Lucille Teasdale-Corti, CM GOQ (January 30, 1929 – August 1, 1996) was a Canadianphysician and pediatric surgeon, who worked in Uganda from 1961 until her death in 1996. She contributed to the development of medical services in the north of the country.
enrolled at the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Medicine in 1950. In her class of 110 students only ten women were enrolled. Eight of these female students continued their studies past the first year. She graduated Cum Laude in 1955 and carried out her internship in Montreal’s Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Sainte-Justine, a pediatric and obstetric university health centre affiliated with the University of Montreal.
During this internship she met Italian doctor, Piero Corti, who carried out two residencies (1955/56 and 1957/58) at Sainte Justine Hospital during his postgraduate training in Pediatrics at Pavia University (Italy). He already had postgraduate specializations in Radiology (1953) and Neuropsychiatry (1956), both at University of Milano (Italy). Both doctors shared the desire to work where the need was greatest but, as Corti stated, “she was always much too busy for anything else but work.” After her internship Lucille Teasdale enrolled in Postgraduate School for Pediatric Surgery in 1958. She carried out her first two years at Hopital Maisonneuve and Hopital Hotel-Dieu, both in Montreal.
In 1960 Lucille traveled to France to carry out her final internship year at the Hôpital de la Conception in Marseille
While working in Marseilles, Lucille sent a postcard to Piero Corti, inviting him to visit. After visiting several hopeful sites in Africa and India, Piero Corti had chosen to work from a small 30 bed mission hospital near Gulu (Northern Uganda). Then involved in the UN Mission to the Congo, and Piero invited Lucille to go with him “just for a couple of months” to start the surg.
Upon arrival in Uganda, Lucille was required to obtain a license to practice as a doctor, but learned she would first have to complete two months of internship. She was referred to one of the surgeons of the capital’s Mulago University Hospital, who interviewed her and authorized her to go straight to Lacor.