Canadian Cardiovascular Society

In Memoriam

Dr. David A. Murphy

We regretfully share the news that Dr. David A. Murphy, after being unwell for some time, passed away at home with family on Febraury 24, 2021.

Dr. Murphy was instrumental, along with Dr. Sullivan, in developing the cardiac transplant program in Halifax; likewise, he forged very effective basic science research collaboration as a foundation for the research achievements today. David took pride in teaching and was responsible for implementing a Royal College approved cardiac surgery residency program in 1978; he continued to mentor trainees throughout his career.

Dr. Murphy was a lifelong member of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society.

We will be memorializing Dr. Murphy in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology in the coming months.

Read Dr. Murphy’s obituary.


Dr. Martial G. Bourassa

At the Montreal Heart Institute, on July 28, 2020, at the age of 89, surrounded by the love of his family, passed away Dr. Martial G. Bourassa.

Since 1965, Dr. Bourassa has been a cardiologist at the Montreal Heart Institute, and full professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Montreal since 1976. He was part of several scientific societies and held several presidencies there. He is considered one of the pioneers of cardiology in Quebec. Its name is linked to the invention of a catheter, the Bourassa catheter, used in cardiology in Canada and North America as well as in Europe.

Dr. Bourassa was a lifelong member of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society.

We will be memorializing Dr. Bourassa in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology in the coming months.

Read Dr. Bourassa’s obituary (French Only)


Dr. Wilbert Keon
CCS President, 1988-1990

On April 7th, Dr. Wilbert Keon passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at the age of 83. Dr. Keon founded the University of Ottawa Heart Institute in 1976 and served as its Chief Executive until 2004. In 1986, he became the first Canadian surgeon to implant an artificial heart – a Jarvik-7 – in a human.

Dr. Keon was President of the CCS from 1988-1990 and a lifelong member of the Society. His pioneering efforts, personal accomplishments, and contributions to the cardiovascular community will be remembered by many.

We will be memorializing Dr. Keon in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology in the coming months.

Read Dr. Keon’s obituary

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