Balfour Mount

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Balfour Mount
Born (1939-04-14) April 14, 1939 (age 75)
Ottawa, Ontario
Known for father of palliative care in North America
Awards Order of Canada
National Order of Quebec

Balfour M. Mount, OC OQ (born 14 April 1939) is a Canadian physician, surgeon, and academic. He is considered the father of palliative care in North America.[1]

Born in Ottawa, Ontario,[2] he received his medical degree from Queen's University in 1963 and studied surgery and urology at McGill University.[3] In January 1973, Dr. Mount, a urologic-cancer surgeon, was influenced by a discussion group of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross' book On Death and Dying to lead a study at the conditions at Montreal's Royal Victoria Hospital. In September 1973, after visiting Cicely Saunders' St. Christopher's Hospice he helped to create a similar ward within the Royal Victoria Hospital and coined the term "palliative care".[2] He became the founding Director of the Royal Victoria Hospital Palliative Care Service, the Palliative Care McGill in 1990 and the McGill Programs in Integrated Whole Person Care in 1999. Dr. Mount is the Eric M. Flanders Emeritus Professor of Palliative Care at McGill University.[4]

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In 1985, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition for having "founded the first Palliative Care Service at Montreal's Royal Victoria Hospital". In 2003, he was promoted to Officer in recognition of being "the father of palliative care in North America".[1] In 1988, he was made an Officer of the National Order of Quebec.[5] He has been awarded honorary degree from the University of Calgary,[6] Queen's University,[7] and Dalhousie University.[8]

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