Sir William Osler

Why the name “The Osler Symposia”?

​Sir William Osler (1849-1919) is universally considered the Father of Modern Medicine. His thoughts and words have been the guiding light in the development of TOS, and they continue to teach and inspire physicians the world over today.

“He belongs to medical students of all time, as Lincoln belongs to the common man everywhere.”

Dr. Wilder Penfield

Eminent Canadian neurosurgeon

“His energy, productivity, and humanity blossomed out of a deep vulnerability…a perennial model and source of authentic inspiration to the modern physician, who each day confronts, as he did, the tension between the scientific challenges from without…and the human values that spring from within.”

Professor Faith Wallis

Osler Librarian, McGill University, 2003

More About Sir William Osler

"The Saint"

by Sherwin Nuland, MD in The New Republic Magazine

The practice of medicine is an art, not a trade; a calling, not a business; a calling in which your heart will be exercised equally with your head.

~ Sir William Osler