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Canadian Journal of Cardiology

Standing on the Shoulders of a Giant: Dr Gary Douglas Webb, 1943-2021

Published:April 28, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cjca.2022.04.016
      Gary Webb (Fig. 1) died shortly before the submission of the clinical practice guidelines published in this volume of the Canadian Journal of Cardiology.
      • Marelli A.
      • Beauchesne L.
      • Colman J.
      • et al.
      Canadian Cardiovascular Society 2022 guidelines for cardiovascular interventions in adults with congenital heart disease.
      Herewith, we dedicate these guidelines to his memory. This is fitting because Gary led the development of the first international adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) guidelines published in our field, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Guidelines of 1996.
      • Connelly M.S.
      • Webb G.D.
      • Somerville J.
      • et al.
      Canadian Consensus Conference on adult congenital heart disease 1996.
      He continued thereafter to play an important leadership role in most of the guidelines and consensus statements in our field since that time. The panel members who came forward to bring their voices to this tribute are from multiple generations of trainees, crossing international boundaries and multiple disciplines, speaking to the unbounded range of his impact. Indeed, we all stand on the shoulders of a giant.
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      Figure 1Dr Gary Webb at the Toronto Congenital Cardiac Center. The stethoscope around his neck is a testimony to his lifelong passion for clinical care. Reproduced with permission from the Donohue Funeral Home, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.
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        • Beauchesne L.
        • Colman J.
        • et al.
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        • et al.
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