The Society Mourns the Loss of Jay S. Keystone

Posted 3 September 2019

The ASTMH community mourns the loss of our long-standing member Jay S. Keystone, CM, MD, MSc, FRCPC, a leader in tropical and travel medicine and senior author of the premier textbook in travel medicine used throughout the world. Dr. Keystone passed away earlier today.
"Jay Keystone was a legend in clinical tropical medicine," said President Chandy C. John, MD, MS, FASTMH. "His humor, wisdom and clinical brilliance were one of a kind. He taught generations of clinicians how to be better doctors and provide better care to their patients. He will be greatly missed."
“Jay Keystone was a giant in travel medicine,” said ASTMH Past President Patricia F. Walker, MD, DTM&H, FASTMH. “Many of us learned from him, and were inspired and mentored by him. He helped establish the field of travel medicine as a discipline and was a tireless teacher and, most of all, a dear friend to many of us in the field of travel and tropical medicine. ASTMH joins the world community in mourning his loss and pledging to advance his legacy.”
Dr. Keystone joined ASTMH in 1973 and was president of the Clinical Group subgroup from 1990 to 1992. He received the Society’s Ben Kean Medal in 2008 in recognition of his dedication to clinical tropical medicine and impact on training students, fellows and practitioners of tropical medicine. Dr. Keystone also received the Order of Canada in 2015 for his role in expanding the discipline of tropical and travel medicine as a clinician and educator. This year he received the inaugural Distinguished Fellow Membership from the International Society of Travel Medicine.