A graduate of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Tunis El Manar, Dr. Ahmed Maherzi is a pediatrician, specializing in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition. He was the Director of the Department of Pediatrics and Neonatology at the Mongi Slim University Hospital (La Marsa, Tunisia), and the Dean of the Tunis University Faculty of Medicine (2011 to 2017). Dr. Maherzi is a member of the permanent Board of Directors of the CIDMEF (Conférence international des Doyens et des Facultés de Médecine d’expression Française) and of the AUF (Agence universitaire de la Francophonie) Scientific Committee. He is currently a professor in the University of Montréal Faculty of Medicine, where he is also Director of the Social Accountability Office.
For Dr. Maherzi, practising medicine can be summarized as self-giving. Over the course of his career, he has become a champion of social accountability across the French-speaking world. In addition to helping develop family medicine in Tunisia, over the past 10 years he has dedicated himself to integrating social accountability into medical faculties. Since 2012, he has co-chaired a francophone international research project on social accountability in medical faculties. In 2017, Dr. Maherzi organized the World Summit on Social Accountability, focusing on improving health care systems and promoting social justice.
Dr. Maherzi has also been honoured with the AFMC Charles Boelen International Social Accountability Award (2016), and the Knight Medal of the National Order of Merit (2017, Tunisia).
Honorary Membership Award
Honorary Membership may be conferred upon individuals who are not family physicians in Canada. This honour recognizes physicians or members of the public who have made an outstanding contribution to the CFPC, the discipline of family medicine, the medical profession, or the health and well-being of the population in Canada and around the world.