Honorary Degrees

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Name: Ross Petty
Convocation date: June 7, 2018
Discipline / contribution: medicine ; medicine - pediatrics
Citation / biographical information:
Ross Petty is recognized as one the world’s most outstanding pediatric rheumatologists. He established Canada’s first formal pediatric rheumatology program and has trained many of Canada’s and the world’s pediatric rheumatologists. Ross Edward Petty was born in Bresaylor, Saskatchewan, the son of Jean and John Petty. He grew up in Paynton, Saskatchewan where he completed high school in 1958, receiving a Governor General’s Medal. He graduated from the College of Medicine of the University of Saskatchewan in 1965. After interning and completing the first year of a pediatric residency at the University Hospital in Saskatoon, he and his wife, Beryl (nee Knapp) moved to Ann Arbor Michigan to complete his training in pediatrics, and a fellowship in pediatric rheumatology. There followed a Ph.D. in immunology from the University of London, and a “real job” where he joined his colleagues in pediatric rheumatology as assistant professor in pediatrics, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The opportunity to return to Canada came in 1976, and the family, now including a son and a daughter, moved to Winnipeg, where Dr. Petty developed a program in pediatric rheumatology, the first in Canada. In 1979 the family relocated to Vancouver where Dr. Petty developed a comprehensive clinical, training and research program in pediatric rheumatology at the University of British Columbia. He is author of more than 250 original papers and book chapters, and is senior editor of the standard textbook in the discipline of pediatric rheumatology. He has mentored nearly 50 pediatricians from 15 countries in their training as pediatric rheumatologists. He has been an invited lecturer at over 150 meetings in 25 countries. He retired from the University of British Columbia as Emeritus Professor, but remains active in teaching, clinical research and writing. Dr. Petty is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is the recipient of many honors, including the Ross Award of the Canadian Pediatric Society for Distinguished Service to Children (1994), Distinguished Rheumatologist Award of the Canadian Rheumatology Association (1997), and the American College of Rheumatology (2005) membership in the Order of Canada (2008) and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012).
Degree received: Doctor of Science

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