“It was like a scene right out of the movies,” says Isaac Schiff, MD, of the celebratory state dinner honoring recipients of the prestigious Order of Canada last month.
With a royal insignia on his tuxedo and his wife on his arm, Schiff, chief emeritus of the MGH Vincent Obstetrics and Gynecology Service, had the chance to hobnob with the likes of “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, rock musicians, a former “Seinfeld” producer, historians and business leaders during a day full of events in Ottawa Nov. 17.
“We had a ball with the other honorees – quite literally,” said Schiff.
A native of Canada, Schiff was one of 100 people to receive membership to the Order this year, recognized as one of Canada’s highest civilian honors. Established 50 years ago by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the award recognized Schiff for his years of dedication to improving women’s health, obstetrics and gynecology. The Order made note of Schiff’s international contributions to advancing research on infertility and menopause and his longtime role as mentor to many at the MGH.
“It was such a thrill to meet the Gov. Gen. Julie Payette and all of these other accomplished people,” says Schiff. “It’s a day I’ll never forget.”
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