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Gold-Headed Cane Award Recipients


Dr. Richard Hall
Halifax, Nova Scotia

The College is pleased to announce Dr. Richard Hall as the recipient of its 2017 Gold-Headed Cane Award. The College’s award recognizes an outstanding physician who exemplifies professionalism in service to their patients, profession, and community.

Dr. Hall is a pioneer of critical care medicine in Nova Scotia and founded the Annual Atlantic Canada Critical Care Conference in 2002. Dr. Hall’s commitment to education has inspired generations of physicians.

Dr. Hall completed his residencies in Anesthesia at Dalhousie University, and graduated from Clinical Pharmacology and Critical Care Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta. In 1987, Dr. Hall joined Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine as Assistant Professor.

A leader, Dr. Hall has made significant contributions to the medical community, serving as president of various societies such as the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, the Cardiovascular Thoracic Section, Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society and many more.

Dr. Hall presently practices medicine as the Site Chief at the Queen Elizabeth ll Health Sciences Centre’s Medical/Surgical/Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit. He is also Chair of the Nova Scotia District Health Authority’s Multi-site Research Ethics Board.

This annual provincial recognition is awarded at a co-sponsored Gold-Headed Cane Award ceremony in partnership with the Humanities in Medicine Program at Dalhousie University Medical School. The award will be presented to Dr. Hall at the Gold-Headed Cane Awards dinner on June 2nd, 2018.


Dr. Peter Jackson
East Bay, Nova Scotia


Dr. Mandi Irwin
Halifax, Nova Scotia


Dr. John Fraser
Halifax, Nova Scotia


Dr. Geoffrey Turnbull
Halifax, Nova Scotia


Dr. Michael Igoe
Sydney, Nova Scotia


Dr. Rajender Parkash
Halifax, Nova Scotia


Dr. Timothy Benstead
Halifax, Nova Scotia


Dr. Anne Barry
Kentville, Nova Scotia


Dr. Lynn Johnston
Halifax, Nova Scotia