2004 – Quebec
Dr Francine Léger has been practicing medicine for 21 years since graduating from the University of Montreal.
Today, in addition to being the chief of the Perinatal Care unit at St-Luc Hospital in Montreal, she also supervises medical students and residents and is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Montreal. Dr Léger played a major role in promoting the Quebec College of Family Physicians to her peers. She helped plan the 10th anniversary of the Women in Medicine Day. Then, during her term as president, she and her team employed many unique tactics to promote the Quebec chapter including: organizing new workshops on Continuing Medical Education, securing partnerships with various health organizations, and collaborating with the journal MedActuel.
Dr Léger also positioned and defended the role of family medicine in Quebec at a time when it was not considered important. She is also involved in numerous provincial and federal health committees on various issues including nutrition, vaccination and STDs. In 1994, she was named Fellow of The College of Family Physicians of Canada. Many female family physicians consider Dr Léger to be a role model, because she is an example of a successful physician and mother as well as a mentor to many of her students. As a teenager, Dr Léger always knew she enjoyed helping people and her family played a big role in her career choice: her father, grand-father and uncles were all physicians.
With her busy schedule, Dr Léger is the parent of two teenagers and volunteers on various school committees. She enjoys reading, cinema, downhill skiing and tennis.