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In 2002, after several years of practice as an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Nicolas Duval, motivated by the desire to treat more patients than the public system would allow, decided to leave the Quebec health care system. In 2008, the Chaoulli decision rendered by the Supreme Court of Canada confirmed the right to private health care. Following this important decision, the Health and Social Services Act was amended to allow for the creation of « Centres Médicaux Spécialisés” (CMS). Dr. Duval and his wife, Dr. Pauline Lavoie, were granted a CMS license and became the pioneers in the field of private surgical care in Canada.

In 2009, major investments made it possible to consolidate surgical and convalescent activities in a single location in Laval, the Pavillon des Charmilles, a convalescent center located in a century-old building with a rich history of caring for the population. The building was then transformed into an ultra-modern orthopaedic hospital with two (2) operating rooms, two (2) recovery rooms and fourteen (14) private rooms offering acute and convalescent care. At the time, Dr. Pauline Lavoie was the Medical Director and General Manager of the Clinic, while Dr. Duval, Dr. Lavigne and Dr. Vendittoli performed more than 7000 orthopaedic surgeries over the following years. The Duval Clinic remains to this day the only private surgical establishment in Canada offering the possibility of being operated on and hospitalized in the same facilities for more than 24 hours. Moreover, the Duval clinic is still the only private clinic in Quebec specialized solely in hip and knee replacement.

The year 2021 will mark an important milestone, as Dr. Duval and Dr. Lavoie, planning a well-deserved retirement, choose to entrust the Clinic’s continuity to their long-time colleagues, Dr. Vendittoli and Dr. Lavigne, in partnership with two other surgeons, Dr. Massé and Dr. Kiss, as well as Mr. Martin St-Amour as Executive Director. The mission of this new team is to continue the development of the Clinic as a center of excellence in orthopaedic surgery, specializing in hip and knee joint replacement, and in enhanced recovery protocol. The collaboration between the founders and the new team has resulted in the highest distinction awarded by Accreditation Canada, namely accreditation with Honorable Mention.

Upon arrival, the latest innovative orthopaedic surgery protocols and equipment are implemented, including optimized recovery and robotic surgical assistance equipment is acquired, contributing to uncompromising quality and unparalleled safety of care.

It is on this solid foundation that the Duval Clinic continues its mission.Thank you, Dr. Duval and Dr. Lavoie, for having the audacity, the courage and the rigour to set up such a beautiful project.

Contact the clinic
By Telephone: 514-500-7432
By Fax: 450-663-0776

Opening hours

  • Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • The hospitalization unit is open 24 hours a day.

Address:  1487 des Laurentides Blvd, Laval (Quebec) H7M 2Y3