Professor Robert Salter's legacy will live forever. Most great men are remembered for a single seminal achievement; Dr. Salter will be remembered for many. His contributions to medical science have already helped millions, and they will continue to benefit millions for generations to come. Not only will the patients with the deformities and diseases he studied, and for whom he discovered solutions, benefit but also future scientists and health-care practitioners who will be inspired by his approach to complex scientific questions. We will remember Dr. Salter for his leadership, mentorship, research, teaching, and, most importantly, his humanity.
Robert Salter was driven as a young doctor to help his fellow man as evidenced by his initial work as a medical missionary for the Grenfell Mission in Newfoundland. He soon recognized that his passion for humanitarian endeavors could be best directed through medical science and therefore enrolled in the Gallie Course in Surgery in the University of Toronto. However, his compassion for those less fortunate than himself was a central theme throughout his career and profoundly influenced everything he pursued.
After completing his residency, Dr. Salter and his wife Robina moved to Britain, where he did his research training at the London Hospital working with world orthopaedic leaders such …
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