I am so saddened to have to share with you the news of the passing of Dr. Lucas Murnaghan.
Lucas passed away after a brief illness last night. I will be making a donation on behalf of our Division.
Our condolences go out to his partner Antonio and Lucas’ entire family.
Dr. Murnaghan’s clinical practice at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children spanned a decade from August 2009 to February 2019. He specialized in general pediatric orthopaedics with a subspecialty interest in pediatric athletic injuries and the use of arthroscopy in the management of a wide spectrum of pathologies. His practice extended to adolescent and collegiate athletes in association with the MacIntosh Clinic at The University of Toronto, and a young adult practice at Women’s College Hospital.
After earning his undergraduate and medical degrees at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, he completed an orthopaedic residency at The University of British Columbia and participated in a one-year elective in medical education and concurrently obtained his Masters of Adult Education. His training continued with a fellowship in Arthroscopy and Athletic Injuries. His paediatric training included a fellowship at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia and at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas. In 2014, he was selected as a proud recipient of the POSNA/EPOS Travelling Fellowship in Europe.
Dr. Murnaghan’s entire medical practice was centred on the principle of ‘growing athletes’. He worked diligently with pediatric and adolescent patients — many of whom went on to play collegiate and professional sports — to help them achieve their athletic goals. Inspired by his interactions and relationships with his patients, Dr. Murnaghan dedicated much of his scientific research to the psycho-social relationships amongst doctors, patients and their families.
While fully dedicated to providing optimal care for his patients, Dr. Murnaghan was also intentional about pursuing a life outside of his medical practice. He chased his interests with vigor, competing in marathons, triathlons, and bike rallies. Finding solace in water, he spent time traveling the world to free dive and surf and established a reputation as a renowned water photographer. With his partner Antonio Lennert, he was co-owner of ‘Surf the Greats’, a local Toronto surf shop.
Peter C. Ferguson MD MSc FRCSC FAOA
Albert and Temmy Latner Chair,
Division of Orthopaedics, Department of Surgery
University of Toronto