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In memoriam: Dr. John Vallely

The Department of Surgery was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Dr. John Vallely, a long-standing member of the Division of Urology, after a brief illness.

John Vallely was born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1947. He completed Medical School and Urology training at Western. Following residency, he underwent further fellowship training in Houston, Texas in Urodynamics and Prosthetics. He then returned to London to join the Urology faculty at Western, and opened his practice based at St. Joseph’s Hospital. His practice focused on Neuro-urology, Urodynamics and Urinary Incontinence, and he became an active and valued member of the Urology training program. In the latter stages of his medical career he also developed an interest in Bioethics, and became a highly regarded expert in the field and a resource for many other programs.

In 2001, John Vallely completed his Masters’ in Divinity Degree, and 2005 he was ordained as a Permanent Deacon of the Roman Catholic Diocese of London. In 2008, he retired from the practice of Urology to take on a full-time Deacon role at the Holy Family Parish in Oakridge. His passion for teaching continued in his new career, and he became the Director of Permanent Deacons in the diocese.

Dr. Vallely is fondly remembered by his many former patients, who recall his kindness and gentle bedside manner. His many former residents will recollect his genuine interest in their well-being and his sincere efforts to promote their career development.

The Department wishes to extend our deepest sympathies to John’s wife Susan, and the Vallely family.