To a peerless teacher, who imparts his wisdom and passion with ruthless humour, stark simplicity and honesty.....you remain a presence when faced with complex arrhythmias in the lab, in dealing with patients and so much more! I will forever be grateful to George more than he will ever know
Unrivaled teacher, mentor, and friend; so grateful for all three!
George has directly affected the course of my career and supported/promoted the career aspirations of so many others who chose to train in the London EP Program. The communities and colleagues that these trainees returned to work with have benefited from the knowledge and advice he shared. It would be hard to name a more generous individual. He is the quintessential mentor. Many thanks, George.
George, thank you for your valuable instruction and guidance. You taught me to "frame the problem", to always have an open mind and to always ask questions. You are one of a kind and I am honoured to call you my mentor.
There are many excellent teachers in medicine but only a few truly inspirational figures. George, you inspired me and I owe you so much. If only they all had your charisma and chutzpah!
To this day, whenever faced with a clinical, ethical, or practical dilemna, I ask myself: "What would George do?
George’s door was always open when I had a question, didn’t understand something or had a research idea. His keen mind, amazing ability to explain complex concepts and sharp wit have made him a highly sought after teacher, researcher and leader. Here is to you George, your more than 100 lifetime fellows owe you so much in launching our careers, teaching and learning together, and making the world a better place.
Thank you for being an inspiration to me. Your never ending quest for knowledge, understanding of arrhythmia mechanisms and research into new avenues in arrhythmia management is infectious. I will never forget the EP, PPM and ICD intracardiac tracings teaching sessions and EP and device lab sessions I was very lucky to be involved in with you during my fellowship in London, Ontario between 2008 and 2009. You were always able to explain a difficult concept with the simplest of examples. Thank you also to you and your dear wife Dr. Klara Klein who both helped me greatly during my times of ill health during my fellowship. I will never forget your kindness. You are a gentleman, scholar and humanitarian in the truest sense. Kindest regards Shak
George, I was fortunate to be one of your clinical fellows, working for and learning from one of the best teachers, pioneers and well respected gurus of clinical electrophysiology. Your no nonsense “frame the problem” approach simplified the interpretation of even the most difficult traces. Your brilliance exceeds the realms of EP, your humility is gracious and your enthusiasm infectious. I shall always be grateful. Thank you for your mentorship and your friendship.
What would George do? It’s been 15 years since I worked with Dr. Klein, but I still use this mantra regularly. He taught me to look beyond the procedures, to appreciate outcomes that actually make a difference and to treat my students and trainees as colleagues - lessons that apply just as well (or even more) in public hospitals in Karachi as in London, Ontario. To an inspiring teacher and mentor – a reverential thank you.
George is the most influential person in my professional life.
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” (William Arthur Ward) The years I spent as a fellow with George (1992-94) set the high standards for me on how to approach a clinical problem, how to carry out a research project from planning to publishing and how to deal with students. It has been an experience with a life-long impact on my professional career and on my attitudes with these matters. Thank you George, for the inspiration and care. It was a great privilege to be your student and I consider myself very fortunate for the time we could spend together.
Science grows from building knowledge on the shoulders of great mentors like George Klein. I feel honored to have had him as a mentor and have his name on my CV.
My one year as a clinical fellow with George and his EP faculty was the pinnacle of my training. His remarkable ability to methodically dissect an arrhythmia from surface EKG to intracardiac EGM while taking into account the clinical presentation and determining risk/ benefit ratio for therapies guides my daily approach to patient care. He taught fellows with great passion, giving us confidence while keeping us humble with challenging problems and, of course, his sharp wit. A hearty Thank You!
The king of the electrogram
George has dedicated his career to research and education. In this he has helped shape countless trainees and had a very positive influence on the EP community world wide. Congratulations George!
It has been an absolute privilege to be trained by one of the true EP masters and, moreover, to work alongside him. George has influenced so many practices and his goal of training EPs "how to think through problems" has been an invaluable one for the EP community. His electrogram pearls seem to be rivaled only by his cutting wit. Now, if only he could teach me how to ski moguls properly!
To my great mentor, George Klein. My fellowship in Londer under your mentorship was fantastica and a cornerstone of my professional life. All the best
Dr. George Klein is a role model for the clinician, educator and researcher - he is insightful, innovative, compelling and challenging.
Words alone cannot express my admiration and respect for Dr. George Klein. I can honestly say I have never met a more brilliant and wise Clinician,Scientist/Researcher and Teacher You have been and continue to be an inspiration and I wish you a wonderful and well deserved celebration PS: Can't imagine life without all those hilarious "Georgisms"
My interaction with George was short but I am blessed with his friendship for life. He is a great teacher and an embodiment of exceptional mentor. He adds to many lives as he did to mine.