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KAVANAGH, DR. TERRY Dr. Terry Kavanagh, a famous Canadian pioneer in the field of cardiovascular health, died at home at age 91 on September 10, 2018, from complications of metastatic skin cancer. Terry was born on June 6, 1927, in Manchester, England, to Anne and Denis Kavanagh. He emigrated from England to Canada in 1957 as a physician and worked at the Workmen's Compensation Board (now WSIB) for 10 years, achieving the position of Chief Pensions Medical Officer. In 1967, Terry became Medical Director of the Toronto Rehabilitation Centre (TRC) and introduced what has now become the largest outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program in North America. During his 32-year tenure at TRC, 25,000 patients passed through the program and benefited from Terry's groundbreaking approaches. In 1973, he made medical history when seven of his heart attack patients completed the Boston Marathon and, in 1985, he personally trained and ran with the first heart transplant patient to complete the same marathon. Dr. Kavanagh was also an active clinical researcher in his field. His early work concentrated on post-heart attack patients and establishing the benefits of exercise training, the effects of dehydration on distance runners and the safety of marathon running. His later research contributed significantly to our understanding of exercise testing, prescription and training in heart transplant and chronic heart-failure patients and his findings were published in more than 100 peer-reviewed journals. He received national and international recognition for developing unique and visionary clinical concepts in this field, many of which are as contemporary today as they were forward thinking when he originally introduced them. During his tenure, Terry also authored three books: Heart Attack, Counter Attack; The Healthy Heart Program; and Take Heart. Over a period of four decades, in recognition of his endeavours, Dr. Kavanagh received countless prestigious honours and awards from organizations such as the American Heart Association, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Medicine, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society and the American College of Sports Medicine. In 2003, Terry was honoured by the University of Toronto, which conferred on him the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, in recognition of his contributions. In 2006, he also received "The Living Legend" award from the World Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons and, in 2013, on the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of Bayer Inc., Terry received an award as an outstanding Canadian, for his exceptional contributions to science and innovation in Canada. Terry is survived by his loving wife Johanna, as well as numerous nieces and nephews in England, the United States and Canada and dear cousins in Australia. Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of his Life will be held on Thursday, October 4th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre (www.mountpleasantgroup.com). Visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 3rd from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the same location. Those wishing to honour Terry's memory are encouraged to make a donation to the Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada for "The Dr. Terry Kavanagh Heart Health Laboratory" at the University of Toronto (www.cardiachealth.ca).

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Published in Toronto Star on Sep. 15, 2018.
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October 3, 2018
Terry Kavanagh: A man who simply made a difference, there are not words or epitaphs that can convey what he meant to me as a friend and mentor and multiply this by 1 million or more to those who's hearts he helped mend. You will be sadly missed but...always there in my own heart.Rest in Peace.

Dr Dorian Dugmore. Director, Football League Managers Association, England International football Centre, Burton Upon Trent, UK.
Dr Dorian Dugmore
September 30, 2018
Terry will always be a giant in our field of cardiac rehab. On a personal note, when I attended one of Terry's cardiac rehab seminars in the mid-90's as an almost minted cardiologist, I was somewhat uncertain about making a career out of cardiac rehab but a few hours later and after a few inspirational personal minutes with Terry, I was certain it was the right choice. Terry reassured me while there may be challenges at times, that it would be a very rewarding career. Twenty-plus years later I can confirm that Terry was correct on both fronts. Terry was always gracious and unassuming when we crossed paths professionally and was always ready with some sage guidance. I wish to take this opportunity to offer my sincere condolences to Johanna and extended family as I will be unable to extend these in person as I will be out of the country when the Celebration of Terry's life takes place. We will miss you Terry but promise to carry on your good work. (Neville Suskin, past president CACPR 2006-8)
neville suskin
September 17, 2018
I read Dr. Terry Kavanagh's book, Heart Attack, Counter Attack in 1979, and it inspired me to pursue a career in Cardiac Rehabilitation. This occurred, and I often looked to Dr. Kavanagh and Jo Kennedy's work at the Toronto Rehabilitation Centre as something to emulate. It is sad to hear of Terry's passing. Remember Phoenix Rising, well Dr. Terry Kavanagh raised us all.
Ross Bishop
September 17, 2018
A big I.O.U. to my coach and friend that I am still alive 48 years after my coronary in 1970. At the time I was 29 years old and then 4 months later joined the TRC program. Under his guidance I was one of the group of post-cardiac patients to finish the world renowned Boston Marathon in 1973. (Front page picture and news in the Toronto Star) Runs and Marathons, too numerous to mention, followed since in the States and the U.K. under the watchful eyes of Jo and T.K.
Every Thursday night for decades our group met for a run followed by good food and cheer. I'm forever indebted to him for his care and loyalty to my family and me.
Coach, we will miss you but you'll always be in our hearts.
Herman and Annette Robers
Herman Robers
September 17, 2018
Your friends and colleagues at Toronto Rehab, Peter Munk Cardiac Centre and the University Health Network express our deepest condolences and our sincerest gratitude for a lifetime of leadership and pioneering contributions. Your legacy carries on through the thousands of lives guided by your vision that well-being, even with a heart condition, can be achieved through healthy living each and every day.
Paul Oh
September 16, 2018
"If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants by Isaac Newton so relates to Terry and his career and accomplishments in the domains of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Science. Indeed, he established Canada and the academic discipline of Cardiac Rehabilitation as recognized, scientific and a cornerstone of cardiovascular care. For those of us fortunate enough to start our careers in Cardiac Rehabilitation we benefited from Terrys leadership and the credibility he established for the field. Behind the scenes, Terry and the Toronto program provided the essential leadership and logistical support for the establishment of the Canadian Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (CACPR) and so many other initiatives. Rest in peace Terry. Bill Dafoe (Past President CACPR 1991-1993)
Bill Dafoe
September 16, 2018
It was with great sadness that i learned of the death of my friend Terry Kavanagh. Terry Kavanagh was a remarkable physician and generous person who i am grateful to have had as a friend and colleague for over 30 years.

Terry will be honored for his leadership in cardiovascular rehabilitation and volumes of ground breaking cardiovascular research.

I will remember Terry for his generosity and inclusiveness. A person who despite the demands of his own hugely successful cardiovascular rehabilitation service and research, was a passionate advocate for the needs of the entire healthcare system and individual pateints

I met for the first time Terry in 1989. At that time, a patient of mine and a participant in Terrys program asked us to meet to explore starting his service to our region in Scarborough and Durham. Terry and his staff were unreserved in thier support. Years ahead of his time, Terry was clear that he believed that cardiac rehabilitation should be available not only in our region but across the province.

Over the years with Terrys advice and support our hospital a regional service, modeled on his great work, that 3 decades later has grown to become a large regional lifesaving service ..... a testament to his vision, leadership and generosity

Speaking for myself and many colleagues and patients, will always be most grateful for Terrys instrumental role in the formation of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Network of Ontario. Well ahead of time, he supported advocacy for a province wide cardiovascular rehabilitation system of care. Terry had a lead role in an expert panel that ultimately resulted in MOHLTC funding the Ontario Pilot Study that confirmed the work of the panel.

I will remember Terry as a mentor and friend with big heart. God bless you, Terry. Our prayers are with you

Ruth and Joe Ricci
Joe Ricci
September 15, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. We will all miss Terry so much he was such a big part of our lives and family, may you now rest in peace Terry. Love the Winter Family
Gill Winter
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