Francois Sestier, MD, PhD, FRCPc, FACC, CIME Expert Witness
Curriculum Vitae

Contact Information

  • Company: University of Montreal
  • Phone: 514-738-6476
  • Cell: 514-912-4436
  • Fax: 514-738-2333
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Specialties & Experience

General Specialties:

Cardiovascular Disease and Disability Evaluation

Specialty Focus:

Disabily assessment in cardiology; Work-related cardiac events; Sudden death; Medical liability in Adult Cardiology, Insurance Medicine, Life Insurance, Life/Health Insurance, Travel Insurance,Critical illness insurance, Life expectancy, Life expectancy calculation, Life span, Work Life expectancy


MD, University of Nancy, France, 1972; PhD, Experimental medicine, McGill University, Canada, 1977

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Additional Information

Dr. François SESTIER graduated from medical school in Nancy, France, 1967, where he obtained certification in cardiology, pneumology, occupational medicine and aeronautical medicine. In Canada, since 1973, he obtained a Quebec certification in cardiology (CSPQ), and a fellowship in cardiology of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (FRCPc); he also obtained a PhD in Experimental Medicine (McGill, 1977). He is staff cardiologist at CHUM, Hôtel-Dieu, Montreal, medical director of Quebec Blue Cross since 1985 and medical director and vice-president of OptimumRe since 2002. He obtained his American Board of Insurance Medicine (1995), and his American Board of Independent Medical Examiner (2011). Dr. Sestier is a past president of CLIMOA (1996-1997), the Canadian LIfe and health Medical Officer Association, past-president of CSME (2011-2013), the Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators, past president (2010-2012) of AIDC, the world association of medical experts; he is Professor of Medicine at University of Montreal, and since 1999 director of the bilingual program of Insurance and Medicolegal Expertise at University of Montreal. Over thirty years Dr. Sestier has been a medical officer for various insurance companies. In this position he reviewed thousands of applications for life Insurance, giving advice on the mortality and life expectancy associated with the applicant's medical conditions. He has performed life expectancy calculations for litigation purposes on topics as diverse as traumatology, traumatic brain injury, cognitive impairment, spinal cord injury, morbid obesity, diabetes, many different cardio-vascular pathologies, sudden death, stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease, sleep apnea, liver cirrhosis, hepatitis B and C, and all kinds of cancers (including leukemias and lymphomas).