Leadership and Management

The Injury Repair Recovery (IRR) Program has a management committee made up of the program leadership, cluster leaders and IRR representatives, as well as external members. The committee meets at least four times a year to streamline priorities and objectives, including its annual retreat.


Dr. Edward HarveyProgram Leader

Dr. Jake BarraletAssociate Program Leader

Dr. Géraldine Merle, Program Manager

Dr. Franco Carli, Injury cluster leader

Dr. Jeremy Grushka, Injury cluster leader (collaborator)

Dr. René St-Arnaud, Repair cluster leader

Dr. Paul MartineauRepair cluster leader

Dr. Liane FeldmanRecovery cluster leader

Dr. Alan BarkunRecovery cluster leader

Dr. Gerald FriedChair of the Department of Surgery

Dr. Rajesh Aggarwal, Director of the Medical Simulation Centre

Dr. Suzanne MorinExternal member

Dr. Isabel FortierExternal member


Program Leaders and Manager
Dr. Edward Harvey is a professor of surgery at McGill University, where he earned his medical degree. His research interests in fundamental and clinical aspects of bone healing include implant and fracture optimization, stem cells, outcome evaluation after surgery, biosensors and evaluation of novel hardware and surgical approaches to expedite repair. He collaborates with basic, clinical and engineering scientists and has ongoing industry collaborations, particularly in the field of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and sensors. His funding sources include the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA), AO Foundation, MITACs and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (Canada and the U.S.). Dr. Harvey has had multiple responsibilities on executive and research committees of the OTA, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) and the Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA). He is, or has been, editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal of Surgery and JBJS Trauma Newsletter; editorial board member of the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma; chairman of the Research Committee and of the Annual Basic Science Course of the OTA; member of the Board of Specialty Societies Research Committee, AAOS; chair of the Trauma Section, ORS; and president of the COA.

Dr. Jake Barralet is a professor of biomaterials and Director of Research in Orthopaedic Surgery at McGill University, and the Vice-Chair of Research, Department of Surgery, at the McGill University Health Centre. With more than 15 years of academic and industrial experience in biomaterials and nanotechnology, his research interests include tissue regeneration, 3D printed bioceramics, nanomedecine and controlled release of bioactives. He is an active board member of the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences and of the Canada Local Chapter of the Controlled Release Society, which he established four years ago. He is interested in productive partnerships focused on bringing new innovations to the public. In 2016 he received funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to provide nearly 90 students with cross-disciplinary training to prepare them for high-skill jobs in the surgical devices industry.

Dr. Géraldine Merle obtained her doctorate in materials science from the European Membrane Institute in France, followed by post-doctoral training at McGill University. She held management positions at the Leibnitz Institute for Interactive Materials, in Germany, where she was responsible for industrial projects management and consultation. She also directed a multidisciplinary research group combining electrochemistry, materials sciences and biochemistry towards the development of new (bio) energy devices. Her solid background and expertise in materials sciences, engineering and chemistry are backed with proven project leadership, research management, communications, and fundraising experience.