Newly Published
Editorial Views  |   August 2019
In Memoriam: Brian Kavanagh, 1962 to 2019
Author Notes
  • From the Departments of Anesthesia and Physiology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (B.A.O.); Department of Anesthesia, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (B.A.O.); the Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (L.B.); and the Keenan Research Centre, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (L.B.).
  • Accepted for publication July 18, 2019.
    Accepted for publication July 18, 2019.×
  • Correspondence: Address correspondence to Dr. Orser: beverley.orser@utoronto.ca
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Editorial Views   |   August 2019
In Memoriam: Brian Kavanagh, 1962 to 2019
Anesthesiology Newly Published on August 19, 2019. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002944
Anesthesiology Newly Published on August 19, 2019. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002944
It is with great sadness that we recognize the passing, on June 15, 2019, of Dr. Brian Patrick Kavanagh: a brilliant scientist, an astute clinician, and a passionate mentor.
Brian was a tireless investigator whose capacity for research excellence was exceptional in the fields of anesthesiology and critical care. He was highly productive as both a preclinical and a clinical investigator, all the while juggling senior administrative roles and major editorial commitments. He had that rare ability to move seamlessly between the bedside and the laboratory, always asking fundamental and difficult questions.
Dr. Kavanagh’s prowess as an academic leader was evident early in his career. He graduated in 1985 from University College Dublin in Ireland, receiving the Maginnis Gold Medal in Medicine from St. Vincent’s University Hospital (Dublin, Ireland). He obtained his Medical Membership in the Royal College of Physicians (United Kingdom) in 1988. He started residency training in internal medicine in Dublin but then moved to the University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) to begin residency training in anesthesia in 1989. During his postgraduate training, he received several prestigious awards, including a Resident Research Award from the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society and the Residents Research Essay Contest Award from the American Society of Anesthesiologists. The awards continued to accrue throughout his career, and his research was ultimately recognized by a Fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and Honorary Fellowship in the College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland. In June 2019, he received a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, one of the most prestigious sources of support awarded to Canadian scientists.