Health Sciences Award
Humber College, 1999
Two-time graduate of Humber College, Martin McNamara has dedicated almost twenty-five years to the advancement of pre-hospital emergency care. Now an ER Physician with Huronia District Hospital, Martin started in Ambulance and Emergency Care with Orillia and District Ambulance Service in 1977. Only the 68th Emergency Medical Care Attendant in Ontario (EMCA), he was among the first to be enrolled in the province's air ambulance program. As an EMCA, Martin devoted many off-duty hours mapping over 900 square miles of emergency routes for ambulance, fire trucks and the OPP, and launched a program equipping ambulances with teddy bears for injured children.
Determined to advance pre-hospital care, Martin pursued a degree in Medical Anthropology and Geography at York University (1992) and an MD from McMaster University Medical School (1995). He was one of three accepted into a pilot Emergency Medicine and Family Practice residency that combined his two passions: emergency care and the day-to-day care of individuals.
In addition to his ER position at the Huronia District Hospital, Martin works part-time as a family physician in Midland and at a First Nations Reserve on Christian Island. Committed to cuttingedge paramedic training he continues to teach and consult, and is currently helping to develop national competency paramedic guidelines and Humber's Advanced Paramedic Training program.
In recognition of his critical role in the advancement of Ontario's ambulance and emergency care and for his caring approach in the field of health, we are honoured to present Dr. Martin McNamara with the 1999 Premier's Awards for Health Sciences.