A top Toronto doctor has died suddenly while running. On July 16, Dr. Paul Hannam, head of the program and chief of emergency medicine at North York General Hospital, passed away suddenly.
An established figure in Canadian emergency medicine has passed away.
On Saturday, Dr. Paul Hannam, who served as the program medical director and chief of emergency medicine at North York General Hospital, passed away unexpectedly.
According to a tweet from Dr. Howard Ovens, a friend and emergency physician, Hannam reportedly passed out while out running.
“Olympic sailor, marathon runner, family man, ED director at NYGH, a sweet, thoughtful, compassionate and gentle man died suddenly today on a run. The quintessential mensch. Hug someone you love,” he wrote.
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In a tweet, North York General Hospital also announced the information.
“Our hearts are heavy as we remember our dear friend and colleague,” they said, calling Hannam a “highly respected and trusted colleague, devoted to patients and community.”
Because he had previously held two stints as the chief emergency director at East York’s Michael Garron Hospital, Hannam was also well-known and well-liked in Toronto’s east end.
“Our hearts are heavy as we remember our dear friend and colleague, Dr. Paul Hannam, who served as our Chief of ED for 10+ years. We will not soon forget his incredible contributions to our hospital and community,” the hospital tweeted.
Hannam spent “many years caring for our communities,” according to President and CEO Sarah Downey, who called him a “wonderful person in every way.”
Hannam was praised for being a “kind and thoughtful leader, family man, incredible athlete, wonderful friend and colleague” in a tweet from Mount Sinai’s Schwartz/Reisman Emergency Medicine Institute.
Many of his former coworkers and patients have now posted condolences and memories of Hannam on social media. In addition to working at NYGH, Hannam was also an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.
Since 2006, Hannam has also served in a variety of hospital and medical leadership positions.
The details of the funeral are not yet revealed.