Born in France, Dr. Brunet has been working in the field of health and social services, teaching and research for over 30 years. Since January 2023, Dr. Brunet has been President and CEO of the Montreal Health Innovation District – HID. Dr. Brunet left the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), after a well-rounded seven-year term of dedication and involvement as President and CEO. During these years, he finalized the construction of the two phases of the hospital, carried out the move and transfer of patients and teams from the three CHUM sites to the new hospital complex. He also implemented the ambulatory component, an alternative to hospitalization. Previously, he was president and CEO of Sainte-Justine from January 2009 to September 2018 and president and CEO of both hospitals from September 2015 to 2018. On July 14, 2018, he was made a knight of the Legion of Honor by France for his lifetime career in healthcare. He demonstrates excellent leadership, initiative and experience to meet future challenges and innovate, through care, teaching, research and facilities management activities, for the benefit of patients.
His main research interests include hospital management and health system integration, including use of artificial intelligence, medical information and communication technologies. He has also developed throughout his career skills in continuous improvement of quality of care and patient safety, international collaboration, and transfer of know-how, among partners of the ecosystem.
Dr. Brunet’s academic career has included appointments as Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Montreal, Professor of Intensive Care in France and Full Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Head of the Department of Resuscitation and Critical Care and Medical Director of the Telemedicine Program at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. In February 2017, he was appointed President of the University of Montreal Health Network (RUIS), after having been its Vice-President since 2009. He also was the President of the international mother and child network of 20 academic hospitals from 2009 to 2018.
His many accomplishments include the construction of an intensive care clinical and research program and a cardiac surgery center in Paris, a hospital project in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the creation of an academic intensive care and resuscitation center in Toronto. Numerous modernization projects were carried out under his leadership, including the construction of a new research center and specialized care unit building at CHU Sainte-Justine with a budget of $1.5 billion and a new CHUM campus with a budget of $3.5 billion.