Dr. Gabriel Fabreau

Age: 36

Job title: Clinical Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine, Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

Why he's a 2016 Top 40:

Dr. Fabreau works with Calgary’s most vulnerable populations to provide efficient and effective health care.

Photograph by Jared Sych. Photographed at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre. 


As the son of political refugees from Uruguay, Dr. Gabriel Fabreau knows first-hand how valuable immigrants are to the fabric of Canadian society. 

“Refugees matter,” Fabreau says. “They add to the texture and the colour and the diversity of our country and can contribute in a million ways.”

Fabreau is focused on helping these people. He currently splits his time between researching, teaching and “doctoring,” working as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine and a specialist in internal medicine with shifts at the Peter Lougheed and Foothills Medical Centre. He also works three to four days a month at two clinics for immigrant Calgarians, the Mosaic Refugee Health Clinic and the East Calgary Health Centre, the latter which he co-founded a shared-care general internal medicine-primary care clinic.

The shared-care model means the patient stays in one place and health care practitioners work collaboratively on each file. It’s a model that is effective for newly arrived refugee patients who might find it daunting to navigate the health care system on their own. “Instead, we embed ourselves where they are,” Fabreau says.

Fabreau, who graduated with a Masters of Public Health from Harvard University in 2014, is also working on a major research project called the CUPS Coordinated Care Team (CUPS CCT) that addresses another vulnerable population: Calgary’s homeless. The CUPS CCT is a partnership between CUPS (Calgary Urban Project Society) and Alpha House, and Alpha’s Downtown Outreach Addictions Partnership (DOAP) team, to coordinate and evaluate health care for homeless Calgarians in hopes of reducing the need for hospitalizations and emergency room visits. Like refugees, homeless Calgarians often struggle with access to health care. The project recently won a $1.8-million grant from Alberta Innovates Health Solutions.

“We train people from the community as lay health workers and provide patients all the help that they need, including mental health, addiction, medical care, housing and food,” Fabreau says.

Between clinic hours, hospital hours, teaching and researching, the father of three is busy, but Fabreau’s own father’s words continue to inspire him to give back more. 

“My dad said to me, ‘I’m immensely grateful to Canada — it gave us a home when we had nowhere else to go — and you should be, too. Never forget that this country helped raise you, and now that you have an opportunity, it’s your obligation to give back.’” — Meredith Bailey

Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2016

Frederick Ansara
Andrea Arient
Dr. Jaime Blackwood
Dave C Bonk
Dirk Chisholm
Maeghen Cotterill
Dave Evans
Dr. Gabriel Fabreau
Amy Giang
Grant Gordon, Ph.D.
Connor Gottfried
Shawn Hanson
Adam Jones
Tara Kelly
Megan Kerluke
Lindsey Kindrat
Kurt Kinnear
Catherine Lebel
Jessie Li and Kara Chomistek
Kristen Lien, Kate Allen and Kelly Morrison
Erynn Lyster and Zach Lyster
Fabiola MacIntyre
Chett Matchett
Chris Mayerson
Brett McDermott
Adam Melnyk
Mike Morrison
Matt Paulson and Erin Paulson
Marija Pavkovic-Tovissi
Nuvyn Peters
Dr. Derek Roberts
Rahim Sajan
Graham Sherman and Jeff Orr
Breanne Sich
Colin Smith
Jim Szautner
Melanee Thomas, Ph.D.
Deanna Thompson
Kylie Toh
Dr. Tony Truong

This article appears in the November 2016 issue of Avenue Calgary. Subscribe here.


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