Health Matters Spring 2018

Recognizing a surgical leader

What do the fifth grade, a scrapbook, and cancer have in common?  They all served as the inspiration for Dr. Gerald Fried of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) to pursue a career in medicine.  Dr. Fried is the MUHC’s current Surgeon-in-Chief, and this Montreal native is credited with bringing minimally invasive surgery to our hospital.

This surgical technique makes recovery quicker and easier for patients, and Dr. Fried is not only considered a leader in this field, he has trained hundreds of surgeons from across the country and around the world. His experience in surgical innovation has stretched far beyond his specialty of gastrointestinal surgery, and recently, the MUHC Foundation honoured his achievements at our Le Bal Rouge.

At this annual fundraiser, we announced our goal of establishing the Dr. Gerald M. Fried Chair in Surgical Innovation.  Academic chairs are essential for recruiting and retaining the highest-quality talent. They are considered the gold standard for helping institutions like the MUHC remain at the forefront of patient care, research, and teaching.

The Dr. Gerald M. Fried Chair in Surgical Innovation will serve as an important step to establishing a comprehensive framework for surgical innovation at the MUHC as well as a strategy to advance and advocate this vision across the hospital and globally.  A priority area for growth in this innovative field is the hospital’s Enhanced Recovery Programs for surgery. These initiatives seek to maximize all the benefits of surgery while minimizing the negative impact related to the injury of surgery.

The selected chair holder will serve as a catalyst in the hospital’s surgical department, and will inspire their fellow colleagues to continue to discover new and innovative surgical solutions that will improve the quality of life of patients treated at the MUHC and ultimately, save more lives.

The MUHC Foundation wishes to congratulate Dr. Fried on his continued dedication to advancing surgical care and innovation at our hospital!

Julie Quenneville
McGill University Health Centre Foundation



Inspiring the next generation of philanthropic leaders

The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) Foundation’s next generation of givers has bonded together to create a Young Professionals Committee, comprised of fresh faces from varied walks of life – ages ranging from 20-35 years old. Although professionals in different fields, they are like-minded when it comes to one thing: improving the quality of life of patients receiving care at the Royal Victoria Hospital of the MUHC.

Click here to read more about the Young Professionals.


Hope and healing comes to us in many forms

For Valerie Aitken, finding a way to heal her heart started with the sudden loss of her beloved husband, Gary, to heart failure. Only six short months later, she learned that she had to find a way to not only heal her heart, but also herself,  when she received a grave diagnosis.

Click here to read the rest of Valerie’s story.



2nd annual Le Bal Rouge fundraising gala shines a light on surgical innovation

Click here to read about the success of this year’s Bal Rouge




Upcoming Events

Scotiabank Charity Challenge

Spring is in the air and it’s time to lace up your shoes and join the Scotiabank Charity Challenge on the weekend of April 21-22, 2018 at Parc Jean-Drapeau.
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Gala of the 3 Stars

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: Cocktails at 6 pm, Dinner at 7 pm
Location: Le Westin Montreal, 270 Saint-Antoine Street West
Ticket Price: $260
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