Speakers - Practical Problems in Pediatrics

Holly Agostino, MD, FRCPC
Pediatrician, Adolescent Medicine Specialist, The Montreal Children's Hospital, MUHC

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.

Heather Baer, SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist, Lethbridge-Layton-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre, Montréal, QC

Heather completed her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at McGill University’s School of Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2011. She has worked with toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children across a variety of practice settings including daycares, schools, a non-profit clinic, an online therapy company, and in local public health clinics with various health professionals. She currently works as a Speech-Language Pathologist at the Lethbridge-Layton-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre in Montreal with children under the age of 7 years who have speech and language disorders. Heather is passionate about early intervention, collaboration with partners to offer more client-centered care, and providing linguistically and culturally appropriate intervention to her diverse clientele.

Jason Bond, MD, FRCPC
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Montreal Children's Hospital and Douglas Mental Health University Institute; Residency Program Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Director of Education, Division of Child Psychiatry; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University, Montréal, QC

Dr. Bond is a Child and Adolescent psychiatrist at both the Montreal Children’s Hospital and the Douglas Mental Health Institute, where he works primarily in the field of Eating Disorders. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University, where he serves as the Program Director for the Subspecialty Residency in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Bond completed medical school at Laval University, his psychiatry residency at McGill University, and his subspecialty training at the University of Toronto, where his final year was spent working at Canada’s only residential unit for adolescents with Eating Disorders at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health in Whitby, Ontario. He has training in Family Based Treatment for adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa – and has supervised trainees in this modality.

Giuseppina (Giosi) Di Meglio, MD, MPH, FRCP, FSAHM
Program Director, Adolescent Medicine Residency Program, Montreal Children's Hospital / McGill University, Montréal, QC

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. 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 delivered by her daughters, who endeavored to teach her humility as a parent and as an adolescent medicine specialist.

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

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.

Sherif Emil, MDCM, FRCSC, FACS, FAAP
Mirella and Lino Saputo Foundation Chair in Pediatric Surgical Education and Patient and Family-Centered Care, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Director of the Harvey E. Beardmore Division of Pediatric Surgery, The Montreal Children's Hospital, MUHC, Montréal, QC

Dr. Emil is the Mirella and Lino Saputo Foundation Chair in Pediatric Surgical Education and Patient and Family-Centered Care in the Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Montréal, Canada. He is also the Associate Chair for Education and Departmental Citizenship in the Department of Pediatric Surgery, and Professor of Pediatric Surgery, Surgery, and Pediatrics at McGill University. Since 2008, he has served as the Director of the Harvey E. Beardmore Division of Pediatric Surgery at The Montreal Children’s Hospital, which hosts Canada’s first pediatric surgery training program and one of the original five programs in North America. He also directs Canada’s first multidisciplinary Chest Wall Anomalies Clinic at the Shriners Hospital for Children, Canada.

He has been active in research, publishing more than 140 manuscripts, and is the Founding Chair of the Canadian Consortium for Research in Pediatric Surgery. He has a passion for teaching, is active in several web-based educational platforms, and launched an innovative educational program on social media which has become one of the most followed educational events in pediatric surgery, attracting thousands around the world.

An advocate for human rights, Dr. Emil has participated in several missions to Africa, and has received many awards, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his service to children around the world and his accomplishments in pediatric surgery.

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

Dr. 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 disruptive disorders (ADHD, ODD, CD, SUD) at the Intitut Philippe-Pinel in Montréal.

Dr. Gignac is Head of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry division of the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University, and Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, McGill University Health Centre. He is also the Chair of the CADDRA Board since 2019. He has been involved in several studies, has published many articles and book chapters on pediatric psychopharmacology, and is regularly invited to speak at national and international conferences.

Catherine Henin, MD, FRCPC
Associate Professor, Division of General Pediatrics, Montreal Children's Hospital, Montréal, QC

Dr. Henin did her Pediatrics residency at McGill University, followed by a fellowship year in Pediatric Complex Care and Medical Education, also at McGill. She is part of the Complex Care Service at the Montreal Children's Hospital and has a particular interest in the care of children with neuromuscular diseases. She has held multiple educational and administrative positions in the McGill Department of Pediatrics, including Director of the Pediatrics Residency Program and Director of the Practical Problems in Pediatrics course. She is currently Associate Director of the Division of General Pediatrics and Director of the Newborn Nursery at the Royal Victoria Hospital.

Chris Karatzios, MD CM, FRCPC
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, McGill University Health Centre, Division of Infectious Diseases, Montreal Children’s Hospital, Montréal, QC

Dr. 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. In 2014 he was awarded the Osler Teaching Award for the most effective teacher by the McGill Medicine graduating class. As a member of the Canadian Pediatric AIDS Research Group, he is involved with perinatal HIV surveillance across Canada. As of 2020 he has worked with the Brighton Collaboration – a WHO and USFDA-partnered group looking at COVID-19 complications in children and as part of this group has published a oft-cited diagnostic guide to recognize post-COVID-19 (and possible post COVID-19 vaccine) Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children/Adults.

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

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!

Audrey Lafontaine, MD, FRCPC
Pediatrician, Montreal Children's Hospital, Montréal, QC

Dr. Lafontaine did her doctorate in medicine and her residency in pediatrics at Université de Sherbrooke. From 2014 to 2019, she was a pediatric hospitalist at the Hôpital de Gatineau, worked as a general pediatrician at the Multidisciplinary Pediatric Diabetes Clinic and was the Pediatric Site Course Director in Gatineau for the McGill MD program. She completed the Graduate Diploma in Health Professions Education at the University of Ottawa as well as a complementary training in Pediatric Complex Care.

Dr. Lafontaine is now part of the Complex Care Service at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. She is also co-director of the Spina Bifida Multidisciplinary Clinic of the MCH, as well as the pediatrician of the Satellite Enteral Feeding Clinic of the MCH. She is a board member of the Association des Pédiatres du Québec and a member of the Community Pediatrics Committee at the Canadian Pediatric Society.

Claire LeBlanc, MD, FRCPC, Dip Sport Medicine
Head, Division Rheumatology, Montreal Children’s Hospital, Montréal, QC

Dr. LeBlanc is board certified as a pediatrician, pediatric rheumatologist and sport medicine physician who is based at the Montreal Children’s Hospital (MCH). Currently an associate professor of pediatrics at McGill, she recently helped create and teach new curriculum for the medical school movement block. She teaches MSK anatomy and physical examination skills in the core curriculum for rheumatology residents at the Montreal General Hospital and MCH. She is the outgoing chair of the Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS) Healthy Active Living and Sport Medicine Committee and was the CPS liaison to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) council on sport medicine and fitness. Through these roles she contributed to many position papers promoting healthy active living and safe sport participation. Dr. LeBlanc has written chapters on a variety of sport medicine-related topics in textbooks such as Care of the Young Athlete, Pediatric Orthopedics for Primary Care, Textbook of Pediatric Rheumatology 6th Edition, Textbook of Pediatric Care, and School Health: Policy & Practice Seventh Edition.

Laurent Legault, MD, FRCPC
Head, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Montreal Children’s Hospital, McGill University, Montréal

Dr. Legault is an associate professor at McGill and works within the endocrinology and metabolism division at the Montreal Children's Hospital. He is involved in several clinical research projects in the field of pediatric obesity. He co-heads the Centre of excellence for adolescents with severe obesity (CEASO) and is currently head of the pediatric endocrinology division at the MCH.

Sara Long-Gagné, MD, FRCPC
Pediatrician, The Montreal Children's Hospital, MUHC, Montréal, QC

Dr. Long-Gagné completed her medical school at the University of Ottawa and pediatric residency at the University of British Columbia. She went on to McGill University for a clinical fellowship in pediatric complex care and a Master of Science in epidemiology. Following this, she joined the Montreal Children’s Hospital (MCH) as an academic pediatrician with special interest in the care of children with medical complexity. She is the one of the co-leads of the new Intermediate Complexity Navigation and Coordination (I-CCAN) Service and co-director of the Spina Bifida Service. She is also the Complex Care Service rotation coordinator for medical trainees and is involved in health service research related to children with medical complexity.

Gillian Morantz, MD
Pediatrician, The Montreal Children's Hospital, MUHC, Montréal, QC

Dr. Morantz completed her residency training in Pediatrics and a Fellowship in Social Pediatrics at McGill University in 2010. She undertook a Masters of Public Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and an Academic General Pediatric Fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in 2010-2012. She has been an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at McGill University since 2012. She currently works at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, Centre Atlas (Centre de pédiatrie sociale de Côte des Neiges), the CLSC Côte des Neiges, and the Batshaw clinic for children in foster care. Her clinical work primarily involves children with social vulnerabilities and developmental difficulties.

Esli Osmanlliu, MDCM, FRCPC
Assistant Professor, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician, Montreal Children's Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University, Montréal, QC

Following training at the Montreal Children's Hospital and Sainte-Justine Hospital, Dr. Osmanlliu joined the division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine in 2019. His research focus is on the responsible integration of digital health and artificial intelligence tools into clinical practice. He is currently completing a master’s degree in epidemiology.

Chantal Poulin, MD, FRCPC
Pediatric Neurologist, Assistant Professor, McGill University; Division of Pediatric Neurology, Montreal Children's Hospital, Montréal, QC

Dr. Poulin has been an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pediatric Neurology at the Montreal Children's Hospital for the last 11 years. She completed medical school and two years of residency in Pediatrics at Laval University. She then completed a residency in Pediatric Neurology at McGill University. This was followed by a fellowship in electrophysiology also at McGill. Subsequently, she joined the division of Pediatric Neurology at the Montreal Children's Hospital, McGill University. She is also the Program director of the Child Neurology Program at McGill and the director of the neuromuscular clinic at the Montreal Children's Hospital.

Catherine Rich, MDCM, FRCPC
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, McGill University, Division of General Pediatrics, Montreal Children's Hospital, Montréal, QC

Dr. Rich is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at McGill University and a member of the Division of General Pediatrics at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. She has specific postgraduate training in healthcare quality and patient safety, and simulation-based medical education. Her work focuses on using in situ simulation and debriefing to build high performance teams and improve clinical systems. She has a particular interest in reducing unnecessary tests and treatments and promoting evidence-based best practices related to the delivery of pediatric healthcare.

Adam Shapiro, MD
Associate Professor, Pediatric Respirology, Montreal Children's Hospital, Montréal, QC

Dr. Shapiro completed his undergraduate studies at University of Virginia and then attended medical school at McGill University. He completed his Pediatric Residency and did a fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonology at the University of North Carolina. He is the creator and director of the first and only clinic for Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia in Quebec.

Dr. Shapiro is Medical Director of the North American Clinical Site Network for the PCD Foundation as well as Committee chair of the American Thoracic Society sponsored clinical practice guidelines of diagnosing Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia.

Terry Sigman, MD, FRCPC
Division Director, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition, Montreal Children's Hospital, McGill University Health Center, Montréal, QC

Dr. 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.

Robert Sternszus, MDCM, MA (Ed), FRCPC
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics & Health Sciences Education, McGill University, Montréal, QC

Dr. Sternszus is a Hospitalist Pediatrician and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Health Sciences Education at McGill University. He also completed a Master’s degree in Educational and Counseling Psychology (Health Professions Stream) at McGill University in 2015. Dr. Sternszus' clinical work is focused on inpatient pediatrics, newborn medicine and more recently, children with medical complexity. He has extensive involvement in graduate medical education in Canada having served as the Director of the Pediatrics Residency Training Program at McGill University from 2017-2021 and currently serving as a member of the National Residency Accreditation Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.