media release

SFU Health Sciences dean honoured by peers

September 20, 2013

John O’Neil, SFU Health Sciences, 604.306.4987 (cell),   
Dixon Tam, SFU media relations, 778.782.8742,


Simon Fraser University’s John O’Neil has been elected as a fellow into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

“I am very honored to have been selected,” says O’Neil, dean of SFU’s Faculty of Health Sciences. “The academy has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in serving the health needs of Canadians, and I look forward to contributing to these efforts.”

People are elected to the organization after a nominating and peer-review procedure that recognizes those who are marked by a record of substantial accomplishment.

O’Neil joined SFU in 2007. Previously, he was director of the Manitoba First Nations Centre for Aboriginal Health Research and professor and head of the department of community health sciences in the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Medicine.

He has been immersed in health-system equity issues for almost 35 years, focusing on Aboriginal health in Canada and, more recently, HIV prevention in low- and middle-income countries.

O’Neil has also published more than 120 papers and reports on a variety of Aboriginal health issues, including self-government and health system development, cultural understandings of environmental health risks, and social determinants of health disparities.

“I believe my work over the last several decades to strengthen Aboriginal health research capacity in Canada is the primary reason I was selected,” he says. “I am most proud of this work because it addresses the underlying health inequities experienced by Aboriginal people in Canada.”

Simon Fraser University is Canada's top-ranked comprehensive university and one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 120,000 alumni in 130 countries.


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