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The CT Surgery Community Loses a Leading Light

In Memory of Brigid Scanlan Eiynck

After a seven-year battle with myelofibrosis, Brigid Scanlan Eiynck recently passed away at her home in Saint Paul, Minnesota, gracefully and surrounded by her loving family.

Brigid's private battle with myelofibrosis never overshadowed her life or her passion for helping those in need. She cherished her family, friends, and loved ones, as well as her family's company, Scanlan International, which she joined in 1979. She worked hand in hand with leading surgeons and medical professionals around the world to design and develop high quality surgical instruments and support new and evolving surgical techniques and procedures. Brigid was also passionate about her work with hundreds of surgeons and allied health professionals carrying out compassionate surgical missions in areas of the world where lifesaving surgeries are generally not available.

She donated surgical instruments to volunteer groups that perform heart and reconstructive surgeries for countless adults and children. She also actively supported surgical organizations through programs and scholarships, providing educational opportunities to young medical students. Brigid's efforts to encourage more women to enter cardiothoracic surgery will be fondly remembered. Her lifelong dedication to helping others was exhibited at every surgical meeting she attended. All surgeons and allied health professionals who knew Brigid loved and respected her. She proudly represented her grandfather's dream to make the "highest quality surgical products." Although Brigid is no longer with us, her spirit, zest for life, perpetual energy, and amazing smile will live on.

Watch a roundtable discussion about the history of Scanlan International, in which Brigid participated during 2014.