September 20, 1950

(Ottawa, Ontario)


MD, University of Ottawa (1974)

Awards & Honours:

2022: Rank of Knight | Ordre de Montréal

2020: Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (CIHR-ICRH)/Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) Distinguished Lecturer Award in Cardiovascular Sciences

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Jean-Lucien Rouleau

Renowned cardiologist instrumental in developing life-saving medication sacubitril/valsartan for treatment of chronic heart failure.


Jean-Lucien Rouleau has been recognized worldwide for his transformative contributions to cardiology, including translational scientific work in ventricular function, post-infarction ventricular remodelling, and neurohormonal activation. His leadership in clinical research culminated in the development of the life-saving medication sacubitril/valsartan, now routinely used to treat patients with chronic heart failure. As Director of the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health, Dr. Rouleau laid the groundwork for the Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR), and helped establish networks focusing on respiration, sleep and circadian rhythm, stroke, atrial fibrillation, vascular health and coagulation. As Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal, he initiated development of a delocalized campus that resolved the lack of needed health care professionals in an underserved region; and championed the development of a patient-partner-public approach to health care education. As a researcher, author, educator, and administrator, Dr. Rouleau has made lasting contributions ranging from medications to health care networks, from medical facilities to improved medical policies and practices. His ongoing service to the cause of accessible and effective public health care now includes a five-year, multi-million dollar grant to lead a nationwide Canada Heart Failure Network.

Key Facts

Pioneered the development of regional campuses in Canada. The campus in Mauricie, Quebec, in partnership with regional academic and health institutions, has helped solve a critical shortage of health professionals in a particularly underserved region.

Building on his translational scientific work in ventricular function and neurohormonal activation, Dr. Rouleau played a key role in developing the life-saving medication sacubitril/valsartan, now routinely used to treat patients with chronic heart failure.

Criss-crossed the country as Director of the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health, meeting with provincial academic and government leaders, to lay the groundwork for the Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR), currently a flagship program of The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Created an organization in a Faculty of Medicine, dedicated to patient-led partnerships. The office has been able to deploy its approach to care, research and teaching with more than 250 expert patients involved in more than 120 patient engagement and partnership pilot projects across Montreal, Quebec, and Canada.

Established as director of the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health, national networks in stroke treatment and rehabilitation, vascular diseases, respiratory medicine, sleep, cardiac resuscitation, atrial fibrillation, stroke prevention, coagulation, and critical care.

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Impact on lives today

Heart failure affects upwards of 750,000 Canadians.  Dr. Rouleau’s involvement in developing sacubitril/valsartan, now an often life-saving standard medical therapy for heart failure, places him in the front rank of Canadian cardiological research, and his foundational work in establishing Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) has helped transform clinical research and patient engagement in Canada.      

Jean Lucien Rouleau MD


  • Rouleau induction

    Jean-Lucien Rouleau inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

  • Scientific Director of the Institute for Cardiovascular and Respiratory Medicine of CIHR

  • Co-chair, National Academic Health Science Centre Task Force on Securing the Future of Canadian Academic Health Science Centers

    Health and Medical Education & Training

  • CIHR

    Member, Governing Council, Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)

  • “Surgical Treatment for Ischemic Heart Failure” (STICH), the biggest heart surgery study ever conducted occurs.

    Heart & Vessels

    As a result of this study, led by Jean-Lucien Rouleau, many best practices in regard to the use of heart surgery have already been modified.

  • UofM

    Dean, Faculty of Medicine, in at University of Montreal

    Leadership in Organizational Development

  • UHN Peter Munk

    Director of cardiology and of the Cardiovascular Program of the UHN (Munk Cardiac Center) and Mount Sinai Hospital

    Leadership in Organizational Development

  • Director of the Cardiology Department and Deputy Director of the Research Centre of the University of Sherbrooke

    Leadership in Organizational Development


Dr. Rouleau’s contributions to ground-breaking research have had world-recognized impact on the field of cardiology