Jean Deslauriers, MD, FRCS(C)
Laval University, Quebec City, Canada
Dr. Jean Deslauriers is a now retired (2014) thoracic surgeon. He is a ‘’Magna Cum Laude” graduate from Laval University Medical School in Quebec City (1969) and did his post graduate thoracic surgery training (1969-75) at the University of Toronto under the tutorship of Dr. F.G. Pearson. Other than a one-year sabbatical as ‘’International consultant in Thoracic Surgery” in the People’s Republic of China (Jilin University, Changchun), he spent his entire professional career in Quebec City. In 1992, he became Professor of Surgery and from 2005 until 2008, was Director of the Province of Quebec Inter-University training program in Thoracic Surgery. In 2016, he was named Professor Emeritus at Laval University. He is a founding member of the General Thoracic Surgical Club (1987) and has been on the board of Directors of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) from 2008 until 2011. He was the First Canadian ever to be on that board. Between 1997 and 2003, he was also on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA). During his career, his major research interests have been in the areas of the surgical treatment of lung cancer and that of emphysema. He has been editor or co-editor of 16 specialty textbooks in Thoracic Surgery and has authored more than 250 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals and specialty textbooks. Over 40 years, he has given approximately 600 communications worldwide (40 countries), including the 2007 Gallie Lecture of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. In 2010, he was the recipient of the Career Teaching Award at Laval University and in 2012, was named member of the ‘’Order of Canada’’. In 2012, he also received the ‘’Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal’’. Since his retirement, he has been doing 4-6 week scholarships in countries such as Morocco, Chile, Turkey, and China to help with the teaching of thoracic surgery. In 2015, he was honored as a ‘’Legend in Thoracic Surgery”” by the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) and in 2016, received the Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons (CATS) Lifetime Achievement Award. He is an honorary member of several International Thoracic Surgery Associations including the ``Société de Chirurgie Thoracique et Cardiovasculaire de langue francaise`` (1991) and the ``Association Sudamericana de Cirugia Toracica (1998). In 1975, he married Deborah L. Reath and they are the parents of five sons.