Dr. Claude Roy, a pioneer in the field of pediatric gastroenterology, and a former Vice-Chairman of AllerGen NCE’s Board of Directors and mentor to Network leaders, passed away on July 2, 2015, at Cedars Cancer Centre (McGill University Health Centre) in Montreal, Quebec.
Dr. Roy, a longtime friend of AllerGen NCE, was best known for his visionary work on infant nutrition, chronic liver disease in children, and gastrointestinal and hepatobilliary manifestations of cystic fibrosis. Known as an outstanding researcher, clinician, teacher and mentor, Dr. Roy was a Professor Emeritus at the Université de Montréal and a gastroenterologist at CHU Sainte-Justine, the largest mother and child healthcare centre in Canada.
In a career that spanned more than 40 years, Dr. Roy helped countless children overcome severe illnesses and he advanced the study of pediatric gastroenterology to a vibrant and valued medical subspecialty. His manual Pediatric Clinical Gastroenterology, now in its 4th edition, is still regarded as the primary textbook in its field.
Among his numerous awards and distinctions, Dr. Roy was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1990, and in 2013, he was one of six distinguished medical leaders inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. On May 22, 2015, Dr. Roy received the 2015 Quebec Medical Association (QMA) Prestige Award, the greatest distinction paid to a physician by the QMA.
Dr. Roy leaves behind his wife, Simone St-Germain, as well as children, grandchildren, family, friends, and a scientific community in Canada and abroad who are deeply saddened by his passing.
An obituary can be viewed online at La Presse.