About Dr. Brutus
Minimally Invasive Hand Surgeon, Founder of Exception MD,
Author, and Philanthropist
Dr. Brutus was born in Belgium and graduated from medical school in Brussels in 1995. He developed a passion for hand surgery and completed his residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery in Brussels before training for a year at the city’s most prestigious private hand surgery center. He then completed a 12 months fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, as well as a 3 months research fellowship at the Institute for Human Performance, which is housed at the same school. Dr. Brutus is certified by the Belgian Board of Plastic Surgery and is also fully licensed by the Collège des médecins du Québec.
Dr. Brutus moved to Montreal in 2005 when he accepted a position as Adjunct Professor of Plastic Surgery at Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal, where he taught and practiced hand surgery until 2010. During that time, he also practiced at Hôpital de la Cité-de-la-Santé in Laval.
A true pioneer in its field
Through his clinical and research work, Dr. Brutus has pioneered the practice of endoscopic hand surgery in Canada. He has performed more endoscopic carpal tunnel releases than any other surgeon in Canada and is the first and only surgeon in Canada to use endoscopic release to treat trigger finger.
Dr. Brutus has published more than 35 papers in peer-reviewed journals as well as several books on common hand pathologies and conditions. He has been invited on numerous occasions to lecture internationally and speaks French, English, Spanish, and Dutch.
Dr. Brutus is frequently featured on TV, on the radio, and in print as a consultant and educator. He is rated as a top hand surgeon in Canada on the RateMDs website.
In addition to his medical career, Dr. Brutus is an active philanthropist. Among other initiatives, he compiled and published Tendre la main, a unique photography book that depicts hands as tools for helping others. The proceeds from the sale of the book, who was created with the voluntary contribution of 12 renowned photographers and over 40 Quebec personalities, have been donated to support various mental health initiatives.
Helping hands | Website: http://tendrelamain.org/en
Dr. Brutus is dedicated to improving Canada’s standard of care, both for hand surgery specifically and for healthcare as a whole.
He believes in treating the patient, not just the hand, and in a personalized and warm approach to patient care.
Throughout his career, Dr. Brutus has touched the lives of thousands of patients from around the world who rely on their hands every day, including entertainers and artists, professional athletes, doctors and dentists, hair stylists, police and military personnel, airline pilots, and flight attendants.
He is persistent, energetic, passionate, and highly dedicated to improving the way care is delivered to patients both in Canada and around the world. He believes there is always a way to improve existing solutions and that no challenge is ever insurmountable.
Dr. Brutus actively supports Welcome Hall Mission, an organization serving Montréal’s most vulnerable for which he has organized numerous fundraising and volunteer recruitment campaigns. Fighting poverty, hunger, and homelessness are issues that are close to his heart.