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In Memoriam: Sean C. Grondin, MD, MPH, FRCSC


The Women in Thoracic Surgery is deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Sean C. Grondin. He was such an incredible human being who was kind, generous, and a skilled thoracic surgeon, teacher, mentor, leader, friend, colleague, and beloved father/son/husband. To pass away suddenly and at such a young age makes it almost hard to believe.

He was a thoracic surgeon at Alberta Health Services and Professor of Surgery at the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He served as President of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons in 2021, the only Canadian surgeon to have held the position.  He most recently served as a Regent for the American College of Surgeons. His accomplishments are too many to list here. He was supportive of the Women in Thoracic Surgery and our mission.

Our hearts ache as we think of his family, friends, and colleagues who are directly and indirectly effected by this news and loss.  Please let this be a reminder to all of us that none of us are promised tomorrow.  To cherish the time we do have, telling our friends and family we love them, give hugs often, connect more frequently and live your best life now, not later.

Dr. Grondin is survived by his wife, Cathy, daughter, Kate, and son, Ben. We hold them all in the light and wish for comfort in a time of grief.

Lauren Kane, MD

President, Women in Thoracic Surgery

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Thought-provoking lectures, practice-changing science, and hands-on instruction from renowned experts—all this and more awaits you at the Society of Thoracic Surgeons’ 59th Annual Meeting. STS is excited and look forward to hosting a live, in-person meeting at the San Diego Convention Center. Learn more about the event by clicking here.

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