In Memoriam — Dr. Ronald Melzack
Dr. Ronald Melzack, a world-renowned pioneer in the field of chronic pain and pain control who dedicated his life to revolutionizing pain medicine, passed away on December 22, 2019. He devoted his half-century long career to advancing theories in pain medicine. A visionary leader, Dr. Melzack co-founded the first pain clinic at McGill University where he served as Research Director between 1974 and 2000. The clinic later became known as the Alan Edwards Pain Management Unit of the MUHC, and grew to become a world leader in pain management and pain medicine in the clinical, educational and research domains.
Widely respected for his breakthroughs, Dr. Melzack was honoured with a Killam Prize, was an Officer of the Order of Canada and l’Ordre du Québec and was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.