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 counsellors 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:
Eva Andermann, MD, PhD
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
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
Lidia Kasprzak, MSc, CGC
Natalie Palfreeman, MSc, CCGC
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.
Lina Moisan, Bsc N