Dr. Edward Cain

Spring 2023 Honorary Degree Recipient

Doctor of Laws (honoris causa)

Dr. Edward Cain began his medical career in 1977 after graduating from the University of Ottawa and performing his residency at Dalhousie University. He dedicated his practice to working in emergency medicine, and consequently changed the lives of countless Nova Scotians in need of acute care through his medical practice, research and advocacy work. 

Among Dr. Cain’s numerous achievements are his contribution to the creation of the Paramedic Act, a piece of legislation that provided the groundwork and legal authority for paramedicine to become a self-regulating profession. His research into community paramedicine enabled paramedics to perform expand their scope of service to include primary health needs, and his research into how best to administer life-saving medicine to heart attack patients “in the field” has helped save lives. He was also instrumental in the development of protocols that guide paramedical clinical practise in line with the latest evidence and research.

Dr. Cain was an emergency medicine physician at the QEII Health Sciences Centre for many years. He was an associate professor in Dalhousie’s Faculty of Medicine, has held roles in emergency health services for the Nova Scotia and New Brunswick governments, and has acted as a consultant for the paramedic program at the Justice Institute in British Columbia. He has been honoured with the Dr. Ron Stewart Award by the National Association of EMS Physicians and the Health Promotion Award by Doctors Nova Scotia.