Company: University of Saskatchewan
Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Dr. Laurentiu M. Givelichian, a physician at the University of Saskatchewan, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of healthcare.
Recognized for more than two decades of contributions to the healthcare industry, Dr. Givelichian has distinguished himself as a physician of neonatology and pediatric critical care at the University of Saskatchewan since 1999. Bearing a particular specialization in treating neonatal or pediatric patients who are recovering from traumatic brain injuries, he previously served as the chair of the department of pediatrics at the university from 2011 until 2019, during which time his advocacy and a $50 million donation from Canadian businessman Jim Pattison led to the construction of Jim Pattison’s Children’s hospital in 2019. For his efforts in this regard, Dr. Givelichian received the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal in 2022.
Since 2021, Dr. Givelichian has served as the chair of the board of directors for the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation. Among other accomplishments to his credit, he played a pivotal role in the establishment of school-based pediatrics in northern Saskatchewan, where access to medical care is more difficult to secure. He was also responsible for the creation of a new neonatal intensive care unit in the city of Prince Albert. Presently, he is active with a group that studies the use of robots and virtual care in treating and stabilizing children who live in remote and rural areas, the research for which received a $1.2 million grant from the Canadian Institute of Health Research.
Having long wanted to care for others, Dr. Givelichian’s passion slowly began to focus more on the needs of children. After earning a Doctor of Medicine at the Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Romania in 1985, he undertook a residency in neonatology and pediatrics at the University of Saskatchewan between 1994 and 1999, and a fellowship at the University of Manitoba from 1998 to 2000. During his residency, he sharpened his focus further on the field of intensive care. To remain aware of developments in the field, he has maintained his affiliation with such organizations as the Canadian Pediatric Society, the Critical Care Society and the Canadian Medical Association.
In accounting for his overall success, Dr. Givelichian attributes his ability to understand what people need the most, as well as his ability to adjust to changing circumstances. Looking toward the future, he aspires to continue excelling in his profession and serving as the chairman of the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation. Likewise, he hopes to spearhead efforts in establishing a research institute for pediatrics in Saskatchewan.
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