Al-Chaddad, Élias, Saint-Laurent, Que.; St. Joseph University (Lebanon), 1969; general surgery. Died Jan. 26, 2018, aged 82. Survived by his wife, Samieh Al-Salman, and 2 sons.
Archambault, Hugues, Québec; Université Laval, 1953; diagnostic radiology. Died Feb. 5, 2018, aged 92.
Baxter, Robert, Calgary; University of London (England), 1952; family medicine. Died Jan. 20, 2018, aged 91.
Boily, Raymond, Trois-Rivières, Que.; Université Laval, 1959; diagnostic radiology. Died Jan. 9, 2018, aged 85. Survived by his wife, Dolores Proulx, 3 children, 4 stepchildren and 12 grandchildren.
Bottomley, Michael G., Conception Bay South, NL; University of Liverpool (England), 1962; general surgery; PhD. Died Jan. 8, 2018, aged 77. Survived by 4 children and 8 grandchildren. “After graduating from medical school, he moved to Newfoundland. He lived in Halifax, Toronto, Boston and Ottawa (where he received a PhD in physiology from the University of Ottawa) and became a distinguished general and vascular surgeon in Newmarket, Ont. His love for Newfoundland and the ocean eventually lured him back, where he most recently worked as an emergency room physician and began his retirement.” A nurse wrote: “Dr. Michael was one of our favourite doctors. His surgery was excellent and his patients did well. Once, during a busy night shift, we had no time to take a break. Michael came to our rescue and manned the nurses’ station for 15 minutes, allowing us a breather.”
Bouchez, Stéphane, St-Ambroise-de-Kildare, Que.; Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium), 1990; psychiatry. Died Jan. 10, 2018, aged 52.
Bus, Ilona M., Port Coquitlam, BC; Debrecen University (Hungary), 1952; psychiatry. Died Jan. 29, 2018, aged 91.
Dobson, Ross A., Newmarket, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1949; general surgery. Died Jan. 30, 2018, aged 91. Survived by his wife Irene, 4 children and 6 grandchildren. “After 4 years of post-graduate training at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, Ross returned to Canada to join the surgical staff of the newly built Scarborough General Hospital. He enjoyed a 40-year career there, including several years as chief surgeon.” A friend wrote: “The pioneers of Scarborough General Hospital are a special team of old school (the way it should be) medicine, and we are sorry to see one of the best pass on.”
Enta, Tom, Calgary; University of British Columbia, 1958; dermatology. Died Jan. 5, 2018, aged 85. Survived by his wife Marion, 2 children and 3 grandchildren. “After training in Edmonton, he practised in Saskatchewan during the dawn of universal health care in 1961. He then completed a residency in dermatology in Wisconsin before moving to Calgary in 1966 to set up his practice and work in the newly completed Foothills Hospital. Tom was instrumental in the establishment of the University of Calgary medical school, and his passion for teaching continued throughout his career. In 2005, he was named one of the Alberta Medical Association’s 100 Physicians of the Century as the association marked its 100th anniversary.”
Estable Puig, Juan F., Ottawa; University of the Republic (Uruguay), 1978; PhD, Stanford University. Died Feb. 3, 2018, aged 87. Survived by 8 children, 16 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. “His career led him to NASA’s Ames Research Center and [then] to Université Laval, where he taught generations of medical students and did research for 30 years.”
Faulkner, John R., King City, Ont.; Queen’s University, 1972; orthopedic surgery. Died Feb. 9, 2018, aged 70. Survived by his wife Mary-Ann, 3 children and a grandchild. “He was a skilled orthopedic surgeon at North York General Hospital who saw himself as part of a team and very much appreciated his colleagues and all the people he worked with. His patients always appreciated the time and care that he took.”
Fraser, William P., Cambridge, Ont.; McGill University, 1957; family medicine. Died Dec. 14, 2017, aged 86. Survived by his wife Margaret, 4 children, 14 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. “He is fondly remembered as W.P., Doc and Grampa Doc. Dr. Fraser was one of the founding doctors of Grandview Medical Centre in Cambridge and has been a doctor in the Galt, Ont., area for over 50 years. He was also the doctor for the Galt Hornets Senior A hockey team and the Mosport Raceway. He loved being a doctor, and was passionate about helping others. He also loved learning, and he wished to donate his body to help others learn via his gift to anatomy education at the University of Guelph.”
Genest, Jacques, Montréal; Université de Montréal, 1942; cardiology, endocrinology; founder, Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal; Companion, Order of Canada; member, Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (1994); professor emeritus, Université de Montréal. Died Jan. 5, 2018, aged 98. Survived by his wife Estelle, 5 children, 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. His son, McGill cardiologist Dr. Jacques Genest Jr., told the Globe and Mail: “His most significant clinical contribution was the treatment of hypertension by multiple medications, altering the natural course of a once-fatal disease into a very manageable one.” When it inducted him as a member, the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame noted: “The name Jacques Genest has become synonymous with pioneering advances in clinical research and the study of hypertension. Early in his career, the Quebec government tasked him with investigating the methods of European research centres. Inspired by their multidisciplinary approach, Dr. Genest returned to Quebec and established his first laboratory at Hôtel-Dieu. His objective was to bring together scientists and researchers from various fields while supporting the training and development of clinical researchers, as modelled by his European counterparts. In 1964 he became director of the Department of Medicine at Université de Montréal, garnering the support he needed to establish the Centre médical Claude-Bernard in 1967. Known today as the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal, this institute persists as a leading research centre with 5 research divisions, including a Bioethics Research Centre inaugurated by Dr. Genest that is recognized internationally as an authority on the social and ethical aspects of medicine. A career advocate for the important role of strong clinical research in the advancement of medicine, Dr. Genest mentored hundreds of medical researchers, encouraging many to obtain post-graduate degrees and to continue in careers of clinical research. His impact on medicine in Quebec, throughout Canada and internationally has been recognized with various accolades and awards, including 12 honorary degrees.” A former colleague wrote: “Dr Jacques Genest was an exceptional scientist and medical research leader, and was one of a kind in the history of Canadian medical research. He belongs in the pantheon of most outstanding Canadians in medicine and science.”
Gverzdys, Sharunas A. (Rooney), London, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1985; anesthesiology. Died Dec. 18, 2017, aged 58. Survived by his wife, Ingrid Thie, and 4 children. “In lieu of flowers or donations, he wishes for you to do something meaningful for a loved one, for life is short.” An OR nurse wrote: “What a wonderful picture you have chosen to run with Rooney’s obituary. This was the face of the person we met every morning in the OR — such a kind, decent human being.”
Gysler, Mathias (Matt), Mississauga, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1973; obstetrics and gynecology. Died Jan. 25, 2018, aged 69. Survived by his wife Sherry and 2 children. “He worked as a physician in Ontario for 44 years, specializing in gynecology, obstetrics and fertility. He was passionate and dedicated to his practice, and will be deeply missed by his colleagues and patients.”
Hall, Frank M. (Murray), Aurora, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1949; internal medicine. Died Jan. 8, 2018, aged 91. Survived by his wife Beverly, 4 children and 6 grandchildren. “Murray was a pioneer in preventive medicine in Toronto. As president of IMPCO Health Screening, later Laurentian Health, he spread the gospel of physical fitness, smoking abstinence and moderation in diet long before it became mainstream. His many patients confessed to enjoying their appointments in spite of his good-natured lectures about healthy living. His humour and genuine compassion extended to everyone he met, and to countless CFRB Radio listeners who heard his colourful weekly health and fitness commentaries.”
Khanna, Rama J., Mississauga, Ont.; All India Institute of Medical Sciences (India), 1971; family medicine. Died following a brain hemorrhage Jan. 4, 2018, aged 69. Survived by her husband, Jaidev Khanna, 2 children and 2 grandchildren. “Dr. Khanna lived in many countries, including the United States, Australia, Ethiopia, Bahrain and Qatar, and finally found a home just west of Toronto, living in Mississauga and practising medicine in Georgetown, Ont. A selfless and compassionate caregiver . . . her last selfless act was the donation of her lungs to a young woman waiting for a second chance at a healthy life. It is perhaps a suitable ending to a beautiful life dedicated to others.”
Kilborn, Robert M. (Bob), Kitchener, Ont.; RCAF, WW II; University of Toronto, 1950; anesthesiology. Died Feb. 6, 2018, aged 94. Survived by his partner, Mary Bender, a son and 2 grandchildren. “After the war Bob went to medical school, and began his career as a family physician in North Bay, Ont. He later practised as an anesthetist in Kitchener, Ont., served as medical director of KW Hospital, and also ran a clinic for chronic-pain patients.”
King, John, Georgetown, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1954; general surgery. Died Jan. 11, 2018, aged 87. Survived by 2 children, 3 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. “He graduated from medical school in 1954, finishing 12th in a field of 156, and he dedicated his life’s work to West Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Grimsby, Ont., for approximately 40 years.”
Lerner, Moe, Winnipeg; University of Manitoba, 1977; family medicine. Died Jan. 8, 2018, aged 64. “After working as a primary care physician at the Health Sciences Centre for several years, Moe became director of emergency services at Seven Oaks Hospital and held that position for over a decade. During the same period, he was medical director of the City of Winnipeg Ambulance and Paramedic Services. He served as a consultant to the Health Reform Office, which helped to fashion, among other things, the regional health authority system, and as medical director of the Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre. Moe was also a lecturer and associate professor of medicine at the University of Manitoba, and he combined his comedic and musical talents with his medical knowledge to become a highly successful medical expert on CBC Radio. As well, he was a leader in the fight for the rights of the obese, and was internationally renowned for his work.” When Dr. Jon Gerrard introduced legislation dealing with obesity in the Manitoba Legislature in 2016, he commented: “Madam Speaker, I want to begin my remarks on Bill 207 by acknowledging the contributions of Dr. Moe Lerner to this bill. He’s helped me to understand the nature of the prejudice and discrimination which those who are obese can be subject to.”
Majumdar, Sumit (Me2), Edmonton; University of Alberta, 1992; internal medicine. Survived by his wife Anisa and 2 children. Died Jan. 19, 2018, aged 52. A colleague wrote: “He set the bar high for us all in clinical practice, research productivity and teaching excellence.”
Mason, William F. (Bill), Halifax; Dalhousie University, 1961; diagnostic radiology; past president, Canadian Association of Radiologists and Medical Society of Nova Scotia. Died Feb. 7, 2018, aged 82. Survived by 3 children, a grandson, and his partner and caregiver, Laura Ellis. “Bill, who was a recipient of the Canadian Association of Radiologists Gold Medal, spent most of his career at the Victoria General Hospital as a vascular radiologist, and he was also associate dean of medicine at Dalhousie University. Following retirement, he continued to practise part-time at hospitals in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.”
McFarlane, Robert B. (Bruce), Feversham, Ont.; University of Manitoba, 1969; family medicine. Died Feb. 2, 2018, aged 73. “Bruce first practised medicine in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, and then spent over 30 years doctoring in the Markdale-Flesherton community in southern Ontario. He and his wife Karen returned to Cambridge Bay in 2005 and he spent the balance of his career at the Cambridge Bay Health Centre. As a friend wrote of him, he was fascinated by medicine but passionate about people. He took time to listen. He asked questions. He insisted that all the relevant information be gathered and considered. Emerging from his love of the human body, he practised, studied and taught Tai Chi for many years, and became particularly invested in helping others use Tai Chi to improve their well-being.”
Mesensky, Ladislav, Etobicoke, Ont.; Palacký University (Czechoslovakia), 1968. Died Dec. 11, 2017, aged 76.
Ng, Edward H., Windsor, Ont.; University of Ottawa, 1960. Died Jan. 16, 2018, aged 87. Survived by his wife Laura, 3 children and 3 grandchildren. “Edward was a passionate family doctor in Windsor for 56 years. He was dedicated to his patients, even practising medicine up until Jan. 4 of this year, and had served as chief of the Department of Family Medicine at IODE Hospital for 10 years.”
Perry, Edith, Nepean, Ont.; Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy (Romania), 1954; psychiatry. Died Jan. 8, 2018, aged 89. Survived by a son, 4 grandchildren and a step-grandchild. “She was born in Romania, where she lived through WW II and the subsequent communist regime, and earned her medical degree along the way. She immigrated to Israel in 1958 with her young family. There, as a psychiatrist, she worked extensively with Holocaust survivors. She continued her psychiatry practice in Ottawa after moving to Canada.”
Pritchard, Rinford B. (Buddy), Delta, BC; University of British Columbia, 1956; public health. Died Feb. 9, 2018, aged 87. Survived by his wife Muriel, 2 children, 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. “Being a physician was a lifelong passion for Buddy. After graduation from medical school, he began a long career in the RCAF that was something like an episode of MASH meets Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Even though he was the first physician qualified as a nuclear medicine specialist in the air force during the Cold War, he rarely took himself too seriously. With his outlandish sense of humour, Buddy would salute with wiggling fingers. Once, while visiting an American nuclear submarine, he pirouetted and fell into the harbour.”
Rahman, Mohammad M., Winnipeg; Dacca Medical College (Pakistan), 1959. Died Jan. 25, 2018, aged 81. Survived by his wife Firdaus and 4 children. “His illustrious career spanned over 3 continents and 6 decades. He worked as a family physician in Manitoba for 40 years — in Winnipeg and throughout the province, including Flin Flon, Steinbach, Stonewall, Vita, Eriksdale, Sprague and Cross Lake. Indeed, being a doctor was an intrinsic part of his identity. He loved medicine with a passion and deeply respected and appreciated the doctors, nurses and all those he worked with. He was always very generous with his time and would do everything possible to get to the bottom of his patients’ issues and endeavour to heal them.”
Robson, David B., Markham, Ont.; RCAF, WW II; University of Toronto, 1950; general surgery. Died Feb. 11, 2018, aged 93. Survived by 2 sons and 3 grandsons. “Dave was a sergeant air gunner in WW II, and fortunately the war ended before he was deployed overseas. After the war he practised general surgery at the Branson Hospital in Willowdale, Ont., and the former York Central Hospital in Richmond Hill, Ont. After retiring from surgery, he was on staff at the St. John’s Convalescent Hospital in Willowdale until his retirement at age 71.”
Rossi, Luigi D., Kelowna, BC; University of British Columbia (UBC), 1981; diagnostic radiology. Died Oct. 28, 2017, aged 61. “After graduating from UBC, he went on to practise as a radiologist in Grande Prairie, Alta., for 30 years.”
Sanderson, Harry M., Oshawa, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1959; past president, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, and past chair of the college’s Disciplinary Committee; life member, Ontario Medical Association. Died Jan. 27, 2018, aged 82. Survived by his wife Joan, 3 children and 7 grandchildren. A nurse wrote: “Many years ago, as a recent nursing graduate working at the then Oshawa General, I was impressed with the kindness and respect that Harry showed, not only to his patients but to all staff as well.”
Shaw, Albert J., Halifax; Dalhousie University, 1952; diagnostic radiology. Died Jan. 16, 2018, aged 94. Survived by 7 children, 22 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. “Al grew up on the Mira family farm, speaking Gaelic. He was a veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force who became a steadfast family doctor in rural Cape Breton after the war. Later he became a founding member of the Victoria General Hospital Radiology Department, where he is remembered as an esteemed mentor and skilled practitioner.”
Shnider, Mervyn, Victoria; University of Manitoba, 1957. Died Dec. 24, 2017, aged 91. Survived by his wife Shirley, 2 sons and 4 grandchildren. “After graduation, Mervyn moved to Flin Flon, Man., in 1956 and practised medicine in and around that community for almost 35 years. Mervyn was a respected physician in Manitoba and kept current in many aspects of medicine, including anesthesia, cardiology, neonatal care and gerontology. He also served as an outreach physician so cancer patients could receive treatment in their home community. He retired from practice in Flin Flon in 1990.”
Silverstein, Ezra A., Toronto; University of Toronto, 1954; orthopedic surgery. Died Jan. 15, 2018, aged 87. Survived by 3 children and 6 grandchildren. “Ezra enjoyed a long, honourable career as an orthopedic surgeon at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.”
Slinger, Robert P., London, Ont.; University of Toronto, 1955; general pathology. Died Jan. 12, 2018, aged 87. Survived by his wife Sally and 3 children.
Smith, James, North Vancouver; University of Glasgow (Scotland), 1951. Died Jan. 6, 2018, aged 88.
Tester, Clementine B., Edmonton; University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), 1954. Died Jan. 23, 2018, aged 86.
Thomsen, Andreas E., Titusville, Florida; University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), 1950; general surgery. Died Jan. 15, 2018, aged 94.
Toews, Gertrude J. (Trudi), Rossland, BC; University of Alberta, 1972. Died Jan. 6, 2018, aged 69. Survived by her husband Cedric, 2 sons, 3 stepchildren and 4 grandchildren. “Trudi waged her war against cancer with perseverance, determination, humour and dignity. She was humble, a mentor, a source of strength and information, a healer of bodies and souls, a lover of life, travel, the outdoors and powder days, and the heart of her family.”
Wilkey, William D., London, Ont.; University of Western Ontario, 1946; internal medicine. Died Feb. 7, 2018, aged 93. Survived by 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. “Bill lost his father at a young age and was raised by his mother through the Depression years. A gifted student, he graduated from medical school in 1946 at age 22. He interned at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver and, as newlyweds, he and his new wife Noreen (since deceased) took up positions at the hospital in Whitehorse, Yukon, Noreen as a nurse and William as the only doctor in the Western Arctic. After post-graduate work and specialty training in Montréal and London, England, he returned to Canada and settled in Woodstock Ont., as the city’s first specialist in internal medicine. His pioneering work in that specialty included establishing the first Coronary Care Unit at the Woodstock General Hospital. An old-school physician, Bill was on call 24/7 for many years of his practice, and he continued to make house calls until he retired.”