Dr. Jim Dosman was named to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.
Dr. Jim Dosman was named to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

U of S ‘Father of Agricultural Medicine’ named to Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

University of Saskatchewan (U of S) Distinguished Research Chair Dr. Jim Dosman—the ‘father of agricultural medicine in Canada’—is among six Canadians named today to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame for contributions to medicine and the health sciences that have led to extraordinary improvements in human health.

“A pioneer in his field, Jim has been devoted throughout his career to improving and protecting the health of agricultural workers in Canada and the world,” said U of S Vice-President Research Karen Chad. 

“He has been an outstanding leader at the forefront of agricultural health and safety efforts, policy, and research. He is a visionary, a builder of teams and organizations, and a truly collaborative partner with farmers, industry and government to advance health and safety of rural Canadians.” 

Born in rural Saskatchewan, Dosman saw that farming can be a hazardous industry—for producers, workers, and their families. As a physician and specialist in respiratory medicine, he undertook foundational work on the effects of dust exposure among grain workers, which led to the establishment of a nationwide database supporting research and training. 

He spear headed international symposia that led to standards for dust exposure in the grain industry. He led the International Labour Organization’s effort to design an international code, Safety and Health in Agriculture (2011), bringing health care standards to millions of farmers and agricultural workers worldwide.

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