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David George Wyse: cardiologist who led global changes in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmia

BMJ 2022; 376 doi: (Published 09 February 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;376:o323
  1. Barbara Kermode-Scott
  1. Vancouver Island, Canada
  1. kermodeb{at}


Photo credit: Riley Brandt, University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine

David George Wyse was born in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, on 15 August 1941 to George and Mabel Wyse. As a boy he fancied becoming a bus driver, a hockey player, or a priest when he grew up. But when he was a teen, his mother died from a stroke at the age of 42. Wyse decided to become a doctor to try to prevent premature deaths from heart disease. This dream hit a speed bump when his high school career counsellor pointed out that you had to be really smart to be accepted into medical school. Wyse altered course and enrolled in the faculty of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of British Columbia (BSc Pharmacy, MSc Pharmacology, 1960-66). In 1964, on his birthday, he married Bonnie, his high school sweetheart. After obtaining a doctorate in pharmacology at McGill University in Montreal in 1969 and undertaking two years of postdoctoral research (vascular biology) at the …

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