Assistant Director of Research
Dr. François Cabana has worked at the CHUS since 1996. He is actually a full Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Université de Sherbrooke, and an orthopaedic surgeon specialized in spinal surgery at the CHUS.
Dr. Cabana obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology (specialization in Cell Physiology) from the Université de Sherbrooke. At that time, he found himself interested in research and spent two consecutive summers in the Cytogenetics Laboratory headed by Dr. Marcel Rochon, Hematologist, working on the extraction of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), the fabrication of a molecular probe (C-myc), and the cytogenetics of sideroblastic anemias.
Afterwards, he obtained a medical degree with a specialization in Orthopaedic Surgery from the Université Laval in Quebec City. During his years in Quebec City, he was involved in both clinical and basic research, earning a scholarship from the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association of Canada (PMAC) for “Utilisation de l’érythrocyte pour le transport et le relarguage de médicaments anticancéreux dans le sang” [The Use of Erythrocyte for Transportation and Release of Anti-Cancer Drugs into the Blood].
Dr. Cabana also won an award for the best clinical research work at Enfant-Jésus Hospital’s Hospital Day (“Fixation pédiculaire dans les fractures de la colonne thoracolombaire” [Pedicle Fixation of Thoracolumbar Column Fractures] and the Orthopaedic program’s Richards Awards (“Scoliose et dystrophie musculaire de Duchenne: À propos de 38 cas” [Scoliosis and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: A Review of 38 Cases].
Prior to permanently becoming an orthopaedic surgeon and a professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Université de Sherbrooke, Dr. Cabana spent one and a half years (1997-1998) in France where he received training in spinal surgery (one year in Bordeaux, six months in Nice). His work on epidural hematomas after spinal surgery has been published in the Revue de chirurgie orthopédique française (RCO) [French Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery].
When he returned, he found himself interested in advancing research within the Division of Orthopaedics and, in March 2000, became the Assistant Director of Research. Dr. Cabana has implemented a five-year research plan for residents. He spends lots of energy developing basic research and biomechanics research laboratories. Research work done in collaboration with Professor Baroud of the Department of Mechanical Engineering has been published in the prestigious journal “Spine”. Other collaborations are underway; Dr. Cabana took the lead in creating a new interdisciplinary group that will shortly investigate the field of bone replacement.
In addition, Dr. Cabana co-supervises two Master’s Students, including a resident in Orthopaedic Surgery who obtained the 2006-2007 Dean’s Scholarship, as well as being involved in several research projects.