Canadian Medical Association

Victoria; McGill University, 1974; respirology. Died of myelofibrosis June 9, 2022, aged 75. Survived by her husband, Dr. David Lawson, 3 children and 5 grandchildren. “After a 3-year stint in New Jersey to accommodate her husband’s academic journey, she completed her residency in internal medicine in 1979, followed by a 2-year post-doctoral research fellowship and clinical fellowship in respiratory medicine at St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver. She was appointed as a clinical instructor in 1982, and by 1997 rose to the rank of clinical professor in the Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia. Lindsay was an outstanding teacher and received numerous awards, including the Fay Dirks Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching. As it happened, at least 2 of her former students were involved in her care during her final weeks. Lindsay’s special areas of interest included the pulmonary complications of HIV disease and the management of asthma. She was one of the original members of the AIDS Care Team at St. Paul’s, and saw virtually all the patients with HIV-related pulmonary complications through the 1980s and ’90s. In so doing she provided clinical support for much of the early research of the Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. Her name appears as a coauthor on several of its early scientific publications. In addition to her busy clinical practice, Lindsay served as medical director of the Short Stay Unit at St. Paul’s Hospital from 1994 to 2010. She was actively involved in several committees of the BC Medical Association, and served on the editorial board of the BC Medical Journal from 1994 to 2011. She also served as an examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Following her retirement from hospital practice after 33 years at St. Paul’s, Lindsay continued her travelling clinics in Lillooet and Powell River for her final 3 years of clinical practice. Lindsay’s patients were highly appreciative of her care.”

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