Rémillard family establishes Chair in Urology

Million-dollar gift to help accelerate cancer research

MONTREAL, Sept. 22, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - McGill University's Division of Urology has a long history of excellence in patient care, pioneering urologic innovation, fundamental research and education. The Division's legacy, thanks to the generosity of Lucien Rémillard and his family, has just been strengthened.

On Sept. 20, McGill's Faculty of Medicine hosted businessman and philanthropist Lucien Rémillard, his family and invited guests at an event to officially announce the creation of the Yosh Taguchi Chair in Urology. The new Chair will focus on cancer-related research in urology.

"I have known Dr. Taguchi for several years and I have great admiration and a profound respect for the work he has been doing in urology for almost 40 years, treating thousands of patients, amassing knowledge and training the next generation. I am deeply convinced that we must sustain research and development in this field of medicine as well as in many other areas," said Mr. Rémillard.

"When I found out that Mr. Rémillard wished to help urology by honouring Dr.Taguchi, I immediately thought of establishing a Chair,'' explained Dr. Armen Aprikian, Head of McGill's Division of Urology and Urologist-in-Chief at the MUHC. "We have a very strong research culture. It has been an integral part of the Division for more than 40 years and this Chair will continue to build on this tradition."

The $1 million Yosh Taguchi Chair in Urology, established at McGill and to be based at one of the MUHC hospitals, is an academic appointment that will serve to attract and retain a world-class scholar in the field of urology and oncology. The recruitment of the first Chairholder will begin over the coming weeks.

"These gifts are vital to the work being conducted at the University and across its hospital network," said Dr. Samuel Benaroya, Interim Vice-Principal of Health Affairs and Interim Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at McGill. "Not only will this Chair give a tremendous boost to the leading research that is ongoing, it will help us attract the brilliant new talent that will realize the next wave of breakthroughs. We are very proud to partner with the Rémillard family to help us achieve this."

The Chair is being named in honour of Dr. Yosh Taguchi, a long-time Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Urology at McGill and Senior Urologist at the Royal Victoria Hospital of the MUHC. Dr. Taguchi has dedicated the better part of his career to prostate cancer research, treatment and training the next generation of urologists. Outside McGill, he is best known for his best-selling books Private Parts: An Owner's Guide to the Male Anatomy and The Prostate: Everything you Need to Know about the Man Gland.


  • Research has been an integral part of the Urology Division at McGill University for over 40 years. 

  • By combining research and clinical expertise we provide for the patients state of the art, cutting edge treatment modalities that are evolving on a regular basis and keeping pace with all new technologies.

  • The Division of Urology currently has one of the largest contingents of full-time primary appointed basic scientists in a surgical division in the country. 

  • Currently, urologic research at McGill covers all the important areas with an emphasis on clinical and fundamental integration. The areas include Oncology, minimally invasive surgical innovation and education, Male Reproductive Biology and Sexual Function, Voiding dysfunction and Pediatric Urology.

  • The Division is composed of 20 full-time urologists mostly practicing in the five teaching hospitals and 7 full-time scientists attached to the Research Institutes of the Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal General Hospital, Montreal Children's Hospital and the Jewish General Hospital.

  • Urologic oncology and oncology research is concentrated at the Montreal General Hospital with neurophysiology, electrophysiology, and management of urinary incontinence and sexual dysfunction at the Jewish General Hospital and research in infertility, andrology, BPH and stone disease concentrated at the Royal Victoria Hospital. 

  • The division has established a clinical trial program to conduct investigator-initiated, cooperative group and industry-sponsored trials. With 10 graduate students, seven fellows studying across the 5 teaching hospitals (MGH, RVH, JGH, MCH, and St. Mary's) the Division is vibrant with research activity.


  • The new Chair will focus on cancer-related research in urology.

Dr. Yosh Taguchi is Associate Professor of Surgery (Urology) at McGill University and a senior urologist at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal

Yosh Taguchi earned his medical degree (MD) from McGill University in 1959, qualified as a Urologist in 1964 (FRCSC) and began his practice in 1966. Early on, he was involved in basic transplantation research for which he earned a PhD in 1970. His career has been spent at a teaching hospital of McGill University, the Royal Victoria Hospital, where he has helped train over a hundred young urologists.

He has published numerous scientific papers but is best known for his three popular books meant for the general public. Private Parts: An Owner's Guide to the Male Anatomy (1988); The Prostate: Everything You Need to Know about the Man Gland (2001); and Zen in Action (2006).


  • Professor, Department of Surgery/Urology, McGill University
  • Head, Division of Urology, Department of Surgery, McGill University
  • Director, Cancer Care Mission
  • Head, Department of Oncology McGill University Health Centre
  • Urologist-in-Chief, McGill University Health Centre

Dr. Armen Aprikian graduated from the University of Sherbrooke Medical School in Quebec in 1985 and completed his urology residency training at McGill University in 1990.

He then pursued a 3-year research and clinical fellowship in urologic oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York City.  In 1993 he was appointed Assistant Professor of Surgery (Urology) at McGill University and began his career in prostate and bladder cancer research and as a clinical urologic oncologist.

In 1998 he became the McGill Division of Urology Training Program Director and in 2001 established the Annual Canadian Senior Resident Urologic Oncology Course, which runs to this day.

In 2004, he became the Head of the Division of Urology at McGill University and in 2007 became full professor of surgery.  Finally, in 2009 he was appointed the Medical Director of the McGill University Health Centre Cancer Care Mission and Department of Oncology.

Image with caption: "Dr Yosh Taguchi (CNW Group/MCGILL UNIVERSITY)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110922_C5942_PHOTO_EN_3707.jpg

Image with caption: "Mr L. Rémillard and Dr Yosh Taguchi (CNW Group/MCGILL UNIVERSITY)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110922_C5942_PHOTO_EN_3709.jpg

Image with caption: "Mr L. Rémillard, Dr Yosh Tagichi, Dr Armen Aprikian (CNW Group/MCGILL UNIVERSITY)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110922_C5942_PHOTO_EN_3711.jpg


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