Antoine Hakim

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Dr. Antoine M. Hakim (born April 30, 1942) is a Canadian engineer and physician.[1]

He first trained as a chemical engineer and worked for Syncrude in Alberta.[2] Wishing to change careers, Hakim taught school for a short time in Montreal.[3] He then earned a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York and went on to study medicine at Albany Medical College.[4] He completed his residency at the Montreal Neurological Institute and later became a professor at McGill University. In 1992, he became chair of the Neurology department and director of the Neuroscience Research Institute at the University of Ottawa.[1] From 1992 to 2000, he was head of the Neurology division at The Ottawa Hospital.[5]

When Hakim began his research, strokes were widely regarded as unpreventable and available treatments were limited.[2] By gaining a better understanding of the process of a stroke and the nature of the damage to the brain, he was able to identify possible treatments and, later, how to reduce the likelihood of strokes.[1]

Hakim helped create the Canadian Stroke Network[1] and served as its CEO and scientific director.[4] From 2001 to 2008, he was the founding scientific director of the Heart and Stroke Foundation Centre for Stroke Recovery.[5]

In 2007, he was named an Officer in the Order of Canada. In 2013, he was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.[1]. In 2017, he was selected for the prestigious Canada Gairdner Wightman Award for his outstanding research into strokes and their consequences and championing stroke prevention and treatment in Canada and beyond.[6]

Dr. Antoine Hakim has written the book "Save your mind : seven rules to avoid dementia" in 2017 (ISBN 1988025214), which is also available in french "Préservez votre vitalité mentale: 7 règles pour prévenir la démence".


  1. ^ a b c d e "Dr. Antoine Hakim". Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. 2013. Archived from the original on 2014-08-19.
  2. ^ a b "Ottawa MD wins top award for stroke research". Ottawa Citizen. February 7, 2007.
  3. ^ "From engineer to medical hero: Canadian Medical Hall of Fame laureate Dr. Antoine Hakim". University of Ottawa Gazette. July 17, 2013. Archived from the original on August 19, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Network Personnel". Canadian Stroke Network. Archived from the original on 2014-07-13.
  5. ^ a b "Antoine M. Hakim, O.C., MD, PhD, FRCPC". Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.
  6. ^ "All Gairdner Awards Laureates". Gairdner Foundation. Retrieved 2019-10-08.