The Ronald-Denis Foundation is a non-profit public charitable foundation that was established by Dr. Ronald Denis in 2008. An eminent surgeon, Dr. Denis is deeply involved in his community and has a concern for improving health, the well-being of the patient as well as their family’s One of its objectives is also to make the health system more efficient He is an active participant in the growth and management of the foundation.

The Foundation strongly believes that access to surgical care within a reasonable timeline is a right, especially for particular sectors such as bariatrics, breast cancer and men’s health. Having noted that obesity was becoming a scourge, the Foundation made its primary mission to support people suffering from morbid and severe obesity by making bariatric surgery accessible to a greater number of patients.

The Ronald-Denis Foundation vision is to ensure that patients suffering from morbid obesity are treated as quickly as possible by providing additional operating time for surgeons in this field. The Foundation also advocates improving care in the treatment of morbid and severe obesity by promoting an interdisciplinary and integrated approach.

Our Values:
Human-Centric actions

Like all serious illnesses, morbid and severe obesity significantly affects the human condition. It can also be a powerful indicator of the greatness of one’s spirit and the resilience of those who are confronted with it, directly or indirectly.

Our goals

  • Improve access to bariatric surgery
  • Increase access to specialized and ultra-specialized services in the treatment of associated obesity and metabolic diseases
  • Organize the services, the continuum, and the avenues of services for the clientele in metabolic medicine and bariatric surgery
  • Put in place mechanisms to control the quality of services and results
  • Facilitate the concentration of expertise and the knowledge transfer

What do we do ?

As of January 1st, 2018, the Ronald-Denis Foundation made it possible to operate more than 800 patients, having helped them to regain their health, at no cost to them or for the health care system, while reducing the delays, the waiting period.

Selection of patients and support protocol

The Foundation will enable operating on patients, based on their priority on the waiting list of the three hospitals part of the CIUSSS-NÎM and according to specific medical criteria, making sure they are fit for outpatient surgery. The Foundation makes sure to abide to the medical protocol which normally includes multidisciplinary monitoring – endocrinologist, nutritionist, digestive or visceral surgeon, psychiatrist, or psychologist – before and after surgical procedure.

Partner and intervention costs

The Foundation operates at the RocklandMD Surgical Center, a specialized medical center (SMC) where physicians, members of the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ) practice.

The technical fees paid by the Foundation amount to $12,000 per day They are similar to the fees paid by the three hospitals of the CIUSSS-NÎM to the RocklandMD Surgical Center under the ‘’day surgery agreement’’ which made it possible to operate on more than 10,000 patients from 2007 to 2016. Surgeons and anesthesiologists, meanwhile, are insured by the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ), as is the case for any surgery performed in a participating private SMC for procedures covered by the RAMQ.

President of the Ronald-Denis Foundation, former Head of the department of surgery and Director of the traumatology program of the CIUSSS du Nord de l’Île de Montréal (CIUSSS-NÎM) Doctor Ronald Denis is committed, first and foremost, to caring for his patient His foundation allows him to use his knowledge and skills servicing people’s health.

During his career, Dr. Denis has carried out major projects related to medical and social causes, always guided by the desire to improve the health and well-being of his patients and to make the health system more efficient.

A Pioneer in Traumatology

Dr. Denis has been an innovative builder in the domain of traumatology. As Director of the HSCM Traumatology Program, he was the first to set up, in 1988, a tertiary traumatology program based on interdisciplinarity He was at the heart of efforts to raise more than $10 million to establish the HSCM’s Integrated Trauma Center.

A champion of metabolic and bariatric surgery

A specialist in bariatric surgery, Dr. Dr. Denis is particularly concerned by the extent of the problems linked to obesity and the metabolic consequences on the health and well-being of these patients. Convinced that bariatric surgery is the only effective treatment, he actively participates in increasing access to that type of surgery and constantly seeks to decrease waiting periods, particularly by promoting outpatient day surgery for the morbidly obese.

A surgeon of action

Head of the Department of Surgery at HSCM for a fourth term, Dr Denis is very concerned by the lack of access to outpatient surgeries and the long wait times for patients. To alleviate these problems, in 2007 he made an agreement with the RocklandMD Surgical Center that has reduced HSCM wait times and allowed surgeries on more than 10,000 patients in five years, more specifically in delicate areas such as breast cancer.

A supporter of high medical technology

Dr. Dr. Denis believes that in the context of outpatient surgery and so-called minimally invasive surgery, the use of new technologies is essential to improve the quality of care received by patients. He was the instigator in 2003 of the purchase of the first Da Vinci surgical robot by the HSCM.


Dr Ronald Denis


Surgeon and head of the surgery department of the CIUSSS du Nord de l’Île de Montréal

Tony Le Donne


President, Les Importations Papilles

Lucie Rozon


Producer and Artist Manager

Luce Rozon


Producer and Artistic Director

Dr Jacques Bouchard


Cosmetic surgeon, Cosmetic surgery clinic – Île-des-sœurs

Alex André


Retired businessman

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