Rénald Bergeron received his medical degree from Université Laval in 1978 and was certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) in 1980. He was dean of Université Laval's Faculty of Medicine from July 2010 to June 2017.
A full professor with the Department of Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine, Dr. Bergeron has held positions as department director (1999–2007), vice dean of strategic development and director of a pedagogical consortium (2008–2009), and vice dean of pedagogy and professional development (2010). Before becoming dean, Dr. Bergeron played a very active role in his department as a professor of family medicine, helping to manage the program and taking a special interest in palliative care. He helped found Maison Michel-Sarrazin, a palliative care facility, and sat on a number of regional and university committees involved in developing and strengthening palliative medicine in Québec. He also helped drive research on how to organize home care and palliative care.
Under Dr. Bergeron's leadership, the Faculty of Medicine made substantial advances in social responsibility and sustainable health. In collaboration with his management team, Dr. Bergeron sought to promote educational excellence by adapting medical training to new student realities and the needs of society and also worked to foster research on sustainable health, consolidate the Faculty of Medicine's strategic role, and manage resources from a sustainable development perspective.
As dean, he was instrumental in developing collaborative networks at Université Laval and within the teaching and research community, including Alliance santé Québec (AsQ), and established a number of innovative partnerships over the years—within the province, across Canada, and internationally.
Dr. Bergeron is active in the decision-making process for Québec's healthcare system at various levels. He was president of Université Laval's integrated health network (RUIS-UL) from 2010 to 2017 and has sat on the Capitale-Nationale CIUSSS board and its innovation and academic affairs committee since 2015.
He was a member of the board of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) from 2012 to 2016 and was president of Québec's conference of deans of medicine (Conférence des doyens des facultés de médecine du Québec) from 2010 to 2012 and for the 2015–2016 year. Dr. Bergeron has worked with various government bodies on a number of strategic files.
An active member of the community, Dr. Bergeron is a dedicated supporter of Centraide (United Way). He was the president of the organization's Université Laval campaign in 2013 and co-president of its campaign for the Québec–Chaudière-Appalaches region in 2014. A member of the Fondation de l'Université Laval board since 2012, he has made a significant contribution to philanthropic development at his alma mater. Rénald Bergeron is the recipient of the Québec College of Family Physicians' Award of Excellence (2011) and the Polaris Prize for Innovation and Leadership from Université Laval's Faculty of Medicine (2008). He was named 2015 Family Physician of the Year by the Québec College of Family Physicians' and became an honoured recipient of the College of Family Physicians of Canada's Reg. L. Perkin Award that same year. He was named a Le Soleil Radio-Canada laureat in January 2016.