Dr Réjean Hébert graduated from the University of Sherbrooke in 1979, received his Diploma in Gerontology from the University of Grenoble in 1981, and completed his family medicine residency at Sherbrooke in 1982. He also received a Specialized Studies Diploma in Geriatrics and completed his Master’s degree in Epidemiology at Cambridge University.
Dr Hébert has been a professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Sherbrooke since 1984, and from September 2012 to April 2014, he served as Minister of Health and Social Services in Quebec. Dr Hébert’s interests include the integration of services for the elderly and people with disabilities, primary care access, and patient partner programs. He founded the Research Centre on Aging (1988) and the Institute of Aging within the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2000). He also developed and validated the Functional Autonomy Measurement System (SMAF) for assessing the needs of frail older people.
Dr Hébert has practised family medicine at the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke and Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis, and practised geriatrics at Youville Hospital in Sherbrooke. He also served as a national researcher for the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé, during which time he founded the Quebec Network for Research on Aging. Dr Hébert also received the Prix Imelda-Lefebvre for community engagement, and has been published in numerous books and international journals.
W. Victor Johnston Award
This award honours the memory of the late Dr W. Victor Johnston, the CFPC’s first Executive Director (1954–1964), and recognizes renowned Canadian or international family physicians who have made an outstanding leadership contribution to the discipline of family medicine in Canada or abroad.