Dr. Steve Levinson posted a condolence
Monday, July 10, 2023
Nick was one of my early teachers many years back when he was at Toronto Western Hospital, and he helped show a young and very green medical student that doctors could be down-to-earth, witty, kind and humane. he was a great guy, and I was very sorry to read of his passing. My condolences to his family.
Mary Neilans posted a symbolic gesture
Sunday, July 9, 2023
As a nurse in the endoscopy unit at the Toronto Western, I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Diamant . He was such a gentle and kind man who made me feel like such a valued and essential part of the team. My two girls Laura & Marianne have such fond memories of the family farm in the country. My family was welcomed and treated like their own. I will miss Dr. Diamant, but all the beauliful memories throughout the years will be close to my heart. My sincere condolences to everyone in the family .
Gabor Kandel posted a condolence
Tuesday, May 9, 2023
To me as a resident, he distinguished himself in several ways. First, he was kind, in contrast to the popular mode of teaching at that time which emphasized shame as a driving force to learn. Dr. Diamant actually listened to us present rounds, responded to our thoughts, gave all of us a gift of Osler's "The Principles and Practice of Medicine " when we finished, and hosted regular journal clubs at his home, complete with cookies, and a stop-watch to make sure we completed our article review on time. However he combined this gentleness with scientific rigor: I still remember his grilling when I couldn't come up with a hypothesis to explain a graph in an article I presented at journal club. He loved ideas, especially creative ones, always reasoning instead of memorizing, working out management plans rather than blindly following guidelines. And he was kind. I wrote an article on ascites which even then I realized was pedestrian at most. Even though this was not his field, Dr. Diamant polished it up, added his name to it, and got it published in a peer review journal. The satisfaction of seeing my name in print encouraged me to spend three years doing research in a laboratory, close to one where Dr. Diamant trained (Thorndike Memorial Laboratories, Boston USA). It turned out that scientific investigation was not for me but his contribution to my education was an indispensable step toward what I like to think is a scholarly gastroenterology practice. Dr. Diamant made a difference to me . Gabor Kandel
Anne Marie uploaded photo(s)
Tuesday, May 9, 2023
Un bon moment avec Nick et Barbara, en France. Il y a longtemps, mais le souvenir reste intact. Anne Marie
Susan Fenwick posted a condolence
Monday, May 8, 2023
My sincere condolences to the family. I first met Dr.Diament when I was a young physio at The Toronto Western Hospital. Later interaction occurred when I became a pharmaceutical rep for Janssen Pharma..a leader in Gastroenterology drugs and research. He was always gracious and welcoming. Years after I retired I ran into him in Portsmouth Harbour.. yes wearing his ball cap. And never will I forget the Joy vs Crap dictum.. a great rule to live by.
Peter Rossos posted a condolence
Monday, May 8, 2023
Meeting Dr. Diamant as a junior medical resident in 1987, he insisted I call him Nick. His passion, leadership, and inspiration contributed to my change in course from cardiology to gastroenterology. Nick’s generosity of knowledge and spirit were recognized in the inaugural University of Toronto Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Dr. Nicholas Diamant Neurogastroenterology and Motility Lectureship this past February. The event was attended by Nick, family, colleagues, and trainees. It has been a privilege to be one of Nick’s students and colleagues. His timeless contributions will continue to span generations. My most sincere condolences to his brother Peter, daughters Stephanie, Jodi, Daphne, Andrea, and many other loving family and friends. Peter Rossos
Michael Sanders, MD uploaded photo(s)
Sunday, May 7, 2023
As a new member of the Department of Medicine at the Toronto Western Hospital from 1970-72, I shared an office with Nick. In fact, it was both Nick and Dr Gord Forstner who encouraged the hospital to hire me. Nick was an outstanding human being. He was exceptionally intelligent, inquisitive, tenacious in his search for truth, careful, caring, moral and, not unexpectedly, a superior physician. He was a serious scientist with a quest for new frontiers and as a result, became a world expert on the neuroregulation of the gut, especially, the esophagus. He was held in the highest regard by his fellow scientists and honoured accordingly. Perhaps more importantly, he was kind, generous, supportive of his staff and colleagues, fun to be with and always, with a wide grin and infectious smile. He had a deep love of nature and so enjoyed his farm and the contact with nature and animals. He was a pioneer ecologist before there was a discipline of ecology. He taught me many things in gastroenterology and the importance of humility, honesty and ethical behaviour which characterized his life. I have attached a photo of Nick in June, 1971, when he invited the gastroenterology group to his farm. My wife, Karen is holding our infant son, Jon. I shall always remember Nick with great affection as a model human being, mentor, friend and colleague. Michael Sanders, MD
M.Stevenson posted a condolence
Saturday, May 6, 2023
I had the Privilege to be included in the warm, welcoming, joyful, Diamant household, when Jodi took me under her wing at Glenview. Such Delight he took in all of you. Deepest Sympathies, Mairi
Tana and William Cardoso posted a condolence
Thursday, May 4, 2023
William and I met Uncle Nick briefly through our aunt and uncle (Sary and Spiro) but he left such a positive impression on us. We could tell that he was such a happy, loving man who lived a fulfilling life, so that is how we will continue to remember him. Sending you lots of love from the Cardoso family in Toronto.
Anne Marie Lajard lit a candle
Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Nick and Barbara during a "petite balade" near Marseille, with two colleagues of the lab, We'll not forget. Warm records. Anne Marie
The family of Dr. Nicholas Diamant uploaded a photo
Friday, April 28, 2023