Dr. Felix Durity, BA’58, MD’63, FRCSC
Outstanding Faculty Community Service Award
Dr. Felix Durity is not only one of the most respected neurosurgeons in Canada but also a renowned humanitarian who has dedicated his life to seeking out the best possible neurosurgical care for the people of British Columbia and beyond. He has provided vital education for the next generation of clinicians and researchers in BC and in Canada, as well as developing programs for neurosurgical care in developing countries in collaboration with local partners..
His devotion to providing the best treatment for his patients and his determination in ensuring the ongoing progress of neurosurgical care have led to a multitude of prestigious teaching and clinical excellence awards. In 1998 he was named one of the “Best Doctors in Canada” and in 2005 he was inducted into the Order of British Columbia. He has also been honored with the Primus Inter Pares award from the Vancouver Medical Association and the Cam Coady Medal for Excellence in the areas of education and humanitarianism.
Felix, now a professor emeritus in UBC’s department of surgery, was the first resident to be trained in neurosurgery at UBC. He later trained internationally with world renowned surgeons, ensuring that people in BC had access to a clinician capable of the most difficult and complex operations. During his chairmanship of The BC Medical Service Foundation, from 2006 to 2010, several impactful community-focused health care programs were accomplished. He also chaired UBC’s division of neurosurgery. While at UBC, he published more than 30 peer reviewed manuscripts and was able to increase research funding by more than 1600 per cent between 1991 and 1997. His dedicated commitment to teaching has been recognized with three undergraduate and postgraduate teaching awards.
Felix’s humanitarian endeavors are as exceptional as his medical contributions. Most notably, he is a founding board member of the Korle Bu Neuroscience Foundation, which provides support for improving the care of patients with neurological disorders in Ghana and West Africa. Despite his extremely busy life at home in Vancouver, Felix welcomed every opportunity to travel to Africa, providing patient care as well as mentorship and guidance to the neurosurgeons of the region.
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