Dr. Cheemun Lum
It was with great sadness that the CAR learned of the sudden death of one of the radiology community’s shining stars, Dr. Cheemun Lum. At only 49 years of age, Dr. Lum was recognized by his peers and community for his outstanding achievements as a clinician and researcher, as well as a devoted husband and father.
A longtime member of the CAR, Dr. Lum was a leading radiologist, clinician, researcher, teacher and mentor in the Department of Radiology and in the Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Ottawa, and The Ottawa Hospital. His focus was in interventional neuroradiology.
A consummate clinician-scientist, Dr. Lum was involved in a number of clinical trials and was the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards. His collaboration on a pioneering endovascular thrombectomy technique helped to save the lives of many stroke patients in Ottawa.
He will especially be remembered for his clinical leadership, his passion for discovery, and the compassionate care and kindness he showed the many patients whose lives he improved or saved.
Dr. Willie Miller, President of the CAR, was a friend and colleague who had recruited Dr. Lum to The Ottawa Hospital in 2001. “His sudden loss came as a huge shock to all of his neuroscience colleagues in Ottawa and has reverberated across Canada," said Dr. Miller. "He will be irreplaceable to us, and of course, to his family and many friends.”
Dr. Lum passed away suddenly of cardiac arrest on February 11, 2017 while participating in the Canadian Ski Marathon in western Quebec. The CAR wishes to extend its deepest condolences to Dr. Lum’s family, friends, and colleagues.