Canadian Medical Association

Vancouver; McGill University, 1962; anatomic pathology; PhD (biochemistry); professor emeritus, pathology and biochemistry, Queen’s University. Died June 5, 2019, aged 81. Survived by his wife Barbara, 3 children and 4 grandchildren. “[After post-graduate training in the US and England] he returned to Canada as an assistant professor in both pathology and biochemistry at Queen’s University, focusing on research. Bob progressed through the ranks from assistant to full professor to head of the Department of Pathology. Driven by his intellect and curiosity, and continuous funding by the Medical Research Council of Canada for 40 years, he established an internationally recognized research program and became a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He published over 300 papers, book chapters and abstracts in the areas of protein synthesis, amyloidosis, cholesterol metabolism and malaria, and founded 2 biotechnology companies, Neurochem and AtheroChem. Following his retirement from research and medical practice, his goal was to stay alive and productive for many years, to continue to collaborate and publish scientific material, to see grandchildren, and to carve some walking sticks and use them before he went. He did all of those things, as well as ride his bicycle daily, create beautiful decorative wood carvings, and play a formidable game of chess.” Canadians for Health Research reported: “Dr. Kisilevsky’s work is an outstanding example of basic science leading to clinical relevance and resulting in both extraordinary clinical and commercial benefits to society.”

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