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Jacalyn M Duffin

Professor Emerita in the Hannah Chair, History of Medicine, Queen's University, Ontario

Jacalyn Duffin, MD, PhD, is a hematologist and historian who held the Hannah Chair of the History of Medicine at Queen’s University from 1988 to 2017.

A former President of both the American Association for the History of Medicine and the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine, she is the author of eight books and many articles, holds several awards for teaching and research, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Her research focuses on disease, technology, religion, and health policy. She runs an activist website for the current drug shortage problem and a collaborative translation project for the 17th-century Latin author Paolo Zacchia. Her current research is on the history of the Medical Expedition to Easter Island, led by Canada in 1964-65.


  • –present
    Professor and Hannah Chair: History of Medicine , Queen's University, Ontario