History of the
Institut de Physiatrie

History of the Institut de Physiatrie

More than 50 years of experience

The Institut de Physiatrie du Québec (IPQ) was inaugurated in 1991, but its roots go deeper—back to the oldest physiatry clinic in Quebec, the Centre de Physiatrie Sherbrooke (CPS), founded in 1969 by physiatrists at Hôpital Notre-Dame.


The CPS was relocated at the end of the 1980s due to the expansion of the medical team, the increasing variety of medical and paramedical services as well as the significant development in research. The current building, located at 2049 Sherbrooke East, was acquired in 1989 and has been fully renovated to become the largest, most modern physiatry clinic in Quebec and in Canada, not to mention one of the most prestigious clinics in Montréal. The CPS was rebaptized as the Institut de Physiatrie du Québec to reflect its desire to provide high-quality care and to participate fully in the development of the specialty.


In 1998, the Institut opened a centre dedicated to treatments using fluoroscopic guidance. Given the development of new technologies and the growing demand for our services, three more rooms were added in 2004, 2008 and 2014. In 2010, the Institut set up a department focusing on diagnostic ultrasound and injections under ultrasound guidance.


To this day, the Institute remains the leading reference center for physiatry in Quebec. Over the years, the 3 clinics have allowed a vast number of patients to receive treatments appropriate to their condition.


In addtion to the Montreal clinic, there are :

  • The Val des Arbres (VDA) Physiatry Center in Laval, founded in 1985 and considered a true institution on the North Shore;
  • The Centre d’Interventions Spinales (CIS) created in 2018. It is a private physiatry center that allows quick access to basic and specialized spinal interventions following a consultation with a physiatrist or anesthesiologist. CIS offers private services in Montreal and Laval.


The IPQ also offers physiotherapy and rehabilitation services in which physiotherapists and physical rehabilitation specialists work with private, SAAQ, CNESST and RAMQ (aged 65 and older) clientele.

Today, the Institut de Physiatrie du Québec and its service points include

  • 20 Physiatrists
  • 1 Anesthesiologist
  • 1 Plastic surgeon
  • 1 Neurosurgeon
  • 60 Employees