Founding member of Médecins Sans Frontières Canada wins the Royal College's humanitarian award March 30, 2016 From characterizing the symptoms of HIV/AIDS in children, to enabling the delivery of affordable medicines, the humanitarian career of James Orbinski, OC, OOnt, MD, MCFP, has made the world a better place for millions of people. Due to the far-reaching impacts of his work, he has won one of Canada's most prestigious medical awards: the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada's Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award. Today, Dr. Orbinski works in Waterloo, Ont., where he is CIGI Chair in Global Health Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and a professor at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is also a professor at the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health. However, in the late eighties, he was one of few doctors working on the ground in Africa to characterize the signs and symptoms of HIV/AIDS in children. Dr. Orbinski worked for many years in numerous countries with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), first as a physician, then medical director, then head of mission. The work was not easy — he was threatened at gunpoint in Somalia and survived shellfire in Rwanda during the genocide. Eventually, he became MSF's international president and accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999 on behalf of the organization. He was also one of the founding members of MSF Canada.