Dr. Michael Pollak
August 2019Milestones

Dr. Michael Pollak named to Royal Society of Canada

Dr. Michael Pollak, Director of the Stroll Cancer Prevention Centre at the JGH, has been named to the Royal Society of Canada. The appointment recognizes the wide range of his work as a clinician, researcher and teacher.

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In 1968, ground is broken to start construction of the ICFP. Leading the ceremony are (from left) Samuel Steinberg, President of the JGH Board of Directors; Dr. William Slatkoff, JGH Executive Director; Allan Bronfman, founding President of the Board of Directors; Bernard Bloomfield, community leader and philanthropist; and Dr. Henry Kravitz, Chief of the Department of Psychiatry.
August 2019Spotlight feature

ICFP’s 50th anniversary is a highlight of Psychiatry’s JGH timeline

The inauguration of the Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry in 1969 was a pivotal event in the 73-year history of the JGH Department of Psychiatry.

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By summer 1968, work is well under way to simultaneously erect the Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry (rear) and the Lady Davis Institute (foreground), both of which opened in 1969. The buildings are separated by Légaré Street, with Côte-Sainte-Catherine Road just past the photo’s left-hand border.
August 2019Spotlight feature

Seeing the psychiatric patient as more than an isolated individual

The name says it all: The Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry has excelled for 50 years by seeing the patient not just as an individual, but as someone with complex ties to family and community, against a backdrop of religion, race and ethnicity.

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Michael Douglas (centre) with Dr. Saul Frenkiel (right) and Dr. Sheldon Elman, Chairman of Medisys Health Group, at a McGill University fundraising gala co-chaired by Drs. Frenkiel and Elman.
85th Anniversary - ArchivesJuly 2019

From the archives: Michael Douglas praises JGH expertise in diagnosing his throat cancer

In May 2010, Michael Douglas offered public thanks to Dr. Saul Frenkiel, former Chief of the JGH Division of Otolaryngology, for correctly diagnosing the actor’s throat cancer after other physicians had missed it.

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The JGH’s first birthing room featured a comfortable double bed, a rocking chair and a crib for the baby. There was also an adjoining room where the new parents could relax with visitors.
85th Anniversary - ArchivesMay 2019

From the archives: JGH’s first birthing room opens in 1980

In 1980, the JGH became the first McGill University teaching hospital to open a birthing room, in whose home-like setting mothers went into labour, delivered their babies and recovered.

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Dr. Brent Richards
May 2019Research at the Lady Davis Institute

New “atlas” demonstrates genetic influences on osteoporosis

A ground-breaking new study has succeeded in compiling an “atlas” of genetic factors that are associated with estimated bone mineral density, one of the most clinically relevant factors in diagnosing osteoporosis.

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Dr. Hyman Schipper
May 2019Research at the Lady Davis Institute

Developmental abnormalities in the brain offer clue to schizophrenia

An underdeveloped area in the brains of people with schizophrenia is the first clear anatomical signature for the disease, says a study by Dr. Hyman Schipper, a researcher at the Lady Davis Institute. This might lead to diagnosis of schizophrenia with an MRI scanner.

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Olivia Frank, a student volunteer in the Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit, writes an entry in the ICU diary of Jimmy Plevritis, a family member whose father was a patient in the unit.
Feature articlesMarch 2019

“Dear diary: The situation is still serious, but there’s hope … ”

Intensive Care, where patients’ condition is critical, is an unlikely place to keep a diary. But volunteers with the ICU Diaries Project are giving JGH patients and relatives an emotional outlet and a way of look back through smiles or tears.

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Online page—explaining how individuals with scleroderma can maintain hand function—from the first online toolkit by the Scleroderma Patient-centered Intervention Network.
January 2019Research at the Lady Davis Institute

Online program on the way for people with rare autoimmune disease

Coming in 2019: an online program for JGH patients with scleroderma, a rare autoimmune disease characterized by hardening of connective tissues. Included are instructional videos and advice on developing a personalized exercise routine and setting realistic goals.

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Dr. Michael Tessler
January 2019Research at the Lady Davis Institute

Risk of death does not rise during overnight emergency surgery, study reveals

Nervous about possible risks during overnight surgery? Don’t be. A study conducted at the JGH concluded that patients who undergo emergency surgery during overnight hours are at no greater risk of mortality than those who are operated upon during the day.

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