Dr. David Murray Robertson was born in Melville, Saskatchewan. He graduated with an MD from
Queen's University in 1955 and was awarded the WW and Susan Near Prize for the second highest
standing throughout the then six-year medical course.
Following residency in General Pathology at
Queens he undertook fellowship training in research and diagnostic neuropathology at the National
Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Queen Square, London and at Duke University Medical School, NC.
achieved FRCPC specialty qualifications in General Pathology in 1960 and in Neuropathology in 1968.
Dr. Robertson returned to Kingston in 1962 as Assistant Professor (Neuropathology) at Queen's
and Neuropathologist at Kingston General and Hotel Dieu Hospitals, He rose rapidly through the
academic ranks, becoming Full Professor in 1969. He had a major role in founding the Royal College
of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada specialty of Neuropathology and he developed the Division of
Neuropathology at Queen's into one of the premier training and academic neuropathology centres
Dr Robertson had a very successful investigative career, authoring approximately 100 publications
in many areas of neuropathology, including the pathogenesis of Wernicke's encephalopathy, toxic
and diabetic peripheral neuropathies and hypertension-induced changes in the blood-brain-barrier.
Along with his co-investigators Dr. Sukriti Nag and Dr. Henry Dinsdale, he received the Weil Award
in Experimental Neuropathology from the American Association of Neuropathologists in 1976. He
was a member of the editorial boards of Modern Pathology and Laboratory Investigation and was
Associate Editor of the latter journal from 1972 to 1975.
Dr. Robertson held numerous leadership positions in national and North-American organizations;
including as President of the Canadian Association of Neuropathologists (1971-73), President of
the Intersociety Council of Laboratory Medicine of Canada (1973-74), President of the Canadian
Association of Pathologists (1974-751 and Vice-President (1982-84) and President of the United
States/Canadian Division of the lnternational Academy of Pathology (1984-85).
Dr. Robertson was Head of the Department of Pathology at Queen's and Pathologist-in-Chief at
Kingston General Hospital from 1979 to 1986. He was Vice-President (Medical) of KGH (1986-92),
Medical Director of KGH (1992-94) and subsequently acted as Special Advisor to the President of
KGH. Dr. Robertson held the rank of Professor Emeritus after his retirement from the Department of
Pathology in 1992. Following a dignified struggle with prolonged illness, Dr. David Robertson passed
away at home in 2012 in his 81st year.
Through this lectureship series the Department honours David Robertson's many extraordinary
contributions to our Department, Queen's University and Kingston General Hospital and to
Neuropathology and Laboratory Medicine nationally and internationally.
Previous David M. Robertson Lecturers
2018 November 14
The Second David M. Robertson Memorial Visiting Lecture was delivered by Anthony E. Lang, OC, MD, FRCPC, FAAN, FCAHS, FRSC - Professor and previous Director of the Division of Neurology at the University of Toronto. It occurred in Etherington Auditorium at 16:00 and was on "Parkinson's Disease 2018: Selected Important Developments Over the Past 30 Years"
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2016 September 20
The First David M. Robertson Memorial Visiting Lecture was delivered by Cynthia E. Hawkins, MD, FRCPC, PhD, Neuropathologist at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto.
It occurred on Tuesday in Richardson Lab Amphitheatre at 16:00 and was on
"The Genetics and Epigenetics of Paediatric Astrocytoma"
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