Canadian Medical Association

North York, Ont.; Queen’s University, 1971; internal medicine, cardiology. Died because of glioblastoma June 4, 2021, aged 74. Survived by his wife Carolyn, 2 children and 2 grandchildren. “In February 2020 Jim arranged a CT scan for himself after telling friends he thought he had the same thing that his identical twin George had died from less than a year before. Jim came to that conclusion as he found he was forgetting details. Less than a week later, a biopsy was done to confirm the diagnosis of a glioblastoma. Like his brother, he approached his treatments with an optimism that he could be a survivor. During his medical career he did his cardiology residency at the University of Toronto and a fellowship in cardiac ultrasound at Emory University in Atlanta. On his return to Canada in 1977, he was among the first to introduce 2-D echocardiography to practice. For the next 40 years he devoted himself to clinical cardiology and advancing the specialty. He was a proud member of the Rouge Valley Health System and founding member of a robust, all-service cardiology group. Dr. Swan was a founding member of the world-recognized Cardiac Care Network of Ontario. He was instrumental in setting up 1 of the first catheterization labs and a stand-alone angioplasty suite in the community. He was chair of the Section of Cardiology in the Ontario Medical Association and president of the Ontario Association of Cardiologists. As digital technologies advanced, Jim was a leader in adapting to the needs of cardiac echo labs. Programs he developed were utilized by many institutions around the world, and locally in Ontario in Scarborough, Ajax and Collingwood.”

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