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About Dr. Louis-Phillippe Mousseau, M.D.; F.A.C.S. 1908 - 1962

Early Years

Dr. Mousseau was born on February 7, 1908 in Montreal, Quebec. He graduated in medicine from the University of Montreal in 1932. He completed two years surgical  training at the l'Hopital de Notre Dame in Montreal. At the request of the Grey Nuns, he moved to Alberta to practice surgery at the Edmonton General Hospital.

Professional and Community Achievements

In 1942, Dr. Mousseau was appointed Chief of Surgery. In 1944, he earned his Royal College Specialist Certificate. In 1948, he earned his fellowship from the American College of Physicians and Surgeons. In 1952, he was appointed Chief of Staff of the Edmonton General Hospital. In 1956, he served as President of "Association des Medecins de language francaise du Canada". He received Honourary Doctorate of Laws from both the Universite de Montreal and Universite du Laval for his outstanding contributions to surgery.

He also served on the Senate of the University of Alberta and on the Government of Canada's Glassco Commission on medical issues in northern and remote areas. He established Alberta's first French radio station. He was a trustee for the French church St. Jochaim's Parish and was on the Board of Directors of the French language "LA Suvilance".

Upon his untimely death at age 54 years. his colleagues established the Mousseau Memorial Lecture. The Lecture attracted notable physicians including Drs. Michael DeBakey, Alexander Walt, Mary Ellen Avery, J. William Fielding and Edmund l'elligrino. In 2012, the Mousseau Memorial Lecture Fund was gifted to the Newman Theological College in the memory of Dr. Mousseau to advance medical ethics.

In 2005, the Alberta Medical Association recognized Dr. Mousseau's legacy as one of Alberta's 100 Physicians of the Century.


In the 1940's at a presentation to the American College of Physician and Surgeons, Dr. Mousseau presenting his philosophy of care. He believed the patient must be treated as a whole person and must be informed about his/her treatment options. This approach is commonly understood today as a best practice. In the 1940's, it was revolutionary.

When the newspapers reported his death, he was remembered as "an instrument of God".