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Convocation date: May 27, 2004
Discipline / contribution: medicine ; medical education
Citation / biographical information:
Dr. Baltzan was born and educated in Saskatoon and later obtained his Doctorate of Medicine at McGill University. He returned to Saskatoon in 1959 to set up a private practice in Internal Medicine and was one of the first clinicians to set up a basic sciences lab where he examined free fatty acids in patients.Degree received: Doctor of Science
Shortly after, Dr. Baltzan and his brother set up the first dialysis unit at St. Paul’s Hospital and started one of the very early renal transplant programs in Canada.
Dr. Baltzan held several leadership positions in medical education while maintaining a busy schedule teaching medical students, interns and residents on the wards of St. Paul’s Hospital and Royal University Hospital. He would forge strong ties with the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, serving as Chair of the Department of Medicine and Professor of Medicine. Never one to avoid a challenge, Dr. Baltzan took on Presidency of the Canadian Medical Association, Saskatchewan Medical Association and the Saskatoon and District Medical Society.
Dr. Baltzan is a man of many facets, and a master of most of them. In 1999, he was acknowledged by his peers in the American College of Physicians, who awarded him the status of Master of the ACP—a rare distinction. He is also an Officer of the Order of Canada (1995), has received the Saskatchewan Order of Merit (1999) and was named an Innovative Canadian Physician in the Last 35 Years by the Medical Post (2000).
Dr. Baltzan is an outstanding clinician-scientist, medical economist, medical organizer and educator. Above all, he is an exceptional role model for today’s medical students.
Degree presented by: William Albritton, Dean of Medicine
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