Four MUHC experts inducted into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

On September 13, Dr. Jean Bourbeau, Dr. Togas Tulandi, Dr. Alain Dagher and Dr. Lesley Fellows of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) were elected to the prestigious fellowship of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) for their expertise and notable contributions to their field of specialty.

Each year, the CAHS admits leading scientists and researchers in the health and biomedical sciences. The MUHC is proud to announce the appointment of four of its specialists to the 74 new members of the Association:

Dr. Jean Bourbeau

Dr. Jean Bourbeau Dr. Jean Bourbeau is the Director of the Centre for Innovative Medicine (CIM) of the Research Institute of MUHC (RI-MUHC) and Director of the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Clinic and the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program of the Chest Institute of the MUHC. Dr. Bourbeau is also a senior scientist in the Translational Respiratory Research Program at RI-MUHC. He is the founder of the landmark Canadian Cohort Obstructive Lung Disease (CanCOLD) study and the "Living Well with COPD" a disease self-management program created by medical experts in collaboration with patients. His work has an international impact on healthcare, policy development and practice guidelines.

Dr. Bourbeau is also a Professor in the Department of Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University. He has received the McGill University Distinguished Scientist Award (2020-2025), the CTS Distinguish Achievement Award (2017) and was also named Distinguished CHEST Educator by the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) in 2019.  

Dr. Togas Tulandi

Dr. Togas Tulandi Dr. Togas Tulandi is Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the MUHC and Associate Investigator in the Child Health and Human Development Program at the RI-MUHC. He is also Professor and Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Milton Leong Chair in Reproductive Medicine at McGill University. Dr. Tulandi's research interests include improving the diagnosis, treatment and complications of endometriosis, uterine fibroids, infertility, female fertility preservation, and gynecologic and reproductive endoscopic surgery. He has published over 400 articles, 60 book chapters and 14 books. He has received the Award of Excellence in Reproductive Medicine and the Distinguished Surgeon Award from the Society of Reproductive Surgeons. He has served as president of various national and international societies. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada.

He has also won several awards: International Federation of Fertility Society (IFFS) Anniversary Recognition Award (1998); Award of Excellence in Reproductive Medicine (2002); Carl Nimrod Educator Award (2008); The Society of Reproductive Surgeons (SRS) Distinguished Surgeon Award, 2011; and the 2012 Certificate of Merit from the Canadian Association for Medical Education.

Dr. Alain Dagher

Dr. Alain Dagher Dr. Alain Dagher is a neurologist at the Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital (The Neuro), McGill University. He was trained at the University of Toronto, McGill, Cornell University, and Hammersmith Hospital, London. His research has two components: (1) understanding of Parkinson’s disease; (2) identify the neural mechanisms that support motivated decision-making, with application to obesity and over-eating. His research uses functional brain imaging in human subjects, including anatomical and functional magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography, EEG and transcranial magnetic stimulation. Research focuses on Parkinson’s disease, stress, addiction, gambling and obesity, as well as problem-solving, learning and experience of musical pleasure.



Dr. Lesley Fellows

Dr. Lesley Fellows Dr. Lesley Fellows is an expert on the neurobiology of human decision-making at the Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital (The Neuro). Her interdisciplinary work has shown how the frontal lobes guide everyday choices, from basic decisions about what foods to eat, to complex social choices such as voting. A neurologist-scientist, she studies the effects of stroke or Parkinson’s Disease on decision-making and emotion, and how cognitive and mental health can be optimized for people living with chronic health conditions, such as HIV. A leader in her university and internationally, she has championed inclusion to ensure that academic medicine benefits from diverse experience and is applied to improve health for all.



The MUHC also acknowledges the appointment of McGill University colleagues Dr. Ridha Joober and Nabil G. Seidah.


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