The IMS is saddened to hear that former faculty member Dr. Paul Walfish has passed away. Dr. Walfish was a long-standing part of the IMS community, first joining as a faculty member in 1996. He was a leader in thyroid research and developed screenings for babies that was adopted around the world. Our condolences go out to his family, friends and former colleagues.
“Paul has left a lasting legacy to U of T Medicine as a student, teacher and researcher,” said Trevor Young, dean of the Faculty of Medicine and vice-provost, relations with health care institutions.
“He was recognized globally for his landmark work in endocrinology, and he has helped to improve health care in Canada, especially for newborn infants. Paul’s commitment to his work and service to our community and profession will be missed.”
Walfish received his medical degree from the University of Toronto before completing his residency in internal medicine. He was then awarded a McLaughlin Foundation Fellowship and furthered his clinical studies in endocrinology at Harvard Medical School.
He joined U of T’s department of medicine as a clinical teacher and founded the department of nuclear medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in 1965, where he would work for more than 50 years. He was appointed full professor in 1982, and became professor emeritus in the departments of medicine, pediatrics, laboratory medicine and pathobiology and otolaryngology – head and neck surgery in 2002.
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