John Dossetor

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John Beamish Dossetor
Born (1925-07-19) 19 July 1925 (age 91)
Bangalore, India
Occupation physician and bioethicist
Known for co–coordinating the first kidney transplant in Canada and the Commonwealth
Awards Order of Canada

John Beamish Dossetor, OC (born 19 July 1925) is a Canadian physician and bioethicist who is notable for co–coordinating the first kidney transplant in Canada and the Commonwealth.


Born in Bangalore, India, he attended Marlborough College in Wiltshire before receiving a B.M. and B.Ch. from St John's College, Oxford in 1950. In 1955, he immigrated to Canada to accept a position at McGill University. In 1958, he co-ordinated the first kidney transplant. From 1960 to 1969, he worked at the Royal Victoria Hospital. In 1960, he joined the University of Alberta as a professor of medicine, director of the Division of Nephrology and Immunology and co–director of the Medical Research Council, Transplantation Research Unit of the University of Alberta Hospital. From 1985 to 1996, he was the Director of the Bioethics Centre in the Faculty of Medicine (later named the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre).

He is a co-founder of the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

In 1994, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He was awarded the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal.

He lives in Ottawa, Ontario.