Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) at Queen’s, and Sherri McCullough, Tom Buchanan and Glen Wood, Chairs of the Boards of Directors for Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston General Hospital, and Providence Care are pleased to announce that Stephen Archer has been appointed as Head of Medicine at Queen's University, Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston General Hospital, and Providence Care for an initial term from November 1, 2012 to June 30, 2018.
Dr. Archer is married to Dr. Kathie Doliszny and they have 3 children, the youngest of whom attends Queens. He is an avid hockey player, enjoys playing the classical guitar, reading and photography. Dr. Archer was awarded his MD at Queen’s University in 1981 as a Gold Medal in Medicine recipient the. After interning at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, British Columbia, he completed his training in medicine and cardiology at the University of Minnesota. He joined the Department of Medicine at the University Minnesota in 1988, attaining the rank of Associate Professor in 1992 and Professor in 1997. Dr. Archer also worked as a staff cardiologist and Director of the Echocardiography Laboratory at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center from 1988 to 1997. In 1998, he was appointed as Professor of Medicine and Physiology, Heart and Stroke Chair in Cardiovascular Research, and Director of the Cardiology Division at the University of Alberta. In 2007, Dr. Archer assumed the role of Harold Hines Jr. Professor of Medicine and Director of the Heart and Vascular Research Group at the University of Chicago. From 2007 to 2010, he also served as Chief of the Cardiology Section at the University of Chicago. In 2008, he was selected as a Pritzker Scholar at the University of Chicago.
An internationally renowned cardiologist and translational physician-scientist, accomplished author and dedicated educator, Dr. Archer’s clinical interests include pulmonary hypertension, persistent ductus arteriosus, strategies for improving cardiovascular care, and training the next generation of physician-scientists. He has published 200 papers and his translational cardiovascular research has been recognized with numerous awards, including most recently in 2011 the Distinguished Scientist Award in the Translation Domain from the American College of Cardiology. His discovery of an epigenetic basis for pulmonary hypertension was selected by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute as one of their Top Discoveries of 2010. He also is the recipient of the 2004 Research Achievement Award from the Canadian Cardiovascular Society and the 2011 Award of Merit from the Cleveland Clinic Respiratory Institute.
He is the past chair of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Cardiopulmonary and Critical Care Council and past-president of the Chicago Board of the AHA. In the latter capacity he led the AHA, Chicago Affiliates participation in the creation of a regional system of care for patients with ST elevation myocardial infarction (Mission Lifeline), culminating in system implementation in May 2012. In recognition of this achievement he has been named the Chicago AHA Coeur d’Or recipient for 2013.
In making this announcement, the Provost and Board Chairs would like to express their appreciation to Dr. John McCans for his excellent leadership and many contributions during the ten years that he served as Head of the Department of Medicine.