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October 17, 2005

Source: McGill University:

Announcing: New chair for Faculty of Medicine

Source: University Relations Office (URO) [newswire]
October 17, 2005
The Robert Kinch Chair in Women's Health funds visiting professors

The prognosis is promising for McGill's Faculty of Medicine with the establishment of the Robert Kinch Chair in Women's Health. The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is set to welcome top talent in the form of numerous visiting professors, who will bring with them expertise in many areas of women's health including: ultrasound, prenatal genetic diagnosis (PGD) and screening, urogynecology, mental health, menopause, osteoporosis, breast disease, female sexuality, reproductive health and gynecological oncology.

The naming of the chair pays homage to Robert Kinch, the retired leader of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McGill. "Robert Kinch is a renowned clinician and teacher who developed the unit at the Montreal General Hospital and continues to provide mentorship to students," said Dr. Abraham Fuks, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. "We are thrilled to be honouring such an excellent individual who has more than earned our recognition."

A substantial part of the funding of the position was the collective initiative of the Chairman, Dr. Seang Lin Tan, and of former graduates Dr. Milton Leong and Dr. S.T. Liang. The trio's collective regard for their former professor Robert Kinch, combined with the growing need for expertise in the department, spurred them into action. "Currently, there are three Chairs in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Robert Kinch Chair in Women's Health will provide an ideal complement," said Dr. Tan, Chairman of the department and Obstetrician and Gynecologist-in-Chief of the MUHC. "It will broaden the scope and allow greater focus on issues such as prenatal medicine and issues of women's health in an aging population."

The winner of the prestigious Osler Teaching Award, Robert Kinch considers mentoring to be key. "My advice to new teachers is to get to know your students, let them teach you, keep them excited and enthusiastic. Students should be given chances to use their imagination and enthusiasm." It was with this philosophy that Dr. Leong and Dr. Liang, both practicing in Hong Kong, were driven to honour Kinch, whom Leong describes as "a wonderful teacher who cares a great deal for his patients, and who has a genuine and continued interest in the career development of his students."

The announcement of the Robert Kinch Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology will be held on Monday, October 17.
About the MUHC

The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is a comprehensive academic health institution with an international reputation for excellence in clinical programs, research and teaching. The MUHC is a merger of five teaching hospitals affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University the Montreal Children's, Montreal General, Royal Victoria, and Montreal Neurological Hospitals, as well as the Montreal Chest Institute. Building on the tradition of medical leadership of the founding hospitals, the goal of the MUHC is to provide patient care based on the most advanced knowledge in the health care field, and to contribute to the development of new knowledge.
About McGill University

McGill University is Canada's leading research-intensive university and has earned an international reputation for scholarly achievement and scientific discovery. Founded in 1821, McGill has 21 faculties and professional schools, which offer more than 300 programs from the undergraduate to the doctoral level. McGill attracts renowned professors and researchers from around the world and top students from more than 150 countries, creating one of the most dynamic and diverse education environments in North America. There are approximately 23,000 undergraduate students and 7,000 graduate students. It is one of two Canadian members of the American Association of Universities. McGill's two campuses are located in Montreal, Canada.
Cynthia Lee
Communications officer
McGill University Relations Office



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