Beaconsfield resident meets Oprah – “She got me through medical school”


Beaconsfield’s Dr. Gabrielle Cassir completed her medical school and residency training at Université de Montreal. During her time as a medical student, she was also able to experience the American health care system, spending two months at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.  According to Cassir, she could not have done it without Oprah Winfrey.

“Oprah got me through medical school,” said Cassir.  “She gave me the strength to go forward at 4 a.m. on my third 24hrs shift of the week. “It was her voice that encouraged me to keep going when I so often questioned the path I had taken. She taught me to listen and to be best version of myself! She inspired drive, determination and courage of conviction! She is one my biggest inspirations, now and always!”

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Dr. Cassir met her mentor this past Sunday evening, when Oprah was in Montreal on her multi-city Canadian tour. Cassir and her mother Gail procured backstage passes granting her a meet and greet with the star.

Dr. Cassir, Oprah and Gail Cassir

“I literally walked in the door and said: “Oprah, I can finally introduce you to MY favorite Gail”😂, Cassir told the West Island Blog in an interview after the event.

Not only did the Cassir ladies have a special moment with Oprah, but Oprah mentioned the Doctor on her Instagram page after the show.

“You learn so much at the meet and greets,” Oprah said. “Little did I know that I inspired her to be a gynecologist!”

Dr. Cassir also completed two-years of subspecialty training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, before returning to Montreal where she recently became a staff physician in the Obstetrics and Gynecology division at St. Mary’s Hospital Center and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine.


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