Palliative Care McGill News


Please join us in congratulating Johanne de Montigny.  On May 10th  at the annual AQSP (L'Association québécoise de soins palliatifs)conference she was awarded Le Prix Reconnaissance 2019.

This award is in recognition of Johanne’s remarkable contribution as a leader in the field of palliative care - as a clinical psychologist, teacher and mentor, author, speaker, and consultant to numerous organizations and government departments. Johanne has helped an uncountable number of patients and their families with her professional skills, compassion and wisdom, to say nothing of her unique and important contribution to the advancement of palliative care. We are so proud of you Johanne!


Retirement Congrads to Dr. Bertha Fuchsman-Small and Dr. Michael Dworkind, January 2019

Dr. Bertha Fuchsman-Small obtained a BA in History from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Rochester. She served as a family physician as well as an assistant professor with McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Fuchsman-Small has spent much of her career in Montreal offering support to ethnically diverse populations, many of whom are new Canadians. She also worked in northern communities of Ontario and Quebec, namely in the Cree community of Waskaganish and in the James Bay area, as well as in rural Queensland, Australia. Dr. Fuchsman-Small—physician, humanitarian, and activist—spent fifteen months in the Democratic Republic of Congo with Médecins Sans Frontières.

After graduating from McGill University, Dr. Michael Dworkind travelled the world before returning to Montreal in 1979 to become the Team Leader for Unit One at the Herzl Family Practice Centre at the Jewish General Hospital, where he served as a devoted palliative care doctor until his retirement in January 2019. Michael Dworkind was also Associate Professor of Medicine at McGill University for 40 years. Michael Dworkind’s many interests and accomplishments in medicine as well as political and environmental activism have been driven by the pursuit of justice, and include his work as Past President of the Physicians for Global Survival, the Canadian affiliate of IPPNW, and winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize for tireless work of trying to rid the world of nuclear weapons and the nuclear power plants required to make them. Dr. Dworkind is currently the Medical Director Santé Cannabis, the first medical marijuana clinic in Quebec.


Book launch for Le Choix de l’heure (authors Bernard Lapointe and Luce des Aulniers)

Authors Bernard Lapointe and Luce des Aulniers greeted a packed room of colleagues, friends and family at Pub L’Ile Noire on November 28, 2018 for the launch of their book, Le Choix del’heure: ruser avec la mort? (Éditions Somme Toute, 292 pages). Félicitations Bernard et Luce!

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Three McGill professors awarded Senate of Canada 150 medals



The entire palliative care community mourns the loss of Dr. Ina Cummings on March 21, 2018.

Dr. Cumming’s interest in palliative care dates back to the 1970s. During this time, she was working with Dr. Balfour Mount at the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) in Montreal. Their work in the early days of hospice care was inspired by Cicely Saunders who established St. Christopher’s Hospice in London, England. Dr. Cummings was instrumental in creating one of the first palliative care units in Canada, at the RVH.  As a family doctor, she was involved in the daily care of patients and families and in 1984, became the director of the RVH palliative care unit.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Cummings made an exceptional contribution to the advancement of hospice palliative care in Canada and paved the way for others in this field. She developed a clinical model for university teaching in a hospital setting, co-edited the first Canadian manual of palliative care, authored numerous papers and articles, and participated on many local, provincial and national committees. As well, she served as a frequent speaker nationwide on interprofessional teams, whole person care and pain and symptom management. 

Dr. Cummings was a founding member of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP) and helped found the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association.  The CSPCP honoured her with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. In 1997 she received the Award of Excellence from the CHPCA. That same year she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Civil Law degree from Bishop’s University. Dr. Cummings served as the first Medical Director at The West Island Palliative Care Residence WIPCR. Her name graces WIPCR four President’s Awards. The Ina Cummings Award recognizes medical excellence in palliative care.

Dr. Cummings will be remembered not just for her many achievements, for also for the care and she provided to so many patients and their families, and the commitment and leadership she demonstrated to the advancement of palliative care through diverse educational and advocacy activities.


Congratulations to Dr. Bernard Lapointe for receiving the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP) Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to palliative care over many years.


Congratulations to Teresa Dellar for being awarded Meritorious Service Cross



               October 13-16, 2020


We are looking forward to our next International Congress on Palliative Care. Make sure to save the date! October 13-16, 2020.

For more information, contact:  Devon.Phillips [at]


JGH re-accredited as an ESMO Designated Centre of Integrated Oncology and PC for  2017 to 2019 

After careful review by the ESMO Designated Centre Working Group, the application by the J ewish General Hospital (JGH)has been accepted and this Centre has been re-accredited as an ESMO Designated Centre of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care for the period 2017 to 2019. 
The official announcement of this year’s re-accrediting centres will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark at the ESMO Congress 2016 during the ESMO Integrated Oncology & Palliative Care Community Session and 2016 Awards on Sunday 9 October 2016 in Copenhagen.


  Of Interest


For those who missed Dr. Balfour Mount's closing plenary presentation during the 19th International Congress, a DVD of this exceptional talk is available for purchase through:

Reframe Films








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