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Order of Canada
Ervin Podgorsak, C.M., Ph.D.
Brossard, Quebec [Canada]
Member of the Order of Canada
Awarded on November 20, 2014; Invested on February 12, 2016
For his contributions to the field of medical physics, notably in the development of new techniques and protocols for radiation oncology.
Ervin Podgorsak is a medical physicist who has made important contributions to cancer treatment and education. During his 35-year career at McGill University, he developed its medical physics unit into one of the pre-eminent academic programs for graduate work in Canada. He mentored a generation of medical physicists while leading the development of pioneering techniques in radiation oncology. As a prominent member of the medical community, he has also been an outspoken advocate for high-quality and accessible health care for all Canadians.