Stuart Connolly

It is with deep sadness that PHRI announces the passing of Senior Scientist Stuart Connolly, whose pioneering contributions to cardiac electrophysiology will be remembered for years to come.

Connolly joined McMaster University in 1983 and became a full professor in 1994. During his forty years at McMaster, Connolly founded the cardiac arrhythmia service and served two terms as cardiology division director and was the first occupant of the Salim Yusuf chair in cardiology. Over his career, he published more than 270 scientific articles and served on the editorial boards of several leading cardiology journals.

His research focused on treatments for heart rhythm disorders. In a letter to the PHRI community, PHRI Executive Director and Senior Scientist Salim Yusuf and Senior Scientist Jeff Healey shared their reflections:

“He is recognized worldwide as one of the most impactful clinical investigators in cardiac arrhythmia management, having helped define our current practice for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation, pacemaker therapy and the management of ventricular arrhythmias and cardiac arrest.”

He also mentored many promising clinical scientists at McMaster University and at other institutions in the world, with great care and dedication, helping them to make meaningful and lasting impacts in their areas of investigation.

“Today, we have lost a friend, a colleague, a generational thinker, and a unique individual.”

Connolly’s passing is a great loss to his friends, colleagues, and the field of healthcare and health research. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.

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