Canadian Medical Association

Canadian Medical Association

August 09, 2006 16:49 ET

Dr. Louise Caouette Laberge to Receive the CMA May Cohen Award for Women Mentors

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 9, 2006) - On August 23, Dr. Louise Caouette Laberge, from Mont-Royal, Quebec, will receive the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) 2006 May Cohen Award for Women Mentors. This pediatric plastic surgeon's leadership by example, in her many roles that include mentor, teacher, physician and mother, has been described as a professional and personal blueprint for others to follow.

The CMA May Cohen Award is awarded annually to a woman physician who has demonstrated outstanding mentoring abilities. Some of these qualities include encouraging, facilitating and supporting mentees in career and leadership development and acting as an effective role model in medicine or medical leadership.

"I am surprised and honoured to be selected for the 2006 May Cohen Award celebrating women mentors", said Dr. Laberge. "I have been lucky to enter into a career that I truly enjoy and where I can contribute to the training of future surgeons. Teaching is more that the simple transmission of knowledge - rather, it is the ability to develop in others enthusiasm and love of learning. And learning by example, be it with students or with one's own children, is often more efficient than lengthy speeches."

Dr. Laberge obtained her medical degree at Laval University, trained in plastic surgery at the University of Montreal and in microsurgery at McGill University. Since 1982 she has been a full-time academic surgeon at Ste. Justine's children's hospital in Montreal, where she specializes in reconstructive plastic surgery for children with a particular interest in microsurgery, and cleft lip and palate surgery.

Currently she is chief of plastic surgery and director of the cleft lip and palate clinic. A clinical professor at the University of Montreal, she was director of the plastic surgery residency training program from 2000 to 2006. In this function she has been "an inspiration to the residents, male and female alike." A prolific author, she also has more than 100 scientific presentations to her credit.

Her achievements have been recognized by the Royal College of Surgeons, the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, the Knights of Malta, and l'Association des medecins de langue francaise. She was chosen as Woman of the Year in Montreal in 1986 and has received many awards for her teaching and her dedication to her patients. She enjoys a busy family life with her husband, also a pediatric surgeon, and their four children.

Dr. Louise Caouette Laberge is the 6th recipient of the Canadian Medical Association's May Cohen Award for Women Mentors. She will receive this award at a special ceremony at the Stratford Town Hall in Charlottetown, PEI as part of the CMA's 139th annual meeting.

(Visit the CMA website at for full biographical notes on Dr. Louise Caouette Laberge)

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