DOM Retiree Recognition
On Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 we gathered to celebrate and recognize some of our medical staff that are retiring this year and to say a welcome to our new recruits. The retirees received plaques to recognize a lifetime of outstanding service and achievement.
Among the celebrated were:
Dr. Christopher Penney became an intern in 1977, and later joined the University of Calgary as a Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Rheumatology. He also served as the Director of the University of Calgary Outreach Arthritis Clinic for both Lethbridge and Medicine Hat and as the Regional Director for the Patient Partner Program.
Dr. Karen Valentine (who also received her B.Sc. and M.D. at the University of Calgary) began her residency in Internal Medicine in 1990 and moved on to the Division of Hematology and Hematologic Malignancies. In 1997, she joined the Division of Hematology and later became the Deputy Division Chief. She also was the Educational Program Director for the Adult Hematology Residency Training Program.
Dr. John Klassen, with a 40 year active profession, joined the Faculty of Medicine in 1977 as an Academic Nephrologist. He took care of thousands of patients with kidney transplants and who were suffering from complex autoimmune diseases. Dr. Klassen let the development of a world-class apheresis service in Calgary which now treats approximately 500 patients per year.
Dr. Eldon Shaffer joined the Department of Medicine at the Foothills Medical Centre in 1977 establishing the University of Calgary’s Division of Gastroenterology. He served as the first Division Head of Gastroenterology, as the Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, and later as the Head of the Department of Medicine.
Dr. Ronald Read (who also received his MD and his PhD at the University of Calgary) became a AHFMR-funded clinician scientist in 1993. He later became the Medical Officer of Health for the STI Program in Calgary and Alberta. He also served as the Site Chief for Medicine at the Peter Lougheed Hospital, Division Chief for Infectious Diseases, and Vice Chair for Strategic Planning in the Department of Medicine.
Dr. Harvey Rabin joined the University of Calgary in 1979 as an Associate Professor and as the Head of the Division of Infectious Diseases for nine years. He continued on as a professor until his retirement this year. He also served as the Director for the Adult Infectious Disease Subspecialty Training Program from 1999 to the present.
Dr. Gilles Lauzon joined the University of Calgary to get his Medical Doctorate – he then continued on as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in 1981. In 2007, he returned as a Clinical Associate Professor for the Division of Dermatology after a long career with University of Alberta, where he served as an Adjunct Professor and a Divisional Director for the Division of Dermatology.