Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
McGill University Plastic Surgery
Dr. Lucie Lessard is currently the Chair of the Plastic Surgery Program at McGill University. She has also recently been honored the Kathryn Rolph Award at McGill University Fraser Gurd Surgery Graduation day.
She is from Quebec City, where she completed her CEGEP at the Petit Seminaire de Quebec. After Medical School at the University of Laval, she continued her Internship/General Surgery training and Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at McGill University. She is Board Certified in ENT and Plastic Surgery. She chose to do her Plastic Surgery Training at Harvard University/Boston Children/Brigham & Women Hospital with Dr. J. Murray. She later did a Craniofacial Fellowship in Sweden and further maxillofacial training in Paris.
Clinically, Dr. Lessard is the head of a BAHA/Ear Reconstruction for Congenital Problem at the Shriners Hospital where she is the main Plastic Surgeon. She also does Craniofacial Surgery, Microsurgery, Laser and Aesthetics.
Dr. Lessard has been involved in Research since the beginning of her career. She has supervised many Master Students and has obtained a US patent in 1999 for a Craniofacial Ultrasound technique. She is now working on molecular biology of Distraction Osteogenesis and BMP (Bone Morphogenetic Proteins). She has Peer-Reviewed Publications and is an Associate Clinical Professor. Dr. Lessard is also working on a Research Project on Plagiocephaly. She has worked with the PSEF as a grant reviewer and for other national and international grant reviewing agency.
Dr. Lessard has been a Plastic Surgery Examiner for the Royal College. She also has done Surgical Missions in Third World Country with Operation Smile.
H. Bruce Williams, M.D., F.R.C.S.(C), F.A.C.S.
Dr. Bruce Williams was born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. He completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree at Acadia University and then entered Medical School at McGill University, graduating in 1951.
Dr. Williams completed his internship and residency in the McGill University teaching hospitals and spent one year of training in Pathology at the Charlotte Memorial Hospital. He was awarded a McLaughlin Travelling Fellowship and spent one year of postgraduate training in England, Sweden, and Russia. Dr. Williams is certified in General Surgery through the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons, Canada, and in Plastic Surgery through the Royal College as well as the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Williams returned to McGill in 1962 with clinical and research appointments at the Montreal General and Montreal Children's Hospitals. He is a Professor of Surgery at McGill University and was Director of the Plastic Surgery Residency Program at McGill from 1976 - 1996. Dr. Williams is currently the Residency Program Director. Over 60 residents have graduated from the Program during his tenure. He was appointed Surgeon-in-Chief at the Montreal Children's Hospital in 1992.
Over the years, he has become internationally recognized for his outstanding contributions to the field of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and he has received many awards including the Distinguished Service Award from Acadia University, the Clinician of the Year Award from the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, the Distinguished Service Award by the Educational Foundation of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, the Ambassadors' Club Award and Agora Trophy from the Montreal Convention Centre, he presented the Founder's Lecture at the 1998 annual meeting of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, and he was awarded the Medical Award of Excellence by the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation. His major interests have included basic laboratory research, microsurgery and hand surgery. He currently sits on many hospital and university committees, he is a member of 34 medical societies, and he has been a Visiting Professor to over 70 different universities and societies in the United States, Canada, the Orient, Mexico, South America, Australia, and Europe. Dr. Williams has contributed over 90 articles and book chapters to the field of Plastic Surgery. He is Past President of many societies including the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, the American Society for Peripheral Nerve and the International Microsurgical Society.
Dr. Williams and his wife Dorothy were married in 1958 in North Carolina. They have two married sons, Bruce, Jr., and David with their wives Beatrijs and Bethany and five grandsons.
Dr. Harvey C. Brown has been the program director and chief of the Plastic Surgery Program at McGill University in the past. He is currently in practice as staff Plastic Surgeon at McGill University involved in a diversity of reconstructive surgery and teaching.
Dr. Teanoosh Zadeh joined the staff of the Montreal Children's Hospital in January 1997. His research interests are in the field of tissue engineering.
Dr. Gaston Schwarz received his high school education in Lima, Peru, and his B.A. degree from Syracuse University. He is graduate in medicine from the University of Ottawa. His General Surgery and Plastic Surgery residencies were completed at McGill and he then participated in a Fellowship with Dr.Ralph Millard at the University of Miami. Dr. Schwarz is the past President of the D. Ralph Millard Plastic Surgical Society and the Quebec Board of Specialty Examinations in Plastic Surgery. He is also the past President of the Canadian Society for Aesthetic (Cosmetic) Plastic Surgery. Dr. Schwarz joined the Faculty in 1972 and he has been an outstanding supporter and contributor to the Division. His major interest has been in the development of newer techniques in the aesthetic surgical component of the specialty and he has become widely recognized for his expertise in this field. Dr Schwarz is also largely responsible for the development of the McGill Plastic Surgery Newsletter. 'He is currently the Canadian secretary to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He owns a private clinic where residents are exposed to cosmetic surgery.
Dr. Roland Charbonneau joined the staff at the Royal Victoria Hospital in 1980. He is a 1972 graduate from the University of Montreal in Medicine and completed his General Surgery and Plastic Surgery residencies in the University of Montreal Program. Dr. Charbonneau was one of the early trainees in microsurgical procedures and he has continued to contribute in this area. He is currently the program director for the plastic surgery program at the University of Montreal.His unique appointment at both McGill University and the University of Montreal has added stature to the Division and his activities within the Federation of Medical Specialists, the RAMQ, and the Association of Plastic Surgeons of Quebec, as its former President, has brought further recognition to the Division.
Dr. René J. Crepeau graduated from the University of Sherbrooke and continued in his General Surgical Residency at that University. He then completed his Plastic Surgery Residency within the McGill University teaching hospitals and spent a one year fellowship under the tutelage of Dr. Paul Tessier in Paris in order to learn the newer techniques in craniofacial surgery. Dr. Crepeau then joined the staff at the Montreal Children's and the Montreal General Hospitals in 1976. Dr. Crepeau continues with a major interest in reconstruction of complex craniomaxillofacial problems and in the rehabilitative surgery for cleft lip and cleft palate patients. Recent advances in internal fixation procedures for maxillofacial fractures has also been an interest of Dr. Crepeau's and he is a major influence in the teaching of these techniques.
Dr. Ronald G. Zelt joined the staff at the Montreal General Hospital in 1992. Dr. Zelt is also a graduate of the McGill Program and he spent an additional year in a fellowship with Mr. Ian Taylor at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia. Dr. Zelt's main interest is in surgical education which followed a one year fellowship at the University of Southern California where he obtained his Master of Education Degree in that area of interest. Dr. Zelt has become an important contributor to curriculum development and in assessment techniques in the Department of Surgery and he has a major interest in both undergraduate and graduate learning experiences. Dr. Zelt has also added a major contribution to the microsurgical reconstruction of extensive defects following trauma and tumour excision. The rapid increase in microsurgical free flap procedures has been clearly evident since his return to the University.
Dr. Karl Schwarz obtained his M.D. in 1999. He continued his training in Georgetown Plastic Surgery Program and has joined the McGill University Staff in 2007. His major interest is in breast reconstruction.
Dr. Mirko Gilardino obtained his M.D. from McGill University where continued his training in Plastic Surgery. Dr. Gilardino completed a Masters in Experimental Surgery during his residency training. He later went to train in Philadelphia as a fellow in Craniofacial Surgery. He returned to McGill University as Staff in 2008.
Dr. Mario Luc obtained both his M.D. and M.Sc. from Laval University in 2003 and 2004, respectively. He then successfully completed a residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at McGill University in 2008. Following his residency, Dr. Luc went on to complete a combined Hand and Microsurgery Fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Mario Luc has joined the McGill University Division of Plastic Surgery in 2009 with a focus on reconstructive hand and microsurgery.