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Dr. Jacques Balayla MD, MPH, FRCSC
Clinical Investigator - Lady Davis Institute (LDI)


Dr. Jacques Balayla MD, MPH is a board-certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist. He obtained his medical degree from McGill University in 2012, where he went on to complete subspecialty training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He is now an Osler Fellow in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McGill University, and a clinical investigator at the Lady Davis Institue (LDI) of the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, Canada. During his training, Dr. Balayla obtained a certification in Human Genetics with distinction at Harvard University. Likewise, he graduated from the Clinician-Investigator Program (CIP) from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada with honours, and obtained a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with honours at the University of Montreal's School of Public Health (ESPUM).

Dr. Balayla has been active in clinical research for 12 years. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications, including official guidelines on preimplantation genetic testing for the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC). Most notably, he’s the primary investigator of “The Montreal Criteria for The Ethical Feasibility of Uterine Transplantation”, which have been adopted as an international standard when addressing the ethicality of uterine transplants. He led and developed a new model for weight gain during pregnancy known as the "Friedmann-Balayla Model". Likewise, he has patented a novel article-level metric, known as the "Individual Impact Index statistic (i3)" with the USPTO and developed the concept of "prevalence threshold", a critical notion used in the interpretation of population-level screening tests.

Dr. Balayla has been the recipient of numerous honours and recognitions for his work. Most notably, the Pregnancy Foundation, and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine awarded Dr. Balayla the prestigious “Quilligan Scholar” title, for his promise as a future leader in Obstetrics and Perinatology. Dr. Balayla has also been recognized by the Quebec Medical Association (QMA) as the “Emerging Medical Professional of the Year” as well as by his Alma Matter, where he received the "McGill Alumni Global (MAG) - Young Alumni Award" for having made extraordinary contributions to McGill University, fellow alumni and Society.

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