New Research Fellowship at HSN Named for Dr. Denis Roy

SUDBURY, ON –  When he arrived in Sudbury, Dr. Denis Roy dreamed of  Health Sciences North (HSN) becoming the “Harvard of the North.”

A new research fellowship in his honour will ensure that vision continues after he retires as CEO this June.

The Dr. Denis Roy Fellowship has been created by the Health Sciences North Foundation, Northern Cancer Foundation, and the NEO Kids Foundation. They made the announcement at a tribute dinner to Dr. Roy, which raised a total of $50,000 for the fellowship, including $5,000 from each foundation.

The Dr. Denis Roy Fellowship will be given annually to a researcher affiliated with the Health Sciences North Research Institute.

“The Dr. Denis Roy Fellowship was borne from its namesake’s affinity and dedication to research in our community. Cancer research is one of the most important pillars of our foundation and to have that vision shared by Dr. Roy through his years at HSN will only further cement his legacy in the Northeast,” says Shayne Smith, Chair of the of the Northern Cancer Foundation Board of Directors.

“The Dr. Denis Roy Fellowship speaks to the great work being done for patient care at the Learner’s Centre. The HSN Foundation has had more than one opportunity to visit this facility and appreciate the benefits that it brings to the patients as the physician skills are perfected.  The opportunity to debrief with the team after completing a real life scenario is how this process works to benefit patient care. As Dr. Roy moves on to his next challenge, we at HSN will profit from all the initiatives brought forward to our hospital under his leadership,”
says Alex Patterson, Chair of the Health Sciences North Foundation Board of Directors.

“The Dr. Denis Roy Fellowship will ensure that the legacy that Dr. Denis Roy created during his time at Health Sciences North lives on,” adds Mick Weaver, Chair of the NEO Kids Board of Directors. “The leadership that Dr. Roy has shown throughout the years has made research a top priority, allowing us to put our patients first. NEO Kids Foundation is honoured to have worked alongside Dr. Roy and we are thrilled to be able to contribute to this meaningful fellowship.”

Under Dr. Roy’s leadership, HSN has greatly increased its research activities. The HSN Research Institute was created, complete with a new facility on Walford Road.

The HSN Volunteer Association Chair in Healthy Aging and the HSN Chair in Indigenous and Northern Health were also established.

“I am humbled and honoured by the creation of this fellowship, “says Dr. Denis Roy. “From my first day here, I have said that ‘research is health care’, and what we learn in the lab directly impacts and improves front-line patient care. This culture of research truly has taken hold here at HSN.”


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