The Gordon F. Cheesbrough Research Chair in Family and Community Medicine is named after one of North York General's greatest leaders and champions. Mr. Cheesbrough had just completed a five-year term as Chair of the Hospital's Board of Governors when he passed away after a sudden onset of aggressive lymphoma in June 2010. To honour his legacy and leadership, an endowment to fund the Cheesbrough Chair was established with a lead gift by Mr. John Braive along with tribute donations from family, friends and the business community.
Mr. Cheesbrough was first appointed to North York General Hospital's Board of Governors in June 2000. He was elected Treasurer in June 2001 and served in that capacity until his appointment as Chair in 2005. In these roles he provided incredible vision and leadership to our hospital, in service to our community, and led North York General Hospital to many great successes.