Elizabeth Hillman, O.C., M.D., FAAP, FRCP

Professor of Paediatrics

Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine
E-mail: hillmane@iname.com


Elizabeth Hillman grew up in Northern Ontario where she lived in and attended School in School Car no.1 (a railway car converted into a school and home) for Fred Sloman, her father, who taught children in the northlands for forty years, where there were no schools or roads; he was a great teacher and my only one. I was admitted to Medical School at UWO and graduated in 1951. My postgraduate training in paediatrics was at UWO, McGill, Great Ormond St. Hospital in London, England; Harvard, and the Liverpool School of Tropical Health.While I was at Harvard, I married Donald Hillman, McGill 51 and we had 5 children in 7 years and a wonderful life as I was Director of Ambulatory Paediatrics including Emergency, management of Child Abuse, and the Poison Control Centre at McGill's Montreal Childrens' Hospital for 20 years including 4 years in Kenya with the McGill - Kenya CIDA funded Project (our children went with us) to develop a Paediatric program at the University of Nairobi.We moved to Newfoundland where Don was Chair of Paediatrics and subsequently taught for three years at the University of Sains Malaysia,  McMaster, and many other international assignments together in medical education in Bhutan, Laos, Viet Nam, South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda etc.

In 1994 Dean Seely at U d'Ottawa asked Don and I to come as VOLUNTEER faculty Professors to help develop international health undergraduate and postgraduate learning at U d'O. We have been here until the present struggling to do this with the help of some supportive Faculty members and many,many very supporttive students. We were both cross-appointed in Paediatrics and Epidemiology and Community Health. I was the first woman President of the Medical Council of Canada and we have both been active in the Canadian Paediatric Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics where we are both consultants to the Executive Committee of the AAP Section on International Child Health. Presidently I am Chairman of the Board of the Elisabeth Bruyere Research Institute of the U. d'O. We were both awarded the Order of Canada in 1994, and awards from the Royal College . My husband died in July 2006.

Research Interests

  • Medical education and transfer of knowledge
  • Student initiatives
  • International health
  • Community-based health care research
  • Mentoring
  • Support for breast feeding
  • Care of the frail elderly

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