Health Matters Newsletter Fall 2017

Recognizing a global leader in ocular medicine

Nearly 500,000 Canadians are estimated to be living with a form of vision loss, which can have significant physical, emotional and financial impact on them and their families. With an aging population and the prevalence of vision loss in Canada expected to increase nearly 30 percent in the next decade, research in the field of ocular medicine is now becoming increasingly important in the hope of finding new treatments, and ultimately cures for these devastating illnesses.

Since 2000, the McGill University Health Centre’s (MUHC) Ocular Pathology Laboratory has been an international leader in the care, research, and education of ocular diseases. Students from Canada and around the world train year-round at this exceptional state-of-the-art facility, located at the Research Institute of the MUHC. At the helm of the lab is Dr. Miguel Burnier, who has dedicated his career to advancing the understanding and treatment of complex ocular diseases.

A skilled physician, ground-breaking researcher and inspiring teacher, Dr. Burnier has made immeasurable contributions to the MUHC and the international ocular medicine community. This year, he will become the first Canadian President-Elect of the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO). This group plays an instrumental role in elevating the standards of practice of ophthalmology and quality of eye care in the Western Hemisphere. We are thrilled that Dr. Burnier has been selected for this prestigious position and we know that he will make the MUHC proud!

To honour his achievements in the field of ocular medicine, this Fall, the MUHC Foundation is launching the Dr. Miguel Burnier 20/20 Campaign, which will ensure a sustainable source of funding for continued innovation and leadership in ocular medicine. This initiative will allow us to recognize Dr. Burnier’s outstanding dedication to this highly-specialized field, and help the hospital’s Ocular Pathology Laboratory continue its trailblazing path as an international centre and hub for clinical care and research related to ocular disease.

Julie Quenneville
McGill University Health Centre Foundation
Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation


A winning organization on and off the ice

Les Canadiennes are leaders. Four time winners of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League championship Clarkson Cup, this Montreal professional female hockey team is synonymous with victory, and the roster is consistently filled with Olympians, national team members, and standout collegial stars. With so many achievements to be proud of on the ice, it is the team’s community involvement off the ice that is making an impact in the fight against an illness that will affect 1 in 8 Canadian women – breast cancer.

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Leaving a lasting legacy

Saving lives is what Dr. Jean Tchervenkov does best. As a renal transplant surgeon, he has helped improve the quality of life of his patients for over 20 years at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). Dr. Tchervenkov has devoted his life to caring for others, making sure that every patient he sees receives compassionate and world-class care.  As he continues to build his professional legacy, Dr. Tchervenkov also wanted to ensure that the transplant program at the MUHC remains at the forefront of patient care, research, and teaching, even when he can no longer be there.

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Upcoming Events


You are cordially invited to a cocktail dinatoire hosted by Co-Chairs Cynthia Price Verreault, JoAnne Kelly Rudy, and Anna Capobianco-Skipworth in support of the MUHC Breast Clinic.
When: Thursday, October 12, 2017
Where: Le Mount Stephen, 1430 Drummond Street, Montreal, QC H3B 1K1

Celebration of Life

Come join us for our 19th annual Celebration of Life in support of the MUHC Organ Transplant Program.
When: Friday, October 20, 2017
Where: Le Crystal, 5285 Henri Bourassa West, Ville Saint-Laurent, QC H4R 1B7

Pink in the City Masquerade Ball

Join us for an exciting evening with Pink in the City. This masquerade’s proceeds will go towards the purchase of an ultrasound machine for the MUHC Breast Clinic.
When: Friday, October 27, 2017
Where: Embassy Plaza, 1003 Curé-Labelle Boulevard, Laval, QC H7V 2V6


Bal Rouge

Save the date for the second annual Bal Rouge. All proceeds from the Gala will support the Dr. Gerald M. Fried Chair in Surgical Innovation
When: Friday, January 19, 2018
Where: The Ritz-Carlton Montreal

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