A Hamilton researcher is one of the six Canadians that will be inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame for his work on the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Salim Yusuf, director of the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University, is among the six health pioneers across the country to be inducted this year.

Yusuf has spent more than three decades investigating how to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease worldwide. His epidemiological work in about 85 countries has shown that most heart attacks result from similar risk factors, no matter where a person lives.

Yusuf is also recognized for his role in developing a nationwide network of Canadian cardiovascular researchers.

His work has also won him the prestigious Canada Gairdner Award this year, which comes with a $100,000 prize. The recipients of the Gairdner are often dubbed as "baby Nobels" because more than 80 of them have gone on to win the world's most coveted scientific prize.

His is currently working on preventing cardiovascular disease for people in countries that are unable to pay for life-saving drugs.

A Rhodes Scholar from India, Yusuf worked at the U.S. National Institutes of Health and Oxford University in England before joining McMaster in 1992.

The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame is the only national hall of fame dedicated to achievement in the medical field.

The ceremony will take place on Thursday at the Rogers K-Rock Centre in Kingston.

With files from The Canadian Press