Canadian Medical Association

Winnipeg; University of Manitoba, 1969; internal medicine. Died Jan. 7, 2022, aged 79. Survived by his wife Patricia, 2 children and 3 grandchildren. “Following his residency, he pursued fellowship training in the relatively new specialty of infectious disease at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Godfrey was offered a job at UCLA, but felt that Manitoba had done so much for him and he chose instead to return to Winnipeg in 1975. It was here that he started his career as one of the few infectious disease physicians in Manitoba and in Canada. Mid-career, he challenged himself and did an additional Royal College fellowship in medical microbiology at the University of Toronto. Godfrey had a stellar academic career. He was considered an international authority on infectious diseases, and authored or co-authored more than 230 peer-reviewed papers, including 3 in the New England Journal of Medicine. He was a founding member of the Canadian Society of Infectious Disease (now the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada), and served as its president in 1984-85. The association awarded him the Distinguished Service Award in 2004, and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. At the time of his retirement, and in recognition of his contribution to the University of Manitoba, he earned the title of professor emeritus, internal medicine and medical microbiology. Godfrey spent most of his career at the St. Boniface hospital, where he served as head of infectious disease and medical microbiology. Until his retirement in 2007, he provided compassionate and outstanding care to all of the patients he saw in his clinic and the hospital for more than 30 years. In 2012, Doctors Manitoba awarded him honorary membership in the Canadian Medical Association. As a final contribution to Manitoba, from 2005 to 2007 he was medical director of clinical microbiology, Diagnostic Services of Manitoba, and played a leading role in restructuring microbiology services across Manitoba.”

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