Dr. Ken Turnbull passed away on July 3rd

Dear Colleagues

I sadly must report the loss of another of our excellent ‘old guard’. Dr. Ken Turnbull passed away on July 3rd. Dr. Turnbull worked in the VGH Department of Anesthesia, and became upon retirement from clinical practice, one of our treasured early simulation program support faculty.
He is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren.
There is no announcement of service yet.

Dr. Roanne Preston


Kenneth W. Turnbull, MD FRCPC
Acting Head – 1991

Dr. Ken Turnbull was a Professional Civil Engineer before he became an anesthesiologist and joined Vancouver General Hospital and UBC in 1972.
He was the chair of the Continuing Medical Education and Visiting Professor program until 2003. And in the same year, he initiated the use of the Centre of Excellence of Surgical and Education Innovation (CESEI) for anesthesia simulation. He invested in the Anesthesia Simulation Program over the years; getting it started initially and then the provided the ongoing weekly support until 2016.
He was promoted to Clinical Professor Emeritus in 2003 after retirement. He was awarded the Clinical Practitioner Award by the CAS in 2002

He was an excellent clinician and teacher who was involved in the wide variety of activities, in medical undergraduate and residency teaching, giving lectures nationally and internationally. He chaired many committees in the hospital and the University during his tenure and he was highly respected by his anesthetic and surgical colleagues and was a life time learner.