Our team

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, and genetic laboratory services. In 2008, adult patients are now seen at the Royal Victoria Hospital.

List of people of the department:


Genevieve Bernard, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Nancy Braverman, MD, MS, FACMG

Daniela Buhas, MD, FRCPC, FCCMG

Maria Daniela D’Agostino, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Isabelle De Bie, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FCCMG

William Foulkes, MBBS, PhD, FRCPC

Fahed Halal, MD

John Mitchell, MD, FRCPC

June Ortenberg, MD

David Rosenblatt, MD

Laura Russell, MD, FACMG

Yannis Trakadis, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FCCMG

Genetic counsellors:

Nancy Anoja, MSc, CCGC

Laurence Baret, MA, MSc, CCGC, CGC

Karen Canales, MSc, CGC

Lola Cartier, MSc, CCGC, CGC

Stella Drury, MSc, CCGC, CGC

Stephanie Fox, MSc, CCGC, CGC

Laura Palma, MSc, CCGC, CGC

Marilyn Richard, MSc, CGC, CCGC

Guillaume Sillon, MSc, CGAC

Laura Whelton, MSc, CCGC, CGC



Marie Lefrançois Dt.P./ R.D.
Metabolic Nutritionist



Lina Moisan, Bsc N