Jean-Martin Laberge, Canada

Professor of Surgery and Pediatric Surgery, Associate Chair,
Department of Pediatric Surgery, division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery
Montreal Children's Hospital, McGill University

Dr. Jean-Martin Laberge obtained his M.D. at Laval University in 1977.  After his training in General Surgery at McGill University, he specialized in Pediatric Surgery at St-Justine Hospital from 1981-1983 and then he spent six months in research on fetal surgery with Dr. Michael Harrison in San Francisco.  Afterwards, he pursued his career at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, where he is actively practicing general pediatric surgery with particular interest in fetal diagnosis and treatment, teaching and research. From 1994-2008 he was the Director of the Training Program in Pediatric Surgery at McGill University, and from 1996-2008, the Director of the Division of Pediatric Surgery at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. He is Professor of Surgery at McGill University since 2004 and Associate Chair of the recently formed McGill Department of Pediatric Surgery.


He is active in numerous organizations; among others, he was Chairman of the Examination Board of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada for Pediatric Surgery (1996-1999) and was Chairman of the Specialty Committee in Pediatric General Surgery of the Royal College (2001-2006).  He also served as Chairman of the Education Committee of the Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgeons (1994-1999), was a member of the Advisory Council for Pediatric Surgery of the American College of Surgeons (1997-2002), and President of the International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society in 2002. He was member of the Workforce Committee (2003-2009) and was Vice-Chair (2003-2005) and Chair (2005-2007) of the Fetal Therapy Committee of the American Pediatric Surgical Association; he is an editorial consultant for the Journal of Pediatric Surgery and Pediatric Surgery International. He was president of the Canadian Association of Paediatric Surgeons (2009-2011) and still serves on the Global Partnership Committee and chairs the Bilingualism Committee of this organization.


Dr. Laberge is the co-author of more than 170 scientific articles and several book chapters, 20% of which refer to diagnosis or treatment of fetal malformations, with a particular emphasis on congenital lung lesions.  He is also one of the editors of the 7th edition (2012) of the 2-volume textbook “Pediatric Surgery”. Besides his clinical interest for the fetus, he pursued research in fetal tracheal occlusion in the laboratory. He is presently co-investigator in the Canadian Pediatric Surgery Network (CAPSNet), a clinical research project funded by the CIHR, which studies gastroschisis and congenital diaphragmatic hernia. He is also co-PI of the Canadian Biliary Atresia Registry which will was recently launched. Finally, Dr Laberge has in interest in global surgery and has participated in more than 20 surgical missions abroad, mostly in Africa. He received the Medical Prize of Excellence from the Montreal Children’s Hospital in 2010 and was co-recipient of the “Prix d’humanisme” from the College of Physicians of Quebec.

Lectures by Jean-Martin Laberge

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