Louis P. Perrault received his medical degree from Université de Montréal in 1986. He completed 3 years of training in basic science research in Paris under the supervision of Professor Paul VanHoutte at Université Louis-Pasteur and obtained a doctor degree (PhD) in fundamental research in 1997. In 1997, Dr Perrault joined the department of cardiac surgery of the Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) as a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon. He recently has been named Head of the Cardiac Surgery Department. Dr Perrault is an active cardiac surgeon that performed around 200 cases this year. His areas of clinical expertise include: Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgery (CABG), valve surgery and heart transplantation. As an active researcher of the MHI, his main study fields are endothelial dysfunction in left ventricular hypertrophy, pulmonary hypertension following CPB, stem cells therapy and heart transplantation. Outside the hospital, he is a Professor of Surgery and Pharmacology at the Université de Montréal and the director of the Extracorporeal Program of Perfusion since 2004.
Dr. Perrault is a local Principal Investigator for the Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network (CTSNet) for the NIH/CIHR since 2007. He is also an investigator of the FRSQ (Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec). Dr Perrault has authored and co-authored more than 250 articles in peer-reviewed publications including New England Journal of Medicine, J Chir Thorac Cardio-Vasc, Circulation and J Heart Lung Transplant. He has been the senior author for more than 75 of them. In addition, he has written several book chapters. He has given over 40 conferences worldwide.