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The Calgary History of Medicine Society (CHoMS) & Dr. Norman Schachar

Present 'The Department: A Surgeons Memories, Before I Forget!'

Dinner & Talk - Monday, September 25, 2017, 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Department of Community Health Sciences  
Rose and Nightingale Rooms, TRW – 3rd Floor

Parking is available in the parking lot underneath the TRW Building, access across from the front entrance.
Dinner and talk: $30 per member / $45 per non-member / $20 residents / $10 students (up to 3 students are fully sponsored on a first come basis) paid at the door.
Talk only: $10. Dinner is at 6:00pm and the talk begins ~7:00pm.
All are invited and you are encouraged to bring a guest! The proceeds from this CHoMS Lecture Session cover the venue expenditures and subsidize the dinner costs.
RSVP: Please make reservations ASAP to: Donna Weich,   403-220-2481

The Calgary History of Medicine Society (CHoMS) is meant to be an intergenerational and interdisciplinary forum for everyone interested in the History of Medicine and Health Care. It is run by its members and all sessions are open to the public. If you are interested in joining this Society and participating in its future activities, please contact one of the following: Dr. Jim Wright (; Dr. Frank Stahnisch ( For any further activities, please see the homepage of the History of Medicine and Health Care Program ( - CHoMS Tab.

The Department: A Surgeons Memories, Before I Forget!

When Dr. Norman Schachar began his medical internship at Calgary’s newly unpacked Foothills Hospital in 1970, he had no idea what was unfolding behind the scenes. While he was struggling to see inside the little holes in patients’ heads, sneaking his future wife out of his apartment above the operating rooms, and following his newfound surgical idol into the bathroom, a brand new Department of Surgery was bursting forth at the University of Calgary.

The Department is part memoir, part history book. It follows surgeon-scientist Dr. Schachar’s career from his first diaper change through surgical advances, political intrigue, hospital implosions and 80-odd sheep. Dr. Schachar grew up in and alongside Calgary’s city-wide Department of Surgery and, with the help of dozens of colleagues through the years, he shares some of the most memorable tales here in The Department.

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Norman Schacher, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Department of Surgery, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

Dr. Schachar began his distinguished career as the first full-time Geographic Orthopaedic Surgeon at the University of Calgary in 1978 as Head of the Orthopaedic Teaching Unit of the Calgary General Hospital. Today, he continues to contribute to the University of Calgary as an Emeritus Professor of Surgery.

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