Speakers - Practical Problems in Pediatrics

Holly Agostino, MD, FRCPC
Pediatrician, Adolescent Medicine Specialist,
Montreal Children's Hospital, MUHC,
Montréal, QC, Canada

Dr. Agostino completed her pediatric training at the Montreal Children's Hospital (MCH) and went on to do a 2-year academic fellowship in adolescent health. She now works at the MCH Adolescent Medicine clinic and is an assistant professor at McGill University. She is the medical director of the MCH Eating Disorder Program since 2016 and sits on both the Royal College and Canadian Pediatric Society national Adolescent Medicine Committees. In 2021, she was selected to be part of the executive committee for the Canadian Pediatric Society for Adolescent Health. Her current academic and research interests center around the medical management of eating disorders and the delivery of confidential care in a tertiary setting.

Reza Alizadehfar, MD, FRCPC
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Allergy and Clinical immunology and Dermatology,
Montreal Children's Hospital, MUHC,
Montréal, QC, Canada

Dr. Alizadehfar graduated from the Université de Montréal and completed his residencies in Pediatrics and Allergy and Immunology at McGill University. He completed a fellowship in primary immunodeficiency and Bone Marrow Transplantation at the Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto. He is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and practices in the clinical Allergy and Immunology Department of the Montreal Children's Hospital and the Montreal General Hospital. He is a teacher at McGill University, and conducts research in the field of primary immunodeficiency, asthma and food allergy. Dr. Alizadehfar is the Training Program Director and the Co-Director of the Clinical Immunology Laboratories.

Lorraine Bell, MDCM, FRCPC
Pediatric Nephrologist,
Director of Pediatric Transition to Adult Care,
Montreal Children's Hospital, MUHC,
Montréal, QC, Canada

Dr. Lorraine Bell is a pediatric nephrologist and associate professor of pediatrics at McGill University. She established the Pediatric Dialysis and Renal Transplantation Program at McGill in 1989 & 1991 respectively, and has been director since its inception. In addition to her clinical work, she is Director of the Pediatric Nephrology Residency Training Program at McGill. Currently one of her major clinical and academic interests is transition to adult care for adolescents with serious chronic illness. She chaired a committee on this subject for the American Society of Transplantation, organized an international consensus conference on the topic and was the lead author of a report on transition recommendations, recently published in the American Journal of Transplantation. She is involved in a number of committees related to transplantation and is presently Chair of the Pediatric Group of the Canadian Society of Transplantation.

Nancy Braverman, MD, MSc, FACMG
Medical Geneticist, Montreal Children's Hospital, MUHC;
Professor of Human Genetics and Pediatrics, McGill University,
Montréal, QC, Canada

Bio to come

Brett Burstein, MD, PhD, MPH, FRCPC, FAAP
Clinician-Scientist, Pediatric Emergency Medicine,
Montreal Children's Hospital,
Montréal, QC, Canada

Dr. Burstein obtained his medical degree from McGill University (2010), graduating from the combined M.D/Ph.D program with a doctorate from the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics (2008). He completed both his residency training in General Pediatrics (2013) and his fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine (2015) at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, where he is currently a Pediatric Emergency physician and Trauma Team Leader. Dr. Burstein completed a MPH degree from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and was appointed as a Clinician-Scientist of the McGill University Health Centre Research Institute in 2018. His primary research interest is the management of fever in infants below 3 months of life. Fever remains among the most common reasons for presentation and hospitalization in this vulnerable population at elevated risk of life-threatening infections. The optimal management strategy for febrile young infants remains uncertain and consequently there exists significant variation in care. Dr. Burstein’s research focuses on diagnostic testing and clinical decision tools to guide management of these infants, with the aim of balancing the risk of under-diagnosis and the potential harms of over-investigation. His work in this area has received a Professional Development Grant from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, and national awards from the Canadian Pediatric Society and the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease of Canada.

Matthew Donlan, MDCM, FRCPC
Assistant Professor, General Pediatrics, McGill University,
Director of Ambulatory Care, Department of Pediatrics,
Montreal Children's Hospital, MUHC,
Montréal, QC, Canada

Dr. Donlan has an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and attended McGill Medical school. His residency training was in Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. In 2011, he did a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care with a focus on Cardiac ICU and ECMO at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. Following his training, he joined the Pediatric Critical Care Group in Québec City where he remained for 2 years. Life and family brought him back to his hometown, and in 2014 his career shifted to General Pediatrics. Over the next 6 years, while continuing to maintain his skills as an Intensivist, he worked primarily at the CISSSO Outaouais in General Pediatrics and worked in the PICUs of 7 different pediatric hospitals, spanning 4 provinces. In 2020, he returned to the Montreal Children’s family, where he is an Assistant Professor and Attending Staff on the Pediatric Wards, the Newborn Nursery, and the Medical Day Hospital. Most recently, he was appointed Director of Pediatric Ambulatory Care in the Division of General Pediatrics.

Samuel Freeman, MD, FRCPC
Pediatrician, Northern and Native Medicine Program,
Montreal Children's Hospital, MUHC,
Montréal, QC, Canada

Samuel Freeman is a community pediatrician practicing in Montreal. He completed his pediatric residency at the Montreal Children's Hospital, where he was also chief resident, in 2017. He obtained his medical degree at Université de Montréal. He has a particular interest in First Nations health and the social determinants of health. He is an avid cyclist, cook, and reader.

Martin Gignac, MD, FRCPC
Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Montreal Children Hospital, MUHC
Associate Professor, and Head of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, McGill University,
Montréal, QC, Canada

Dr. Martin Gignac obtained his medical degree from McGill University in 1998 and completed his training in psychiatry at the Université de Montréal in 2003. He completed a fellowship in pediatric psychopharmacology at Massachusetts General Hospital, an affiliate of Boston’s Harvard Medical School in the United States in 2003-2005. He has since been working as child and adolescent psychiatrist in the field of severe dysruptive disorders (ADHD, ODD, CD, SUD) at the Intitut Philippe-Pinel in Montreal. He is currently appointed as the Head of the child and adolescent psychiatry division of the Psychiatry Department at McGill University and the chief of child and adolescent psychiatry at the McGill University Health Center, Montreal Child Hospital. In addition, he is the Chair of the CADDRA Board since 2019. He he has has been speaking at national and international conference, involved in several studies and published articles and book chapters in the field of pediatric psychopharmacology.

Lianne Kopel, MD, FRCPC
Pediatric Respirologist, Co-program director, Pediatric Respirology, Montreal Children's Hospital, MUHC,
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, McGill University,
Montréal, QC, Canada

Lianne Kopel is a pediatric respirologist practicing at the Montreal Children's Hospital since 2015. She completed residency training at the Montreal Children's Hospital and fellowship training at Boston Children's Hospital. Her clinical and research interests include the pulmonary complications of sickle cell disease, cystic fibrosis, and asthma.

Preetha Krishnamoorthy, MDCM, FRCPC
Pediatric Endocrinologist,
Montreal Children’s Hospital, MUHC,
Montréal, QC, Canada

Dr. Krishnamoorthy completed her residency at the Montreal Children’s Hospital in 2000, went on to complete a fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology and has been staff in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at the MCH since 2003. She is heavily involved in medical education. She is the Director of Pediatric Undergraduate Education at McGill. She won the Paige and Bernard Kaplan Award for excellence in teaching in 2004, the Osler Award by McGill Medicine’s graduating class of 2012, and was named to the Faculty Honour List for Educational Excellence. She is one of the recipients of the 2016 CAME Certificate of Merit Awards. In addition to her medical-related teaching, she loves to teach Zumba!

David Martens, MD, FRCPC
Adolescent Medicine Specialist,
Montreal Children's Hospital, MUHC
Montréal, QC, Canada

I completed medical school at the University of Calgary. After medical school, I completed my residency in Pediatrics at the University of Saskatchewan. Upon completing my residency, I came to Montreal to do a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine and never left. I am very excited to have rejoined the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the Montreal Children's Hospital full-time in the fall of 2022. My clinical interests are in LGBT2SQQ health, and in addition to working at the Hospital, I also work with transgender adolescents and young adults at Centre Meraki in downtown Montreal.

Christine McCusker, BSc, MSc, MD, FRCP
Division Director, Allergy, Immunology, Dermatology,
Clinician Scientist, Montreal Children's Hospital, MUHC RI,
Montréal, QC, Canada

Christine McCusker has a BSc in microbiology/immunology from the University of Toronto and MSc and MD from McMaster University. She trained in pediatrics and clinical allergy and immunology at McGill University. She is a practicing allergist immunologist and a clinician researcher and educator at the Children’s Hospital.

She is a Clinician Scientist and Associate Professor at McGill University and is Division Director for Pediatric Allergy, Immunology and Dermatology at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. Her fundamental research lab focuses on the role of early life environments in the education of the immune system and the prevention of asthma and food allergies in children. This work has been recognized as one of the top 10 scientific discoveries in Quebec in 2016.

Her clinical research in food allergy aims to develop and optimize treatment protocols for children with food allergies through a process known as oral immunotherapy.

She is the one of the founders and director of the pediatric center for biotherapeutics at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, McGill University. The goal of this center is to optimize the management of children with complex diseases receiving while minimizing and anticipating/preventing adverse events. She is the recipient of the Prix d’Excellence for Research from the Montreal Children’s Foundation for 2020.

She is involved in curriculum development for the McGill Undergraduate Medical Education and is the director for the Defense course.

Barbara Miedzybrodzki, MD, FRCPC
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Dermatology, McGill University,
Montreal Children's Hospital, MUHC,
Montréal, QC, Canada

Dr. Miedzybrodzki is pediatric dermatologist and is Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. She completed her Dermatology residency at McGill University in 2014 and subsequently pursued a 1-year clinical fellowship in Pedatric Dermatology at Sainte-Justine’s Hospital in Montreal. She also has a community dermatology practice where she works with both adults and children.

Jesse Papenburg, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist and Medical Microbiologist,
Montreal Children's Hospital, MUHC,
Montréal, QC, Canada

Dr. Jesse Papenburg practices Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. Dr. Papenburg’s research is on the epidemiology of viral respiratory infections, with a focus on diagnostics to improve treatment and outcomes. He actively contributes to national and provincial guidelines on RSV immunoprophylaxis, influenza antiviral treatment and SARS-CoV-2 diagnostics and treatment. Dr. Papenburg is also a voting member of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization and of the Comité sur l’immunisation du Québec, developing vaccine recommendations in Quebec and Canada.

Marina Ines Salvadori, MD, FRCPC
Professor, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, McGill University,
Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist,
Montreal Children’s Hospital, MUHC,
Montréal, QC, Canada

Bio to come

Anne Marie Sbrocchi, MD, FRCPC
Pediatric Endocrinologist,
McGill University Health Centre,
Montréal, QC, Canada

Anne Marie Sbrocchi is an Associate Professor in Pediatrics at the McGill University Health Centre, and is a Pediatric Endocrinologist with specific training in Bone Health. She completed her undergraduate studies and medical school at the University of Ottawa, Ontario, and her pediatric residency and fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism at McGill University in Montreal. She completed a clinical research fellowship in pediatric bone health at both the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Canada. She is active in teaching, advocacy and clinical research. Her work focuses on the comprehensive care of children with complex care needs, with a particular focus on osteoporosis related to neuromuscular disorders.

Terry Sigman, MD, FRCPC
Director, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology,
Montreal Children's Hospital, MUHC,
Montréal, QC, Canada

Terry Sigman completed her Pediatric residency and Pediatric Gastroenterology fellowship at McGill University. She is presently the Director of the Division of Gastroenterology at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, McGill University Health Centre, where she cares for patients with intestinal and liver disease both in the inpatient and outpatient setting. Her particular clinical interests are in children with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Celiac Disease and polyposis syndromes. She is also the Director of Continueing Professional Development for the Department of Pediatrics and Assistant Director of Physician Apprenticeship Course, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University.

Sophie Vallée-Smejda, MScN
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Respiratory Medicine,
Montreal Children's Hospital, MUHC,
Montréal, QC, Canada

Sophie completed a Bachelor in Science of Nursing at McGill in 2004, a Master of Science of Nursing at McGill in 2006, and worked in the department of Respiratory Medicine at the Montreal Children's for the next 13 years, most notably as nurse clinician in the Cystic Fibrosis clinic. She went on to graduate studies to become a pediatric nurse practitioner, which she completed in 2021. Sophie is now a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Respiratory Medicine at the Montreal Children's Hospital, with a focus on pediatric asthma.