Dr. Jean Bourbeau, Professor in the Department of Medicine at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine, was honoured as a 2019 Distinguished CHEST Educator by the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) during the opening session of the organization’s Annual Meeting on October 21 in New Orleans. The designation provides recognition of excellence in continuing medical education, placing Dr. Bourbeau within the top 4% of CHEST faculty worldwide.

“The greatest achievement someone can consider is seen in the people we train. Real values in what we are doing in medicine, besides taking care of patients, live by being handed down to others,” says Dr. Bourbeau who is also Director of the McConnell Centre of Innovative Medicine at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC). “CHEST has given me the privilege over the years to advance best patient outcomes through innovative chest medicine education. However, this would not have been possible without the contribution of all the people working with me, in particular those at the MUHC and McGill University, and my patients who have always been an inspiration.”

Dr. Bourbeau is an Associate Member of the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill and a respirologist at the Montreal Chest Institute of the MUHC.

His areas of expertise lie in COPD, rehabilitation, disease and self-management (Living Well with COPD — livingwellwithcopd.com), health and behaviour, and clinical evaluative research. His research includes the large epidemiological study of COPD (Canadian Cohort of Obstructive Lung Disease “CanCOLD”), which he has developed and implemented since 2009, and evaluative research projects on new approaches in disease management. The Canadian Institutes of Health Research has cited the CanCOLD network as a model of collaboration and for having high impact for future respiratory research in Canada and across the globe.

The Distinguished CHEST Educator designation recognizes the achievements of members who have made significant and long-term contributions to the leadership, development, and delivery of CHEST education by serving as CHEST committee chairs, vice-chairs, faculty, content developers, members, and peer reviewers for programs and activities, such as CHEST Annual Meeting, CHEST Board Review courses, CHEST SEEK™ education, Live Learning, CHEST Immersion, e-Learning, and more.

Congratulations Dr. Bourbeau!

October 31, 2019