Annual A. A. (Tony) Travill Debates

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Held annually in fond memory of

A.A. ("Tony") Travill, MB BS MRCS LRCP MSc

Dr. Travill came to Canada in 1957 after serving as aircrew in the RAF (WWII) and reading Medicine at the London Hospital Medical School. He did a residency year in Montreal and practised in Orillia with Dr. Philip Rynard (Queen's '26) before coming to Queen's to study Anatomy under Dr. John Basmajian. After two years at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, Dr. Travill returned to Queen's in the Department of Anatomy in 1964, becoming Professor and Head from 1969-1978. His research interests were in embryology, teratology and education. Dr. Travill was a strict parliamentarian and noted Faculty Historian (Medicine at Queen's; 1854-1920, the Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine, 1988: Just a Few: Queen's Medical Profiles, 1991). He served the community as a Trustee of the Separate School Board and in 1964 was a founding member of the John Austin Society, the still thriving local history of medicine club. In particular, Dr. Travill had a passion for debate on current social, political and educational issues, and for many years he delivered a rigorous and challenging lecture to incoming first year medical students during orientation week.

The Debates (for images click on links below)


Be it resolved that..........


2014-- 16th

The law should allow physicians to assist people who wish to die

Chris Frank versus David Taylor

student partners, date time and place TBA



2013 -- 15 th

The Physical Examination is Obsolete

Dr. Dan Howes Sarah-Taïssir Bencharif (Meds 2016)


Dr Christopher Smith and Julia Baum (Meds 2017)

23 October 2013

debaters with Stephen Travill and Dean Reznick



2012 -- 14th

Compensation for Canadian Physicians is too high

Dr David Walker and Eve Purdy (Meds 2015)


Dr Michael Adams and Mark Broussenko (Meds 2016)

8 November 2012, Etherington Auditorium

click above to see debators with Andrew Travill and click here with Dean Reznick


2012 -- 13th

Canada Deserves Canadian-trained physicians

Dr. Heather Murray and Joe Gabriel (Meds 2015)


Dr Chris Parker and Shannon Fernando (Meds 2014)

click above to see debators with Dean Reznick and Andrew Travill

2011 -- 12th

Because the pharmaceutical industry is leading medical discovery, it
should be a partner in medical education.

Dr. Henry Averns and Sarah Leonard (Meds 2013) (Yea)
Dr. Michael Sylvester and Laura Narducci (Meds 2014) (Nay)

click above to see debators with Dean Reznick and Andrew Travill


2008 -- 11th

The Feminization of Medicine is a Hazard to the Public's Health

Dr Lindsay Davidson and Adam Szulewski (Meds 2010) (Yea)


Dr Peter ONeill and Emily Austin (Meds 2011) (Nay)

click above to see debators with Mrs Sheila Travill


2006 -- 10th

A devastating influenza pandemic is imminent.

Dr. Dick Zoutman and Dr. Mohammad Zarrabian (Meds 2008) (Yea)


Dr. Richard Schabas and Aaron Drucker (Meds 2009) (Nay)


2005 -- 9th

Professionalism can and should be taught to medical trainees

Dr. Ellen Tsai and Ahmed Kayssi (Meds 2009) (Yea)
Dr. David Yen and Rachael Adams (Meds 2008) 


2004 -- 8th

For the benefit of the mother and baby, the majority of children should be born by Caesarean delivery

Shauna Johnston & Leo Sin (student in Meds 2007) (Yea)


Greg Davies & Michel Shamy (student in Meds 2006) (Nay)


2003 -- 7th

Since effective expensive Medical Devices, Treatment, and Procedures are available, they should routinely be offered

Christopher Simpson (Yea) vs F. James Brennan (Nay)


2002 -- 6th

Natural remedies offer an effective, alternative approach to disease treatment, and that access to funding for these therapies should be equal

A. Ross Morton, Aaron Johnston (student Meds 2003) (Yea)


William MacKillop & Nicola Matthews (student Meds 2005).

This debate was videotaped. A copy in Queen's Archives.


2001 -- 5th

A meal of genetically modified food is no more harmful than a meal prepared from traditional, home grown food

David Dennis, & Stephen Hunt, (Yea) vs Peter Aston, & David R. Hurley (Nay)

If anyone has photographs of this debate, please contact

2000 -- 4th

Increased private health care will improve the population's health.

Peter Ford & Gerald Evans (Yea) vs John Rossiter & Don Weaver (Nay)


1999 -- 3rd

The education of health science students as "sophisticated generalists" is an affront to the basic sciences

Robyn Houlden, Albert Clark (Yea) vs John Matthews & Elizabeth Eisenhauer (Nay)


1998 -- 2nd

All women over 50 should take hormones

Robert Reid(Yea) vs Christine Overall and Ruth Wilson (Nay)


1997 --Inaugural Debate

You do not own your own genes

Marlys Koschinsky & Geoff Flynn vs David Lillicrap & Sandra Taylor