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Speakers - Practical Problems in Pediatrics

Mher Barbarian, MD, FRCPC

Mher Barbarian graduated with honors from McGill University’s faculty of medicine, where he is now a faculty lecturer. He is an excellent teacher, a remarkable speaker and a person of heart, who pays particular attention to the notions of teamwork, collaboration and who always prioritizes improving the patient experience.

Mher has evolved as a clinician in both the community and hospital settings, where Dr. Sasha Dubrovsky became his mentor and friend. By noticing the same flaws and opportunities in the system, together they reinvented the relationship of patients with pediatric emergencies by building the first community-based pediatric urgent care center. He now spends his time as a pediatric emergency physician at UP centre for pediatric emergencies on the South Shore of Montreal.

Virginie Clavel, MD, MPH

Dr Virginie Clavel is a community pediatrican working at the CIUSSS de l'Ouest and the Montreal Children's Hospital. She is the co-director of the Children's Global Child Health Program where she overseas teaching and collaborative initiatives. She has completed her master in public health at the Harvard Chan school of public health and her sub-specialty in global health at Mirebalais University Hospital in Haiti.

She is working toward equitable and just access to care for children here and abroad.

Giuseppina Di Meglio, MD, MPH, FRCP, FSAHM

Dr. Di Meglio is the lead author of the 2018 CPS position statement: Contraceptive Care for Canadian Youth. She is a passionate advocate of reproductive health for youth, particularly improving access to contraceptives for youth by encouraging opportunistic prescribing at every point of care and decreasing economic barriers to obtaining the prescription.

Dr. Di Meglio is a faculty member of the Adolescent Medicine Division of the Montreal Children’s Hospital. She recently completed a 6 year term on the Adolescent Health Committee of the CPS which was an incredible opportunity to work with like-minded professionals to move the agenda of adolescent reproductive health in Canada forward.

Dr. Di Meglio is a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine of Memorial University (1991); the Social Pediatrics Program at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1994); and the Adolescent Medicine Residency (1997) and Masters in Public Health (1998) at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. Finally, she is a graduate of the challenging but truly rewarding practical training in pediatrics and adolescent medicine delivered by her daughters, who endeavored to teach her humility as a parent and as an adolescent medicine specialist.

Sasha Dubrovsky, MD

Sasha Dubrovsky enjoys many facets of his profession: he is a doctor, a researcher, a teacher, and above all, he is a father of three boys. Sasha is a medical graduate from McGill University, an institution he continues to work with, helping to educate and innovate in the areas of pediatric injuries, point-of-care ultrasound, and quality improvement.

When one of his boys was hospitalized for a chronic illness, Sasha saw an opportunity to learn and grow from his experiences of being on both sides of the system and opened a first of its kind community-based pediatric urgent care centre to better meet the needs of the population. He now spends his time caring for kids at both the Montreal children’s hospital and UP centre for pediatric emergencies on the South Shore of Montreal.

Martin Gignac, M.D., F.R.C.P.(C),

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.

Christos Karatzios, MD CM, FRCPC

Christos Karatzios is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Montreal Children’s Hospital (McGill University Health Centre) since 2004. He also is an Associate Member in the Département de Pédiatrie, Division d’Immunologie, Clinique d’Immunologie Spéciale, at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) - Mère Enfant de Ste Justine since 2004.

He is a McGill Medicine graduate and received his Pediatric and Infectious Diseases training at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. He has also completed clinical research training in pediatric HIV at the University of Miami, Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. Additionally, he is a professor at McGill University and is the course coordinator of the Infectious Diseases Block of the McGill undergraduate medical curriculum. As a member of the Canadian Pediatric AIDS Research Group, he is involved with perinatal HIV surveillance across Canada.

Preetha Krishnamoorthy, MDCM

Preetha 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!

Barbara Miedzybrodzki, MD

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 Pediatric Dermatology at Sainte-Justine’s Hospital in Montreal. She also has a community dermatology practice where she works with both adults and children.

Rosie Scuccimarri, MD

Dr. Rosie Scuccimarri is a Pediatric Rheumatologist at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics of McGill University. She was the Pediatric Rheumatology Residency program director from 2011-2018. Her research interests include Pediatric Rheumatology Global Health, Kawasaki Disease and Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. She is actively involved in several committees of the Canadian Rheumatology Association; and previously served as board member, and chair of the Pediatric Committee.