Dr. Serge Carrière O.C., M.D., C.S.P.Q., F.R.C.P.(C), is a Canadian physiologist, physician and educator. .
Born in Montreal, Quebec on July 21, 1934, he studied at the Université de Montréal, taking his B.A. in 1954 and his M.D. in 1959. He is married with four children. He did his internship at Notre-Dame hospital in Montreal and his residence there in internal medicine. In 1962, he joined the Harvard Medical School as an instructor in physiology from 1962 to 1964. Afterwards, he moved back to Montreal to set up his practice, specializing in nephrology. At the same time, he began teaching at the Université de Montréal's Faculty of Medicine, becoming an assistant professor in 1964, an associate professor in 1970, full professor in 1974 and Chairman of the Department of Physiology from 1980 to 1986. He then would rise to Chairman of the Department of Medicine until 1988, when he was named the dean of the Faculty. He served as dean until 1995. After his retirement from the post, he became Vice President of Clinical Research at Phoenix International Life Sciences and became President & C.O.O. from 1996 to 1997.
In 1997, he received the Order of Canada. He is also a recipient of many scientific and medical awards and honours including the G. Malcolm Brown Award. He has held several prestigious positions within the medical community as a Fellow and a Member of the Executive Committee of the Medical Research Council of Canada, President of the Quebec Health Research Fund, President of Louis Pasteur Canadian Foundation (CFLP)and Scientific Advisor of McGill University's Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital.
A champion of academic freedom as an essential lever to fundamental medical and drug discovery, Dr. Carrière has played an instrumental role in biomedical education, research and biotechnology. He is co-founder of several biotechnology companies including Phoenix International Life Sciences Inc. where he served as President, Chief Operating officer and Vice-President of Clinical Research; and Lomedic which resulted in Theratechnology Inc. He was also Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Medical Research Associates.
Throughout his career, Dr. Carrière has conducted extensive laboratory and clinical research and continues to apply his expertise as a leading member of Bio-K Scientific Advisory Committee in collaboration with Dr. Pavel Hamet, Professor of Medicine and Canada Research Chair in Predictive Genomics and Director of Genomic Medicine at the University of Montreal Hospital Centre (CHUM). The University of Montreal held a special ceremony to thank Dr. Serge Carrière for his “Exemplary Generosity”.