Greek-Canadian Doctor in Montreal Wins Prestigious International Award

Dr. Apostolos Papageorgiou, a Greek-Canadian physician at Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital (JGH), was honored recently with a prestigious international award from the World Association of Perinatal Medicine.

Dr. Papageorgiou, the Chief of Pediatrics and Neonatology at JGH, won the Erich Saling Prize in recognition of his contributions to perinatal care for newborns. The Greek-Canadian was presented with the award on September 11 at the 14th World Congress of Perinatal Medicine in Istanbul, Turkey.

The prize is bestowed each year on scientists from around the world who are currently among the best in the field of perinatal medicine.

“I’m really pleased to receive such an honor,” said Dr. Papageorgiou, “and I’m grateful for this international recognition.”

A Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology at McGill University, Papageorgiou is regarded as an expert in the care of extremely low-birth-weight infants. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including McGill’s Osler Award for outstanding teaching and the Prix Letondal from the Quebec Association of Pediatricians for his contribution to the field of infant health.

“We are truly fortunate that a physician of Dr. Papageorgiou’s international stature has chosen to devote his 45-year career to patients of the JGH and our CIUSSS,” said Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg, the president and CEO of CIUSSS West-Central Montreal.

“He has our warmest congratulations not only for this latest award, but also for having saved the lives of countless premature infants whose chances for survival seemed all but hopeless,” Rosenberg added.

Papageorgiou notes that his colleagues, the team’s nurses and members of JGH staff also deserve to share the credit for the prize. “I’m proud for the hospital and for McGill, because this is also an honor for the institutions where I work,” Papageorgiou stated. “To excel, you need a great environment.”