G. Lyman Duff

George Lyman Duff


Born: 26 January 1904, Hamilton, Ontario

Died: 11 February 1956, Montreal, Quebec

Academic Degrees

  • BA: University of Toronto, Ontario, 1926
  • MA: University of Toronto, Ontario, 1927
  • MD: University of Toronto, Ontario, 1929
  • PhD: University of Toronto, Ontario, 1932 (experimental studies in arteriosclerosis)

Academic Positions

  • 1931 - 1935 Assistant then Instructor in Pathology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland (under W. MacCallum and A. Rich)
  • 1935 - 1939 Lecturer then Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of Toronto, Ontario (consultant to Royal Victoria Hospital)
  • 1939 - 1956 Strathcona Professor of Pathology and Director of the Pathological Institute, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec (taking over from Horst Oertel)
  • 1949 - 1956 Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec


  • University of Toronto; Johns Hopkins University

Selected Career Highlights

  • A member of a distinguished Canadian family.

  • Published over 65 papers on human and experimental cardiovascular diseases (and the effects of cholesterol), diabetes, pancreatitis, hematopoetic diseases, hepatic diseases, collagen diseases and medical education (with Arnold Rich, W.G. MacCallum, Robert H. More, D.Wilson, etc). Considered a world's expert on arteriosclerosis and diseases of the pancreas.

  • President of: Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland, the American Association of Pathologists and Bacteriologists (1954-1955), American Society for the Study of Arteriosclerosis (1951-1952), Quebec Association of Pathologists (1946-47), National Cancer Institute of Canada (1954-1956).

  • 1938-1956: Associate Editor--Pathology and Bacteriology, American Journal of the Medical Sciences.

  • 1942-1945: Associate Examiner in Pathology and Bacteriology, Medical Council of Canada.

  • 1944-45: Examiner in Pathology, Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada.

  • President of the American Association of Pathologists and Bacteriologists (and the Third Canadian Pathologist to be President of that organization).


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