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Memorable Manitobans: Morley Cohen (1923-2005)

Surgeon.

Born at Winnipeg on 18 November 1923, he received his undergraduate and medical school education at the University of Manitoba (1948). He then went to the University of Minnesota for post graduate surgical training, completing his residency and PhD in Surgery before returning to Winnipeg in 1955. He joined the Department of Surgery at the University of Manitoba where he performed Manitoba’s first open-heart surgery, in 1959. As the driving force behind the introduction of cardiac surgery to the Province of Manitoba, he served as head of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery from its inception in 1967 to 1984. He retired in 1987. In recognition of his contributions to the province’s medical community, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977) and Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002). He died at Winnipeg on 18 August 2005.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 27 August 2005.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 May 2018

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