Canadian Medical Association

Halifax; Dalhousie University, 1986; internal medicine, hematology; past president, Canadian Bone Marrow Transplant Group and Canadian Hematology Society; co-chair, Hematology Site Group at the National Cancer Institute of Canada Clinical Trials Group/Cancer Clinical Trials Group. Died March 19, 2019, aged 58. “He was a general practitioner for two years in Elmsdale, NS, and then pursued further training in internal medicine at Dalhousie University, hematology at McMaster University and a National Cancer Institute of Canada Terry Fox Fellowship in bone marrow transplantation at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. Stephen joined the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University in 1997, where he was director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program for many years and hematology service chief/division head. Stephen was recognized nationally as a remarkable leader and his loss will be felt throughout the hematology community in Canada. While he was passionate about clinical trials and the science of hematology, his greatest satisfaction came from the care he delivered to his patients and his role as teacher of medical students and residents, which resulted in numerous teaching awards. Stephen exemplified the dedicated and compassionate physician, and countless students have benefitted from his mentorship. He always felt such great joy in seeing others succeed.” A patient’s wife wrote: “Dr. Couban was an expert in his field, and we feel he was a reason that my husband is alive today.”

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