Appointment of Gerald M. Fried as chair of McGill’s Department of Surgery and surgeon-in-chief at the MUHC
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Gerald M. Fried as chair of the Department of Surgery, McGill Faculty of Medicine, and surgeon-in-chief of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). Dr. Fried replaces interim chair holder Dr. David Mulder and prior chair holder, Dr. Mostafa Elhilali, after their many years of outstanding service to our institutions.
Dr. Fried was selected for this vitally important position following a rigorous international search process that was informed by broad community involvement. He is a medical professional of international stature and was a compelling choice to provide vision and leadership in a discipline that has long helped define the global reputation of McGill and its affiliated hospitals. Throughout his illustrious career, he has provided outstanding medical leadership, particularly in the areas of minimally invasive surgery and simulation, where he is seen as a dedicated champion.
Dr. Fried is professor of Surgery and the Adair Family Chair of Surgical Education at McGill, and has been an elected member of Senate since 2008. As chair of the Department of Surgery, Dr. Fried is responsible for the academic activities of the surgical disciplines within the Department, including McGill’s teaching hospitals and on-campus research activities.
His responsibilities at the MUHC include ensuring the quality, organization and planning of adult surgical services, as well as the surgical and critical care units across multiple sites. He is a senior surgeon and director of the Steinberg-Bernstein Centre for Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Montreal General Hospital, as well as associate surgeon at The Children’s and the Royal Victoria hospitals. In addition, he is associate surgeon at the Jewish General Hospital and LaSalle General Hospital, which helps strengthen services within the RUIS McGill region.
Over and above his stellar international medical experience, Dr. Fried brings strong administrative leadership to these positions, having studied executive management and leadership development at the Wharton School of Business and the Harvard School of Public Health. With undergraduate and medical degrees from McGill, he has written more than 200 papers for peer-reviewed publications and has been involved with numerous medical associations, including the Canadian Association of General Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the International Society of Surgery and the International Society for Digestive Surgery.
During the course of his career, Dr. Fried has garnered several awards and honours, most recently receiving the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada John Ruedy Award for Innovation in Medical Education and joining the Honour Roll for Education Excellence at McGill. He is sought after the world over as a lecturer on simulation in surgical education.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Fried on his appointment to these two high-profile positions, which we are confident he will occupy with great accomplishment as we begin a new chapter in the history of surgical excellence within our community.
Richard I. Levin, MD
Vice-Principal (Health Affairs)
Dean of the Faculty of Medicine
The Hon. Arthur T. Porter, P.C. MD
Director General and CEO
McGill University Health Centre