From left: Dr. Dominique Shum-Tim, MUHC Foundation Chair Norman Steinberg, MUHC Foundation President Julie Quenneville, and Banque Nationale’s Vice-Chairman Financial Markets Vincent Joli-Coeur

The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) Foundation is delighted to announce that Banque Nationale has donated $ 100,000 to the Foundation’s Contemporary Norman Bethune Fellowship in Cardiovascular Surgery.

The Fellowship is inspired by the work of MUHC cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Dominique Shum-Tim, who is passionate about improving access to cardiovascular surgical care in remote Chinese provinces. Dr. Shum-Tim’s dedication and commitment to this cause have drawn comparisons to the work of the late Dr. Norman Bethune. For many, Dr. Shum-Tim is now known as a contemporary Norman Bethune.

“I am very fortunate to have such a fulfilling career in which I get to make a difference in the lives of patients and their families,” says Dr. Shum-Tim. “I’ve always dreamed of giving back to the Chinese community and this fellowship is helping to improve the medical landscape in rural Chinese provinces.”

Heart disease is one of China’s most prevalent healthcare challenges and after seeing first-hand the devastating effects it had on patients and their families living in remote areas, Dr. Shum-Tim was determined to help. In 2016, under his leadership, he brought a surgeon from the Guiyang Medical School Affiliated Hospital to the MUHC to improve his medical knowledge and surgical skills. The impact of the training was felt immediately. The Guiyang hospital was able to increase its cardiac surgery volume by 50 per cent.

“We’re extremely pleased to raise funds for such a worthy cause,” says MUHC Foundation President Julie Quenneville. “As the only teaching hospital of McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, the MUHC trains close to 5,500 people per year. Each year, students from across the country and from around the world come to the MUHC to learn the latest techniques on state-of-the-art equipment.”

Dr. Shum-Tim continues to mentor and share his knowledge and experience in surgical education on an international scale, and to support his efforts the MUHC Foundation is raising $2 million towards the Fellowship.

Proceeds from the MUHC Foundation’s annual Gala of the Three Stars, held with the collaboration of Montreal’s Chinese community, are also directed towards the Fellowship. “We are pleased that this project has resonated so strongly with our community, and there is still more work to be done so that patients suffering from heart disease in remote areas of China receive the best possible care,” says Pierrette Wong, MUHC Foundation Board Member.

Help improve access to cardiovascular surgical care in remote Chinese provinces by supporting the Contemporary Norman Bethune Fellowship in Cardiovascular Surgery.

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