Canadian Medical Association

Richmond, BC; University of British Columbia (UBC), 1971; anesthesiology. Died May 12, 2019, aged 73. Survived by his wife Glenys, 2 sons and 2 grandchildren. Brian practised in Powell River, BC, and Campbellton, NB, prior to returning to UBC to complete his residency in anesthesiology. Over a long and distinguished career he excelled as a physician, teacher, mentor, clinical scientist, administrator and philanthropist. During his tenure at St. Paul’s and Providence Health Care, which began in 1980, he served as department head for anesthesiology as well as vice-president (medicine) and acting CEO. Between 2002 and 2012 he served as head of UBC’s Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics (formerly the Department of Anesthesiology). Throughout his career Brian was an active researcher with numerous publications in the medical literature. He also had a passion for mentoring anesthesiology residents, for which he was honoured with several teaching awards. In 2009 he was recipient of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society Clinical Practitioner Award. Over several years late in his career Brian undertook charitable work in Uganda, volunteering in the operating room of Mulago Hospital and teaching at the medical school of Makerere University. A long-time advocate of pain management, Brian was a founding member of British Columbia’s Provincial Chronic Pain Management Strategy. Other areas of research focused on the use of blood substitutes in surgical patients, the value of pre-operative beta blockers, the reversal of muscle relaxants and the prevention of post-operative nausea and vomiting, results from which were published widely and with impact.”

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