Dr. Miguel N. Burnier Jr. is a Full Professor of Ophthalmology, Pathology, Medicine, Oncology and Surgery at McGill University. He was also the Thomas O. Hecht Family Chair in Ophthalmology (1996-2012)—the first and only endowment Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology—which was awarded to Dr. Burnier upon his arrival as Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Burnier is the Director of the MUHC-McGill University Ocular Pathology & Translational Research Laboratory, which has become the largest research and training centre in ocular pathology in North America. Over 150 fellows and graduate students from different countries have trained there. Dr. Burnier is the author and co-author of over 650 publications, including 475 peer-reviewed papers, 350 peer-reviewed abstracts, over 70 publications in various scientific journals, three books and 21 book chapters.
In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Henry C. Witelson Ocular Pathology Laboratory, the Burnier International Ocular Pathology Society (BIOPSY) was founded, which holds biennial conferences to unite past and current lab members and to encourage ongoing research in the fields of ophthalmology and pathology.
In addition, Dr. Burnier was unanimously chosen President of the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology, PAAO (2019-2021). Dr. Burnier is currently Interim Executive Director and Chief Scientific Officer as well as Director of Training & Development at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre.