The 2016 guest speaker was Dr. Sukhbir Sony Singh MD, FRCSC, FACOG (University of Ottawa/The Ottawa Hospital).
The R.T. Weaver Scientific Day is attended by many obstetricians and gynecologists throughout the Hamilton-Wentworth Region, residents in the Postgraduate Education Program and graduate research students.
The Annual R.T. Weaver Scientific Day was established in 1974 by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology to honor the first academic Obstetrician in Hamilton and the Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Henderson Hospital. Dr. Weaver's leadership pre-dated and facilitated the establishment of the McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences.
Who was Richard T. Weaver?
Dr. Richard T. Weaver, MB, FACS, FRCSC, was born in North Western Canada in 1898 and was raised by missionary parents in a remote part of Manitoba. He became fluent in the Cree language, as this area was solely populated by native Indians. At the age of 8, he travelled by canoe and pony five hundred miles to the south which linked up to the rail line. From there he then travelled to St. Catharines to attend Ridley College. He was commissioned as an officer in the Royal Field Artillery in 1917 at the age of 19 and served in England and France from 1917-1919. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1924 and practised General Medicine in St. Catharines for a few years before doing postgraduate training in Obstetrics and Gynecology in New York, Salzburg and Vienna.
Dr. Weaver, one of the first consultant obstetricians and gynecologists in Hamilton, established his practice in 1933 and was the first to limit his practice exclusively to this specialty. He was Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Hamilton Civic Hospitals from 1942 to 1958. During that time, he established a strong department and was responsible for training a number of obstetricians and gynecologists who now practice in Hamilton and throughout Canada. He was a significant force in Canada in promoting gynecology as a specialty and in raising the standards of gynecological care. Dr. Weaver was especially skillful at vaginal surgery and was mainly responsible for its widespread use in Canada. He had a special interest in gynecological malignancy and served for many years on the Medical Advisory Committee of the Ontario Cancer Foundation.
Dr. Weaver retired from active practice in 1973. Just prior to his death in 1974, he was the guest speaker at this first dinner and made the initial presentation of the award.