Celebrating Drs. Cruess – MUHC Medical Luminaries

Drs. Sylvia and Richard Cruess are gifted physicians and extraordinary educators who continue to inspire the next generation of medical professionals.

Julie Quenneville

President, MUHC and RVH Foundations

Drs. Sylvia and Richard Cruess have been synonymous with the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) for over 60 years. In the 1950s, these newlyweds and recent Columbia University medical school graduates came to the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) to each complete two years of postgraduate training. They instantly fell in love with the culture and people working at the hospital, and what started as a temporary stay in Montreal evolved into the city becoming their permanent home. Sharing an extraordinary bond not only as husband and wife but also as physicians and educators, Drs. Cruess have both made significant and unparalleled contributions to the advancement of medicine at the MUHC.

To commemorate their accomplishments, the MUHC Foundation is launching a $10 million campaign in their honour. All of the funds raised will be directed towards continued excellence in research at the Research Institute of the MUHC.

Research Ignition Fund

The Research Ignition Fund will provide financial support to projects at pivotal moments so that researchers and their teams can conduct exploratory experiments, generate relevant data, and reach key milestones, such as develop working prototypes of inventions. By investing in local research projects and the talent behind them, the Research Ignition Fund will enable the RI-MUHC to maintain its position as one the premier research institutes in the world by bridging the gap between discovery and innovation.

To make a donation to the MUHC Foundation’s Research Ignition Fund – please click here.

Professorships, Fellowships and Studentships

Professorships, fellowships, and studentships are essential for the MUHC to recruit the world’s most promising researchers and maintain its reputation as one of the premier healthcare facilities in North America. This much-needed source of sustainable funding will allow our community to be the first to benefit from research breakthroughs made in Montreal and will solidify the hospital’s position as an international leader in discovery, teaching, and innovation.

For more information on the campaign, including how to support professorships, fellowships, and studentships, please contact Elise Monaghan Joubert, Director of Development, elise.monaghanjoubert@muhc.mcgill.ca, 514-934-1934, ext. 35427.

You can donate online, download our donation form or call us at 514-843-1543.


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