E. Garner King Memorial Lectures

The E. Garner King memorial lecture honours the legacy of a great leader, physician, teacher, and scholar, whose life continues to inspire the work within the Department of Medicine today.

2023 E. Garner King Memorial Lecture

Navigating Life After a Global Pandemic

By Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, Critical Care Physician, University of Ottawa and Host of the Solving Healthcare Prodcast.

This event received funding from the WF Brown Endowment fund.


About Dr. E. Garner King

Dr. E Garner King obtained his MD (with distinction) from the University of Alberta in 1963, and he completed his postgraduate training at the University of Alberta, The Banting Institute in Toronto, and the University of Colorado Medical Center.

Dr. King joined the University of Alberta as Assistant Professor and Director of the University of Alberta Hospitals Intensive Care Unit in 1971. He trained many first generation critical care physicians in Canada as well as a large number from other countries. He was named a full professor in 1981 and was appointed Chairman of the Department of Medicine (in 1986) after an international search.

As the Chair of Medicine, his vision and determination created a firm direction for the Department; he encouraged excellence, reorganized the Department's finances, and attracted many new academic staff from the world over. The University and the affiliated teaching hospitals will continue to feel the impact of his presence for many years.

Painting of Dr. E. Garner King

Previous Lectures

  • 28th Annual Lecture (2022)
    Dr. Verna Yu - The COVID War: Road to Recovery, Rebuilding and Reimagining our Healthcare System

  • 27th Annual Lecture (2020)
    Dr. Marcia Anderson - Scholarship as Disruption in Indigenous Health
  • 26th Annual Lecture (2019)
    Dr. Lewis E. KayThe Importance of Protein Dynamics in Health and Disease
  • 25th Annual Lecture (2017)
    Dr. Josephine BriggsFacts and Uncertainties: Science and the Art of Medicine
  • 24th Annual Lecture (2016)
    Mr. Alan AldaGetting Beyond a Blind Date with Science
  • 23rd Annual Lecture (2015)
    Dr. Peter AgreOpening Doors Worldwide through Medical Science
  • 22nd Annual Lecture (2014)
    Dr. Douglas BettcherNoncommunicable Disease Prevention and Control in Global Health Development: Public Health History in the Making
  • 21st Annual Lecture (2013)
    Dr. Lorne TyrrellThe importance of the spectrum of research in viral hepatitis from discovery to commercialization
  • 20th Annual Lecture (2012)
    Mr. Joseph BoydenThree Solitudes
  • 19th Annual Lecture (2011)
    Dr. Oliver SmithiesOn Being a Basic Scientist for 60 Years
  • 18th Annual Lecture (2010)
    Mr. Stephen LewisFrom Here to There: Insights on the World of International Development
  • 17th Annual Lecture (2009)
    Dr. Chaviva HošekHealth as a Social Phenomenon
  • 16th Annual Lecture (2009)
    Dr. Roberta BondarSpace Medicine, International Cooperation and Political Agendas
  • 15th Annual Lecture (2007)
    Dr. Wendy LevinsonDisclosing Medical Errors: A Challenge for Physicians and Institutions
  • 14th Annual Lecture (2006)
    Senator Michael J. L. KirbyThe Future Shape of Canada's Healthcare System
  • 13th Annual Lecture (2005)
    Dr. C. David NaylorLeadership in Medicine: Random Reflections from Administrative Exile
  • 12th Annual Lecture (2004)
    Dr. Janet RossantStem Cells and Developmental

  • 11th Annual Lecture (2003)
    Dr. Jeffrey M. DrazenPublishing in the New England Journal of Medicine
  • 10th Annual Lecture (2002)
    Dr. Didier RaoultHow to Discover a New Infectious Disease
  • 9th Annual Lecture (2001)
    Dr. Alan BernsteinGenomics and its Impact on the Health Care System in the 21st Century
  • 8th Annual Lecture (2000)
    Dr. Peter E. LipskyNew Insights into the Pathogenesis and Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • 7th Annual Lecture (1999)
    Dr. Albert J. AguayoCan the Brain Regenerate Following Injury?
  • 6th Annual Lecture (1998)
    Professor Dame Sheila SherlockThe Hepatitis Alphabet
  • 5th Annual Lecture (1997)
    Dr. Eric TopolCoronary Reperfusion: Novel Frontiers for the Next Millennium
  • 4th Annual Lecture (1996)
    Dr. John KeltonThe Reticuloendothelial System: Where the Teleological Rubber Hits the Physiological Road
  • 3rd Annual Lecture (1995)
    Dr. Mitchell L. HalperinGenesis, Exodus, Numbers: A Testament to the Old and a Reverence for the New
  • 2nd Annual Lecture (1994)
    Dr. Arnold AbermanMedicine with Borders: The Growing Isolation of Canadian Medicine
  • 1st Annual Lecture (1993)
    Dr. Tom NoseworthyThe Evolution and Future of Critical Care: A Tribute to E. Garner King