J.D. photo by Wieke Eefting, Utrecht, NL, September 2011

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 eleven books and many articles, holds several awards for teaching and research. She is a Member of the Order of Canada (2020) and  a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Canada (2012) and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2013). In May 2019, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the AAHM (from historians) and was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (from physicians). A supporter of medical humanities, she was a contributing editor of the online Literature, Arts and Medicine database from 1995 to 2024.

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 book Stanley’s Dream (2019) is on the history of the Medical Expedition to Easter Island, led by Canada in 1964-65. Her COVID-19: A History appeared in fall 2022.

E-mail duffinj@queensu.ca



An interview about her research on miracles is here