Lives of the fellows

Stefan Grzybowski

b.13 January 1920 d.9 September 1997
MB ChB Edin(1945) MD(1949) MRCP(1949) FRCPC(1959) FRCP(1963)

Stefan Grzybowski was professor of medicine at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and head of the division of respiratory disease. He was born in Warsaw, Poland, and attended the exiled University of Warsaw medical school, based in Edinburgh. He qualified at the end of the Second World War, in 1945.

During the early stages of his medical career he carried out research into childhood tuberculosis. The textbook he wrote at the time (Tuberculosis in childhood and adolescence, London, National Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis, 1954) became a classic and was a standard textbook for many years.

In 1954 he emigrated to Canada, and for ten years was in charge of the epidemiology and research section of the Ontario division of tuberculosis prevention. He and his research team investigated the treatment of tuberculosis using the new methods of antibiotics and chemotherapy.

In 1964 he was appointed associate professor of medicine at the University of British Columbia, becoming full professor and head of the division of respiratory disease in 1973, a position he held until his retirement.

At the University of British Columbia he became involved in programmes to treat the native peoples of northern British Columbia and the Arctic. His knowledge and expertise were much sought after: he was a consultant for the World Health Organization, the Pan American Organization and the International Union against Tuberculosis. He was also a visiting lecturer in Japan.

He married Betty Jean Poland in 1949 and they had four children. At the time of his election to the Fellowship in 1972 he listed skiing, shooting, climbing and theatre as his interests.

RCP editor


(Volume XI, page 234)

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