Dr. Simon Racine was appointed general director of the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec in September 2008, after working as the assistant general director of clinical affairs, the director of professional services and the quality director at the Centre hospitalier Robert-Giffard – Institut universitaire en santé mentale. Dr. Racine holds a master's degree in business administration and a specialist certificate in public health and preventive medicine. Until February 2007, he was the regional director of medical, university and physical health affairs for the Agence de santé et des services sociaux de la Capitale-Nationale. Until 2003, he worked as the director of planning and development at the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec (CHUQ).
Early on, after practising for ten years as a family physician in Verdun in Montréal's Sud-Ouest borough, Dr. Racine focused his career on public health and preventive medicine at Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont, where he led the community health department and later the professional services office, from 1984 to 1995. He then worked as the director of policy and program assessment for the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec before joining the strategic health planning division at SECOR, where he was a partner and vice-president.
Simon Racine has chaired several regional and national committees in public health and health services planning and organization. He has been an Accreditation Canada surveyor for several years, a member of the disciplinary committee of the Collège des médecins du Québec, a member of the board of directors of the Association des établissements de santé et de services sociaux du Québec and, until recently, a member of the scientific expert committee assembled by the Institut national d'excellence en santé et services sociaux.