The running and medical communities of Toronto lost a valued friend and colleague Saturday. Dr. Paul Hannam, the chief of emergency medicine and program director at North York General Hospital, died Saturday of a sudden cardiac arrest while out for a run, CTV News reported.
An accomplished athlete, Hannam competed in the 1996 Olympics in sailing, and was described as an avid marathoner. Howard Ovens, chief medical strategy officer at Mount Sinai Hospital, announced Hannam’s passing via Twitter.
Canadian Emergency Medicine is in mourning tonight. Paul Hannam, Olympic sailor, marathon runner, family man, ED director at NYGH, a sweet, thoughtful, compassionate and gentle man died suddenly today on a run. The quintessential mensch. Hug someone you love. pic.twitter.com/Gkne2khj27
— Howard Ovens (@HowardOvens) July 17, 2022
A brief search revealed that Hannam, who was in his early 50s, participated in Around the Bay 30K Road Race earlier this year, as well as the Boston Marathon. He was participating in an 8K trail race at Albion Hills, northwest of Toronto, on the day he died.
Prior to his current position at NYGH, Hannam served as the emergency medical director at Michael Garron Hospital (MGH) in Toronto.