Dr. Noel Hershfield was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1933 and attended The University of Manitoba. However, he was aiming for a career in professional football. He almost succeeded and was on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Taxi Squad in 1953. He also applied to the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland and was accepted in 1953.
He graduated in 1959, interned in Minneapolis, Minnesota (1959-1960) and became a General Practitioner in Flin Flon Manitoba (1961-1963). He trained as a Resident in Internal Medicine at the Winnipeg General Hospital (1963-1966) and became Chief Resident Medicine 1966.
Moving to Calgary in 1966, he began clinical practice and became the first gastroenterologist in Southern Alberta. He was also on the teaching staff of the University of Calgary 1971-2013 and is an Honorary Clinical Professor at University of Calgary after his retirement in 2016.
Dr.Hershfield has received many teaching awards and there is an endowed Clinical Professorship in Therapeutic Endoscopy at the University of Calgary in his name. In addition, there is an award in his name which recognizes clinical excellence in Gastroenterology in Alberta.
He was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 1985 for his contribution to the International Physicians for The Prevention of Nuclear War.He was President of the Alberta Chapter, and hosted an international meeting in Calgary. Over 200 doctors from all the Western countries attended.
For 25 years, Dr. Hershfield was the co-editor of the Alberta Doctors Digest writing a column entitled “The Jaundiced Eye”.
Currently, he is an educator in drug addiction and a supporter of a grassroots movement to combat it!
Dr. Noel is married, has 2 children, and four grandchildren.