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Palliative care pioneer Dr. John Seely receives posthumous honour from CCNM

May 24, 2011

TORONTO, May 24, 2011 – Palliative care champion Dr. John Seely will receive an honorary doctor of naturopathic medicine diploma from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine at its 31st convocation ceremony on Friday, May 27. Receiving the posthumous honour on behalf of his father is Dugald Seely, M.Sc., ND, director of research at CCNM. Dugald will be the honorary speaker at the ceremony, being held at University of Toronto’s Convocation Hall.

Dr. Seely was a palliative care physician for the Ottawa Hospital’s Palliative Care program, a program he helped create. He held a Doctorate in Physiology from McGill University and was the former dean of the Faculty of Medicine for the University of Ottawa. During his career, he served on numerous in-house committees and many external boards, including CCNM’s Board of Governors in 2008. He had written many reports and reviews; gave talks on palliative care; received numerous awards; had over 40 publications, as well as numerous book chapters and abstracts. He passed away in June 2009.

“Dr. John Seely was a quiet contributor who made a huge difference – both in the nature of health care and in the lives of his patients. As the former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and as a dedicated expert in palliative care, it was inspiring to see how open Dr. Seely was to embracing complementary care that could aid patients and advance the field of medicine,” says Dr. Bob Bernhardt, president and CEO.

“This posthumous honour is in recognition of the doors he opened for the acceptance of naturopathic medicine in Ottawa. These doors have led to major research initiatives with Ottawa Hospital, joint programs with the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, and the launch of a wonderful new care facility, the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre. Some lead through loud voices and brash stances; John led through attentive listening, sincere openness and an ability to help others envision a better future.”

The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) is Canada's premier institute for education and research in naturopathic medicine. CCNM offers a rigorous four-year, full-time doctor of naturopathic medicine program. The College educates, develops and trains naturopathic doctors through excellence in health education, clinical services and research that integrate mind, body and spirit.

Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are primary health-care practitioners. Interns at CCNM’s Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic improve their patients’ health by identifying and treating the underlying causes of illness, employing therapies such as lifestyle counselling, nutrition, botanical medicine, acupuncture/Asian medicine, manipulation, homeopathic medicine, and hydrotherapy/massage.

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Phone: 416-498-1255 x 263

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