A local surgeon who last year donated $2 million to the London Heath Sciences Foundation has been named to the Order of Ontario.
Dr. Hugh Allen is being honoured as a pioneer of new surgical techniques and approaches to women’s health, and will be among 25 people from across Ontario invested into the Order later this month.
Specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, Allen is known worldwide as a trailblazer who has made better health his life’s work, as well as sharing his clinical insights with doctors in over 30 countries.
In September, he donated $2 million to the foundation to support the Allen-Carey Award of Excellence, which provides funding for one year of studies to each recipient.
Through the Allen-Carey Award, recipients from across Canada have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills at one or more national or international centres of excellence in the area of women's health.
The donation continued a pattern of the doctor’s generosity evident since the 1950s when, before OHIP began reimbursing physicians for patient care, the rule in his medical practice was “don’t bill the cancer patients.”
The Order of Ontario is the province’s highest official honour, recognizing those who have demonstrated a high level of individual excellence and achievement in any field benefiting the people of Ontario or anywhere in the world.
Allen will be invested into the Order of Ontario by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario at a ceremony at Queen’s Park on Wednesday, Jan. 20.