Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti


Over the course of his career, Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti has made it his mission to raise awareness of public safety and to promote injury prevention. Born in Montreal, Dr. Francescutti received his Doctor of Philosophy in 1985 and his Doctor of Medicine in 1987 from the University of Alberta. While training as a general surgery resident, he became fascinated with the subject of injury prevention. In 1994, he completed his studies in injury control while working toward a Masters of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

After completing his residency in preventative medicine at the School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in 1995, Dr. Francescutti joined the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, where he became an emergency and preventative medicine physician. In that role, he witnessed first-hand the devastating impact of preventable injuries. Dr. Francescutti currently works as an emergency physician at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and the Northeast Community Health Centre in Edmonton. As a professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta, Dr. Francescutti has taught courses in injury control and public health. In 1998, he was the recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award, and in 2002 he earned a Clinical Teacher of the Year Award at the University of Alberta.

Over the past two-and–a-half decades, Dr. Francescutti has spearheaded various public safety awareness initiatives and campaigns. He developed an award winning multimedia injury prevention program for teenagers called HEROES and created an emergency medical response computer program. Dr. Francescutti has published research on topics including emergency medicine, health promotion and sport injury. His outstanding research and initiatives have earned him prestigious grants from the Government of Alberta, Service Canada and the Alberta Medical Association.

For his many contributions in injury prevention, Dr. Francescutti was selected as one of Alberta’s Top 100 Physicians of the Century by the Alberta Medical Association /  College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta and was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal from the Government of Alberta in 2005. He received the Champion for Children Award and a Paul Harris Fellowship from the Northeast Edmonton Rotary Club in 2007. In 2011, he was selected by Alberta Venture as one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people and was also appointed as the first Honorary Colonel of 1 Field Ambulance Edmonton. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal.

Dr. Francescutti has chaired numerous committees and task forces. He is the founder of the Coalition for Cellphone-Free Driving and former director of the Alberta Centre for Injury Control Research. In 2010, he became president of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. An expert on issues related to injury and wellness, Dr. Francescutti frequently consults for industry and governments and has given over 1,500 presentations. He has been invited to speak at prestigious national and worldwide events on issues related to road safety, public health, health care advocacy, trauma prevention, and safety culture.

Dr. Francescutti lives in Strathcona County, Alberta. He and his wife, Linda, have three children. In his spare time, Dr. Francescutti is an amateur stonemason, timber framer and avid arborist.