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Dr. Donald Sheppard, a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine and a scientist at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, was the only Canadian among 78 physician-scientists inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) in 2018. The induction ceremony and dinner were held on April 20 at the Fairmont Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, as part of the combined annual gathering of the ASCI, the Association of American Physicians and the American Physician Scientists Association.
One of America’s oldest and most respected medical honour societies, the ASCI seeks to support the scientific efforts, educational needs and clinical aspirations of physician-scientists to improve human health. It comprises more than 3,000 physician-scientists from all medical specialties, elected to the society for their outstanding records of scholarly achievement in biomedical research. From the several hundred nominations submitted by its members each year, the ASCI elects up to 80 new members annually for their significant research accomplishments.
“As a clinician-scientist, I am deeply honoured by this recognition of the contributions our research has made to improving the care of patients with invasive fungal infections,” says Dr. Sheppard of this most recent honour. “This achievement would not have been possible without the energy and creativity of the many McGill students and trainees whom I have been privileged to work with over the last 14 years.”