After completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Ottawa, Dr. Gilles Hurteau subsequently studied medicine at McGill University and trained in surgery at Case-Western University in Cleveland Ohio. He then embarked in specialty training in obstetrics and gynaecology at Yale University, under a fellowship and grant from the Canadian Cancer Society. He joined the University of Ottawa in 1962 where he held the position of Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (1967-1976). He was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Medicine (1976) and Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences (1978), positions he held concurrently until 1989, when he retired from the University as Emeritus Professor.
Doctor Hurteau served as Executive Director of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (1990-1995), the organization responsible for setting standards of practice in the medical and surgical specialties in Canada and the certification and maintenance of competence of Canadian specialists.
As President of the Association of Canadian Medical Colleges, Doctor Hurteau also chaired its Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools. He has represented Canadian physicians at meetings on accreditation, medical education and prevention of nuclear war, in the former USSR, the Middle East and Africa.
Dr. Gilles Hurteau is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.