Dr. Gilles Pinette (PCP)

Medical Director


Dr. Gilles PinetteDr. Gilles Pinette is a Metis from Manitoba. He completed his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine at the University of Manitoba, Canada. Dr. Pinette completed training in Family Medicine and currently divides his time between a private practice in south Winnipeg and a Hepatitis C Clinic (which he founded) in the core urban area of Winnipeg.

In addition to Dr. Pinette's family medicine practice, he also practices emergency medicine and is the Director of a personal care home with a focus on Aboriginal residents. His research interests are in Aboriginal health, health education, hepatitis C, physical activity, continuing education, and health & media.

At the University of Manitoba, Dr. Pinette enjoys teaching medical students as a Lecturer. He is the past Associate Director of the Special Premedical Studies Programs (SPSP) and Professional Health Programs (PHP). This program recruits Aboriginal students into pre-health careers and later into professional health careers and provides support and mentorship to help their success.

Dr. Pinette writes a regular biweekly column for over a dozen community newspapers across Canada. In the Aboriginal community, Dr. Pinette's regular columns can be read in the Windspeaker, Canada's national Aboriginal newspaper and in SAY Magazine (Spirit of Aboriginal Youth).

He is the past host of Aboriginal People's Television Network's The Medicine Chest, a show which delivers important health documentaries to the Aboriginal people of Canada.

Dr. Pinette has authored 6 books on various health-related topics including: The Canadian Aboriginal Medical Student's Guide to Scholarships, Awards, and Bursaries (2000, Makinak Publishing); Primary Care Management of Hepatitis C Workbook (2001, 2003 revised, Makinak Publishing); Diabetes and Diet: Ivan's Story (2002, Ningwakwe Learning Press); Healthy Pregnancy: Jenny's Story (2002, Ningwakwe Learning Press); Choosing Life: Bobby's Story (2002, Ningwakwe Learning Press); and How to Be a Star: Winning Scholarships, Awards, and Bursaries (2002, Makinak Publishing). In addition to books and television, Dr. Pinette has several peer-reviewed publications, literary publications, and has developed several continuing education modules.

Dr. Pinette has received national recognition for his contributions including the prestigious 2002 National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the 2001 Metis National Youth Role Model Award, and named to the MacLean's Magazine 2002 Honour Roll of ten Canadians who have made a difference.

Dr. Pinette is married with three children.