Born in Montréal. Studied medicine at the Université de Sherbrooke. Started his practice as a family physician in the north of Quebec. Four years later he moved back to Montreal and became involved with the care of the dying in the mid-eighties while working in one of the city’s busiest AIDS clinic, La Clinique Médicale l’Actuel. From 1989-1991, he served as Chief of the Bureau of Care Treatment and Support at the Federal Centre for AIDS (Health Canada) and continued his palliative / AIDS practice in Montreal. He then joined Balfour Mount team at the Royal Victoria Hospital as a full-time physician. . He joined the Jewish General Hospital team as Chief of Division of Supportive Care and Palliative Care in September 2000. He is an associate professor of Palliative Medicine in the departments of both Family Medicine and Oncology at McGill University. In July 2009 he was appointed as the Eric M. Flanders Chair in Palliative Medicine, at McGill University; and as the Director of Palliative Care McGill within McGill’s Dept. of Oncology. He is the past-President of the Palliative Care Association of Québec, and of the Canadian Palliative Care Association and served on the Board of the International Association for Hospice Palliative Care, the Board of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians. He is currently a member of the Board of the Société Québécoise des médecins en soins palliatifs. Dr Lapointe is now the Chair of the International Congress on Palliative Care that is being held in Montreal under the sponsorship of McGill every second year since 1976. The recent edition of the Congress, held in October 2016 was a true success, regrouping more than 1600 participants from 51 countries. He is currently working with a large planning and scientific committee on the organization of the 22nd International Congress that will be held in October 2018. Dr Lapointe current interests in research revolve around the development of new analgesics for cancer pain, and support to the family caregivers of patients at the end-of-their life. In 2002, he was the recipient of the Golden Jubilee Medal in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of Her Majesty Elizabeth II Accession to the Throne and for his contribution to the development of palliative care in Canada. And he received in 2012 the Diamond Jubilee Medal in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Elizabeth II in recognition of his contribution to Canada. . In 2007 he was awarded the 2007 Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Award of Excellence. In 2016 he received the highest recognition from the Association qubécoise de soins palliatifs, le prix Reconnaissance, and was honored by the West Island Palliative Care Residence by the creation of the Bernard Lapointe Annual Award recognizing excellence in palliative care teaching. In 2017, Dr Lapointe received the Lifetime Achievements Award from the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians. In November 2017, Dr Lapointe was awarded the Senate of Canada Sesquicentennial Medal in recognition of his valuable service to the nation. Dr Lapointe is a dedicated photographer and he has had the privilege to exhibit in few galleries and museum.