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The Founding College of the University of Toronto
Dr. Douglas Salmon

Dr. Douglas Salmon

BA 1951 UC - 2012 Award Recipient

Pioneering physician and scholar the late Douglas Salmon was the first Black surgeon in Canada. The orphaned son of Jamaican immigrants, his resourcefulness and self-reliance drove him to fulfilĀ his childhood dream of becoming a doctor. His medical career was spent at Centenary Hospital in Scarborough where he was elevated to chief of general surgery, the first Black person in Canada to hold such a position. Also an accomplished pianist, upon being denied entry to performance halls, he led successful protests against racial discrimination.