April 27, 2017 - Congratulations to Robarts scientist Dr. David Spence, BA'65, MD'70, on receiving a 2017 Alumni of Distinction Award from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University.
Professional Achievement Award
For more than half a century, Dr. David Spence has been a student, and an extraordinary teacher, clinician and researcher at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Western University. His achievements have changed medical practice for stroke and other vascular diseases around the world and through his clinical practice he has provided care and support improving the health of tens of thousands of individuals. Dr. Spence’s major research accomplishments include understanding the cause and treatment of hypertension in stroke patients, the effect of blood pressure changes on cerebral hemodynamics, the development of novel imaging technologies for atherosclerosis, genetic research of atherosclerosis. He has developed embolus detection methods using transcranial Doppler to identify the few patients with carotid stenosis who could benefit from carotid interventions. He is recognized as a clinical trialist and led and participated in more than 50 clinical trails investigating the effects of various therapies for stroke prevention. Dr. Spence has authored or co-authored more than 500 peer-reviewed publications, including 300 scientific articles, 50 editorials, and 40 medical books and chapters.