Alexander Boyd Sinclair

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Biography

Alex came to us from Sault Ste. Marie, where his father, also Dr. Alexander Sinclair, was a distinguished pioneer in thyroid surgery, a founder in 1911 of the Sault Ste. Marie Medical Society and one of the earliest Fellows of the American College of Surgeons in 1922. Alex attended the local collegiate. In his undergraduate years he lived in Burwash Hall at Victoria, was interested in photography, canoeing, music and skiing.

After internship at Toronto General Hospital he served in the RCAMC at Chorley Park Military Hospital, Toronto, on the surgery wards.

He then had a year as an anatomy demonstrator with Professor Grant, followed by six months of medicine at Christie St. Hospital, six months of general surgery at the Wellesley, a year of pathology at the Banting, six months urology/ObGyn at TGH and six months orthopedics at Sunnybrook, after which he successfully passed his Royal College Fellowship exams.

He and Sheila were married in 1946, and had six children. In 1951 Alex began his surgical practice in the Soo, where he spent his entire career. He became chief of staff at the Plummer Hospital, and founded the Children’s Rehabilitation Centre for Sault Ste. Marie and district. In 1985 the “Canadian Doctor” magazine listed him as “one of the fifty MDs who stand out in history.”

He enjoyed painting and playing the organ. Alex and his brother donated the family farm of 350 acres to the city of Sault Ste. Marie as a park. The “Dr. Alexander Sinclair home” is a heritage site. Alex died in 2008.

 

Career Achievements

Founded the Children’s Rehabilitation Centre for Sault Ste. Marie and district

Canadian Doctor magazine listed him as “one of the fifty MDs who stand out in history”

 

Excerpt written by: Dr. Neil Watters

References

Barnett, Henry, Joan Borland, Jack Laidlaw, Neil Watters and Bruce Wells. The Epic Journey of University of Toronto Medical Class of 1944. Toronto: University of Toronto, Faculty of Medince, 2012. pg. 71.

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