Famous Burlingtonians

John V. Basmajian - Professor Emeritus

Born in Constantinople, John V. Basmajian came to Canada in 1923. He taught at a number of universities, including the University of Toronto, Queen’s University and Emory University. In 1986, Basmajian was appointed Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Anatomy at McMaster University. He is best known for his significant influence over generations of physicians-in-training, his invention of several widely used medical devices and his development of numerous scientific techniques. For his work, he was awarded the Order of Ontario in 1991 and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1994. Basmajian passed away in 2008.