Testimonials

Patients at the heart of the Institute’s decisions

Foundation - Friday 13 May, 2022

Mélanie La Couture, President and CEO of the Montreal Heart Institute explains how the Institute is positioning itself for the years to come.

Dr. Magali Pham: changing patients’ lives through radiology

Foundation - Tuesday 10 May, 2022

A radiologist specializing in thoracic imaging, Dr. Magali Pham joined the Montreal Heart Institute family in 2015. Team spirit, cutting-edge technology, concern for quality… Everything was aligned for this sociable and vibrant young doctor to quickly take to her new work environment!

A great love for the Institute

Foundation - Thursday 21 April, 2022

Gilles Spinelli was admitted to the Montreal Heart Institute in 1979 for an aortic valve problem. At the time, he had no idea he was going to become one of the Institute’s most devoted volunteers, generously supporting its mission in myriad ways.

Dr. David Busseuil: towards personalized medicine with the Biobank

Foundation - Monday 28 March, 2022

When he first landed in Montreal in 2005 to complete his post-doctorate with Dr. Jean-Claude Tardif at the Montreal Heart Institute, Dr. David Busseuil was still unaware that he would never return to Dijon. Several years later, he is now director of an impressive bank of biological samples and data used for clinical research, the André and France Desmarais Hospital Cohort at the Montreal Heart Institute, also known as the Biobank.

Anie Brisebois: from the emergency room to nursing director

Foundation - Friday 4 March, 2022

Anie Brisebois joined the big Montreal Heart Institute family just after obtaining her bachelor’s degree in nursing, and she has never left. She still has all the enthusiasm of the early days more than 30 years after joining the team, and she now shines as director of nursing. Honest and passionate about her profession, she enthusiastically shares her career and achievements with us.

Dr. Marquis-Gravel: a bright hope for the future of interventional cardiology

Foundation - Wednesday 12 January, 2022

Dr. Guillaume Marquis-Gravel has been working for a year and a half as a cardiologist at the Montreal Heart Institute. Passionate about research and motivated by a desire to improve people’s lives, he shares his recent accomplishments and deepest aspirations with us.

Forgoing a heart transplant

Foundation - Friday 26 November, 2021

Three years ago, Benoit Marcotte came into the care of the Montreal Heart Institute’s Transplant Clinic. On the agenda were close monitoring and monthly exams to ensure that he would be able to receive a compatible heart as soon as one became available. Two years later reality caught up with him. The transplant was no longer in his best interest. What happened? How did Mr. Marcotte see his future? An encounter with an optimistic, resilient, and fun-loving man!

Coming back from afar

Gary Lawrence - Thursday 14 October, 2021

Gary Lawrence is a journalist and editor-in-chief of Espaces, an outdoor magazine, and a regular contributor to Le Devoir and L’actualité. He usually writes about travels, tourism, and outdoor adventures. The Foundation would like to thank him for sharing his experience at the Montreal Heart Institute.

Samantha Robinson: turning hardship into hope

Foundation - Wednesday 9 June, 2021

Samantha was born with aortic stenosis, a heart defect that occurs when the valve that allows blood to flow from the left ventricle to the aorta and the rest of the body is too narrow. At only 13 months old, Samantha underwent a procedure called a heart catheterization by balloon valvuloplasty, a very complex procedure that dilates the valve with a balloon at the tip of a catheter.

Dr. Sarah Gagliano Taliun: using genetics to keep hearts healthy

Foundation - Monday 24 May, 2021

Born in Ontario, Dr. Sarah Gagliano moved to Montreal in 2020 during a global pandemic to join the Montreal Heart Institute’s research team. This is the story of a bright researcher who loves to take on challenges!