From: Bassano, Alberta
Joseph Boyd Martin, M.D., Ph.D., Edward R. and Anne G. Lefler Professor of Neurobiology. Served as Dean of the Harvard Faculty of Medicine from 1997 to 2007.
- Born in 1938 in Bassano, Alberta
Dr. Martin received his premedical and medical education at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, earning the M.D. degree in 1962.
Dr. Martin began his career in academic medicine at McGill University in Montreal, where he eventually became Chair of the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery in 1977.
In 1978, he joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School in Boston as the Bullard Professor of Neurology and Chief of the Neurology service at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
Martin began his tenure as Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco in 1989. He served in this role for five years.
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He was then Chancellor of UCSF for four years, until returning to Harvard Medical School in 1997. During his tenure as Dean of the UCSF School of Medicine, he established the W.M. Keck Foundation Center for Integrative Neurosciences dedicated to combining studies of the brain and behavior, the Gladstone Institute for Virology and Immunology dedicated to AIDS research, and began planning for a Comprehensive Cancer Center.
“To create and nurture a community of the best people committed to leadership in alleviating human suffering caused by disease.”
Joseph Boyd Martin
Bassano is located on the Trans-Canada Highway approximately 140 kilometres east of Calgary. It is also on the main line of the Canadian Pacific Railway.