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Dr. Jack Tu, 1965–2018

Jack Tu

Remembering a beloved colleague

The ICES community was deeply saddened by the death of Jack Tu on May 30, 2018. Jack was an outstanding leader, mentor and colleague at ICES, and a friend to many within our organization.

An internationally recognized researcher, Jack contributed to over 450 peer-reviewed journal articles. He held several million dollars in peer-reviewed grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and other funding agencies.

As leader of the Canadian Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Team (CCORT), Jack spearheaded the publication of the landmark Canadian Cardiovascular Atlas, which described regional variations in patterns of cardiovascular care. He also served as principal investigator for the EFFECT (Enhanced Feedback for Effective Cardiac Treatment) Study, the world's first cluster randomized trial of public report cards for improving cardiac care delivery.

Jack held a Canada Research Chair in Health Services Research and was a career investigator of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. He was professor of Medicine, Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto and was an attending physician at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He oversaw the Cardiovascular Research Group at ICES.

Jack’s academic honours include the 2010 Canadian Society of Internal Medicine Senior Investigator Award, the 2010 CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research Article of the Year Award and the 2005 CIHR Knowledge Translation Award. In 2006, he was made a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

The Dr. Jack V. Tu Memorial Award for Excellence

The Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto has established the Dr. Jack V. Tu Memorial Award for Excellence to be awarded to a full-time student enrolled in a research-stream program in clinical epidemiology or health services research.

Please consider donating to the endowment.