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Railton, Richard OR'49

Railton, Richard OR'49
Dr. Railton devoted 52 years to the care of countless Ontarians in his capacity as a medical doctor. He began his study of medicine at the University of Toronto in 1955, was a member of Zeta Psi, followed by his appointment as Chief Resident Surgeon at the Toronto General Hospital in 1960. He was named a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in 1960 and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 1965. He practiced General Surgery in Welland, ON from 1961 until recently taking a senior role practicing and consulting in wound care, minor surgery, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy at the St. Catharines Wound Clinic. Among Railton's many contributions to medicine was his development of various surgical techniques utilizing staples as well as treatment of wounds using hyperbaric oxygen therapies. Throughout his career at Welland General Hospital, Railton was Chief of Staff, Chief of Surgery, Chief of General Surgery, and Chair of Surgery & Anaesthesia. He was a champion of the Continuous Quality Improvement project and served on the Medical Strategic Planning Committee for the Niagara Health System. He was also a President of the Niagara Peninsula Surgical Society and was founding President of the Southern Ontario Surgical Society. He was elected a Director of the Ontario Medical Association in 1979 and became President of the OMA in 1986. He was elected Honorary Treasurer of the Canadian Medical Association four times from 1988 to 1992. He served on the CMA Council on Economics and later on the CMA Board from 1986 to 1992. He was Treasurer of the Canadian Association of General Surgeons for several years and became President in 1985. Railton's second passion was education. He was elected as a Trustee of the Board of Education for the City of Welland in 1963, and was vice-chairman in 1969. He continued with the Niagara South Board of Education for eleven years, as chairman from 1971 to 1973. He was a Brock University trustee and chairman of the MAC of the Niagara Rehabilitation Centre. He served as vice-chair on the American College of Surgeons Committee on Young Surgeons. Railton died on July 16, 2013 in Hamilton, Ontario.
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