McMaster University

McMaster University

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Early med school clinician educator dies

Published: May 2, 2016
Ron Browne
Dr. Ron Browne

Dr. Ron Browne, former chair of McMaster University's Department of Anesthesia and one of the earliest clinician educators of the medical school, died April 15 at the age of 87.

Browne was an active staff member at the Hamilton Civic Hospitals in 1965 but soon joined the newly opened Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine as a full-time faculty member.

Browne was acting chair of the department from 1984 to 1985, and was appointed professor in 1986, a notable achievement at the time for a faculty member with a primarily clinical interest. He retired in 1988 as a professor emeritus.

"He was universally respected by surgeons, administrators and anesthesia colleagues as a calm, caring and extremely competent individual whose demeanor contributed greatly to ensuring good relations between the newly established University health care community and the existing practitioners," said Dr. Norm Buckley, chair of the Department of Anesthesia. "His contributions are much appreciated and he will be missed."

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