MONTREAL, Nov. 18, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Dr. Mimi Israël,
psychiatrist-in-Chief at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute
and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University, has
been awarded the 2013 prix Reconnaissance de carrière Persillier-Lachapelle.
This award honours individuals who have devoted their career to
developing and improving health and social services network services.
It was presented to Dr. Israël by the Minister of Health and Social
Services and by the Minister for Social Services and Youth Protection
at a ceremony on November 15 in Quebec City.
"Dr. Israël is an exceptional clinician, researcher and administrator.
All who know her can attest to her professional rigour, and to her
humanity and ability to mobilize the health sector to improve access to
mental health care. An award like the Persillier-Lachapelle is
certainly fitting as it recognizes the contributions of an exceptional
career dedicated to the well-being of people with mental illness. We
are extremely proud and extend our warmest congratulations," said Lynne
McVey, RN, MSc, Executive Director of the Douglas Institute.
An extraordinary journey
Mimi Israël, MD, FRCPC, joined the Douglas in 1998 and was appointed
Psychiatrist-in-Chief in 2001. She was named Chair of the Department of
Psychiatry at McGill University in 2008, the first woman to hold the
post. Since 2002, Dr. Israël has also been President of the Association
of Chiefs of Departments of Psychiatry of Montreal. In 2002, after
teaching for fifteen years, Dr. Israël became an Associate Professor in
the Department of Psychiatry at the McGill University Faculty of
Medicine. For many years, she has helped train medical students and
A clinician, teacher, researcher and administrator, Dr. Israël is
interested in eating and mood disorders, crisis intervention, emergency
psychiatry, and the organization and delivery of mental health
services. She has overseen major organizational changes at the Douglas.
This has included playing a leading role in improving living conditions
for patients who must deal with the forensic system. Her reorganization
of clinical services has been innovative, improving both the quality of
and access to care.
A passion grounded in "real life"
Dr. Israël practises psychiatry at the Douglas Eating Disorders Clinic
because she is sensitive to the suffering of people with these
disorders. She is also a "médecin spécialiste répondant en psychiatrie"
for CSSS du Sud-Ouest - Verdun, and chair of the Mental Health
Subcommittee of the Réseau universitaire intégré de santé of McGill
Her interest extends beyond the illness, which is why she frequently
speaks about a psychosocial context that focuses on the female body as
the measure of self-esteem and value. She is recognized for her
longstanding commitment to public education and community-based
Beyond the clinical mission
Mimi Israël is sensitive to the needs of young professional women and
well aware of the challenges they will face during their career. For
this reason, she acts as a mentor for many women who are training or
starting their career. Her research interests focus primarily on the
influence of personality traits on neurobiological and genetic factors
in eating disorders.
An appreciated and recognized contribution
In 2011, she was named Fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Association.
She was a 2008 finalist for the Women of Distinction Award in the
Science and Health category. In 2006, Dr. Israël received the Grand
Prize of the College of Physicians of the Quebec Medical College of
Physicians, the first psychiatrist to receive the highest honour from
that organization. She was the recipient of three McGill University
teaching awards and also received the National Alliance for the
Mentally Ill Exemplary Psychiatrist Award in 1998.
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SOURCE: Douglas Mental Health University Institute
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