Honorary Degrees

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Name: Dr. Ali Rajput
Convocation date: October 28, 2017
Discipline / contribution: medicine ; medicine - neurology
Citation / biographical information:
Dr. Ali Rajput is a distiguished professor emeritus and pioneer in in the field of Parkinson's research, whose discoveries over the last five decades have made him a world leading authority on the disease. Dr. Rajput grew up in Pakistan. After graduating top of his class in medicine at the University of Sind in Pakistan, Dr. Rajput did his residency and obtained his master’s in neurology at the University of Michigan, before moving on to graduate work at Queen’s University.

After joining the University of Saskatchewan in 1967 as a faculty member in the College of Medicine, Dr. Rajput established the Saskatchewan Movement Disorders Program—now widely known as the best program of this type in the world—and played major role in founding the annual Telemiracle Saskatchewan telethon.
As head of neurology at Royal University Hospital from 1985 to 2001, Rajput led many major developments in Parkinson's research and treatment and the science of neurology.

He founded Saskatchewan Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, Movement Disorder Group of Canada and served on several national and international committees, including Parkinson’s Disease Working Group of the World Health Organization.

Throughout his career, Dr. Rajput has received many major awards, including the Morton Schulman Award from the Parkinson Society Canada, Spirit of the Royal University Hospital Award, Saskatchewan Order of Merit, Officer of the Order of Canada, and U of S Distinguished Researcher Award.

In 2005 his work was chosen by the Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA) as one of the four most significant advances in Medicine in the 100-year history of this Province. In 2006 he was named Physician of the Year by the SMA and CTV Saskatoon's Citizen of the Year.

Dr. Rajput has published extensively and has been on editorial boards of several journals. Received Prime of Life Achievement Award for work after retirement. He is currently Distinguished Professor of Neurology, and maintains active clinical practice and research.

Rajput, who spent a year on sabbatical at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in 1980-81, is also an accomplished author with more than 200 scientific papers, articles and book chapters to his credit. He maintains active clinical practice and research, and has received a Prime of Life Achievement award for work after retirement.
Degree received: Doctor of Science

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