Jean-Paul Bossé, M.D.
DR. JEAN-PAUL BOSSÉ Graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal in 1959.
In 1965, following his residency in plastic surgery at Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal and at the Toronto Sick Children’s Hospital, he received a Specialist’s Diploma in plastic surgery from the Quebec College of Physicians, and was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He then acquired further specialization in microsurgery and hand surgery in the United States, France and Switzerland.
From 1976 to 1985, Dr. Bossé was chief of the Plastic Surgery Service at Hôtel-Dieu, and program director of plastic surgery at Université de Montréal. He was promoted full Professor in 1982. Dr. Bossé was a member of numerous Hand and Plastic Surgery Societies and served as president of many of these, including the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons and Manus Canada. In 1983, he was president of the International Congress of the Confederation of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (IPRAS). He served as general secretary of that Confederation from 1983 to 1992. He was also a founding member of several national and international Societies, including the Canadian and American Society of Microsurgery.
Throughout his career, he promoted quality in plastic surgery teaching in his Province and abroad. He continuously supported exchanges between plastic surgeons in Quebec and those in French speaking countries and South America. Both in Canada and internationally, Dr. Jean-Paul Bossé was recognized for his contributions to Plastic Surgery. Dr. Bossé was a member of several international Hand and Plastic Surgery Societies, he was Past President of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons (1979) and MANUS Canada and a founding member of the Canadian and the American Microsurgery Societies. In 1979, Dr. Bossé was elected President of the International Congress of the Confederation of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery held in 1983 in Montreal. From 1992-2000, he served as President of IPRAF, the educational foundation of the International Confederation.
In recognition of his contribution to the advancement of plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Bossé was honoured in 1990 as the first recipient of the Medal of Honor presented by the Quebec Association of Plastic Surgeons. In 1992 in Berlin, Germany, he was presented with the Dieffenbeck Medal, an accolade reserved for the world’s most distinguished plastic surgeons. In 2006 he received the CSPS Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contributions to the art and science of plastic surgery and to the plastic surgery community.
Dr. Bossé participated in numerous research programs dedicated to microsurgery, hand surgery and facial expression authoring more than 350 scientific presentations, articles and videos.
Dr. Bossé was well liked by his patients and also by his colleagues internationally while putting Montréal, the Province of Québec and Canada on the map worldwide.
As colleagues from different universities in Montreal, I had the good fortune to meet and interact with Dr. Bossé and his lovely wife Hélène when I was in the Quebec Association organizing guest speakers and scientific programs. I remember him as the first one always enthusiastic to participate and always cheerful to share a story with his superb sense of humour.
He will be missed by his colleagues at the Université de Montréal as well as his colleagues at McGill University in Montréal, his friends from the AAPS in the United States and worldwide.
Lucie Lessard, MD. BSc.