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Paul O'Byrne feted by Department of Medicine

Published: September 23, 2016
Paul O'Byrne tribute

At a tribute for his 14 years as chair of the Department of Medicine, Paul O’Byrne, second right, was joined by department members including, from left, Barry Lumb, chief of medicine, Hamilton Health Sciences; Steve Collins, associate dean, research, Faculty of Health Sciences; John Kelton, former dean & vice-president, Faculty of Health Sciences and, on the right, O’Byrne’s wife Irene.

Paul O’Byrne is a gentleman and a scholar who leads by example and is known for his honesty, intellect, calmness, kindness and supportive nature.

That was the description of O’Byrne given by many speakers at an event this week in tribute to his 14 years as the chair of McMaster’s Department of Medicine.

More than 200 current and past members of the University’s biggest department, as well as O'Byrne's family, attended the reception at the David Braley Health Sciences Centre, which was hosted by acting chair Akbar Panju. O’Byrne began his new role as the dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences in July.

In responding, O’Byrne said he was “truly blessed by the commitment of my colleagues” in ensuring stellar clinical care, remarkable education and innovative research. "This medical school is remarkable; we are collegial and collaborative but demand excellence. The environment we've created here has been brilliantly successful."

He was honoured by the internal medicine residents of the program with the initiation of the Paul O’Byrne Resident Research Grant.

Panju OByrne Kelton

From left: Akbar Panju, acting chair, Department of Medicine; Paul O’Byrne, former chair of medicine and now dean & vice-president, Faculty of Health Sciences; John Kelton, former dean & vice-president, Faculty of Health Sciences.


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