An innovative scientist, physician and exceptional leader
Born in southern Alberta to a Mennonite farm family, Dr. Joseph B. Martin has had an extraordinary decades-long career, eventually serving for ten years as Dean of Harvard Medical School. In all phases of his work, Dr. Martin has been distinguished for his ability to promote collaboration in building and expanding the institutional foundations of medical education and science in both Canada and the United States. The one characteristic that Dr. Martin's many colleagues have noted in his work is a reputation for honesty and the ability to inspire trust. Continued advancement of medical science depends on the skills exemplified by Dr. Martin. The ability of scientist-administrators to marshal resources, to coordinate teams of researchers and to model and foster collaborative exchange are essential to the organization and distribution of scientific knowledge.