Tribute - In Memory

In memory of Paul Brunes

Paul Brunes was an amazing son, brother and friend who lived his short life to the fullest. On March 13, 2010, Paul died suddenly from problems associated with a heart arrhythmia. Paul did more in his 31 years than most do in a lifetime. He was a vibrant soul who possessed the rare gift of being able to connect with people across boundaries of race, politics and class.

To honour Paul’s life, his family has partnered with VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation to establish the Paul Brunes UBC Professorship in Heart Rhythm Disorders.

The Professorship was established to boost research for arrhythymias, increase education for medical professionals, and improve patient care for British Columbians with these disorders.

Dr. Andrew Krahn joined VGH in October 2012 and was appointed the Paul Brunes UBC Professorship in Heart Rhythm Disorders. Dr. Krahn is leading the way in developing new treatments for heart disease as he takes on this key role. Dr. Krahn specializes in implanting heart rhythm devices in patients and is national leader in the management of cardiac arrhythmias, the genetic causes of arrhythmias and causes of loss of consciousness. He has published about 250 papers in peer-reviewed journals and is the president of the Canadian Heart Rhythm Society.

"Besides seeing patients at both Vancouver General and St. Paul's Hospitals, I am keen to promote discovery, innovation and the use of that knowledge to advance our understanding of heart disease, and to deliver better care in a lifelong learning environment."

-Dr. Andrew Krahn

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