The Lung Association Alberta & NWT presented commemorative Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medals to three lung health champions for their outstanding work in the field of respiratory health. The Diamond Jubilee Medals were presented to Dr. Lien and Dr. MacDonald by the Lieutenant Governor, His Honour, Col. (Ret’d) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell, at the Edmonton Thoracic Society Meeting on December 4th, 2012, and to Dr. Remmers at the Pulmonary Research Group/Division of Pulmonary Medicine Seminar held in Edmonton on Feb 13, 2013.
Dr. Lein’s lifetime work has been to advance the understanding of respiratory and transplant medicine by providing continuing medical education for practising physicians and development of clinical practice guidelines. His work has been shaped by extensive clinical investigation of pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary fibrosis and lung transplantation. He has provided state of the art care to his patients and the greater community and had a profound impact on the Faculty of Medicine and the greater scientific and medical communities.
Dr. MacDonald has been active in asthma drug research since 1969. He has been awarded the Edmonton Academy Research Award for continued efforts in medical research, and been recognized for his many years of dedicated patient care in the community. He is also a recipient of the Certificate of Meritorious Service from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta and the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Faculty of Medicine for academic excellence in medicine.
Dr. Remmers, a pioneer and innovator in sleep medicine, has served two terms as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Physiology and has presented honorary research lectures to the American Thoracic Society, the American Physiological Society and American College of Chest Physicians. His research and active practice in the Sleep Centre at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary inspired him to co-found two medical device companies which manufacture his leading-edge devices for diagnosis and treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and other respiratory sleep disorders.