DR. SAMIA BARAKAT, Professor Emeritus
Dr. Samia Barakat was appointed chair of psychiatry at U of M in 1996, making her the first woman in Canada to hold such a position. She was an influential educator who championed psychiatric care. Barakat initiated a community-based crisis response centre for mental health care, which opened in 2013. As inaugural associate dean of professionalism and diversity for what is now the Max Rady College of Medicine, she co-founded a boundary-training program for health professionals that influenced programs throughout North America.