CDF 2011 Practitioner of the Year, Dr Canagasundram Anandakrishnan receives a commemorative plaque at the CDA President’s Banquet, Edmonton, Alberta
L-R: Dr Neil Shear, CDF President, Recipient Dr Anandarkishnan, CDA President Dr Ian Landells, nominator.
Edmonton, Alberta Dr Canagasundram Anandakrishnan MDCM, FRCPC of Grand Falls, Newfoundland was honoured as the Canadian Dermatology Foundation “Practitioner of the Year 2011” at the President’s Banquet of the Canadian Dermatology Association’s Annual Meeting which took place in Edmonton, Alberta.
Dr Ian Landells, President of the Canadian Dermatology Association, announcing the award,
said that Dr Anandakrishnan “…embodies all that is good in Canadian dermatology. His desire to maintain his clinical acumen and academic knowledge base has been exceptional. For over 20 years “Dr Ananda”, as we call him, has delivered excellent clinical care in the Central Health Region of Newfoundland and Labrador, primarily in a solo practice. He is an example to us all.”
Dr Anandakrishnan was born in Sri Lanka (Ceylon), studied medicine in Colombo, and continued his studies in London England where he received a Diploma in Dermatology, followed by becoming a Member of the Royal College of Physicians (UK) in Internal Medicine.
After immigrating to Canada in 1984, Dr Anandakrishnan completed his Residency in Dermatology at the University of Toronto in 1989. By December of that year, he was an active member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador and, to this day, is a highly respected and popular lecturer at Memorial University.
An active community member in his home town of Grand Falls and the area of Western Labrador, Dr Anandakrishnan plays several sports, and describes himself as a proud father of two, grandfather of seven and an enthusiastic gardener - indoors and outdoors!
As he was presented with a commemorative plaque, Dr Anandakrishnan received a standing
ovation from his peers.
To mark the occasion, the CDF bestowed on Dr Anandakrishnan a Benefactor Life Membership in the Foundation, the highest level in the organization, recognizing contributors of $10,000 or more. The award was made possible by a Corporate Benefactor Contribution of $10,000 made by Amgen/Pfizer.
The CDF Practitioner of the Year is an annual award which was established in 1992 to honour Canadian dermatologists whose major income is produced from clinical practice and who have made a major contribution to dermatology and the community at large. The nomination for the Practitioner of the Year is made by an independent peer group consisting solely of members of the Canadian Dermatology Foundation and the dermatology community. The final selection is made by the Board of Directors of the Canadian Dermatology Foundation.
Previous recipients of the award are Dr Sophie Hofstader, Dr Richard Cloutier, Dr. Ralph Wilkinson, Dr. Peter Hull, Dr. John Toole, Dr. Ricky Kanee Schachter, Dr. W. Stuart Maddin, Dr. Pierre Ricard, Dr. Tom Enta, Dr. William Pace, Dr. Don Rosenthal, Dr. Bob Lester, Dr. J. Barrie Ross, Dr. William N. McEachern, Dr. W. Alastair McLeod and Dr. Donald C. Montgomery, who was the first recipient in 1992.
The Canadian Dermatology Foundation was established in 1969 to further scientific knowledge of skin diseases. The CDF is the leading source of funding for peer-reviewed dermatological research in Canada and grants awarded to date total over $6 million. Current advances in knowledge of skin disease are leading to improved methods of diagnosis and treatment, which benefit dermatologists and their patients.