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McMaster neonatal pioneer was life-long teacher and mentor

Published: May 6, 2014
Dr. John (Jack) C. Sinclair
Dr. John (Jack) C. Sinclair

Dr. John (Jack) C. Sinclair, the creator of McMaster’s neonatal intensive care unit and perinatal service has died. He was 81.

Sinclair was an associate professor at Columbia University when he was recruited by McMaster University in 1970. He was a professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and from 1993, coordinating editor of the Neonatal Review Group of the Cochrane Collaboration.

He received degrees in arts, sciences, and medicine at the University of Manitoba. He did his pediatric residency at Babies Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, and was mentored during his fellowship by Dr. William Silverman.

Retiring from clinical work in 1999, Jack was named professor emeritus at McMaster and became adjunct professor at Yale University and at the University of Texas at Houston. He continued to teach and mentor young physician-scientists until his death.

An endowed chair, the Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation/ Jack Sinclair Chair in Neonatology, was created in his name at McMaster University. He was particularly proud of collaborative work that tackled important questions and stimulated the work of others.

Jack died peacefully on Friday, May 2nd, at Mt. Sinai Hospital, Toronto.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Suzanne; his three children, Lee Hamr (Premek), David (Edith) and Stephen (Margaret); his sister Joan Warren; five grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Jack's life will take place on June 12th from 4-6 p.m. at the University Club at McMaster University.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Postgraduate Residents Fund/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Department of Pediatrics, would be appreciated.

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