Canadian Medical Association

Vancouver; Karlova University (Czechoslovakia), 1964; medical scientist; recipient (2010), Canadian Medical Association F.N.G. Starr Award. Died Sept. 22, 2021, aged 80. Survived by 2 children, 4 grandchildren, and his long-term partner, Eva Solar-Kinderman. “Josef had an impressive career. He obtained his PhD in physiology at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1972, went to Hammersmith Hospital in London for a fellowship from 1972 to 1973, and became Medical Research Council Scholar in UBC’s departments of Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology between 1975 and 1980. He became a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1977, and became a full professor of pediatrics and obstetrics-gynecology in 1984. In the early 1990s Dr. Skala was invited to be a visiting professor at Charles University in Prague, Czechoslovakia, where he helped establish the first bone marrow transplant program. Until his retirement in 1998, Josef was associated with the development and operation of the bone marrow transplant program at UBC.”

Back to top