Dr. Robert Ouellet
– Former President, Canadian Medical Association
Dr. Robert Ouellet is a radiologist based in Laval, Québec. He was President of the Quebec Medical Association from 2005 to 2007, served as President of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) from 2008 to 2009, and later served as the Canadian representative at the World Medical Association.
As president of the CMA, Dr. Ouellet championed health policy reforms including patient cost-sharing and private-sector involvement to reduce government spending and surgical wait times in Canada. He conducted a fact-finding tour of five European countries and met with 35 organizations to study ways to eliminate inefficiencies in the Canadian health care system.
Dr. Ouellet has worked in both the private and the public health sectors for the past 25 years. In 1987, while Chief of Radiology at Cité de la Santé in Laval, he opened the first private CT-scan clinic in Canada. In 1997 and 2000, he opened two MRI clinics in Laval.