Osler Dinners

Osler Dinner

Introduction

Sir WIlliam Osler (1849 – 1919) was an eminent Canadian physician of many interests. Osler’s name has been lent to a number of diseases, signs and symptoms, as well as to buildings that have been named for him. Among his greatest contributions was his insistence that students learn not from books alone but from seeing, talking to and examining patients.

In appreciation of Osler’s fine qualities, Section 4 of the VMA’s Bylaws has since 1921 provided that:

The Association shall hold an Annual Osler Dinner. There shall be an oration called the Osler Lecture, delivered each year by a prominent member of the profession, selected by the Executive Committee, to honour the memory of Sir William Osler.

Osler Dinners

Over the years, the dinners have been held at a variety of venues. In years past, in an era when doctors took Wednesdays off, these were black tie events. As society has trended less formal, the event is now a more-relaxed and popular affair. Local physicians seem to have very much enjoyed the opportunity to get together with friends, and to make new acquaintances. The evening is capped by the PIP Awards, followed by the Osler Lecturer. The evening concludes around 9:30 pm.

Osler Dinner Photos

  • Vancouver Medical Association’s 97th Annual Osler Dinner took place on Thursday, November 14th 2019. Click the button below to see photos from the event. View photos
  • Vancouver Medical Association’s 96th Annual Osler Dinner took place on Tuesday, November 20th 2018. Click the button below to see photos from the event. View photos
  • Vancouver Medical Association’s 95th Annual Osler Dinner took place on Thursday, November 16th 2017. View photos

Osler Lecturers

2017 2018 2019
Dr. L. Marcoux Dr. G. Osler Dr. S. Buchman

2014

Dr. Chris Simpson – TBA

2013

Dr. Jim Warren “Classical Pathways to Western Medicine: The Interaction of the Hippocratic Schools and the Temple Cults of Asklepios”
Dr. Hugo Francescutti “What would Sir William Osler think of the medical profession in Canada in 2013?”

2012

Dr. Anna Reid “Our duties to patients and to society”

See below for a complete listing.

Osler Lecturers

*Deceased (Founded 1921)

1921
Dr. W.D. Keith*
1922
Dr. J.M. Pearson*
1923
Dr. G.S. Gordon*
1924
Dr. B.D. Gillies*
1925
Dr. F.J. Brodie*
1926
Dr. E.D. Carder*
1927
Dr. G.E. Seldon*
1928
Dr. C.H. Vrooman*
1929
Dr. H.M. Cunningham*
1930
Dr. J.J. Mason*
1931
Dr. R.E. McKechnie*
1932
Dr. F.P. Patterson*
1933
Dr. G. Campbell*
1934
Dr. J.G. McKay*
1935
Dr. W. Wilson*
1936
Dr. A.W. Hunter*
1937
Dr. W.A. Whitelaw*
1938
Dr. L.A. Appleby*
1939
Dr. J.H. McDermot*
1941
Dr. G.F. Strong*
1943
Dr. D.E.H. Cleveland*
1944
Dr. T.H. Lennie*
1945
Dr. A.H. Spohn*
1946
Dr. A.L. Lynch*
1947
Dr. B.J. Harrison
1948
Dr. E.M. Blair*
1949
Dr. M.M. Baird*
1950
Dr. G. Davidson*
1951
Dr. H.A. DesBrisay*
1952
Dr. E. Trapp*
1953
Dr. H.H. Pitts*
1954
Dr. F.A. Turnbull*
1955
Dr. D.H. Williams*
1956
Dr. J.R. Neilson*
1957
Dr. G. Johnston*
1958
Dr. H.R. Robertson
1959
Dr. J.H. Black*
1960
Dr. D.S. Munroe*
1961
Dr. D.M. Whitelaw*
1962
Dr. A.F. Hardyment*
1963
Dr. P.O. Lehmann*
1964
Dr. F.S. Hobbs*
1965
Dr. M.B. Walters*
1966
Dr. R.B. Kerr*
1967
Dr. J.H. Sturdy*
1968
Dr. F.P. Patterson*
1969
Dr. A.D. McKenzie*
1970
Dr. W.H. Sutherland, Jr.*
1971
Dr. P.G. Ashmore*
1972
Dr. C. Mackenzie*
1973
Dr. F.W.B. Hurlburt*
1974
Dr. P.R. Grantham
1975
Dr. R.G. Wilson*
1976
Dr. J.F. McCreary*
1977
Dr. D. Kavanagh-Gray
1978
Dr. P. Allen
1979
Dr. J. Mallek*
1980
Dr. M.R. Kliman*
1981
Dr. F.N. Rigby
1982
Dr. A.S. Little*
1983
Dr. E.J. Bowmer*
1984
Dr. R.W. Lauener*
1985
Dr. S.C. Naiman
1986
Dr. P.M. Rebbeck
1987
Dr. W.A. Dodd*
1988
Dr. W.B. Chung
1989
Dr. W.A. Webber*
1990
Dr. A.I. Rae
1991
Dr. P.A. Baird
1992
Dr. J.L. Stoller
1993
Dr. G.C. Fraser
1994
Dr. M.J. Hollenberg
1995
Dr. M.D. Schonfeld
1996
Dr. F.C.W. Ho
1997
Dr. D.J. Klaassen
1998
Dr. F.J. Blatherwick
1999
Dr. C.L. Birmingham
2000
Dr. N.A. Buskard*
2001
Dr. B. Day
2002
Dr. G.L. Warnock
2003
Dr. S.B. Sutcliffe
2004
Dr. B.F. Spring
2005
Dr. G.C.E. Stuart
2006
Dr. M.F. Myers
2007
Dr. J.S.G. Montaner
2008
Dr. A. Tcheremenska-Greenhill
2009
Dr. P.J. Newbery
2010
Dr. G W. MacEwan
2011
event cancelled
2012
Dr. Anna Reid
2013
Dr. Jim Warren &
Dr. Lou Francescutti
2014
Dr. Chris Simpson
2015
Dr. C. Forbes
2016
Dr. G. Avery
2017
Dr. L. Marcoux
2018
Dr. G. Osler
2019
Dr. S. Buchman