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Dr. Michael Malus

Some Tips on Avoiding Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease and Dementia

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Dr. Michael Malus is the JGH Chief of Family Medicine and Director of the Goldman Herzl Family Practice Centre, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012. Dr. Malus is also an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Pediatrics at McGill University.

Before becoming Herzl’s leader in 1996, Dr. Malus had a distinguished career outside the mainsteam. He earned his medical degree from McGill in 1964, and in the early 1970s became a medical officer in the Dogrib Indian village of Fort Rae, Northwest Territories. In the mid-1970s, he was a medical officer in Mescalero, an Apache reservation in New Mexico. Finally, he returned to the rural Eastern Townships as a family practitioner, as well as working as a staff physician at Sherbrooke Hospital and Hôtel Dieu Hospital.

After joining the JGH in 1982, Dr. Malus opened and directed Herzl’s Adolescent Unit, an outreach program in which doctors and residents meet with students for classroom discussions on all aspects of adolescence.

Under his supervision Herzl has grown and flourished by providing significant input into the creation of a JGH Division of Palliative Care in 2000; opening the Goldfarb Breastfeeding Clinic in 2002; and inaugurating a Pediatric Primary Care Centre in 2004.

Perhaps most significantly, Dr. Malus was instrumental in the 2010 launch of the Herzl CRIU Walk-in Centre, where medical help is available without an appointment or referral, 365 days a year. Since opening, the Centre has seen tens of thousands of patients, and it has provided—or has helped to provide—regular medical care for hundreds of Montrealers who did not previously have a family doctor. 

Dr. Silvia Duong

Managing Medications: A Guide to Safer Drug Use

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Dr. Silvia Duong is a clinical pharmacist at the Jewish General Hospital in the Goldman Herzl Family Practice Centre and the Herzl CRIU Walk-in Centre.

Dr. Duong received her Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Toronto, followed by a specialty residency in ambulatory care at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. After earning her Doctorate in Pharmacy from the U of T, she joined the JGH Pharmacy Department and Herzl in 2011.

Dr. Duong is currently a preceptor for pharmacy residents, whom she supervises in a clinical setting to enable them to get practical experience with patients.. Her research interest focuses on the self-management of patients and the use of medication in an ambulatory setting.

Dr. Perry Adler

Helping Teens Through Adolescence: The Psycho-Social Aspects of Adolescent Medicine

Wednesday, June 5, 2013


Dr. Perry Adler, a lecturer in McGill University’s Department of Family Medicine, teaches and supervises family medicine residents in the Goldman Herzl Family Practice Centre at the JGH. He is also Associate Director of the Centre’s Teen Health Unit and Director of its Psychology Internship and Training Program, as well as an Assistant Professor in McGill’s Department of Psychology.
Dr. Adler provides services to teens, adults, groups and organizations, based on his expertise in anxiety and mood disorders, cognitive behaviour therapy, psychosomatic disorders, relationship difficulties, and anger management problems. 

Having trained psychologists since 1994, Dr. Adler owns Perry S. J. Adler & Associates, a private clinic of 14 psychologists. He also refers patients to associates throughout Montreal for their expertise in such specialties as child psychology, neuropsychology, PTSD and stress management. In addition, he is President of HumaNexus Corporation, a behavioural health sciences company.

Dr. Adler is active in the American Psychological Association, the American Psychosomatic Society, the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, the Canadian Psychological Association, the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, and l’Ordre des psychologues du Québec.

Dr. John C. Kirk


House Call to Home Care: Something Old is New Again

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Dr. John Kirk is the founding Director of the Home Care Program in the Goldman Herzl Family Practice Centre at the JGH. He is also an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at McGill University and Director of the Enhanced-Skills Programs, which offer family medicine residents additional training in areas beyond their primary residency.

In 2010, Dr. Kirk led a group of Herzl’s family medicine teachers in developing a home care teaching program for family medicine residents. Three years later, this program has expanded to provide all of Herzl’s residents with two years’ experience in caring for homebound patients.

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Dr. Kirk arrived in Montreal in 1979 to pursue an internship at the Royal Victoria Hospital. This motivated him to enter general practice at the local community clinic in Pointe-Saint-Charles, where he conducted his first home visits on foot in order to see patients.

In the mid-1980s, Dr. Kirk spent five years in the New York area, where he trained in family medicine and geriatrics. On returning to Montreal in 1988, he joined the Division of Geriatric Medicine and the Department of Family Medicine at the JGH and McGill, where he has been actively involved in administration and teaching.