As a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, Thierry Benaroch, MD, has been a part of Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada for the past 27 years. In January 2021, Dr. Benaroch was nominated as Chief of Staff and associated with this nomination he also became Head of Division of pediatric orthopedics at McGill University.
Dr. Benaroch has also been site pediatric orthopedic site director at The Montreal Children’s Hospital of the McGill University Health Center since 2013 and since his appointment as Chief of Staff of Shriners Hospitals, he has taken the role of Division Director of Pediatric Orthopedics at McGill University. 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.
Having completed Urology specialization at McGill in 1997, 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. Past President of the Pediatric Urologists of Canada 2014-2016. Associate Chief of Pediatric Surgery at the Montreal Children's Hospital from 2012-2018.
Special interests in antenatal hydronephrosis and minimally invasive surgery.
Dr. Sam 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.
Dr Daniel 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.
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.
Dr. Beatriz 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 short 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.
Dr. Robert Koenekoop (Rob) was born in Stockholm Sweden, but went to High school 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.
Anne-Marie Senecal earned a Bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy from Universite de
Montreal 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-LaytonMackay
Rehabilitation Centre (LLMRC) in Montreal 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.
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.