Roger Strasser MDIn September 2002, Dr. Strasser took his current position as Founding Dean of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, a joint initiative of Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and Laurentian University in Sudbury. Prior to this, Dr. Strasser was Professor of Rural Health for Monash University and Head of the Monash University School of Rural Health in Australia. Between 1992 and 2004, Dr. Strasser also had an international role as Chair of the Working Party on Rural Practice of Wonca, the World Organization of Family Doctors.
In November 2002, Dr. Strasser was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners in recognition of his world leadership in the field of rural health. In March 2003, he received the Louis Ariotti Award for excellence and innovation in rural and remote health in Australia.
Dr. Strasser is also the recipient of the prestigious award, Fellow of Wonca, presented in October 2004, in recognition of his outstanding service to Wonca and family medicine around the world. In April 2005, Australia's Monash University held a special ceremony to re-name its Auditorium in Dr. Strasserâ€™s honor.
The Roger Strasser Auditorium at the Latrobe Regional Hospital in Australia pays tribute to Dr. Strasser's contribution to the development of rural medical education programs in Australia and around the world. In 2006, Dr. Strasser was named the inaugural winner of the Small, Rural and Northern Award of Excellence by the Ontario Hospital Association and also received the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine Life Fellowship Award for outstanding and meritorious service to Rural and Remote Medicine in Australia.