Dr. Bill Wall

With an eye for fine detail, Dr. Bill Wall has practiced artistry both on canvas and in the operating room. Dr. Wall performed the first long-term, successful liver transplants in Canada. His earliest patients are among the longest-surviving recipients in the world.

In those early days, London was also involved with scientific breakthroughs. It was one of the first centres worldwide to use a newly discovered anti-rejection drug, cyclosporine. That breakthrough dramatically increased the success of transplantation and benefitted patients enormously.

Throughout his career, Dr. Wall was a passionate advocate for greater awareness about the need for organ donation. Along with colleagues in London, he developed an education program, One Life…Many Gifts that teaches secondary school students about the benefits of donation and transplantation and encourages them to discuss this with their families and friends.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Wall has received many awards. The Canadian Society of Transplantation honoured him with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. That same year he was appointed to the Order of Canada for developing and advancing liver transplantation and for his efforts at increasing organ donation across Canada.

Now retired, he has shifted his talent towards the easel. “I find painting enjoyable because – like surgery – it requires vision with attention to detail, and sometimes boldness.” With a warm smile and brush in hand, he says “It’s a good thing surgery isn’t as hard as oil painting!”

Dr. Wall donated oil paintings to LHSC’s New Canvas online auction in 2018 and 2019.

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