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2019 ended on a very high-note for Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg, one of HSC Winnipeg’s physicians and a clinical and metabolic geneticist in the Program of Genetics and Metabolism with Shared Health Manitoba and Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, who was inducted into the Order of Canada on December 28.

Dr. Rockman-Greenberg was one of only 120 Canadians who this year received one of our country’s highest honours for her advocacy work to improve access to innovative therapies and clinical trials for Manitobans living with rare genetic disorders. The Order of Canada is considered the cornerstone of the Canadian Honours System to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to community and overall service to the nation.

“I am completely overwhelmed and humbled by this honour,” said Dr. Rockman-Greenberg. “To be counted among Canadians who have received the Order of Canada is truly surreal. In this day and age, as we grapple with the crises of poverty, homelessness and climate change, to be recognized for being a doctor who works to improve the lives of individuals with very rare genetic disorders and their families sends a very important message: that Canada is committed to fairness and equitable access to new diagnostic tests and to new proven treatments for all Canadians.” In partnership with her role at HSC, Dr. Rockman-Greenberg is also a clinician scientist in the Department of Pediatrics and Child Heath at the University of Manitoba and at the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM). She has developed the Metabolic Disorders Clinical Trials Research team within CHRIM and is a member of the Canadian Inherited Metabolic Disorders Research network.

Dr. Rockman-Greenberg’s work has not gone without praise. In 2016, she received the title of Distinguished Professor at the University of Manitoba. She was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in April 2018 and into the Order of Manitoba only three months later. Having been born in Montreal and obtaining her medical degree from McGill University, she is proud to have called Manitoba her home for the past 41 years.

Congratulations to Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg on her induction into the Order of Canada and commitment to accessible health care to all Manitoba populations.