Canadian Medical Association

Montréal; University of Ottawa, 1966; plastic surgery. Died Jan. 20, 2022, aged 83. Survived by his wife, Mati Bergna, 4 children and 13 grandchildren. “A dedicated plastic surgeon and professor for over 50 years, Gaston was a pioneer in many ways. He introduced live-surgery teaching to the field of plastic surgery in 1983, and it is now a routine educational tool for all surgical meetings. He was also one of the first surgeons to open a private operative facility in Montréal, and was integral in establishing safety standards for private clinics and the current certification process. Until his retirement in 2021, his private clinic was an essential teaching site for McGill plastic surgery residents for 40 years, and countless trainees benefited from his extraordinary surgical experience. He always made residents and students feel welcome, and he taught with conviction. His leadership in cosmetic surgery was recognized by his presidency of the Canadian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, an organization that commemorated his impact on the field with a Lifetime Achievement Award.”

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