Speakers - Pediatric Surgery for Non Surgeons

Thierry Benaroch, MDCM, FRCSC, FAAOS
Chief of Staff, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada, Division Director, Pediatric Orthopedics, MUHC, Assistant Professor, McGill University, Montréal, QC

As a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Benaroch has been a part of Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada for the past 27 years and in January 2021, he was nominated as Chief of Staff. Associated with this nomination he also became Head of Division of Pediatric Orthopedics at McGill University where he is also Division Director of Pediatric Orthopedics. He has been pediatric orthopedic site director at The Montreal Children’s Hospital, MUHC, since 2013. In addition, Dr. Benaroch was the Program Director of the McGill Orthopaedic Residency Program from 2013-2021 and is an Associate Professor of Surgery at McGill University. He is actively involved in medical education and is regularly invited as a guest lecturer at national conferences. He is the recipient of several teaching and leadership awards, including being the inaugural recipient of the Program Director Leadership Award for the Division of Orthopedic Surgery, McGill University, Faculty of Medicine, Office of Postgraduate Medical Education in 2017.

His clinical interests include cerebral palsy, foot disorders, and developmental dysplasia of the hip and traumatic conditions. His clinical research focuses on hip dysplasia, club feet and certain traumatic conditions.

John-Paul Capolicchio, MD, CM, FRCSC, FAAP
Pediatric Urologist, The Montreal Children's Hospital, MUHC, Montréal, QC

Having completed Urology specialization at McGill in 1997 Dr. Capolicchio went on to 3 years of sub-specialty training in Pediatric Urology as a R. Samuel McLaughlin Foundation Fellow and as a Scholar of the American Foundation for Urologic Disease. He is past President of the Pediatric Urologists of Canada, 2014-2016, and was Associate Chief of Pediatric Surgery at the Montreal Children's Hospital from 2012-2018. He has a special interest in antenatal hydronephrosis and minimally invasive surgery.

Edwin Chan, DMD, MSc, FRCDC
Pediatric Dentist, Division of Dentistry, Montreal Children's Hospital, Montréal, QC.

Dr. Chan completed the Doctor of Dental Medicine program at the Université de Montréal, followed by a General Practice Residency from the Montreal Children’s Hospital. He then received his Diploma in Pediatric Dentistry and MSc degree from the University of Toronto. Afterwards, he pursued a Craniofacial and Special Care Clinical Fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). He is currently the Academic Director of the dental residency program at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.

Basma Dabbagh, DMD, M.Sc., FRCD(c)
Pediatric Dentist, Montreal Children's Hospital, MUHC, and Université de Montréal, Faculté de médecine dentaire, Montréal, QC

Dr. Dabbagh is a pediatric dentist at the Montreal Children's Hospital and Sainte-Justine Hospital. She is an adjunct professor in pediatric dentistry at the Faculté de Médecine Dentaire de l'Université de Montréal. She has been a member of the multidisciplinary team at the MAB-Mackay Saliva Management Clinic since 2013.

Sam Daniel, MD, CM, FRCSC
Professor, Pediatric Surgery and Otolaryngology, McGill University, Hallward Research Chair, Department of Pediatric Surgery, Director Pediatric Otolaryngology, Montreal Children's Hospital, President, Société Internationale Francophone d' ORL (SIFORL), McGill University Health Centre, Montreal Children’s Hospital, Montréal, QC

Dr. Daniel is a professor of Otolaryngology and Pediatric Surgery at McGill University, and director of Otolaryngology at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology and is a member of The Triological Society. Dr Daniel is the CPD Director of the Federation of Medical specialists of Quebec and a senior CPD educator for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Dr Daniel is a clinician scientist who heads the McGill Otolaryngology Sciences Laboratory and has over 200 publications. His clinical and research interests are in airway, dysphagia, salivary disorders, and otology. He has held a number of leadership roles including: President of the Société Internationale Francophone d’ORL (SIFORL); CPD director and treasurer of the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery; and Director of the Program committee of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology. He is also the recipient of several awards including Canada's top 40 under 40.

Roy Dudley, MD, MSc, PhD, FRCSC
Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Clinical Researcher, Associate Professor, The Montreal Children's Hospital, Montreal Neurological Hospital, MUHC, Montréal, QC

Dr. Dudley is a pediatric neurosurgeon and clinical researcher whose research interests focus on advanced neuroimaging and electrophysiology methods for intractable focal epilepsy in children, the intraoperative detection of epileptogenic brain malformations via optical spectroscopy, as well as the molecular-genetic pathways involved in brain tumors and craniosynostosis.

Sherif Emil, MD, CM, 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.

Beatriz Ferraz dos Santos, DDS, M.Sc.
Research Director, Division of Dentistry, Montreal Children’s Hospital, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University, Montréal, QC

Dr. Ferraz dos Santos earned her DDS from Araraquara Dental School, Sao Paulo State University, Brazil. She received a master degree in Pediatric Dentistry from the same University. Since 2014 Dr. Ferraz has been working at the Division of Dentistry of the Montreal Children’s Hospital (MCH) initially as Research Scientist and shortly thereafter as Research Director. She also collaborates with the Saliva Management Clinic of the Mackay Rehabilitation Center. She has published many peer-reviewed original full-length articles. Her main research interests lie in the field of pediatric dentistry, oral epidemiology and public health.

Mirko Gilardino, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS
Research Director, Division of Dentistry, Montreal Children’s Hospital, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University, Montréal, QC

Dr. Gilardino is the Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the McGill University Health Centre and the Director of the H.B. Williams Craniofacial and Cleft Surgery Unit at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. He is a board-certified Plastic Surgeon recognized by the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Since being recruited to McGill University in 2008 to direct the H.B. Williams Craniofacial and Cleft Surgery Unit at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, Dr. Gilardino has performed many “firsts” in pediatric craniofacial surgery in Quebec. He continues to be a leader in the field and innovate care for patients with complex facial anomalies. Patients are referred from all over Quebec and Eastern Canada for procedures performed exclusively by his team.

Robert K. Koenekoop, MD, MSc, PhD, FRCS(C), FARVO
Professor of Paediatric Surgery, Human Genetics and Adult Ophthalmology, Montreal Children's Hospital, McGill University, Director of the Laboratory for Retinal Genetics and Therapeutics, Center for Innovative Medicine MUHC/RI, Chief of Paediatric Ophthalmology, Montreal Children's Hospital, Montréal, QC

Dr. Koenekoop was born in Stockholm Sweden, but went to highschool and the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands. After Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biology, Vegetation Science and Population Biology, a Fulbright fellowship from Amsterdam brought him to the USA for a PhD in Molecular Biology. His wife then brought him to Quebec, Canada and Medical school studies at the University of Toronto and McGill University followed. He saw the light in the retina clinic and finished his residency in Ophthalmology at McGill and his Ocular Genetics and Paediatric Ophthalmology Fellowships at Johns Hopkins University.

For the past 25 years he has devoted his research career to discovering new retinal genes for childhood blindness due to retinal degenerations. For the past few years he is testing the safety and efficacy of new therapies for inherited retinal degenerations, with some very important early successes.

He has a broad background in human clinical trials and drug development, molecular genetics, clinical and paediatric ophthalmology, retinal degenerations, childhood blindness research and data analyses. In the past few years, in international collaborations, he has been able to discover 15+ new genes for childhood blindness due to retinal degenerations.

This work was supported by grants from NIH (NEI), CIHR, Fighting Blindness Canada, The MCH foundation, Telethon of stars, the FRSQ and Reseau de Vision. This led to the publication of 140+ peer-reviewed papers.

He is now the principle investigator (PI) at McGill, the Montreal Children’s Hospital and the MUHC Center for Innovative Medicine (CIM) for 7 human clinical trials to test new drugs, new genes, new genetic methods and other modalities to combat blindness due to photoreceptor diseases. At McGill University he is currently Professor of Pediatric Surgery, Human Genetics and Adult Ophthalmology. In his free time, he bikes 365 days per year, reads historical fiction and keeps a plant based diet.

Tobial McHugh, MD, FRCSC
The Montreal Children's Hospital, MUHC, Montréal, QC

Dr. McHugh is dual fellowship-trained in pediatric otolaryngology and anterior skull base surgery. He completed otolaryngology, head and neck surgery residency training at McMaster University, and his medical degree at McGill University. Research interests include pediatric otolaryngology, anterior skull base pathologies, allergy, and rhinosinusitis. Dr. McHugh is playing an important role in the development of a multidisciplinary pediatric skull base surgery program at the MUHC.

Lily Nguyen, MD, CM, MSc, MHPE, FRCSC
Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Montreal Children's Hospital, Montréal, QC

Dr. Nguyen is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (OTL-HNS) and an attending staff at the Montreal Children's Hospital where she has a particular interest in the disorders of head and neck, as well as the nose and sinuses.

Dr. Nguyen earned her medical degree and pursued her residency training both at McGill University. She then completed a two-year fellowship in Paediatric Otolaryngology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Nguyen also holds a Master's level degree from her research fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at the Meakins-Christie Laboratories of McGill University. Finally, she obtained her second Master's level degree, specifically in Health Professions Education from the University of Illinois in Chicago.

Dr. Nguyen is heavily involved in medical education, and is a member of McGill University's Institute for Health Sciences Education. Her current research interests include simulation-based education, curriculum development, and assessment for operative skills.

Thierry Pauyo, MD, FRCSC
Shriners Hospital for Children – Canada, Montréal, QC

Dr. Pauyo, was born in Sherbrooke, Québec and raised in Montréal, Canada with a passion for ice hockey. He graduated from Amherst College in 2005 with a major in neuroscience. During his time at Amherst, he played for the varsity ice hockey team and was selected for the New England Small College Athletic Conference all-academic team. He graduated with honors from Harvard Medical school before joining the orthopedic residency program at McGill University.

During medical school at Harvard, Dr. Pauyo was awarded the Harvard Medical School Dean's Community Service Award and the Massachusetts Medical Society Scholar Award for his involvement in improving the delivery of orthopedic care in Haiti. For the past 10 years, he has been involved with Partners-in-Health, providing orthopedic care in rural Haiti.

Dr. Pauyo completed a fellowship in sports medicine at Pittsburgh University where he worked with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Penguins. He completed a second fellowship at Boston's Children's Hospital at Harvard University in pediatric orthopedic surgery. Dr. Pauyo is now an assistant professor at McGill University in sports medicine and pediatric orthopedic surgery. He also works as a physician consultant for a myriad of active youth programs and is the orthopedic sports medicine physician for the Montreal Canadians in the National Hockey League.

His research interests range from stem cell and osteochondral lesion to youth athletic overuse injury and young athletic hip impingement and instability.

Dr. Pauyo's passion to help youth stay active led him to create, develop and implement a sports medicine program for active youth at Shriners Children's Canada. He is now the medical director of pediatric sports medicine program at Shriners Children's Canada. The sports medicine program will improve access and shorten delays in treatment of active youth with musculoskeletal injuries. Dr. Pauyo on why he enjoys working with children: Children are pure passion. I learn from them every day and find my drive in their resilience and desire to stay active.

Neil Saran, MD, FRCSC
Orthopaedic Surgeon, The Montreal Children's Hospital (MUHC), and Shriners Hospital for Children – Canada, Montréal, QC

Dr. Neil Saran is an Orthopaedic Surgeon with a focus on pediatric spine disorders and adolescent hip preservation. He completed his residency at McGill in Orthopaedic Surgery in 2008 and fellowships in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery and Scoliosis at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas, TX, and Pediatric Spine Surgery at the British Columbia Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, BC. He has been working at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and the Shriners Hospital for Children in Montréal since 2010.

Anne-Marie Sénécal, OT
Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Saliva Management Clinic, Lethbridge-Layton-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre, Montréal, QC

Anne-Marie Sénécal earned a Bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy from Université de Montréal in 2004 and a Master of Science degree in Otolaryngology from McGill University in 2012. She has been working as a pediatric occupational therapist at the Lethbridge-Layton-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre (LLMRC) in Montréal for the past 16 years. At the beginning of her career, she soon developed an interest towards saliva management and feeding difficulties in children. She then joined the LLMRC Saliva Management Clinic and the Dysphagia and Feeding Disturbances Clinic. Over the years, she has developed an expertise in drooling and dysphagia, and has helped several children and their families.

Maeve Trudeau, MD, CM, MPH, FRCSC
Assistant Professor of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Pediatric Surgery, McGill University Faculty of Medicine, The Montreal Children's Hospital, Montréal, QC

Dr. Trudeau grew up in Aylmer, Quebec. She earned her medical degree from McGill University. During her surgical residency at the University of Toronto, she earned a Master’s of Public Health at Harvard, specializing in humanitarian response and global health. Following her residency, she completed a trauma and pediatric surgery fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, before moving back to Montreal to start her pediatric surgery fellowship at CHU Sainte-Justine, which she completed in July 2021.

Dr. Trudeau has gained substantial expertise in surgical oncology, colorectal surgery, pediatric trauma management, and minimally invasive surgery. Her research experience in global surgery, surgical education, surgical innovation, and simulations has earned numerous awards. She is passionate about working with underserved populations, in Canada and abroad. She strongly believes in the importance of innovation, using new technologies to improve surgical therapies and the delivery of surgical care around the world. She has worked in Inukjuak, sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, India, and the Middle East.

Hussein Wissanji, MD, MPH, FRCSC
Pediatric Surgeon, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Surgery and Surgery, Department of Pediatric Surgery, McGill University Faculty of Medicine, Harvey E. Beardmore Division of Pediatric Surgery, Montreal Children’s Hospital, MUHC, Montréal, QC

Dr. Wissanji, a native Quebecer, grew up in Granby and completed his medical studies and surgical residency at Laval University. He then went on to complete a Masters of Public Health in Health Systems and Policy at the Johns Hopkins University and his pediatric surgery fellowship at the Montreal Children's Hospital. Dr. Wissanji is an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Surgery and his clinical interests include chest wall anomalies, colorectal diseases, and minimally invasive surgery. His research focuses on the optimization of Canadian pediatric surgical health care delivery.