Founder of the Research Centre on Aging
Appointment of Réjean Hébert as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Université de Sherbrooke
Sherbrooke, le 29 octobre 2003 – During a meeting held on October 28, the Université de Sherbrooke Board of Governors approved the appointment of Dr. Réjean Hébert to the post of Dean of the Faculty of medicine. Dr. Hébert will be taking over this position from Dr. Michel Baron, who will complete the second consecutive term of a two-term limit on December 31.
Rector Bruno-Marie Béchard, chair of the selection committee, was pleased to announce Dr. Hébert's appointment as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine: "Most particularly, the Committee saw Dr. Hébert as the ideal candidate to undertake the twofold challenge currently facing the Faculty, namely its current development path and the resultant consolidation needs that are expected to be significant. His demonstrated superior qualities as a visionary, a unifier and a motivator are coupled with his finely-honed knowledge of the internal environment and his national experience."
A recognized Canadian specialist in the fields of gerontology and geriatry, Dr. Hébert has succeeded over the course of his career in compiling an arsenal of excellent teaching skills, an illustrious reputation as a researcher and strong management abilities.
After joining the ranks of the University's Faculty of Medicine in 1984 as a teacher and a staff practitioner in the Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Sherbrooke, Dr. Hébert founded the Centre de recherche sur le vieillissement (CRV) – located on the site of the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Sherbrooke – in 1988. The CRV is staffed by 35 professors from five Faculties and approximately 100 employees. Dr. Hébert was also founder of the Réseau québécois de recherche sur le vieillissement and serves as Scientific Director for the Institute of Aging, a component organization of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Among Dr. Hébert's best-known accomplishments is the creation and development of the Functional Autonomy Measurement System (FAMS), an assessment tool currently in use in all healthcare and social services establishments in Quebec. The FAMS has also been translated into 10 languages and is used in a number of countries.
Dr. Hébert sees his appointment as an exciting and stimulating challenge: "I am very happy to have this opportunity to return to my home campus, where I can be of direct service to my Faculty. The Faculty of Medicine needs to consolidate and extend its network, in order that it can accommodate new cohorts of medical and nursing students wishing to pursue their clinical training with us, as well as continue the remarkable progress it has made in research and create new programs that are more responsive to society's needs."
Professor Hébert received his diploma in medicine at the Université de Sherbrooke in 1979, after which he completed a Masters degree in gerontology at the Université de Grenoble 2 in France. He also has a Masters in Epidemiology from the University of Cambridge. Dr. Hébert received his designation as Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 1992.
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Gilles Pelloille, communications officer
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Dr. Réjean Hébert, Faculty of Medicine
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