Professor Louis Hugo Francescutti


Sherwood Park, AB

Originally a native Montrealer, Louis completed his Bachelor of Sciences (Honors in Biology) at Concordia University in 1980 and was the Convocation Valedictorian. He was also the founding Co-President of the newly formed Concordia University Students Association. He then received his combined Doctor of Philosophy (Immunology) in 1985 and his Doctor of Medicine in 1987 from the University of Alberta. While training as a general surgery resident, he became fascinated with the subject of trauma prevention. In 1994, he completed his further studies in injury control while working toward a Masters of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

After completing his residency in preventative medicine at Johns Hopkins in 1995, he joined the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, where he works as an emergency and preventative medicine physician. In that role, he witnesses first-hand the devastating impact of preventable injuries and, over the course of his career, has made it his mission to raise awareness of public safety and to promote injury prevention. He is Professor in the School of Public Health and the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Francescutti has spearheaded various public safety awareness initiatives and campaigns and, for his many sustained contributions in injury control, was selected at one of Alberta’s Top 100 Physicians of the Century by the Alberta Medical Association/College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, and was also awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal from the Government of Alberta in 2005. In 2011, he was appointed Honorary Colonel for 1 Field Ambulance in Edmonton.

In 2010, he became the 41st President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Then in 2013 he was elected as the President of the Canadian Medical Association. The first Canadian physician to ever hold these two Presidencies in succession. An acknowledged expert on issues related to injury and wellness, Dr. Francescutti frequently consults for industry and governments and has given more than 2,000 presentations, and has been invited to speak at prestigious national and worldwide events on issues related to road safety, wellness, public health, health care advocacy and governance, trauma prevention, and safety culture.