The 2013 Dr. Rogers Prize was presented to
Dr. Sunita Vohra by Alison (Rogers) Trembath.

The 2011 Dr. Rogers Prize was presented to Dr. Marja Verhoef by Gordon Rogers on September 23, 2011 at the 2011 Dr. Rogers Prize Gala.

2009 Winners Dr. Badri Rickhi (left) and Dr. Hal Gunn (right) with Geoff Rogers (centre) son of Dr. Roger Hayward Rogers

2007 Winners Dr. Alastair Cunningham (left)
and Dr. Abram Hoffer (right)


What is the Dr. Rogers Prize?    The purpose of the Dr. Rogers Prize is to highlight the important contribution of complementary and alternative medicine to health care. It is intended to recognize and reward people who have made significant contributions in the field.
Named for:    Dr. Roger Hayward Rogers, MD (1928-2011), a physician and pioneer who championed the use of CAM therapies for his cancer patients. He was the co-founder of the Centre for Integrated Healing in Vancouver (now known as InspireHealth) and was awarded the Order of British Columbia in 2001 for his groundbreaking work.
Prize:    A cash prize of $250,000 funded by the Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation, a Vancouver-based philanthropic organization.
Nominations and award presentation:    Nominations accepted until May 31, 2017 5:00 PM (PST)

The 2017 Dr. Rogers Prize will be awarded at a gala award dinner to be held in Vancouver, BC in the Fall of 2017.

2015 Winner:   
Dr. Heather Boon, 2015
Dr. Boon is Dean for the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto. Her 25 year career was sparked by a recognition of the large number of Canadians using “alternative” medicine and how little research existed. She is a key player in the development of the Centre for Integrative Medicine, a joint venture between the University of Toronto and The Scarborough Hospital. She was a driving force behind the establishment of the IN-CAM network and the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research. She is a leader of the highest integrity and a champion of collaboration across disciplines.
Past Winners:   
Dr. Sunita Vohra, 2013
Dr. Vohra is the founding Director of Canada’s first academic pediatric integrative medicine program, CARE (Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research and Education), at Stollery Hospital in Edmonton. She has led many high-quality studies of the effectiveness of CAM therapies. With her background in pediatrics, clinical epidemiology and clinical pharmacology, Dr. Vohra is a well-respected leader in both CAM and conventional medicine, often bridging the two communities.
Dr. Marja Verhoef, 2011
Dr. Verhoef was awarded Canada’s first Research Chair in Complementary Medicine at the University of Calgary in 2001. She has been a driving force behind the establishment of several Canadian networks promoting and enabling partnerships among those interested in complementary, alternative and integrative medicine.
Dr. Hal Gunn, 2009
Dr. Gunn took the fledgling Centre for Integrated Therapy, created by Dr. Rogers, and evolved it into today’s InspireHealth, looking after hundreds of cancer patients per year. The InspireHealth approach is a model for integrated cancer care focused not solely on the cancer, but on treating the whole person.

Dr. Badri (Bud) Rickhi, 2009
Dr. Rickhi established the Research Centre for Alternative Medicine, now the Canadian Institute for Natural and Integrative Medicine (CINIM), and played a key role in establishing the Integrative Health Institute at Mount Royal College.
Dr. Alastair Cunningham, 2007
Dr. Cunningham’s pioneering work examined the important role of the mind and its effect on the immune system. In the face of extreme skepticism, he taught psychological and spiritual approaches to cancer patients. More than twenty‐five years later, his program, known as The Healing Journey or Wellspring, has gone on to help thousands of patients in Canada and around the world.

Dr. Abram Hoffer, 2007
Dr. Hoffer’s groundbreaking work helped establish the paradigm of orthomolecular medicine. Among the first to advance the importance of proper nutrition to health and wellness, and the elimination of toxic foods in treating disease, his stubborn pursuit of non‐toxic approaches to mental and physical disorders helped thousands of patients with conditions ranging from schizophrenia to cancer.
More information:    Media contact:
Dr. Rogers Prize Coordinator
(604) 683-7575 x 223