Canadian Medical Association

Vancouver; University of British Columbia (UBC), 1963; pediatrics; professor emeritus, UBC. Died Jan. 6, 2020, aged 82. Survived by 2 daughters. “After obtaining degrees in chemistry (where his work as a summer researcher contributed to the discovery of calcitonin) and medicine from UBC, George began his medical career working in England and Switzerland with Professor Charlotte Anderson. This began a lifelong career working with children with cystic fibrosis (CF) and celiac disease, focusing on both research and patient care. George would eventually become director of the Biochemical Diseases Service at the BC Children’s Hospital, a position he found immensely rewarding as it meant working with a dedicated team of doctors, nurses, dietitians, physiotherapists and other specialized professionals whose contributions he truly valued. Their work improved the lives of their patients and their families, which was of utmost importance to him. His leadership led to many new initiatives. These included the creation of adult clinics for CF and celiac patients after he realized that these patients were now surviving into adulthood. He was also behind the formation of a Special Products Distribution Centre and the Lactation Support Service and Milk Bank, both of which helped patients obtain the special nutrition products that they needed. George contributed to improving the lives of children beyond his home province through his research and his involvement in national and international health organizations. He was a dedicated and compassionate doctor.”

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