Dr. Richard Weisel, Emeritus Scientist at UHN, has been named a Member of the Order of Canada—one of the nation’s highest honours. He was among 99 new appointments to the Order of Canada made by Governor General Mary Simon on December 29, 2022.
"Celebrated trailblazers in their respective fields, they are inspiring, educating and mentoring future generations, creating a foundation of excellence in our country that is respected throughout the world. Their commitment to the betterment of Canada fills me with pride and hope for the future. Alianaigusuqatigiivassi. Congratulations," said the Governor General in a news release accompanying the announcement.
Dr. Weisel was named a Member of the Order in recognition of his leadership as a cardiovascular surgeon and researcher.
He is the former Director of the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute and served as the Chair of Division of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Toronto. He is also a pioneer in the field of stem cell and regenerative medicine. His work has laid the foundation for the development of experimental cell therapies to repair the heart after a heart attack. Currently, he serves as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and the director of the Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network.
One of his greatest contributions has been the training of two generations of clinical researchers within the field of cardiac surgery. These trainees have gone on to fill leadership positions in the advanced health sector in Canada and around the world.
He will receive the award at a ceremony that will be announced at a later date.
The Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. More than 7,600 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order since its creation in 1967. It recognizes people across all sectors of society who have made extraordinary and sustained contributions to our nation.