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McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Newsmagazine — Volume 9, Issue 3, Fall 2015

Former dean of FHS truly cared for patients

Jack Laidlaw
Jack Laidlaw

Jack Laidlaw, former dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences known for his commitment to caring for patients, died in June at age 94.

A professor of medicine at McMaster from 1975 to 1986, Laidlaw served six years as chair of the Department of Medicine before being appointed dean of the Faculty from 1981 to 1985. The endocrinologist retired as professor emeritus in 1986.

A leading scientist in the field of endocrinology, his concern for patients led him to focus on patient-centred care, communications with patients and between health professionals, supportive care for cancer patients, and the education of future health care providers.

The Jack C. Laidlaw Chair in Patient-Centred Health Care at McMaster was established in his honour in 2002 and he received an honorary doctorate of science from McMaster in 2004.

Among the many roles he held throughout his career, Laidlaw was founding director of the University of Toronto's Institute of Medical Science; executive director, medical affairs for the Canadian Cancer Society; president of the Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation; president of the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism; and an international consultant to Cancer Care Ontario and the World Health Organization.