Dr. Denny Laporta in the Intensive Care Unit at the JGH.
January 2023Milestones

New award in respiratory therapy named in honour of Dr. Denny Laporta

As Dr. Denny Laporta eases into semi-retirement in Intensive Care, an award has been established in his honour.

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Dr. Ali Abualsaud (right), an Interventional Cardiologist, performs a minimally invasive procedure at the JGH to replace a patient’s failing aortic valve. Working with Dr. Abualsaud is Dr. Felix Ma, a Cardiac Surgeon. Dr. Abualsaud wears a HoloLens headset, which connects him—via a communications platform developed by Auger Groupe Conseil—with Caroline Merineau, a clinical specialist at Medtronic Canada in Trois-Rivières. So advanced is the headset’s digital technology that Dr. Abualsaud and Ms. Merineau feel almost as if they are side by side in the JGH’s hybrid operating room, as they discuss the fine points of the artificial valve, which Medtronic manufactures. (Click on any photo to enlarge it.)
June 2021News

In a world first, JGH enables Toronto specialist to virtually attend Montreal surgery

Innovative use of HoloLens technology has enabled the JGH to greatly enhance the ability of surgical experts at remote locations to view JGH operations and offer guidance.

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Cutting the red ribbon to inaugurate the Azriel Heart Centre are (from left) Lawrence Rosenberg, President and CEO of CIUSSS West-Central Montreal; Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre; Gaétan Barrette, Minister of Health and Social Services; Edward Wiltzer, Chair of the JGH Foundation; Stephanie Azrieli of the Azrieli Foundation; Naomi Azrieli, CEO of the Azrieli Foundation; and Dr. Lawrence Rudski, JGH Chief of Cardiology and Director of the Azrieli Heart Centre.
NewsSeptember 2017

Major boost to JGH’s cardiovascular program through new Azrieli Heart Centre

The Azrieli Heart Centre has been launched at the JGH, as have upgrades to Intensive Care, through a combined $25 million gift that ranks as one of the most generous acts of philanthropy in JGH history.

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From left: Dr. Daniel Obrand (Chief of Vascular Surgery), Robert Woo (X-ray Technologist) and Karen Williams (Nurse and Team Leader in Vascular Surgery) in the hybrid surgical suite. At certain points during the surgery, the patient on the operating table (foreground) is x-rayed by the C-arm (far left), which sends images in real time to the large screen (far right).
May 2017Spotlight feature

Surgery + imaging in one room = Safer, more effective procedures

If a stripped-down term like “hybrid surgical suite” doesn’t quite convey the versatility or sophistication of the JGH’s newest operating room, just think of it as the Swiss army knife of surgical facilities.

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Dr. Emmanuel Moss (far left) performs robot-assisted cardiac surgery while seated at a special console. As he views a magnified panorama of the area in and around the patient’s heart, Dr. Moss uses the console’s hand and foot controls to remotely manipulate the robotic arms (centre) and perform the operation. Meanwhile, members of the surgical team surround the patient to assist in the procedure and to ensure that it is proceeding as planned.
April 2016News

Robotic surgery gaining ground at the JGH

As the benefits of robot-assisted surgery gain wider recognition, robotic procedures are being undertaken more extensively at the JGH.

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