Our Team


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Dr. Nicolas V. Christou

MD PhD FRCSS FACS FASMBS

Dr. Christou obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University in 1971, his Doctorate in Medicine and Surgery in 1975, and his Doctorate in Philosophy (Surgical Infections) in 1978. He completed his surgical training at McGill in 1980 and was appointed Assistant Professor of Surgery at McGill University, and Attending Staff Surgeon Royal Victoria Hospital in 1981. He rose through the academic ranks at McGill and became Professor of Surgery in 1991.  He served the McGill University Health Center (MUHC) as director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (1988-1995), Director of the Division of General Surgery from 1995-2005 and Director of The Center of Excellence of Bariatric Surgery of the McGill University Health center 1995-2013. In 2013  at age 65,  the traditional retirement age from McGill University, he voluntarily gave up his PREM (government approved position in the public sector),  to make room for a younger surgeon.  He continues his academic and research responsibilities at McGill and the MUHC, and is currently Professor of Surgery, Emeritus.

He is a member of many prestigious surgical societies including the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the CanadianAssociation of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons of which he is a “founding father” and past president.

Dr. Christou’s research efforts in Clinical Outcomes after open and Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery have contributed to the “Evidence Base” used worldwide to implement this life saving surgery in many countries.

To learn more about Dr. Christou’s research click: Publications List NV Christou

Since voluntarily giving up his PREM (government approved position in the public sector), Dr. Christou can only work in the private sector. Dr. Christou is therefore a “NON-PARTICIPATING PHYSICIAN” within the meaning of the health act (section L.R.Q., c. A-29 of the Health Insurance Act of Quebec).

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Dr. Simon Chow

MD MSc FRCSC FACS

Upon completing his Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Simon Chow was accepted to the prestigious University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine to pursue his M.D. degree. Thereafter, he completed his residency for General Surgery at McGill University. During this time, he was accepted into the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s Clinician Investigator Program. From his contributions to research, he completed a thesis-based Master of Science degree, studying the link between inflammation and cancer.

He was selected for a competitive, accredited post-graduate fellowship program for bariatric surgery with Legacy Health and Providence Health organizations in Portland, Oregon, where world-renowned bariatric and upper gastrointestinal surgeons mentored him. During this time, he had the opportunity to further refine his complex surgical and diagnostic/therapeutic endoscopic skills. He also conducted further bariatric research projects. He has authored numerous medical publications and presented his research findings at countless national and international conferences.

He is board certified for general and bariatric surgery in Canada (FRCSC, Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada) and the United States (FACS, Fellow of American College of Surgeons). He is an active member in good standing with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic surgeons, Canadian Association of General Surgeons, and American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Chow joined Weight Loss Surgery in 2015 and is a “NON-PARTICIPATING PHYSICIAN” within the meaning of the health act (section L.R.Q., c. A-29 of the Health Insurance Act of Quebec). Dr. Chow offers sleeve gastrectomy, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, and revisional bariatric surgery, such as conversion of adjustable gastric band to sleeve gastrectomy or gastric bypass. He also offers general surgery procedures including laparoscopic cholecystectomies (gallbladder removal), and abdominal wall/inguinal hernia repairs.

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Angela Rieux

Coordinator – Bariatric Surgery Patients

Angela has lived most of her life just west of Montreal, QC. She is the proud mother of 2 children and most of her free time is spent doing family oriented activities. She also enjoys biking, gardening and reading.

Angela provides administrative support to our multidisciplinary team since April 2013. This experience allowed her to acquire a greater understanding of bariatric surgery and how it can improve a person’s quality of life. Before joining our team, she worked at the reception of a medical clinic for several years and is used to working in a medical environment. Angela is professional, confident, enthusiastic and dedicated to providing the best service to our patients!

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Monica Bashaw

MScA, DtP/PDt, Registered Dietitian

Monica Bashaw is a registered and licensed dietitian/nutritionist with the Ordre Professionnel des Diététistes du Québec (OPDQ) who specializes in working with adults before and after bariatric surgery.

In addition to being the lead dietitian for Physimed’s Weight Loss Surgery Clinic, she also works part-time at the Bariatric Surgery Clinic of the McGill University Health Center.

Monica completed a Master of Applied Science (MScA) in Human Nutrition at McGill University in 2014 and a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Applied Human Nutrition at the University of Guelph in 2012. Since graduating, she has worked with over 1000 bariatric patients. Monica’s tailored and realistic approach to healthy eating will make you feel well supported throughout your weight loss journey.

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Nurses

Lise Bétournay has been a nurse and a member of The Order of Nurses of Quebec since 1984. She has been working at the Physimed Health Group for 15 years and has held various positions as a nurse, including 5 years as Coordinator of a Cancer Screening Center. Now Lise is taking on a new challenge as a nurse in telemedicine and telemonitoring for bariatric surgery patients. Professional and dedicated, Lise will accompany you and offer you support throughout your weight loss journey.

We have several nurses that work with us and out partner PHYSIMED. They include the Remote Patient Monitoring specialists and our nurses are specifically trained to the unique problems faced by our bariatric patients in the preoperative and post operative period.