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Tributes for Jack Tu

"For the past 20 years, I collaborated with Dr. Jack Tu on the epidemiology of cerebrovascular diseases amongst Chinese living in Canada.

In 2000, he was very generous to sponsor my two summer students to carry out a retrospective study on this subject on hospitalized patients. Since then, he participated with other researchers within the Chinese Canadian Council in support of The Heart and Stroke Foundation in carrying out further research on heart diseases and stroke amongst Chinese Canadians, including the current Alliance Study.

During these two decades of working with Dr. Tu, I found him to be extremely intelligent, generous and very approachable. His expert and valuable opinion in bio-statistics and epidemiology was always very much appreciated. He also provided a lot of insightful comments and support to all our research work within the Chinese Canadian community.

I would like to express my most sincere gratitude for the opportunity to work along with Dr. Tu. His stamina and spirit will be among all those who had the fortunate opportunity to work with him and also come to know him as an esteemed colleague and a wonderful person. On behalf of the Research Committee of the Chinese Canadian Council in support of The Heart and Stroke Foundation, I would also like to acknowledge his long-time generous support of our research work.

I would like to express my sincere condolence to Dr.Tu’s family: his parents, his siblings and in particular his wife Jane and his son Eric."

Joseph Y. Chu, MD, FRCPC, FACP, FAHA
Consultant Neurologist, WIlliam Osler Health System
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Neurology), University of Toronto
Chair of Research, Chinese Canadian Council, in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

“Jack was a giant in health services research, and a great teacher and mentor to our students. He was constantly searching for innovative ways to improve the health system and the quality of health care for Canadians. His dedication to our field and his scholarship will be greatly missed.”
Adalsteinn Brown, Interim Dean
Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Dalla Lana Chair in Public Health Policy

“The University of Toronto has lost a dedicated mentor and friend. A tireless researcher and clinician scientist, Jack made significant contributions to measuring and improving the health and quality of care for Canadians with cardiovascular disease.”
Trevor Young, Dean,
University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine

“Dr. Jack Tu changed cardiac care. He made lives better for countless people. He set out in his professional life to make a difference, and he did. It is because of his research that we now know that where someone lives can have an impact on their cardiovascular health. It is because of his research that we now know that ‘good’ cholesterol is not an effective marker for heart health. It is because of his research that there is now a tool to predict mortality in patients who present with heart failure in the emergency room.”
Andy Smith
President and CEO Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

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