For those of you who didn’t know him, he was an orthopedic surgeon, accomplished researcher, tireless advocate for the use of evidence to improve the health care system, and a mentor and role model for many of us.
We have lost much intellectually. But what hurts the most is that we have lost someone who had such passion about what he was doing, and who did it because he wanted to make the lives of patients better (especially the Albertans he loved so much). No matter what obstacles were in his way (and there were often many), he always had a twinkle in his eye and would say reassuringly “Don’t worry – we’ll get there”. He was a glass-half-full kind of guy. It was always so much fun sharing a drink or a coffee with Cy, scheming about what to do next.
Cy believed passionately that patients and the public need to be deeply involved in the design and management of the system. He was incredibly supportive of Healthy Debate – Alberta Innovates Health Solutions is a generous sponsor.
All of us at Healthy Debate thank Cy for everything he has done and mourn his loss.