Professor Martin Fortin completed his medical studies at the Faculty of Medicine - Université de Sherbrooke from 1979 to 1983, where he also received training in family medicine. After practicing at the Centre de santé de la Haute-Côte-Nord, for 2 years, he co-founded the Family Medicine Unit in Saguenay (1987) in affiliation with the Université de Sherbrooke. In 1988, Doctor Fortin was appointed Professor at the Faculty of Medicine - Université de Sherbrooke and Director of the Family Medicine Unit in Saguenay which he has headed for the last 12 years.
With a master’s degree in epidemiology from Université Laval (1997), Professor Fortin oversees the research training of family medicine residents in Saguenay. In 2000, he was appointed Director of Research for the Department of Family Medicine - Université de Sherbrooke. In the spring of 2004, he completed a fellowship in transdisciplinary research on primary care with the Universities of Western Ontario, McMaster and Dalhousie.
Doctor Fortin has over 20 years experience in the practice of family medicine in remote areas. He treats patients suffering for the most part from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, angina pectoris and arthrosis. A large proportion of these patients present an array of chronic diseases simultaneously. Since 2001, his research has focussed on finding healthcare solutions for people dealing with multiple chronic conditions or diseases. Professor Fortin is committed to optimizing healthcare for this particularly vulnerable group.