In September 2002, Dr. Strasser was selected as the Founding Dean to lead creation of the first new medical school in Canada for over 30 years – the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). The School is a joint initiative of Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and Laurentian University in Sudbury, which are over 1,000 kilometers apart.
Prior to his appointment with NOSM, Dr. Strasser was Professor of Rural Health for Monash University and Head of the Monash University School of Rural Health, in Australia. Between 1992 and 2004, Dr. Strasser also had an international role as Chair of the Working Party on Rural Practice of Wonca, the World Organization of Family Doctors. In November 2002, he was awarded Honorary
Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners in recognition of his world leadership in the field of rural health and in March 2003, Dr. Strasser received the Louis Ariotti Award for excellence and innovation in rural and remote health in Australia. Dr. Strasser is also the recipient of the prestigious award, Fellow of Wonca, presented in October 2004, in recognition of his outstanding service to Wonca and family medicine around the world.
In April 2005, Australia’s Monash University held a special ceremony to re-name its Auditorium in Dr. Strasser’s honour. The Roger Strasser Auditorium at the Latrobe Regional Hospital pays tribute to his contribution to the development of rural medical education programs in Australia and around the world. In 2006, Dr. Strasser was named the inaugural winner of the Small, Rural and Northern Award of Excellence by the Ontario Hospital Association in Canada and also received the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine Life Fellowship Award for outstanding and meritorious service to Rural and Remote Medicine in Australia.
On Australia Day 2011, Dr. Strasser was appointed a Member in the General Division Order of Australia (AM). The Order of Australia recognizes the achievements and service of Australian citizens, with nominations submitted directly from the community. The honour bestowed on Dr. Strasser is specifically for service to medicine, through improving the health care of people living in rural and remote communities in developed and developing nations as an educator, researcher and practitioner.
In October 2011, Monash University bestowed on Dr. Strasser the award of Monash University Fellowship, an honour awarded by the Council of the University in recognition of the achievements that alumni have made and continue to make through their professional distinction and outstanding service. At the Prince Mahidol Award Conference on Transformative Learning for Health Equity in January 2014, Dr. Strasser received a Special Award for Outstanding Health Professional Educators recognizing educational innovation that has led to the production of quality health professionals for rural and remote areas and his visionary leadership that has changed paradigms of learning.