2017-2018 Board of Directors
Dr Hugo Viens
A 1998 graduate of the Université de Montréal, Dr. Hugo Viens work as medical director for Clinique Dix30 as a specialist in orthopedic surgery. Dr. Viens joined the board of the QMA as a director in 2014.
Dre Isabelle Samson
A 2012 graduate of Université Laval, Dr. Isabelle Samson is currently working as a family physician at the CSSS de l’Hématite, in the Côte-Nord area. She was very involved in the university and community during her studies, receiving, among other things, a leadership award from the CFPC and the QMA's Emerging Professional Award. Thanks to the QMA, Dr. Samson developed a keen interest in the organization of health care, as shown by her monthly column in L’Actualité médicale. As she starts her professional career, one of her goals is to help shape the quality of health care in Québec. Whether it is coordinating the Lean project at her institution, following up on vulnerable patients, or through her commitment to the QMA's Board of Directors, Dr. Samson plans to use her dynamic energy in the service of her profession and the population of Québec.
Dr Yun Jen
Dr. Yun Jen earned her doctorate from Université de Montréal in 1995 and her Fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for her specialty in community medicine in 2000. She also holds a master’s degree in community health from Université Laval (2000) and a certificate in international health from the Pan American Health Organization (2001). Dr. Jen began practising with the Department of Community Health of the Outaouais and in 2008 joined the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ), where she primarily dedicated her efforts to healthy lifestyle promotion and obesity prevention. She is currently a medical advisor with the INSPQ’s scientific affairs division.
Dr. Jen is also a clinical faculty member for the Departments of Social and Preventive Medicine of Université de Montréal and Université Laval.
She presided the Québec Medical Association from 2015–2017 and continues to serve on the QMA Board of Directors.
Dre Michèle Pelletier
Dr. Michèle Pelletier, a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine at Université de Montréal, has dedicated her career to practising general medicine, primarily in the field of emergency care.
Upon completing a master’s degree in health services administration from the same university, she served as the director of professional and hospital services in two institutions in the Laurentian region for almost 10 years, followed by a position as a clinical advisor for the ambulatory services regional programming project in the Laval region.
From 2002 to 2007, she was a director of practice within the strategy and performance consulting group at Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton. During her years as a consultant, she held several interim director positions in medical affairs and worked on numerous consulting mandates, primarily in medical and clinical organization, revising organization plans, strategic planning, and performance analysis and optimization.
From January 2008 to January 2015, she worked in various capacities at the Association québécoise d’établissements de santé et de services sociaux (AQESSS). She started out as the director of medical affairs, followed by the position of executive assistant and director of medical and university affairs. After the association’s organization plan was revised, in addition to executive assistant, she also took on the job of director of the organization of services, medical and university affairs until July 2014. From July 2014 to January 2015, she was the director of the office of medical and university affairs. She has been retired since June 2016.
She is the treasurer of the Québec Medical Association and has been a member of the Board of Directors since April 2015.
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Dr Michel Welt
Upon completing his medical degree at Université de Montréal and a specialization in obstetrics-gynecology at McGill University, Dr. Welt practised medicine in Val d’Or, Abitibi, and then Montréal. He is currently practising at the Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal and is an associate physician at the McGill University Health Centre. He teaches at the faculties of medicine at McGill University and Université de Montréal.
For eight years, he headed the obstetrics-gynecology department at the Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur and was involved with the hospital’s foundation.
He remains committed to his social and community involvement within the Québec Medical Association, the Maison de l’Enfance de Saint-Laurent and with Médecins du Monde.
Dr Guylène Thériault
With a medical degree from the Université de Montréal, Dr. Guylène Thériault, who did her residency at McGill University, also has a degree in evidence-based healthcare from the University of Oxford, England.
A family physician since 1996, Dr. Thériault has also been member of the clinical leaders group of Choosing Wisely Canada since its creation.
In addition to her clinical duties and research interests, Dr. Thériault has been teaching evidence-based medicine and shared decision-making to students, residents and physicians for several years. Since 2013, Dr. Thériault has given numerous presentations on the topic of overdiagnosis to physicians and health care professionals. She is also a speaker at various events for patients, and covers a number of topics, including screening, overdiagnosis and shared decision-making.
A member of the Board of Directors of the Québec Medical Association since April 2016, Dr. Thériault is also president of the CPDP of the CISSS de l'Outaouais since July 2016.
Appointed to the position of Assistant Dean, Distributed Medical Education, at McGill in 2016, Dr. Thériault is the founder of the centre for the advancement of evidence-based health care, a Web site that proposes tools to help incorporate preventive clinical practices.
Dr Frantz-Daniel Lafortune
Dr. Frantz-Daniel Lafortune has been a director since April 2016 as a resident member. As the founder and then president of the QMA Students Group from 2003 to 2007 (now the QMA’s Students Committee), under his leadership a team of representatives was created in each of the faculties of medicine in Québec.
In November 2006, he organized a benefit concert with the I Medici di McGill orchestra in partnership with the Canadian Medical Foundation, collecting $37,000 for a bursary program for students with financial difficulties. He is a co-founder of the Colloque médical étudiant du Québec (CMEQ) and the CaRMS interview simulation.
He was a board member of Groupe Espace Santé from 2006 to 2008, and of the Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec (FMEQ) from 2008 to 2009, and was on the 1st medical advisory board of Santé inc. magazine from 2012 to 2013.
A 2010 graduate of the MD/MSc program at Université Laval, he won the first award of excellence in research from the Fondation Paul-A. Poliquin in 2003, a scholarship from the Fonds de recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ) in 2005-2007 and the QMA’s Emerging Professional Award in 2011.
Dr Vincent Demers
Dr Vincent Demers graduated from Laval University in 2002. He started practicing family medicine in the Lower North Shore, then in Nunavik and in downtown Montreal, before settling in Quebec City in 2015. After practicing in the fields of emergency, hospitalisation, dispensary, mental health, addiction, as well, amongst migrants, homeless people, and the natives. He now home cares a geriatric clientele in loss of autonomy. He also follows vulnerable patients at the GMF ProActive Neufchâtel Health and collaborates in the community and teaching clinic SPOT.
In parallel to these activities, He held several medical management functions, mainly as head of the medical department of the Plateau Mont-Royal CLSC, head of the department of general medicine at the CSSS of Lower North Shore and the CSSS Jeanne-Mance, CMDP president of Basse-Côte-Nord, medical advisor in the General and Chronic Diseases Branch of the Montreal Health Agency and Montreal Regional Manager of Client Access Stations without a family doctor. He is currently medical director of the GMF ProActive Neufchâtel Health.
Prior to his term as a QMA administrator and a member of the finance committee, he became involved with the Quebec Medical Association as chair of the continued medical education committee and participated in the General Councils of the Canadian Medical Association in Calgary and Ottawa. He holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA (2015).
Mme Aline Demirdjian Khatchikian
Aline D. Khatchikian is a junior student at Université Laval. Passionate about public health and social commitment, she has worked for many years within the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA). She is currently serving as an External Representative Coordinator for America. She has previously served as a Regional Assistant for the Standing Committee on Students Health (SCOPH) of America and has also established a course on organ donation at the Université Laval.
Ms. Khatchikian is a newly appointed administrator on the QMA Board of Directors. She has been involved with the QMA Student Committee since 2014 and has contributed to several projects, including the Board of directors Student Committee Mentoring Program and the QMA Student Bursary. She is also involved in issues related to the World Health Organisation by organising, among other things, the IFMSA's pre-World Assembly in May 2017. She is also a member of the organising committee of the General Assembly of 'IFMSA 2018, an event bringing together 1 200 medical students and young doctors from 100+ countries with a central theme, « Health beyond the hospital ».
Over the years, she has gained extensive experience in international project management, peer education and advocacy. Having given numerous training courses throughout the world, she aims to mobilise the next generation of healthcare professionals in addition to promoting the importance of social responsibility in the medical practice.
M. Normand Laberge
For close to 30 years, Normand Laberge has been working for organizations linked to the health care and legal sectors, and has acquired solid expertise in the strategic management of non-profit organizations. He has been particularly focused on Canada’s health care community over the past few years, and has developed a close collaborative relationship with provincial and federal authorities.
With a Master’s degree in business administration, he has served as CEO of the Canadian Bar Association – Quebec Branch, vice-president of the Canadian Association of Radiologists, and more recently, vice-president of Rx&D Ottawa (Canada’s Research Based Pharmaceutical Companies).
Mr. Laberge is a founding member of the Wait Time Alliance, a coalition of seven medical societies representing more than 50,000 physicians in Canada whose purpose is to reduce wait times, a priority issue for the Canadian Medical Association. In 2003, he received the Excellence in Association Leadership Award from the Canadian Society of Association Executives for his outstanding work in association management, change management and organizational development, and having demonstrated exceptional leadership.
Professional services Committee
- Dr Michel Welt
- Dr Bruno L'Heureux
- Dre Marlène Landry
- M. Louis-Charles Desbiens
- Mme Julia Pinheiro Carvalho
- Alexandre Elhalwi, President
- Aline Demirdjian Khatchikian
- Louis-Charles Desbiens
- Laurence Labine
- Julia Pinheiro Carvalho
- Angèle Trinh
- Mathieu Groulx
- Davy Vanderweyen
- Claudèle Brault
Past Presidents Forum
- Dre Yun Jen, President
- Dr Jacques R. Beauchamp
- Dr J. Edwin Coffey
- Dr Henry Haddad
- Dr Jean-François Lajoie
- Dr Bruno J. L’Heureux
- Dr Laurent Marcoux
- Dr Gilles A. Massicotte
- Dr Robert Ouellet
- Dr André Sénikas
- Dr Jean-Bernard Trudeau
- Dre Ruth Vander Stelt
- Dr Stanley Vollant
- Dr Daniel Wagner
Professional Services Director
Continued Medical Education Coordinator
Choosing Wisely Quebec Coordinator
Professional Services Officer
Marketing and Membership
Marketing and Membership Director