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Preparation for Tomorrow

"The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today's work superbly well." ~ Sir William Osler, Dundas-raised Physician and Icon of Modern Medicine (1849 - 1919).

John Evans Fraser Mustard David Sackett
From left: John Evans, Fraser Mustard and David Sackett

With the new fellowship program, clinical care and teaching flourishing, research at McMaster exploded. Dr. John Evans, the Dean of McMaster Medical School, was part of the interdisciplinary research leading to the first PET scanner in Canada. Dr. Fraser Mustard, Dr. Jack Hirsh and Dr. Graham Turpie performed landmark atherosclerosis and platelet aggregation studies, giving McMaster an international reputation as the platelet research epicentre. Dr. David Sackett, the young statistician and founder of McMaster’s Department of Clinical Epidemiology, was making substantial contributions to the field of evidence-based medicine, which eventually became synonymous with his name. Dr. A.J. Tajik interned at the Hamilton Civic Hospital on the way to a residency at the Mayo Clinic and illustrious career as a foremost leader and researcher in echocardiography.

In the Department of Cardiology, Dr. John Cairns' pioneering work on the role of aspirin in acute coronary syndromes put McMaster on the radar of cardiology consciousness, leading to one of the most important discoveries in medicine this century. As Chairman of Medicine, Dr. Cairns turned his efforts towards developing a co-ordinated research program. Electrophysiologist Dr. Stuart Connolly was among the first specialists to be recruited, bringing tremendous expertise in creation of randomized clinical trials. Echocardiographer Dr. Elaine Gordon's arrival made it possible to develop a program in Adult Congenital Cardiology. Dr. Fallen and Dr. Cairns’ keen interest in basic and clinical research led, with the help of Gairdner-laureate Dr. Jack Hirsh, to the appointment of Dr. Salim Yusuf from the National Institutes of Health in 1992. A cardiologist, Rhodes’ Scholar, and clinical epidemiologist, Dr. Yusuf took the helm as Chief of Cardiology at McMaster, and founded the Population Health Research Institute, ushering in a new era in the history of McMaster cardiology, entitled "The Future is Today".

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