In 1972, Dr. Jason Hannah first wrote about bringing the then five Ontario medical faculties together to prioritize History of Medicine in education to ensure that “medical students would be influenced in their future careers by their profession’s past”. Forty years later, the Hannah Chairs have advanced the History of Medicine across Canada.
Ontario Hannah Chairs
AMS Hannah Chairs in the history of medicine were originally established through a series of annual grants to Ontario’s five faculties of medicine: University of Western Ontario in 1974, Queen’s University in 1975, University of Toronto in 1976, and McMaster University and the University of Ottawa in 1977.
Subsequently, between 1999 and 2003, AMS created permanent endowments (matched by host universities) for these five chairs, in the hope of creating enduring cultures of teaching and research in the history of medicine and healthcare.
AMS also funded and operated the Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine. It was established in the mid 70’s, and was responsible for overseeing the Chair’s activities and to administer AMS history of medicine research grants and awards. Thirty years later with the endowment of the Hannah chairs the major raison d’etre of the Institute came to a conclusion and its activities were absorbed by the overall administration of AMS.
AMS has also sought opportunities to expand its commitment to the history of medicine across Canada. The Alberta Medical Foundation/Hannah Professorship in the History of Medicine and Health Care at the University of Calgary was created as a result of a long-term partnership between AMS and the University of Calgary. With contributions from AMS, the University and the Alberta Medical
Foundation in the early 1990s, this professorship evolved to an endowed position in the history of medicine and health care in 2008.
In 1995, AMS also pledged towards the previously known Cotton Chair in the History of Medicine established at McGill University, Montreal in 1971. This led to the creation of the permanent Cotton-Hannah Professorship and Chair.
Ontario’s Sixth Chair
In 2015, AMS announced the creation of the Hannah Chair in the History of Aboriginal Health that will be located at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.
AMS has over the years supported the teaching of the history of medicine in various faculties of medicine that do not have a chair endowed by AMS: Memorial University, Dalhousie University, The University of Sherbrooke, Universite de Montreal
- Dr. Shelley McKellar Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine at Western University
- Dr. Jenna Healey Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine At Queen's University
- Dr. Edward Shorter Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine at University of Toronto
- Dr. Ellen Amster Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine at McMaster University
- Dr. Susan Lamb Hannah Chair in History of Medicine at University of Ottawa
- TBA Hannah Chair in the History of Aboriginal Health at NOSM
- Dr. Frank Stahnisch Alberta Medical Foundation / Hannah Professorship in the History of Medicine and Healthcare at University of Calgary
- Dr. George Weisz Cotton-Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine at McGill University