Martin Brotman, D.Sc., May 15, 2009
Martin Brotman
B.Sc.(Man.); M.Sc.(Minnesota); M.D.(Man.); F.A.C.P.; A.G.A.F.

Today, we honour Dr. Martin Brotman, a distinguished alumnus of the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Medicine.

Dr. Brotman received his Bachelor of Science (Medicine) and his Doctorate of Medicine (Honors) in 1962 from the University of Manitoba, receiving prizes and medals throughout his university career, including the University Gold Medal and several other awards upon graduation.

Following an internship with the Winnipeg General Hospital, Dr. Brotman completed his Residency in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota; and he held a Fellowship in Gastroenterology from the Mayo Clinic from 1965 to
1967. Additionally, he was a National Institutes of Health Post-Doctoral Trainee in Gastroenterology and Senior Resident Associate in the Mayo Clinic's Gastrointestinal Research Unit.

Dr. Brotman received his Master of Science in Medicine and Physiology from the University of Minnesota in 1967.

Dr. Brotman is currently the President of the West Bay Region of Sutter Health, headquartered in San Francisco. He is the former President and CEO of the California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) and he is a member of that hospital foundation's Board of Trustees and its Physicians Foundation Board of Directors. He is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and maintains a small private practice in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine.

He is often called the "gastroenterologist's gastroenterologist", a superb diagnostician and clinician, and he has been hailed as a superior hospital administrator, especially for his leadership at the California Pacific Medical Center - one of the largest private and not-for-profit academic medical centres in California. As CEO, Dr. Brotman rebuilt the CPMC through significant reorganization, strengthened care programs and clinical delivery systems, strategic planning and cost management; and it has since been named the "Healthiest Hospital in America" several times.

Previous to that, Dr. Brotman served in a number of roles including Chairman of the Department of Medicine, Director of the Division of Education, Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, and Medical Director of the Gastrointestinal Laboratory.

Dr. Martin Brotman is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and has served as President and Treasurer of the American Gastroenterological Association. He is past Chairman of the Subspecialty Board on Gastroenterology of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and a past member of its Board of Governors.

He has also served as an officer or board member for a number of other professional and advisory groups, including the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and the Association of American Medical Colleges; and he has served on a number of advisory groups.

Dr. Brotman has been an enthusiastic and exemplary advocate for the California Pacific Medical Center Foundation, serving in various capacities to raise funds for the centre and as a co-chair of the Cancer Center Capital Campaign. He has also provided fundraising leadership as Chairman of the American Digestive Health Foundation and the American Gastroenterological Association Foundation. He is currently Chairman of the Development Council of Sutter Health.

He was recently awarded the Julius Friedenwald Medal for Distinguished Service from the AGA - the highest honor that the association bestows on a member- in recognition of his lifelong contributions to the field of gastroenterology. He was also honoured with the Medal of Distinction by the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry at the University of the Pacific.

Dr. Brotman is admired and respected by his colleagues for his diplomatic, charismatic and visionary leadership style - listening, communicating, and building consensus - and his immense respect for the views of others.

Mr. Chancellor, it is my honour and privilege to ask in the name of the Senate of the University of Manitoba, that you confer upon Dr. Martin Brotman, the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by mentor, Dr. Gerald Minuk

Martin Brotman