Canadian Medical Association

St. John’s; Dalhousie University, 1955; pediatrics. Died Oct. 15, 2020, aged 89. Survived by his wife, Heidi McKeown Davis, 4 children, 3 stepchildren, 12 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. A career outline published by Memorial University of Newfoundland stated: “Dr. Davis joined the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial in 1969, the year its first students were admitted, and he was 1 of only 3 full-time pediatric faculty when the medical school opened its doors. Diabetes was 1 of his sub-specialty areas, and he had the opportunity to start a diabetes clinic in St. John’s and to establish a team to do treatment and follow-up. He also established the Neonatal Transport Service for the province, as well as the provincial neonatal screening program for congenital hypothyroidism — the third to be established in Canada. Dr. Davis also launched a provincial screening program for hereditary amino acid disorders. Pediatric residents were a part of the Faculty of Medicine from its beginning, and accreditation of the pediatric residency program wasn’t long in coming. Dr. Davis witnessed numerous changes over the years, from the days when the medical school was housed in temporary buildings on the south campus and pediatric services were provided by the old Janeway Hospital in Pleasantville. He was a strong advocate of the Janeway’s move to the Health Sciences Centre, and said one of the most important benefits of this move was to bring obstetrics and the children’s hospital together.”

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