The Ottawa Heart Institute has confirmed Dr. Wilbert Keon, founder of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute passed away.
It was in May 1976, after many years of tireless dedication and hard work that the Heart Institute opened its doors.
Dr. Keon dreamed of an institute that would provide the highest standard of cardiac care to the Ottawa community and beyond.
His vision resulted in the world class Ottawa Heart Institute, which is recognized internationally as a centre of excellence combining cutting edge cardiac care, research, and education.
Dr. Keon served as its CEO until 2004. In 1986, he became the first Canadian surgeon to implant an artificial heart — a Jarvik-7 — in a human.
The Heart Institute said they have continued to honour this vision with the opening of new tower at the Heart Institute last year.
The Heart Institute said Dr. Keon will be sorely missed by all adding he was true to his dream, and we will remain true to his legacy and spirit.
Dr. Thierry Mesana, President and CEO of the Heart Institute said “Together with the Heart Institute staff including those who worked alongside him for decades, I pledge that we will live up to his legacy, and his dream to continue building and growing his beloved Institute.”
Dr. Keon passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2019 surrounded by his family, including Anne his wife of 59 years.
Dr. Wilbert Keon was 83
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