Mimi Israël, BSc’78, MDCM’83, Dip Psych’87, was awarded the 2013 Prix Reconnaissance de carrière Persillier-Lachapelle, an honour recognizing her career-long commitment to improving health and social services.
Israël joined the McGill-affiliated Douglas Mental Health University Institute in 1998, and was appointed Psychiatrist-in-Chief in 2001. Her research focuses primarily on eating disorders, though her interests also include crisis intervention, emergency psychiatry and the organization and delivery of mental health services. She has been instrumental in improving living conditions for patients and increasing the quality and accessibility of health care through the reorganization of clinical services.
Israël also serves as an Associate Professor in McGill’s Department of Psychiatry. In 2011, she was named a Fellow of the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and in 2006 she became the first psychiatrist to receive the Grand Prize of the Quebec Medical College of Physicians.