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Ontario Family Physician Receives Highest Honor From American Academy of Family Physicians
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5222
Honorary Membership is one of the highest honors bestowed by the AAFP. This award is designated for those who have rendered outstanding service to the AAFP or the medical profession.
Perkin has been active in all levels of family medicine, from clinical practice to education to advocacy. He established his private practice in Mississauga in 1956, growing it into a group practice of eight family physicians. He oversaw the family medicine departments at Toronto Western Hospital and Mississauga Hospital. He served as a professor and the first chairman of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, in addition to directing its Family Medicine Residency Program.
On the national level, he was elected President of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) in 1981. Then in 1985, after 30 years of practice, Perkin left the clinical setting to serve as Executive Director of the CFPC.
His service to the practice of family medicine was not limited to Canada. Perkin served as Vice President for the Americas Region of Wonca, the World Organization of Family Doctors, from 1995 to 2001. This position took him across the globe on behalf of family medicine.
Perkins has been bestowed with Honorary Fellowships from the Royal College of General Practitioners of the United Kingom, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. In 1995, Perkin was presented the F. Marian Bishop Award of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Foundation. In 1996, he received the W. Victor Johnston Oration Award from the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the AAFP’s Award of Merit.
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