Terry-Nan Tannenbaum

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 21 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2227
  1. Barbara Kermode-Scott
  1. Comox, British Columbia
  1. kermodeb{at}

Prolific Canadian public health doctor whose own diagnosis led her to campaign for an end to the stigma surrounding lung cancer

Terry Tannenbaum was a public health doctor who advocated for reducing health inequalities, for elderly people, immunisation, pandemic planning, and infectious disease control. She led campaigns against SARS, HIV, H1N1, measles, meningitis, and infections acquired in the community or hospitals. She worked to improve tuberculosis control locally and internationally, and as a teacher, researcher, and writer she was known for her humanity, compassion, knowledge, and insights.

Terry Tannenbaum was born 13 April 1952 in Montreal, to Ada and Isaac Tannenbaum. Her father was a family doctor and one of the leaders in the developing specialty of family medicine in Canada. He was the first general practitioner to hold an academic position as an associate professor at McGill University in Montreal. Isaac was a tremendous role model for his children, often taking them to visit patients on his house …

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