Canadian Medical Association

Montréal; Université de Montréal, 1942; cardiology, endocrinology; founder, Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal; Companion, Order of Canada; member, Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (1994); professor emeritus, Université de Montréal. Died Jan. 5, 2018, aged 98. Survived by his wife Estelle, 5 children, 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. His son, McGill cardiologist Dr. Jacques Genest Jr., told the Globe and Mail: “His most significant clinical contribution was the treatment of hypertension by multiple medications, altering the natural course of a once-fatal disease into a very manageable one.” When it inducted him as a member, the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame noted: “The name Jacques Genest has become synonymous with pioneering advances in clinical research and the study of hypertension. Early in his career, the Quebec government tasked him with investigating the methods of European research centres. Inspired by their multidisciplinary approach, Dr. Genest returned to Quebec and established his first laboratory at Hôtel-Dieu. His objective was to bring together scientists and researchers from various fields while supporting the training and development of clinical researchers, as modelled by his European counterparts. In 1964 he became director of the Department of Medicine at Université de Montréal, garnering the support he needed to establish the Centre médical Claude-Bernard in 1967. Known today as the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal, this institute persists as a leading research centre with 5 research divisions, including a Bioethics Research Centre inaugurated by Dr. Genest that is recognized internationally as an authority on the social and ethical aspects of medicine. A career advocate for the important role of strong clinical research in the advancement of medicine, Dr. Genest mentored hundreds of medical researchers, encouraging many to obtain post-graduate degrees and to continue in careers of clinical research. His impact on medicine in Quebec, throughout Canada and internationally has been recognized with various accolades and awards, including 12 honorary degrees.” A former colleague wrote: “Dr Jacques Genest was an exceptional scientist and medical research leader, and was one of a kind in the history of Canadian medical research. He belongs in the pantheon of most outstanding Canadians in medicine and science.”

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