-class program in stroke research and care which exemplifies the central values of the University and the Department of Medicine as well as contributing significantly to the body of scholarship in the area of stroke research, through teaching, research and/or clinical work at McMaster University.

The chair is being supported by a donation from the Boris family, via the Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation.

[Read more about the Marta and Owen Boris Chair in Stroke Research and Care]


Dr. Mark LarchéMcMaster University / GlaxoSmithKline Chair in Lung Immunology at St. Joseph's Healthcare
Mark Larché

The McMaster University / GlaxoSmithKline Chair in Lung Immunology at St. Joseph's Healthcare is held by Mark Larché, a professor of medicine. Dr. Larché is researching the development of peptide immunotherapy for immunological diseases.

The chair is being supported by a donation from GlaxoSmithKline.

[Read more about the McMaster University / GlaxoSmithKline Chair in Lung Immunology at St. Joseph's Healthcare]


Dr. Deborah CookMcMaster University / St. Joseph’s Healthcare Regional Academic Chair in Critical Care Medicine
Deborah Cook

Dr. Cook, director of the McMaster General Internal Medicine Fellowship and of the GIM-ICU Clinical Effectiveness and Outcomes Research Unit at St. Joseph's Hospital, will establish an academic program in critical care, with a focus on research on clinical interventions and ethical issues relating to intensive care treatment decisions.

The chair is being supported by a donation from McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences and St. Joseph's Hospital.

[Read more about the McMaster University / St. Joseph's Healthcare Regional Academic Chair in Critical Care Medicine]


Dr. Mark LoebMichael G. DeGroote Chair in Infectious Diseases
Mark Loeb

Dr. Loeb's research interests focus on being an integral part of the institutional vision towards establishing and maintaining a world class Centre of Excellence in Infectious Diseases and contributing significantly to the body of scholarship in the area of infectious diseases, through teaching and research.

The chair is being supported by the Department of Medicine and Canadian businessman and philanthropist Michael G. DeGroote.

[Read more about the Michael G. DeGroote Chair in Infectious Diseases]


Dr. Mukul (Mike) SharmaMichael G. DeGroote Chair in Stroke Prevention
Mukul (Mike) Sharma

Dr. Sharma has an interest in clinical trials in secondary stroke prevention, covert stroke and economics of stroke care. 

The chair is being supported by Canadian businessman and philanthropist Michael G. DeGroote.

[Read more about the Michael G. DeGroote Chair in Stroke Prevention]


Dr. Martin KolbMoran Campbell Chair in Respiratory Medicine
Martin Kolb

Dr. Kolb's research interests include mechanisms of lung injury, repair and fibrosis, and biomarker development for lung fibrosis.

The chair is being supported by a donation from AstraZeneca and the Province of Ontario.

[Read more about the Moran Campbell Chair in Respiratory Medicine]


Dr. Jeff HealeyPopulation Health Institute Chair in Cardiology Research
Jeff Healey

Dr. Healey's research focuses on contributing significantly to the body of scholarship in the area of cardiology as well as establishing and maintaining a world-class program in cardiology which exemplifies the central values of the University, Department of Medicine and PHRI.

The chair is being supported by the Population Health Research Institute, a joint institute of McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences.

[Read more about the Population Health Institute Chair in Cardiology Research]


Dr. Hertzel GersteinPopulation Health Institute Chair in Diabetes Research and Care
Hertzel Gerstein

Dr. Gerstein's research focuses on preventing diabetes and developing new management strategies for health care providers and people already affected by diabetes.

The chair is being supported by a donation from Sanofi Aventis, a world leader in pharmaceuticals and agriculture.

[Read more about the Population Health Institute Chair in Diabetes Research]


Dr. Premysl BercikRichard Hunt / AstraZeneca Chair in Gastroenterology
Premysl Bercik

Dr. Bercik has been recognized internationally for his work in evaluating functional gastrointestinal diseases, gastrointestinal motility, visceral sensitivity and the gut-brain axis.

The chair is being supported by a donation from AstraZeneca, a global research-based pharmaceutical manufacturer, and Richard Hunt, a professor Emeritus at McMaster.

[Read more about the Richard Hunt / AstraZeneca Chair in Gastroenterology]


Dr. P.J. DevereauxSalim Yusuf Chair in Cardiology
P.J. Devereaux

This chair focuses on contributing significantly to the body of scholarship in the area of cardiology, perioperative vascular medicine in patients undergoing noncardiac surgery and cardiac randomized controlled trials.

The chair is being supported by a donation from Dr. Salim Yusuf, Executive Director of the Population Health Research Institute, a joint institute of McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences.

[Read more about the Salim Yusuf Chair in Cardiology]


Dr. Sharon MarrSt. Peter's / McMaster Chair in Aging
Sharon Marr

Research focuses on Aging and geriatric medicineas well as leading the Division of Geriatric Medicine in the Department of Medicine

The chair is being supported by a donation from St. Peter's Hospital Foundation.

[Read more about the St. Peter's / McMaster Chair in Aging]


Dr. Ameen PatelWilliam J. Walsh Chair in Medical Education
Ameen Patel

Research focuses on taking a leadership role in the promotion and integration of the practice of evidence-based medicine into the undergraduate and postgraduate medical education programs and on contributing significantly to the body of scholarship in the areas of medical education through teaching, research and/or clinical activities.

The chair is being supported by the DeGroote Family.

[Read more about the William Walsh Chair in Medical Education]


Dr. Judah DenburgWilliam J. Walsh Professorship in Medicine
Judah Denburg

Judah Denburg's research interests include examination of the mechanisms of allergic inflammation, with particular emphasis on hemopoietic cytokines and their role in activating the differentiation and recruitment of inflammatory cells such as eosinophils, basophils and mast cells. He is seeking an understanding of the growth and differentiation of human basophil and eosinophil precursors, with the development of in vitro assays to monitor clinically relevant fluctuations in these cells during allergic responses.

The chair is being supported by the DeGroote Family.

[Read more about the William J. Walsh Chair in Medicine]


Endowed Professorships


Endowed Professorships from the Department of Medicine are as follows:

Dr. Steven BakerHamilton Hospitals Assessment Centre Endowed Professorship in Neuromuscular Disease
Steven Baker

Steven Baker has research interests in the pathophysiologic mechanisms underlying statin-associated neuromuscular toxicity as well as acquired (chemotherapy-related neuropathy) and inherited (CMT, disorders of the peripheral nervous system). He is seeking novel neuroprotective treatment strategies will be a major focus of his work.

[Read more about the Hamilton Hospitals Assessment Centre Endowed Professorship in Neuromuscular Disease]


Dr. Clive KearonJack Hirsh Professorship in Thrombosis
Clive Kearon

Dr. Kearon's research focuses on establishing and maintaining a world-class program in thrombosis which exemplifies the central values of the University.

The Chair is supported by the Thrombosis and Atherosclerosis Research Institute (TaARI), a joint institute of McMaster's Department of Medicine and Hamilton Health Sciences

[Read more about the Jack Hirsh Professorship in Thrombosis]


Dr. Demetrios SahlasMichael G. DeGroote Professorship in Stroke Management
Demetrios Sahlas

Demetrios Sahlas' research focuses on enhancing the delivery of stroke care and increasing the use of transcranial Doppler in the management of stroke. His interests also include knowledge translation across the continuum of stroke care; neuroimaging of stroke and vascular cognitive impairment; and clinical trials in the treatment and prevention of stroke.

[Read more about the Michael G. DeGroote Professorship in Stroke Management]

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