Grondin, Sean
1966 – 2022

Dr. Grondin was a passionate and accomplished medical leader in his field, serving as the academic and clinical head of the Department of Surgery at the University of Calgary from 2016 to 2020. He was appointed as a Regent for the American College of Surgeons (ACS) in 2020. He was also inducted into the ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators and the American Surgical Association.

At the time of his passing, Dr. Grondin was serving as the secretary/treasurer and Canadian director for the James IV Association of Surgeons, and a board member of the Thoracic Surgery Foundation. He was first vice-president of the Western Thoracic Surgery Association, immediate past president of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and a past president of the Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons (2016-2018).

His medical training occurred at the University of Dalhousie University in Halifax, N.S., graduating in 1990 and finishing a general surgery residency in 1996. During his time at Dalhousie University Dr. Grondin played varsity soccer, playing two years as a medical student and a third year as a general surgery resident. After, he completed a thoracic surgery residency at the University of Toronto, a thoracic oncology fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and a master’s degree in clinical effectiveness at the Harvard School of Public Health. In 2000, he finished a second fellowship in minimally invasive thoracic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Grondin began his clinical practice at Northwestern University in Chicago, however his strong Canadian roots brought him back to Canada in 2002 where he spent the next 20 years at the Foothills Medical Center in Calgary, Alberta.

Dr. Grondin was a devoted husband and adoring father, beloved by his friends and colleagues across the Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons, the University of Calgary, Alberta Health Services and the many other organizations where he worked.

In memory of his dedication to thoracic surgery, a scholarship has been set up at Dalhousie University in Halifax, N.S. that will fund an annual bursary for a 1st or 2nd year medical student(s).  Criteria for consideration will include involvement in university sport and financial need. If you wish to make a contribution to the fund you may do so using the following link.