Charles Scriver (1930 – )

Pediatrician and Geneticist

When it comes to children’s healthcare, many parents have reason to be grateful to Dr. Charles R. Scriver.

A two-time graduate of McGill, and a recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University, he began his medical career in the University’s teaching hospitals. As early as 1960, Scriver was making his mark in the world of human biochemical genetics. His research has contributed immensely to our understanding of inborn errors of metabolism, and he has pioneered the study and treatment of inherited metabolic diseases (a dozen of which he discovered.)

What is most remarkable about Dr. Scriver is that he has stepped beyond his role as a research scientist to ensure that advances in knowledge are utilized for the good of individuals, families and communities, establishing practical interventions that have improved the lives of countless sick children.

Scriver will long be remembered for the implementation of a neonatal screening program in Quebec, as well as for his part in raising nutritional standards in the country (vitamin D is added to Canadian milk thanks to Scriver’s study of rickets in Quebec children).

He holds six honorary degrees, has civil honours from Canada, Quebec and Montreal, and has been inducted into the Canadian Halls of Fame for Medicine and for Science and Engineering. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics, Biochemistry (Associate), Biology (Honorary), and Human Genetics in the Faculties of Medicine and Science as well as Alva Professor Emeritus of Human Genetics at McGill.