Saskatchewan’s top doctor received honorary degree from University of Regina

Saqib Shahab, chief medical health officer gets honorary degree at University of Regina . Moises Canales-Lavigne

The University of Regina is having their 2022 spring convocation, and on day three of the event Saskatchewan’s Chief Medical Health Officer is among those being celebrated this Friday.

On Wednesday, 2,491 graduates received 2,673 degrees, diplomas and certificates according to the university.

“It is a very rewarding and fulfilling experience to see these students — many of whom have spent the last four or more years with us — cross the stage to receive their parchments and become graduates and alumni of our University,” President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Jeff Keshen said in a news release.

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Dr. Saqib Shahab is also receiving an honorary degree from the University of Regina.

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Shahab is being awarded a Doctor of Science honoris causa (DSc) “in recognition of outstanding achievement in the pure and applied sciences.”

“His areas of special interest — vaccination programs, communicable disease control, environmental health, chronic disease prevention and pandemic planning — prepared him well for the leadership role he took on during the pandemic.”

Shahab says it’s an honor, and receiving the award further cements his ties to the province.

In his convocation address to students, he congratulated them on their resilience in navigating through two difficult years.

Shahab encouraged them to bring equity into whatever field they enter.

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Dr. Shahab has been on the front line in explaining the public health response to the pandemic in both scientific and human terms, according to a news release.

He has been Saskatchewan’s chief medical health officer since 2012.

With files from Canadian Press.

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