In 2019, the University of Manitoba conferred the title of Professor Emerita/Emeritus or Librarian Emerita upon the following Rady Faculty of Health Sciences faculty members, recognizing their distinguished service to the university through teaching, research and scholarship.


Dr. Dhali Dhaliwal has been a professor of internal medicine at the Max Rady College of Medicine for 15 years. He served as president and CEO of CancerCare Manitoba from 2003 to 2013. Under his leadership, CancerCare introduced advancements such as the Home Cancer Drug Program, Surgical Oncology Network, Provincial Oncology Drug Program and Colorectal Screening Program, the latter the first of its kind in Canada. Dhaliwal worked to increase access to cancer treatment, especially for rural patients. He was instrumental in establishing the Western Manitoba Cancer Centre and the province’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit Cancer Control Program. He has played a notable role in researching chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

DAVID MCCREA (B.Sc./72, PhD/80) , Professor Emeritus

Dr. David McCrea is a longstanding member of the department of physiology and pathophysiology. He is renowned for research focused on how spinal cord motor systems are organized to produce purposeful movements, particularly walking. His work on mammalian locomotor pattern generation is frequently cited in the field of two-legged robot locomotion. A highly cited researcher, McCrea has been a principal member of Winnipeg’s Spinal Cord Research Centre since its inception in 1987, and served as its director from 2003 to 2016. He has distinguished himself as an exceptional educator and has repeatedly been recognized with teaching awards. He serves as director of the pre-clerkship curriculum for undergraduate medical education.

DR. JANICE DODD, Professor Emerita

A professor in both the Max Rady College of Medicine and the Faculty of Arts, Dr. Janice Dodd has made significant contributions over her 34year U of M career. As a molecular biologist, she is internationally recognized for her research on the influence of hormones and diet on the development and progression of prostate cancer. She cloned a transcribed gene that has become an important tool in molecular prostate cancer research. As a women’s and gender studies scholar, Dodd has exposed the challenges for the career progression of women in biomedical sciences. In 1994, the YMCA-YWCA recognized her promotion of women’s advancement in science with a Women of Distinction Award.

DR. HANS PASTERKAMP, Professor Emeritus

For 30 years, Dr. Hans Pasterkamp was an outstanding clinician in pediatric respirology and an academic leader and researcher in the department of pediatrics and child health. He led the section of respirology for nearly two decades. His research interests include the use of acoustic techniques for respiratory monitoring, lung health in First Nations children and cystic fibrosis. Pasterkamp has been an influential clinician, teacher and mentor. His many awards include the Fifth George Polgar Visiting Professorship from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He has served on the boards of organizations including the Manitoba Pediatric Society, Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Canadian Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society.

ADA DUCAS, Librarian Emerita

Ada Ducas served as head of the Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library (NJMHSL) from 1995 to 1997, then as head of the Health Sciences Libraries, which included the NJMHSL, from 1998 to 2018. During her distinguished career, she shaped the development of a coordinated health library system for the province. Her accomplishments include the creation of the Manitoba Health Information and Knowledge Network for the regional health authorities in Manitoba. Ducas has been active at the executive level of many associations, including the Canadian Association of College and University Libraries and the Canadian Health Libraries Association. She has published extensively and presented at conferences around the world.

BRENT SCHACTER (B.Sc.(Med)/65, MD/65), Professor Emeritus

Dr. Brent Schacter has made extraordinary contributions during his 46 years of service to the department of internal medicine and section of hematology/oncology. He has served as president and CEO of CancerCare Manitoba, CEO of the Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies and co-chair of the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control steering committee. He was an initial director of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. Schacter played a key role in the Canadian Tumour Repository Network, which launched the Canadian Tumour Biobank Certification Program. He was instrumental in developing a diploma program for a new Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada qualification in adolescent and young adult oncology.