2018 elections: candidates who are physicians
Dr. Gaétan Barrette – PLQ
Candidate in the La Pinière electoral district
Gaétan Barrette completed a degree in medicine and in diagnostic radiology at the Université de Montréal, after beginning his university studies at the Université Grenoble in France. He also completed a fellowship in vascular and interventional radiology at the University of California San Diego.
He started his career at the Hôpital de Chicoutimi before practising at the Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont and also became a co-owner of two private radiology clinics.
Gaétan Barrette was president of the Association des radiologistes du Québec from 1998 to 2006 and president of the Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec from 2006 to 2014.
In the 2012 Québec general election, he was a candidate for the Coalition Avenir Québec in the Terrebonne electoral district. Elected as the liberal MNA for La Pinière in April 2014, he was appointed Minister of Health and Social Services in the Couillard cabinet.
Dr. Philippe Couillard – PLQ
Candidate in the Roberval electoral district
Earning a medical degree in 1979 and in neurosurgery in 1985 from the Université de Montréal, Philippe Couillard was the head of the department of neurosurgery at the Hôpital Saint-Luc from 1989 to 1992 and is a cofounder of the department of neurosurgery in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, where he worked from 1992 to 1996. He was a professor at the Faculty of Medicine at the Université de Sherbrooke from 1996 to 2003, and head surgeon and director of the department of surgery of the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke from 2000 to 2003.
Elected as a liberal MNA for Mont-Royal in 2003, Philippe Couillard was re-elected in Jean-Talon in 2007. He was the Minister of Health and Social Services in the Charest cabinet from April 2003 to June 2008. Winning his seat in the Roberval electoral district in April 2014, he became the 31st Premier of Québec.
Dr. Éric Tremblay – PQ
Candidate in the Repentigny electoral district
After earning a medical degree in 1991 from McGill University, Dr. Éric Tremblay completed his certification in family medicine at St. Mary’s Hospital Centre in 1993.
Throughout his career, he has practised as an attending physician in this Montréal institution in intensive care, hospital medicine and palliative care. In addition, from 2004 to 2006, he devoted his time to in-home care for the CLSC Plateau Mont-Royal and worked in the emergency department of a hospital in Australia for a year.
Since 2016, Dr. Tremblay has been a board member of Médecins québécois pour le régime public (MQRP). He has been the association’s vice-president since 2017.
Dr. Lionel Carmant – CAQ
Candidate in the Taillon electoral district
With a degree in medicine from the Université de Sherbrooke in 1986, and then in pediatric neurology from McGill University in 1992, Lionel Carmant also completed a fellowship in pediatric epilepsy at Harvard University in 1994.
A professor in neuroscience and in pediatrics at the Université de Montréal, Lionel Carmant is also the director of the neurology department at the CHU Sainte-Justine and the medical director of the CIRENE project that aims to improve the screening and treatment of children with neurodevelopmental disorders.
Dr. Carmant carries out translational research on the mechanisms of brain damage induced by epilepsy causing not only intellectual disability, but also autism, by combining basic and clinical research.