Canadian Medical Association

Toronto; University of Toronto, 1963; otolaryngology. Died Dec. 11, 2021, aged 84. Survived by his wife Lilly, 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Colleague Blake Papsin wrote: “Getting into medicine was a difficult task because of quotas. Jacob, however, was an exceptional student. He took the most difficult courses in chemistry, physiology and biochemistry, and received top marks. His summer work involved classified projects in chemical warfare, and an often talked about job in a vestibular laboratory looking into the effects of weightlessness. As a result of his exceptional performance as a student, he was accepted into medical school. Following graduation he again overcame long odds, and was admitted into otolaryngology within our Faculty of Medicine. He never left us until now. After finishing his training he started in a private practice on Avenue Road with colleagues Arnold Noyek and Jerry Chapnick. And they became lifelong friends. He always remembered this part of his career fondly because he was free to care for patients, teach and continue learning without carrying the administrative yoke associated with a more formal academic practice. He also started the fellowship preparation course for residents that still exists today. Eventually, he and his partners were able to join teaching hospitals, and Jacob ended up at The Hospital for Sick Children, where he would spend his entire career. Although he performed all otolaryngologic procedures, he focused on diseases of the ear, becoming 1 of the first sub-specialized otologists in pediatrics. He wrote his triologic thesis on congenital cholesteatoma, which cemented him within academia as a leader in pediatric otology. That is why I became his student and colleague, and he became my hero. Fellowship in the Triological Society is voluntary, but it requires writing a thesis. If the thesis is accepted, the writer is granted membership. Jack was naturally drawn to the academic challenge, and he proudly inspired every current member of our department to eventually write a thesis. He led that way — quietly, strongly, and by example. He was also deeply involved in the Society for the Ear Nose and Throat Advances in Children. He won several of this society’s awards, and served as its president in the late 1990s. In the process, he put SickKids on the International map. He was the otolaryngologist-in-chief at SickKids in the early 2000s, and remained closely associated with our department until the pandemic kept us apart.”

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