Department of Physiology

Sad News - Dr. Mladen Vranic

Jun 18, 2019


Mladen Vranic, O.C, O.Ont, MD, DSc, FRSC, FRCP(C), FCAHS

Dr. Mladen VranicMladen Vranic , our dear former Chair, colleague, mentor and friend, passed away on the morning of June 18th, 2019, peacefully and surrounded by his family.  Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Vranic family.

Dr. Vranic was an active professor emeritus in Physiology and the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto, a member of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Toronto Department of Medicine, Fellow of the Senior Scholar’s College and adjunct professor at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, and the University of Zagreb, Croatia. He was our Department’s former Chair (1991-1995), a visiting research fellow at Merton College at the University of Oxford (1986) and an invited professor, University of Geneva (1976-1977).  

A leader in the field of insulin and diabetes, Dr. Vranic received national and international recognition for his research, scholarship and mentoring including: American Diabetes Association’s Banting Award, Albert Renold Award and the Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award; honorary degrees from the Universities of Toronto, Saskatchewan, McMaster, Zagreb (Croatia) and the Karolinska Institutet; Order of Ontario; Officer of the Order of Canada; Laureate of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame; and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.




Photo:  Dr. Vranic receiving honorary degree from the Univeristy of Toronto

L-R:  Dr. Patricia Brubaker, Dr. Mladen Vranic, The Hon. David Peterson, Dr. Catharine Whiteside (former Dean, Faculty of Medicine), Dr. Stephen Matthews



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The University of Toronto honours Professor Mladen Vranic (April 3, 1930—June 18, 2019):

Physiology Chair (1991-1995), treasured friend, colleague and mentor.