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Photo: Helmut Bernard from the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital at McGill

McGill’s Dr. Rolando Del Maestro, the William Feindel Professor Emeritus in Neuro-Oncology at McGill and Director of the Neurosurgery Simulation Research Centre at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, recently was honoured with the American Osler Society’s John P. McGovern Award Lectureship. The topic of the lecture he delivered was Leonardo da Vinci and the search for the soul.

“I am honoured to be one of only a few Canadians and the first from McGill to receive this award,” said Dr. Del Maestro of the honour. “It acknowledges the work of the members of the Osler Library of the History of Medicine and McGill Libraries who focus on the importance of the humanities to human knowledge and endeavour.”

Along with his wife Pam and Steve Northey, Dr. Del Maestro co-founded the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada to foster excellence in brain tumour patient care, patient support and research funding. His other interests include, appropriately, Leonardo da Vinci and the History of Medicine. He is the Chairperson of the Standing Committee of the Osler Library of the History of Medicine at McGill and is on its Board of Curators. Dr. Del Maestro has one of the largest private collections of materials related to Leonardo Da Vinci. Using this material he has curated a number of exhibitions related to Leonardo’s art and anatomical interests as well as an exhibition on the History of Neuro-Oncology at the Osler Library at McGill University and Montreal’s Leonardo da Vinci Centre.

Congratulations Dr. Del Maestro!

May 7, 2015