By: J. Buttivant
Recently, the Laboratory Medicine Program honoured two icons in the world of clinical hematology
With Dr. Pantalony in attendance and the family of the late Dr. Carstairs, LMP officially “cut the ribbon” on the new Hematopathology Teaching Room dedicated in recognition of the leadership that they brought to our department
Dr. Pantalony held the positions of Director of Hematology Laboratories at Ottawa Civic Hospital, Toronto Western and General Hospitals, and additionally Director of the Hematopathology Unit at Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network.
Dr. Kelvin Carstairs was a giant in the world of hematopathology and led an incredibly notable and distinguished medical career. Dr. Carstairs’ family was on hand to accept a plaque and cut the ribbon on his behalf.
Dr. Carstairs was actively engaged throughout his career in teaching laboratory technologists and residents through both his academic appointments at the University of Toronto’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology and his positions within Toronto General Hospital’s Department of Laboratory Hematology.
Quite historically, Dr. Carstairs was the first person to identify drug induced autoimmune hemolytic anemia and his seminal paper published in Lancet is still referenced in the latest editions of major text books. LMP also greatly appreciates the fact that in tribute to his life’s work – his family, together with the Department of Hematology, established the Kelvin Carstairs Fund for Education in Laboratory Hematology.
The purpose of the fund is to advance the education of laboratory hematology technologists through educational events, seminars and conferences held within UHN as well as externally.