Biographies

Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg

MD, CM, MSc, PhD, MEng, FRCSC, FACS, President and CEO of the Integrated Health and Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal

Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg is President and CEO of the Integrated Health and Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal. Before assuming this position on April 1, 2015, Dr. Rosenberg had served since 2013 as Executive Director of the Jewish General Hospital (JGH). After joining the hospital in 2007, he spent six years as the Chief of Surgical Services.

Dr. Rosenberg is Professor of Surgery and Medicine at McGill University, where he earned a Master of Science degree and a doctorate in experimental surgery. He also completed post-doctoral studies and a surgical fellowship in transplantation at the University of Michigan, and went on to earn a Master of Engineering degree—the equivalent of an MBA for scientists and engineers—from the University of Waterloo.

Before coming to the JGH, Dr. Rosenberg served as Director of the Multi-Organ Transplant Program at the Montreal General Hospital, inaugurating McGill’s Pancreas Transplant Program and leading the team that performed the first successful liver transplant at McGill.

A widely acknowledged expert in the field of islet cell regeneration, Dr. Rosenberg has received many career awards, including a Chercheur National Award from the Government of Quebec. He remains the only Canadian to have received the prestigious American Surgical Association Foundation Fellowship, and he has served as a consultant to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Louise Miner

Director of Professional Services, Integrated Health and Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal

As Director of Professional Services since 2015, Dr. Miner oversees the management of the CIUSSS’s medical, dental and pharmaceutical resources, in collaboration with the Council of Physicians, Dentists and Pharmacists. More specifically, she is responsible for the managers in the following areas: operating rooms, bed management, reception, appointments, out-patient clinics, imaging and pharmacy.

Dr. Miner has been a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist at the Jewish General Hospital for 30 years. During 15 of those years, she was involved in managing the department and in the resident training committee, and as the site coordinator for medical students.

Dr. Miner embraces change when the goal is to provide the best possible patient experience. Her vision drives everyone to re-imagine the way their practice could be organized optimally around the needs of healthcare users.

Ngo Thanh Tung Tran

Director of the Mental Health and Addiction Program, Integrated Health and Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal

Ngo Thanh Tung Tran obtained his current appointment after many years in clinical and managerial positions. He began his career in health care in 1995 as a psychiatric nurse at Montreal’s Sacré-Cœur Hospital, and was promoted over a 10-year period to eventually become Head of the hospital’s Emergency and Psychiatric Intensive Care Units.

In 2015, Mr. Tran became Interim Unit Head of the CHUM's Ambulatory Psychiatric Services. In that same year, he moved to our CIUSSS, and from then until his recent appointment, he served as Associate Director of the Mental Health and Addiction Program, with responsibility for clinical services in mental health, addiction and psychiatry in hospital and ambulatory settings.

Among his achievements was creating a clear definition of the vision, mission and values of his management to mobilize and engage his team and users. Mr. Tran is a strong believer in working in partnerships. He has also developed service offerings, including the Homelessness and Mental Health Reassignment Program, in collaboration with the Welcome Hall Mission, as well as the CDSP (Psychological Symptoms of Dementia) service offer, in collaboration with the SAPA team.

To carry out these projects, he has set up a steering room with Gold Leading Edge certification. Mr. Tran holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Montreal and a Master’s degree in organizational development from Laval University. 

Christine Touchette

Interim Director of Frontline Integrated Services, Integrated Health and Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal

Christine Touchette takes on her new position after four years as our CIUSSS’s Associate Director of the Specialized Approach to Senior Care (SAPA) - CLSC Component.

Ms. Touchette completed her Bachelor’s degree, specializing in sexology, at the University of Quebec in Montreal, and her Master’s degree in social gerontology from the School of Social Work at the University of Laval. From 1999 to 2004, she worked in social intervention at CLSC René Cassin/Quebec Institute of Social Gerontology/Support Centre for Caregivers.

She moved to the Constance-Lethbridge Rehabilitation Centre in 2004 as a social worker who helped integrate adults with traumatic brain injury. In 2006, at Saint Anne’s Hospital, Ms. Touchette became Associate Coordinator in education for a Canada-wide strategy to help veterans who were coping with post-traumatic stress disorder. From 2007 to 2012, she worked at CSSS de l'Ouest-de-l'Île, first as Chief Administrator of the Program for Seniors with Loss of Autonomy and Physical Deficiencies, and then as Coordinator of the housing component.

She continued with the same focus at CSSS Cavendish in 2012, first as Director of Accommodations and then as Director of SAPA (accommodation and home support). Ms. Touchette studied in a micro-program in organizational management at Laval University from 2007 to 2009. She is also part of the Ministry of Health’s national leadership development program for CEOs, Associate CEOs and senior managers.

Dr. Suzanne Levitz

Associate Director of Professional Services, Integrated Health and Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal

Dr. Suzanne Levitz is a graduate of McGill University in Physiology and Medicine. She completed internships and residencies at Wellesley Hospital in Toronto, Taranaki Base Hospital in New Plymouth, New Zealand, and McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Dr. Levitz has been an Assistant Professor at the McGill University Faculty of Medicine since 1991.


Following several years at St. Mary’s Hospital in the Family Medicine Unit and the Emergency Department, Dr. Levitz joined Mount Sinai Hospital in 1991. Over the years at this institution, she held positions in Clinical Inpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation, as Chair of Continuing Education, Chair of the Council of Physicians, Dentists and Pharmacists, and as Chief of Medicine.
 

Dr. Nicola Casacalenda

MD, FRCPC, Associate Chair, Education and Clinical Affairs, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University

Dr. Nicola Casacalenda is actively involved in training residents in psychiatry and family medicine.

He is Director of the Collaborative Mental Health Program at the Jewish General Hospital, where he serves as a consultant to the Goldman Herzl Family Practice Centre and the Mental Health Team of CSSS Bordeaux-Cartierville-Saint-Laurent from the CIUSSS du Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal.

He has received numerous local and national teaching and supervision awards.

Dr. Christine Florakas

MD, CCFP, FCFP, Chief of the Department of Family Medicine in the Integrated Health and Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal

Dr. Christine Florakas, a graduate of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, arrived at the Goldman Herzl Family Medicine Centre in 1996, and she continued working and teaching there until 2009.

From then until 2016, she practiced in West Vancouver, British Columbia, where she helped transform primary care, as well as improving efficiency, patient care and access to specialist consultations.

Since 2019, Dr. Florakas has been back in Montreal as Chief of the Department of Family Medicine of CIUSSS West-Central Montreal. 

Dr. Floriana Ianni

Psychiatrist

Dr. Floriana Ianni  is part of the Collaborative Mental Health Care Program at the Jewish General Hospital.

She is the psychiatre répondant to the adult mental health team at the CLSC Benny Farm. She is actively involved in training and supervising of psychiatry residents as the training director at the Jewish General Hospital.

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