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About Dr. Vivian McAlister O.C.

Dr McAlister is professor emeritus in Western, where he is the director of its Office of Military Academic Medicine and an adjunct professor in the department of history. His research interests include biography and Canada's participation in wars. He is president of the James IV Association of Surgeons. Formerly, he was a general surgeon with expertise in transplantation and military medicine. He has been president of the Canadian Society of Transplantation and the Canadian Organ Replacement Registry. Dr McAlister served on the council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and was chair of its Region Advisory Committee for Ontario and Nunavut (RAC 3). He was co-editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal of Surgery from 2013 until 2019. He was a regular force member of the Royal Canadian Medical Service, Canadian Armed Forces until 2019 and has deployed overseas many times. Awards received include The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal (2012), the Angus McLachlin chair of surgery (2014); the Canadian Medical Association John McCrae Memorial Medal (2019) and the Canadian Society of Transplantation lifetime achievement award (2019). Dr McAlister was made an officer in the Order of Canada in 2020.


2001 - Present Professor, Western University Department of Surgery
2013 - 2019 Editor, Canadian Journal of Surgery
2008 - 2019 Medical Officer (specialist), Canadian Armed Forces ‐ Royal Canadian Medical Service
1992 - 2012 Associate professor, Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine ‐ Department of Pathology

Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2020 - Present President, Canada, James IV Association of Surgeons
2011 - 2017 Councillor, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
2001 - 2006 Councillor, Canadian Council for Donation and Transplantation
2005 President, Harvey Club of London
2001 - 2004 Chairman, Canadian Institute of Health Information: Canadian Organ Replacement Register
1998 - 2003 Chairman, Research Committee, Canadian Association of General Surgeons
2000 President, Canadian Society of Transplantation
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Honors and Awards

  • 2019 John McCrae Memorial Medal, Canadian Medical Association
  • 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, Canadian Society of Transplantation
  • 2014 Joint Operations Command Commendation: Canadian Armed Forces
  • 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal: Canada
  • 1998 Tenure, Dalhousie University
  • 2020 Officer, Order of Canada


1990 FRCSC, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
1988 FRCSI, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
1985 CCFP, The College of Family Physicians of Canada
1981 Dip Child Health, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland ‐ Paediatrics
1973 - 1979 Trinity MA, MB, BCh, BAO, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland


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