Dr. Sullivan pictured with his wife, Elaine, during the WSAUA Past-President's Dinner at the 2011 Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC.

In Memoriam – Lorne D. Sullivan, MD

July 3, 1936 - March 28, 2024

Western Section Past-President 1991

Dr. Lorne D Sullivan, a distinguished figure in the field of Urologic Sciences, passed away peacefully at Vancouver General Hospital on March 28, 2024. Dr Sullivan and his wife Elaine were very active in the Western Section, serving as President in 1991 in Vancouver B.C.


They rarely missed a meeting until declining health forced him to miss the Western Section’s annual meeting in Vancouver, BC, in 2017.  According to Elaine, in an email to the Western Section office in April, 2024, the Western Section meetings, committee activities and social involvements at the meetings were one of the most enjoyable aspects of their lives.


Notably, the WSAUA Resident Scholarship Fund was established in 1991, under the direction of Dr. Lorne Sullivan and Dr. Tom Brady (past-president 1995). The purpose of the program is to award funds to outstanding Western Section Residents to help defray travel expenses to attend our annual meetings. Their vision was to promote participation of our training schools - which has proven to be a great success.


In 1971, Lorne established his practice in British Columbia. Over the years, he developed a highly acclaimed center for the surgical management of urological cancer at UBC.  His dedication to the field of urology was not limited to clinical practice; he was also a revered teacher and clinician, responsible for shaping and training an entire generation of British Columbia urologists.  He played a pivotal role in recruiting the team of clinicians and scientists to support establishment of the Vancouver Prostate Centre, and help shape a culture of team science with growth of many specialized programs within the Department of Urologic Sciences.   Lorne and Elaine Sullivan were an elegant couple who frequently attended medical meetings together.  It has been said by those who have known them for many years that their gracious and ultra friendly presence encouraged the study of Urology practice to upcoming residents and their spouses.


On a national and international scale, Dr. Sullivan's leadership contributions were invaluable. He served as President of the Canadian Urological Association, the Northwest Urological Society, and the Western Section of the AUA (1991 in Vancouver, BC).  He chaired the Specialty Committee in Urology and held the esteemed position of Chief Examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. From 1991 to 1999, he served as the Head of the Division of Urology at UBC, further solidifying his reputation as a leader in the field.


Upon his retirement in 1999, Lorne chose to spend cherished moments with his family and grandchildren. Despite stepping back from active practice, he continued to be an integral part of Urology Department, gracing them with his presence at academic and social functions.  The annual research program, named Dr. Lorne Sullivan Research Day, will ensure recollection of his many contributions for years to come.


While Lorne's passing fills us with sadness we are comforted by his long life full of accomplishments, knowing he was appreciated by so many. His contributions, wisdom, and legacy will continue to inspire us all. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Elaine, his three children Jim, Kathleen, and John, six grandchildren, many friends and colleagues, as well as the countless individuals whose lives he enriched through his dedication, compassion, and expertise.