LafontaineI am pleased to announce that Dr. Anne-Louise Lafontaine has been appointed Chief of the department of Neurology of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) after having served as Interim Chief since November 2014. Her four-year term started on November 2, 2015.

Dr. Lafontaine is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University and Director of the McGill Movement Disorder Clinic, which is a designated centre of excellence by the National Parkinson Foundation that she co-founded. Dr. Lafontaine obtained her MSc in biostatistics and epidemiology from McGill and her MD at McMasterUniversity. She then did her residency in neurology at McGill before completing a fellowship in movement disorders at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Lafontaine is a recognized national speaker in Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders. She has a strong interest in education and ethics and served as the Program Director of the neurology residency training program at McGill. She has also been recognized with numerous awards for excellence in clinical teaching and is a longstanding member of the Research Ethics Board of the Neuro. In addition to leading the Movement Disorder Clinic, Dr. Lafontaine is the Director of the Renata Hornstein Parkinson Clinic.  She has served in the past as a Member of the Board and as Chair of the Research Policy Committee of the Parkinson Society Canada, and is currently a member of its Medical Advisory Board. She was also Co-chair of the Local Organizing Committee and Member of the Steering Committee of the 2013 World Parkinson Congress.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Lafontaine and wishing her continued success in this important leadership role.

Ewa Sidorowicz

Associate Director General, Medical Affairs

Director of Professional services – MUHC

January 15, 2016