2014 Distinguished Achievement Award Winner

Jagdish Butany, MBBS, MS, FRCPC

Gaetano Thiene

Jagdish Butany is Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto, Canada and Director of the Division of Pathology in the Department. He is a Staff Cardiovascular Pathologist at the University Health Network (Toronto General Hospital Site), and Director of Autopsy Services. Dr. Butany works in an interdisciplinary setting with colleagues from related specialities and other health professions. Dr. Butany's investigative work has primarily been based on clinical investigations and outcomes and collaboration with clinical colleagues in basic and applied research. His major interest has been prosthetic heart valves, an interest nurtured by contact with (late) Dr. Victor Ferrans, and with Dr. Malcolm Silver and Dr. Frederick Schoen.

He trained in India (MBBS), at the Kasturba Medical College in Mysore (Manipal and Mangalore) and had his Post-Graduate training at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. Dr. Butany moved to Toronto in 1975 and started his pathology training at the University of Toronto (U of T), which he completed in 1979. Since then, he has worked at the Toronto General Hospital (now University Health Network) and the University of Toronto, starting as a Lecturer in 1980, with a break of one year when he was a Fellow at the NIH (National Heart Lung and Blood Institute) at Bethesda, Maryland with (late) Dr. Victor J. Ferrans. During this time, he had the pleasure of working with/meeting a number of pathologists who were fellows there, and Dr. William C. Roberts, then head of the Pathology branch. On his return from the NIH, Dr. Butany joined the Pathology Department of the Women's College Hospital and six months later started at the Toronto General Hospital as a cardiovascular pathologist. He has worked on several committees at the University, at the Toronto General Hospital, and in the Pathology Department.

Dr. Butany has been involved in teaching at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels, including medical students, pathology residents, cardiology residents and cardiac surgery residents and fellows. He has mentored and taught cardiovascular pathology to numerous students from their second year at university onwards as they went on to become medical students, residents and staff members in diverse disciplines. He is actively involved in undergraduate and graduate teaching at the U of T School of Pharmacy with a focus on cardiovascular pathology. For several years he participated in teaching at the Occupational Therapy/Physiotherapy and nursing schools. One of the interesting aspects of his teaching is the hands on approach to cardiovascular pathology, based significantly on the use of archived cardiac specimens. He has been part of the Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology Specialist program since its inception, teaching two courses, one on Cardiovascular Pathology and the other on Neoplasms to undergraduate students, using a mix of didactic and "hands on" teaching. These courses have been very well received since their inception. He has been honored by the Toronto General Hospital, the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology (University of Toronto) with several teaching awards and by the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto with the Aiken's Award for Individual Undergraduate Medical Student Teaching (1995) and the Colin Wolfe Award for Commitment to Continuing Medical Education (2012).

Dr. Butany has had an abiding interest in Continuing Professional Development for pathologists and was involved with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, in the setting up of its Maintenance of Certification Program (MOCOMP). He has been involved in continuing medical education programs for many years, and has organized and spoken at two courses on cardiovascular pathology in the late 1980s (in Toronto), courses at the USCAP and at the CAP. He is involved in teaching at courses in India, as well as in other countries. Since its inception, Dr. Butany has been involved in the CME activities of the Association of Indian Pathologists in North America (AIPNA) and often participates in their annual programs in India. He was their Keynote speaker at Vancouver in 2012 and delivered the named Oration (the Nagalotimath Oration) at the Annual CME program at Pondicherry, India, in January of 2013.

Professor Butany played a significant role as the pathologist involved with the SARS pandemic in Toronto (2003). His work on prosthetic mechanical valves was critical in the recall/ taking off the market, of one bileaflet valve (January 2000). He has over 280 peer reviewed publications which cover the gamut of cardiovascular disease with an emphasis on prosthetic heart valves and other cardiovascular devices. Dr. Butany's publications include many other publications as well as authorship of book chapters and participation as an Editor of other books.

Dr. Butany has been President of the Canadian Association of Pathologists (2006 - 2009), and before that, the Chair of their CME Committee, responsible for organising the educational courses (Short courses) offered at the annual meeting (nine years). Dr. Butany has been honored by the Canadian Association of Pathologists with their Distinguished Service Award (July 2012).

Dr. Butany is a founding member of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology and has participated in its growth to its present stature as the pre-eminent Society for Cardiovascular Pathologists. He was the President of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology (2007 - 2009). Dr. Butany has been Co-Editor-in-Chief of Cardiovascular Pathology (with Dr. Avrum Gotlieb), the official journal of the Society of Cardiovascular Pathology and continues to serve on its Editorial Board. Dr. Butany is a member of the Editorial Board of several other journals.

On a more personal note, his personal achievements have made Jagdish realise how blessed and fortunate he has been in his career in Canada and in the colleagues he has worked with. From this has come a deep sense of obligation and the desire to "give back." He is currently the Secretary-Treasurer of the World Association of Societies of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (2009 - ) and a member of the Board of the World Pathology Foundation (2009 - ). The primary focus of both of these organisations (WASPaLM and WPF) is improving the quality of pathology and laboratory services worldwide and in helping countries-in-need improve their pathology and laboratory medicine services. Their approach is multifaceted, one facet being the organisation of CME programs for "countries-in-need". Dr. Butany serves as a Director on the Board of Directors of The Scarborough Hospital (2008- ), the second largest Community/Academic Hospital in the country. Dr. Butany is a member of the Board of Trustees of his community's Temple and participates actively in the management of the Temple.

Jagdish has had the love and companionship of his charming wife, Vidya Butany (a practising psychiatrist), for over four decades and the pleasure of being involved in the growth of their daughter Indrani, and now their grandchildren Neveah and Riaan and son-in-law Dirk. Amongst the things in his career that Jagdish has found most satisfying is the opportunity to work with his colleagues at the TGH, in the SCVP and his Co-Editor of CVP, Prof (Dr) Avrum Gotlieb.