Jean-François Hardy, M.D.
Dr. Hardy obtained his medical degree from the University of Montreal (Quebec, Canada) before specializing in Anesthesiology. For more than 30 years, Dr. Hardy has taught in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Montreal. He was appointed Departmental Chairman (1998 – 2006) and full Professor in 1998. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia from 2000 to 2004. He worked as a Staff Anesthesiologist at Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital, at the Montreal Heart Institute and, finally, at the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM). He retired from the University of Montreal in June 2018 and was appointed Emeritus Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, in June 2019.
Dr. Hardy’s early research interests included gastro-esophageal reflux and the risk of aspiration pneumonitis, as well as quality in anesthesiology. However, since 1990, his main research interest has been in transfusions, and strategies to decrease bleeding and transfusion requirements. Due to his expertise in the field of blood conservation during the perioperative period, Dr. Hardy has presented widely in Canada and abroad, notably in Europe. He has written 20 book chapters, published 130 scientific articles and organized/presented in more than 240 scientific events.
In 2005, Dr. Hardy founded the Fondation Héma-Québec – Bayer Chair in Transfusion Medicine of the Université de Montréal which he held until 2015. In 1998, he was one of the founding members of NATA, the Network for the Advancement of Patient Blood Management, Haemostasis and Thrombosis. He chaired NATA from April 2014 to April 2018. In 2001, he was one of the founding members of SABM, the Society of the Advancement of Blood Management.
Even if he has retired from active clinical practice and from the University, Dr Hardy actively pursues (pro bono) his objective of establishing Patient Blood Management at the CHUM. PBM is presently promoted by the Quebec Ministry of Health and, when the ongoing pilot project at the CHUM is shown to be successful, PBM will be extended to the entire Province.