a visionary, educator, speaker, and doctor

a little history...

Dr. Francescutti is a native Montrealer who travelled west, fell in love with the landscape and clear blue skies of Alberta, and never left.  Originally a photographer with a studio in old Montreal, maybe it was the vast plains or the mountainous landscape with uninterrupted blue skies that brought Lou to settle in a small community just outside of Edmonton where he, his wife, and 3 children, reside.

on to medicine...

Beginning his medical career as an Emergency Medical Technician in Canada's Arctic, Dr. Francescutti completed his MD and PhD at the University of Alberta.  While training as a resident in general surgery, he became very interested in the field of injury control, where he founded the Injury Awareness and Prevention Centre and developed the award winning multimedia injury prevention program for teenagers called HEROES (now called SmartRisk).

He later completed his training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in Baltimore where he completed his Master of Public Health degree and a Preventive Medicine Residency while pursuing further studies in injury control and public health.

back to school...

A Professor in the School of Public Health and an adjunct in the Department of Emergency Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta, Dr. Francescutti also works as an emergency physician in the Emergency Departments of the Royal Alexandra Hospital and the Northeast Community Health Centre in Edmonton.

initiatives: past and present...

Dr. Francescutti has founded and helped develop several initiatives over the last decade with a single goal: prevent injury and save lives.  It may be a simple message, but it has certainly not been easy to get the attention of government legislators.  Take the Alberta Coalition for Cellphone-Free Driving, for example, which Lou founded in 2005 in response to an alarming statistic of injuries and fatalities as a result of drivers using cellular phones and other handheld devices while operating a motor vehicle.  Five years after the movement started, the Alberta Government has finally decided to follow the growing movement by other jurisdictions around the world to implement legislation to better control this unacceptable behavior.

In 2005, Lou was also honored by the Alberta Medical Association as one of Alberta's top 100 doctors of the century.

"These 100 physicians represent the vast achievements and accomplishments of all physicians over the past 10 decades. "These physicians have not only contributed to the advancement of medicine over the past 100 years, they have also contributed greatly to the fabric of Alberta," said Dr. Clayne A. Steed, Chair of the Physicians of the Century Selection Panel. "They are dedicated physicians as well as town councillors, entrepreneurs, teachers and volunteers."

Canadian Medical Association

On August 21st, 2013, Dr. Francescutti was appointed as President of the Canadian Medical Association.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

On October 19th, 2010, Dr. Francescutti was appointed as the President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Lou accepted this new challenge as a top honor, and will lead the college in ensuring post graduate medical education meets the needs of Canadians and in advancing health and public policy.

safety culture and corporate mentorship

Dr. Francescutti has been speaking to organizations and groups for more than a decade--all over the world.  His ability to connect with everyone in the audience is unparalleled.  By the end of the session, audience members approach both Dr. Francescutti and their HSE coordinators to learn how they can hear more.  The overall health and acceptance of corporate safety programs and cultures are being elevated to new levels as a result of Dr. Francescutti delivering his provocative and compelling message to everyone from telephone and power workers to oilfield laborers and engineering professionals.  Click here for more information on Dr. Francescutti's Excellence Program.

family life, hobbies and interests

Lou spends every spare minute with his family.  An amateur stone mason and timber framer, Lou's acreage, home to many interesting projects, is enough to keep any person busy full-time, but he manages.  A authentic Italian pizza oven, a get-away log cabin, a hockey rink, a pond, a maze of trails, and an authentic jail house, Lou's personal life is as interesting and intriguing as his professional endeavors.