2016 CMA Honorary Members

Doctors Manitoba is entitled to nominate four Honorary Member candidates each year for selection by the CMA Board of Directors. Recipients enjoy all the rights and privileges of CMA membership free for life. Physicians or non-physicians may be eligible if they have attained eminence in medicine, science or the humanities, or rendered significant services to the CMA. Physician nominees must be at least 65 years old, CMA members in good standing, and members for at least 10 years.

Dr. Heather DeanDr. Heather Dean

Dr. Dean graduated in Medicine from Queen’s University in Kingston in 1975. Dr. Dean pursued training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology in Montreal, Ottawa and Winnipeg. She was a full time academic clinician at Children’s Hospital in Winnipeg for over 30 years. She held a number of leadership positions in the Department of Pediatrics, the Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba and Manitoba Health until her retirement in June 2015. Her major research areas were type 2 diabetes in children, transition of adolescents with diabetes to adult care and Interprofessional Education.

Dr. Dean was a consultant for many provincial, national and international organizations regarding the care of children with diabetes. At the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), she served on the specialty committee for Endocrinology (including chair), on the Endocrinology exam committee, and on the Credentials committee.

Dr. Dean served on the executive of the Clinical and Scientific Section for the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) and was the Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Diabetes. Dr. Dean has been honoured with the Charles H. Best award by the CDA, the Distinguished Service award by the Canadian Society for Endocrinology & Metabolism and the Woman of Distinction award for Science and Technology by the YM-YWCA (Winnipeg).

Dr. Pravin MehtaDr. Pravinsagar Mehta

Dr. Mehta was born in Uganda, where he completed primary and secondary school. He graduated from Sheffield University Medical School, England. After internship and postgraduate training in obstetrics and geriatrics, he immigrated to Winnipeg. After further training in internal medicine at the University of Manitoba and through practice eligibility route Dr. Mehta achieved Certification with the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Dr. Mehta is dedicated to the care of the elderly and has been a member of Geriatric Program at St. Boniface General Hospital from its inception and was Chief of Stroke Rehabilitation program. He was instrumental in introducing rehabilitation program for the elderly at Concordia Hospital and the Special Care Behavior Unit at Bethania Personal Care Home.

Dr. Mehta is now an attending physician in Long Term Care Program at ActionMarguirite St. Boniface and has been Medical Director of ActionMarguirite (St. Vital and St. Boniface) since 1976. He currently represents Manitoba and Saskatchewan on the Committee of The Care of the Elderly of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

He has practiced as a full-time family physician in St. Boniface District at Laxmi Centre for over 40 years. Dr. Mehta has been on active medical staff at St. Boniface General Hospital and has been a pillar of Family Medicine at the hospital. He has served as Chief of Clinical Services, Assistant Site Manager, Physician Bed Manager, Quality Improvement Officer and Associate Head in Family Medicine Program. He is member of WRHA Quality and Standards Committee of Family Medicine Program.

Dr. Mehta has served on Family Physician Action Council WRHA and is currently on the Steering Committee of My Health Teams WRHA and is a member of My Health Team St Boniface.

He was President Medical Staff SBGH in 1994 and 2014. He was Chair of Medical Advisory Council and is currently President Medical Staff Council WRHA and Member of the Board of WRHA.

Dr. Mehta is Assistant Professor Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba. He has been an examiner for the LMCC, NAC and CCFP exams since obtaining certification.

Dr. Mehta served on the Board of Doctors Manitoba for 15 years. He was President and Chair of The Board. During his Presidency he played a pivotal role in establishing Physician Health and Wellness Program. Manitoba was proud to host the CMA Conference on Physician Health and Dr. Mehta was actively involved in the Planning Committee. He also served The Medical Review and the Insurance committee of Doctors Manitoba. Dr. Mehta served on The Finance and Audit Committee of the CMA and Chaired the Audit Committee CMA.

Dr. Mehta was awarded Fellowship in 2002 and Life Membership in November 2015 by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He is recipient of Family Physician of the Year award for 2016 by Manitoba College of Family Physicians

Dr. Mehta has been swimming daily for over 21 years and is an avid sportsman.
He is married to Kalpana. They have a daughter Anokhi (Jeewan) and son Rahul (Preeti) and are a proud grandfather of three boys, Shay, Jai and Ryan.

Dr. Arnold NaimarkDr. Arnold Naimark

Dr. Naimark, a 1957 graduate in Medicine from The University of Manitoba, joined the Faculty of Medicine as an assistant professor in 1963. He became the Head of the Department of Physiology in 1966, Dean of Medicine in 1971 and, served as the ninth President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba from 1981 to 1996; and, since then, Director of the Centre for the Advancement of Medicine.

In addition to his academic activities, Dr. Naimark contributions to health care in Manitoba include: service as a clinical investigator in respiratory medicine; promoter of the development of family medicine, community medicine and services in remote communities, as a member of the boards of the Health Sciences Centre, the St, Boniface Hospital and the Sanatorium Board of Manitoba; and, as Chair of CancerCare Manitoba and of Manitoba’s Health Advisory Task Force.

As one of the country’s foremost educational administrators and champions of health research, Dr. Naimark has been sought after for advice by prominent medical and educational institutions around the world and by federal and provincial agencies throughout Canada. In recognition of his leadership and outstanding achievements Dr. Naimark was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, an Officer of the Order of Canada and a member of the Order of Manitoba in 2003,

Dr. Naimark has received several other awards, including medals, prizes, named lectureships and honorary degrees. The Naimark Fellow Award was established in his honor to recognize his seminal role as the Founding Chair of the Canadian Foundation for Health Care Improvement. His name has been added to the Honorary Register of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba and he has been inducted into the Winnipeg Citizens Hall of Fame and in 2013 into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

Dr. Michael TurabianDr. Michael Turabian

Dr. Michael Turabian graduated from the University of Manitoba school of medicine in 1972. Dr. Turabian completed his post graduate training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Manitoba. Subsequently, Dr. Turabian completed a post graduate fellowship training program in echocardiology at the Ottawa Heart Institute in 1989. Dr. Turabian is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Dr. Turabian returned to Brandon and began a full-time Cardiology practice in 1990. Dr. Turabian helped to start the first formal echocardiology services in Brandon that same year. When the Brandon Regional Health Centre was being redeveloped 13 years ago, the Heart Program was created out of this rehab program. He has held the position of Director of Cardiac Rehab program since 1985 at the Brandon Regional Health Authority (BRHA).

Dr. Turabian was a founding member of the Canadian Society of Echocardiography and has been a board member representing Manitoba/Saskatchewan.