Genetics has a long history at the Montreal Children’s Hospital (MCH) dating back to 1950 when Dr. F. Clarke Fraser started a genetics clinic, the first in Canada and one of the first in North America. A decade later, with the arrival of Dr. Charles Scriver, a clinical and research program in inherited metabolic diseases was created.
In 1984, the first genetic counselors were hired to work side-by-side with geneticists and as the field of medical genetics expanded, new subspecialties were developed; prenatal/reproductive genetics, neurogenetics, cancer genetics, just to name a few.
In 2003, the medical genetics and biochemical genetics units were merged into a single service and became the Division of Medical Genetics within the Department of Pediatrics. Until recently, both pediatric and adult patients were seen at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
In 2007, the MUHC Department of Medical Genetics was created, and a number of services on both pediatric and adult sites were re-grouped within the department, including cancer genetics, and genetic laboratory services. In 2008, adult patients began to be seen at the Montreal General Hospital. In 2012, patients referred for prenatal diagnosis started to be seen at the Royal Victoria Hospital.
List of people of the department:
Isabelle De Bie
Genetic counsellors :
Nutritionist: Marie Lefrançois
Nurse: Lorette You