François discovered IR as a medical student at Laval University, while attending an information cocktail organized by the CAIR. After two elective rotations in vascular and non-vascular IR, he decided to do his residency in Radiology with the goal of pursuing a career in IR. In his IR rotations as a resident, he has particularly stood out for his technical skills, his teamwork, and his easy-going personality. He is currently PGY-5 in the IR residency program at Laval and he is actively involved in the IR community, as the representative for Laval University within the CAIR resident and fellow section, and as the member/resident responsible for the organization of the CAIR virtual angio-radiology clubs for trainees.
Throughout his PhD studies in Microbiology and Immunology at McGill University and his medical training in Radiology at Laval University, François has successfully completed several large-scale research projects published in high impact factor journals (Lancet, Immunity, The Journal of Experimental Medicine). This has allowed him to develop both advanced and varied fundamental and clinical knowledge, a keen critical sense and a talent for research. His numerous awards and scholarships bear witness to this, including the Gold Medal of the Governor General of Canada. Most recently, he has done research projects on venous interventions with Dr. Mathieu Béland (JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions) and on artificial intelligence (AI) as a tool to predict response to cancer immunotherapy in partnership with clinician-scientist Dr. Philippe Joubert and the AI company Imagia (Journal of Immunotherapy of Cancer, in press).
When he is not working, François enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, traveling, and working on electronic music in order to prepare his upcoming live DJ sets. Indeed, he has been DJ-ing for almost 20 years! He has held DJ residencies in Montreal, at Salon Daomé, and in Quebec City, at Le Cercle and La Cuisine. He also played in prestigious Montreal’s events Igloofest and Piknic électronique. You can listen to some of his DJ sets on his Souncloud page (https://soundcloud.com/frankcou).
“What I love about IR is that it is a relatively new and expanding field in medicine. It is a field that requires both creativity, for problem solving, as well as increasingly more evidence-based research in order to be better recognized by our peers. With my background, I think I can contribute to both aspects, and this is highly motivating!”