April 2024Milestones

Lifetime Achievement Award for Dr. Ernesto Schiffrin

Dr. Ernesto Schiffrin, who stepped down in 2023 after more than 17 years as Chief of the JGH Department of Medicine, has added another distinction to his many honours: He has received the 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award from Hypertension Canada.

The award, presented on April 4 at the Annual Scientific Congress of Hypertension Canada in Banff, Alberta, recognizes Dr. Schiffrin’s dedication and commitment to advancing the understanding and treatment of hypertension.

Dr. Vicky Tagalakis, who succeeded Dr. Schiffrin last year as the hospital’s Physician-in-Chief, praised her predecessor, who remains active at the JGH as Director of the Cardiovascular Prevention Centre, which he founded in 2007. He was also named Physician-in-Chief Emeritus of the JGH in 2023.

In a statement to staff, Dr. Tagalakis commended Dr. Schiffrin for his “outstanding contributions to the field of hypertension and for representing our department with such distinction. His dedication and passion for improving cardiovascular health are truly commendable.”

Dr. Schiffrin’s many honours include an appointment to the Order of Canada; election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada; the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal; the Prix Galien Canada – Research; the Excellence Award for Hypertension Research from the American Heart Association; a Distinguished Scientist award from the American Heart Association; the Bjorn Folkow Award of the European Society of Hypertension; and the Irvine Page-Alva Bradley Lifetime Achievement Award from the High Blood Pressure Council of the American Heart Association.

In addition, Dr. Schiffrin has served in many national and international capacities, including President of the International Society of Hypertension; President of Hypertension Canada; Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Hypertension; and Canada Research Chair in Hypertension and Vascular Research in the Lady Davis Institute at the JGH.

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