Ian McWhinney

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Ian Renwick McWhinney
Born 11 October 1926
Burnley, England
Died 28 September 2012
Occupation physician and academic
Awards Order of Canada, Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

Ian Renwick McWhinney, OC, FRCGP, FCFP, FRCP, (11 October 1926 – 28 September 2012) was an English physician and academic known as the "Father of Family Medicine" for his work in creating a family medicine program at the University of Western Ontario.

Born in Burnley, England, he studied at Cheltenham College from 1940 to 1944. During World War II, he served with the Royal Army Medical Corps. After the war, he studied at Clare College, Cambridge and at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital at the University of London. He then practiced family medicine in Stratford-upon-Avon for thirteen years. In 1967, he was appointed the first Professor of Family Medicine in Canada at the University of Western Ontario. In 1968, he became the Chair of the Division of Family Medicine.

In 1989, he published Introduction to Family Medicine (ISBN 0-19-511518-X) which is now in its third edition. In his last years, he worked tirelessly on his writings; his memoir, "A Call to Heal: Reflections on a Life in Family Medicine" (ISBN 978-1-927352-10-6) was published posthumously in 2013.

In 1997, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2000, he was awarded honorary degrees from the University of Oslo and the University of Western Ontario. In 2006, he was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.