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Snyder Institute co-director is awarded for outstanding contributions to academic medicine

Dr. John Conly, MD, FRCPC is recognized with Ronald Christie Award

Each year the Ronald Christie Award is given to a former Chair of a Canadian Department of Medicine who has made outstanding contributions to academic medicine in Canada. Named after Dr. Ronald Christie, who is credited with making major contributions that changed the direction of academic medicine in Canada, the top candidate is chosen through a ranking process by the Canadian Association of Professors of Medicine.

This year the award was given to Snyder Institute co-director and founder of the Medical Ward of the 21st Century (W21C), Dr. John Conly, MD, FRCPC. Conly, a professor and former Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services – Calgary area, says that the award was unexpected and did not even know he was being considered for it.

“I am very pleased to be recognized by my colleagues for my work in academic medicine,” he says. “It makes you feel as if your hard work and efforts have paid off when you are recognized by your peers in this regard.”

During his tenure as Department Chair, he spearheaded several innovations including the founding of the W21C, Central Access and Triage, the Academic Alternate Relationship Plan, and several new innovations in ambulatory health care delivery. Please join us in offering congratulations on this prestigious award.

The Calvin, Phoebe and Joan Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases was named in 2008 in honour of Joan Snyder and her parents, who she credits for teaching her the value of philanthropy. It is a group of more than 104 clinicians, clinician-scientists and basic scientists who are impacting and changing the lives of people suffering from chronic diseases, including sepsis, MRSA, cystic fibrosis, type-1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. For more information on the Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases, please visit us at or follow us on Twitter @SnyderInstitute.