Canadian Medical Association

Toronto; University of Manitoba, 1982; general internal medicine, clinical epidemiology, medical decision-making. Died July 1, 2022, of glioblastoma multiforme, aged 65. Survived by his wife Linda and 3 children. Dr. Moira Kapral, director, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Toronto (U of T), and Dr. Gillian Hawker, chair, Department of Medicine, U of T, commented: “Murray was global leader in health technology assessment. He was also a brilliant scientist whose landmark research on topics such as the cost-effectiveness of universal prostate cancer screening and universal vaccination of adolescents against hepatitis B informed national and international guidelines. He had over 360 publications in the peer-reviewed literature, and held over $60 million in grant funding over the course of his career. A giant in the field of health technology assessment and economic evaluation, he served as president of the Society for Medical Decision Making and was founding director of the Toronto Health Economics and Technology Assessment (THETA) Collaborative. He was appointed as a staff physician in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Toronto General Hospital (TGH) in 1992, and he remained there for the duration of his career. He served as associate director of the Clinical Epidemiology and Heath Care Research Program within the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, introducing and growing training in cost-effectiveness analysis. He held a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Health Technology Assessment, and served as division director for Support, Systems and Outcome at the TGH Research Institute. As well, he was a professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Pharmacy at the U of T, a senior scientist at the TGH Research Institute, and an adjunct scientist at ICES. . . . Despite his substantial research and leadership responsibilities, Murray maintained his skill as a general internist, attending on the busy clinical teaching units at the TGH throughout his career. He was a dedicated teacher, a caring clinician and a cherished colleague. He will be deeply missed by all who had the good fortune to know and work with him.”

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