Canadian Medical Assocation

West Vancouver; Cambridge University (England), 1969; neonatology; former director, Neonatal ICU, Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH), Edmonton; former head, Section of Newborn Medicine, Capital Health Authority, Edmonton. Died March 20, 2018, aged 72. Survived by his wife Wai and a son. “Phil spent most of his professional life at the RAH NICU, and helped pioneer the first and most active neonatal ECMO program in Canada and the use of inhaled nitric oxide therapy in neonates. He spearheaded the planning, design and establishment of a new state-of-the-art NICU at the RAH in 2000, which will remain one his fondest legacies. For his longstanding service on the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) Committee on Reproductive Care, which was instrumental in the development of the Alberta Perinatal Health Program, he was recognized with the AMA’s member emeritus distinction in 2006 and the CMA’s Honorary Membership Award in 2011. Phil was a passionate supporter of medicare in Canada, and will be remembered as a man who cared deeply about social justice and environmental issues, and lived by his values. He was a compassionate and caring physician, an excellent clinician, and a very well-respected mentor. Among the many tributes received, these 2 perhaps sum it up best. ‘(He) was an incredible role model for myself as I went through residency training and was someone whom I always admired as the ultimate compassionate physician and mentor/teacher,’ wrote one colleague. Another added: ‘Phil will always remain in my mind as a great human being, humble and bringing people together. It was a pleasure to work with him, and he will have influenced me for the rest of my life from a professional and personal point of view.’ ”