New Brunswick

New chief of cardiac surgery appointed for New Brunswick Heart Centre

The New Brunswick Heart Centre has a new chief of cardiovascular surgery about five months after the position became vacant.

Dr. Jean-Franç​ois Légaré of Halifax selected from 29 applicants after 5-month search

The New Brunswick Heart Centre has a new chief of cardiovascular surgery about five months after the position became vacant.

Dr. Jean-Franç​ois Légaré is the new chief of cardiovascular surgery at the New Brunswick Heart Centre in Saint John. (Capital Health)
Dr. Jean-Franç​ois Légaré is a cardiac surgeon who worked most recently at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax.

Légaré is also an associate professor at Dalhousie University.

The Horizon Health Network announced his appointment on Thursday.

Légaré was selected from 29 applicants from as far away as Italy.

He replaces Dr. Marc Pelletier, who left the provincial heart centre, located at the Saint John Regional Hospital, in April.

Pelletier accepted a position leading a specialized cardiac surgery program at Brigham and Women's Hospital, one of the main teaching hospitals affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

Before he left, Pelletier said the new surgeon will face many challenges, especially considering the aging population and the lack of new resources for the past 20 years.