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January 7, 2020

Dr. Mark Henkelman appointed Officer of the Order of Canada

Among the latest appointments to the esteemed Order of Canada was one of SickKids’ own – Dr. Mark Henkelman.

Henkelman, who was named an Officer of the Order or Canada, was recognized for his “pioneering work on magnetic resonance imaging and for his ongoing commitment to the development of medical imaging in Canada.”


Dr. Mark Henkelman

Created in 1967, the Order of Canada is one of our country’s highest honours. Presented by the Governor General, the Order honours people whose service shapes our society, whose innovations ignite our imaginations and whose compassion unites our communities. Of the most recent 120 appointments announced last week, only 38 were named Officers (recognizing national service or achievement), including Henkelman.

“Dr. Henkelman is a brilliant scientist and we’re fortunate to have him as part of the SickKids family. Joining the Order of Canada, as an Officer no less, is a proud accomplishment both for him and our entire organization. I congratulate Dr. Henkelman on behalf of everyone at SickKids for his outstanding work benefitting patients in Canada and the world,” says Dr. Ronald Cohn, SickKids President and CEO.

In addition to being Senior Scientist Emeritus, Translational Medicine, at SickKids, Henkelman is the founder of the Mouse Imaging Centre at SickKids and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine. His past awards include the distinguished Killam Prize for his substantial contributions to the health sciences, which he earned in 2010.

The bulk of Henkelman’s research is focused on developing sophisticated mouse-imaging techniques to aid in the fight of human disease. Henkelman and his team believe findings from medical imaging will translate into new approaches and treatments for the benefit of human health.

Congratulations to Dr. Henkelman for his exemplary contributions to health care and science to date  ̶ and still to come.

For more information about the Order of Canada, please visit the Governor General’s website at www.gg.ca.