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The Division of General Pediatrics includes the programs listed below.
Division Director of General Pediatrics : geoff [dot] dougherty [at] muhc [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Geoffrey Dougherty)

Contact:
Executive Secretary: claudia [dot] calzetta [at] muhc [dot] mcgill [dot] ca (Claudia Calzetta)
514 412-4400 local:23096
514 412-4237 (fax)

 


Asthma

Mission

To provide a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis, management and patient education of pediatric asthma in the ambulatory setting. To promote medical education and research on asthma. The Centre is comprised of pediatric specialist physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists who provide expert care, unique to the particularities of asthma during the pediatric age.

General Information

The Asthma Centre provides several services related to the management of children with asthma. The Asthma Centre provides the community with a multidisciplinary approach to the management of asthma in both outpatient and inpatient services, including medical diagnosis and treatment, patient education, and allergy and respiratory functional evaluation. The Centre also promotes physician education and research on asthma.

The Centre is integrated by several physicians, a nurse, a respiratory therapist, a clinic coordinator and a secretary. Among the physicians there are general pediatricians, allergists and respirologists. The allergists and respirologists are consultants to the Centre in their respective specialties, and several of them attend the clinics. Diagnostic allergy skin testing and pulmonary function testing are available on site.

Six outpatient asthma clinics are held weekly. In recent years, 2,000 to 2,500 patients have been seen per year. Because recurrent wheezing is more common in young children than at other ages, about 40% of patients seen in the clinic belong to that age group. Most of these children have episodic, viral-induced asthma -- a form of asthma particular to this age that tends to resolve gradually. Referrals to the clinic are accepted from community physicians, emergency rooms and inpatient services. The objectives of the first visit include diagnosis of asthma, assessment of disease severity, identification of precipitating factors, patient education and a therapeutic and preventive management plan. The nurse and the respiratory therapy give psychosocial support and provide patient education. After the initial evaluation, patients may be referred back to their primary physicians, to whom a report is sent. Short-term follow-up or feedback through telephone communication is also offered. Patients with more severe or complicated asthma, as well as those lacking adequate primary care, are followed regularly in the clinic.

The Montreal Children's Hospital, through the Asthma Centre, is one of the Asthma Education Centres (CEA) of the Quebec Asthma Education Network. The CEA provides individual education sessions to patients with asthma, to aid the patient and their primary care physicians in the day-to-day management of asthma. Referrals will be accepted from community physicians and health services (CLSC), emergency rooms, inpatient services and specialty services. The educational activity at the CEA is different from a clinic visit because it does not include a physician assessment. Education enables the patient to understand what asthma is, to improve their environment and avoid precipitating factors, to learn why, when and how to use their medications, to assess whether their asthma is under control or not, and to utilize an action plan when asthma deteriorates. The objective is to provide education to the patients and parents on the prevention and self-management of asthma. A report is sent to the physician providing medical follow-up to the patient.

The Asthma Centre promotes and is involved in clinical research. Recent, current and upcoming projects include clinical trials of pharmacologic treatments of asthma, impact of our interventions in asthma outcomes, and development of a province-wide, computer-based asthma database. Two outstanding upcoming projects are a multicentre trial to definitely determine the role of inhaled steroids in episodic, viral-induced asthma, and a comprehensive discharge plan from the emergency room. The Asthma Centre is part of the Quebec Network of Respiratory Health; several of the research projects originating at the MCH are done in collaboration with other partners of the network.

The Asthma Centre is at the forefront of pediatric asthma. The Asthma Centre is committed to providing a high standard of care and to promoting the acquisition of knowledge and the improvement of clinical practice of pediatric asthma through medical education and research.

Teaching

The Asthma Centre has been active in promoting medical education on asthma through several means: CME activities, Grand Rounds, conferences to residents and medical students, rotations for trainees in the Asthma Clinic and Asthma Inpatient Service, and more recently as one of the partners of the Ambulatory Pediatric Group conference series. The Asthma Centre is committed to promoting knowledge and utilization of the most current, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.

Program members:
Dr. Francisco Noya, Program Head
Dr. Aurore Côté
Dr. Francine Ducharme
Dr. Rick Haber
Dr. Pierre Marin
Dr. Elaine Medoff
Dr. June Ortenberg
Dr. Harold Rich
Dr. Paul Roumeliotis
Dr. Linda Samotis
Georgia Kotsirilos, Respiratory Therapist
Andrée Turenne, Nurse

Contact:
514-412-4433 (appointments)
514-412-4400 local:22338 (office)
514-412-4255 (fax)

 

Child Development

Multidisciplinary clinical teams assess children from infancy through school age in terms of developmental concerns and learning difficulties for the purpose of diagnosis, referral to appropriate community resources and in-hospital follow-up where applicable. The program is an entry point for children who are presenting with developmental concerns as noted by their pediatricians and family physicians.

Program members:
Dr. T. Emmett Francoeur, Program Director
Dr. Shuvo Ghosh
Dr. Anne-Marie Goyette
Dr. Diane Munz
Jodi Paterson, Coordinator
Jennifer Frei, Coordinator
Suzanne Buerkle, Assistant

Contact:
514-412-4314
514-412-4398 (fax)


Developmental Progress Clinic

A multidisciplinary team assesses pre-school-aged children referred for suspected global developmental delays (early developmental impairments).

Contact:
514-412-4314


Developmental-Behavioural Assessment and Continuity Clinic

Consultation for children regarding the following specific issues: attentional difficulties prior to school age, other complex behaviors, elimination disorders, and para/dyssomnias.

Contact:
514-412-4400 ext: 22307


Gender Variance Clinic

Consultation for children whose physicians are consulting about developmental questions surrounding gender.

ADHD Clinic

Consultation for children from 6 to 18 years with already diagnosed ADHD but where there has been failure of treatment.



Child Protection Program

This program provides case management advice for children where child maltreatment in suspected. Inpatient clinical consultation for injured or severely neglected children, organization of out-patient evaluation, health record documentation and liaison to community-based agencies are available.  The Child Protection Committee provides expertise in Child Maltreatment through multidisciplinary case review. These services are for registered patients of the hospital and require a concomitant referral to Social Services.

Program Members:
Dr. Laurel A. Chauvin-Kimoff,  Program Director
Dr. Franziska Baltzer
Dr. Joyce Canfield
Dr. Geoffrey Dougherty
Dr. Jae-Marie Ferdinand
Rev. Paul Geraghty
Laura Johnson, BSW
Marie Laberge, BSM
Justine Noseux, MSW
Dr. Harold Rich
Angeliki Souranis, BSW, Social Work Coordinator 

Contact:
514-412-4400 ext: 22508
514-412-4242 for immediate consultation with physician on call
514-939-4043 (fax)

 

Complex Care Service

The Complex Care Service (previously known as the Intensive Ambulatory Care service) at the Montreal Children's Hospital provides and coordinates multidisciplinsry care for children with complex healthcare needs on a sort-, medium- or long-term period in their homes of community.

The diverse team of health professionals works together to ensure a quicker, smoother transition from the hospital to the home and to provide the necessary support to maintain the child with complex medical needs at home. Last year, the Complex Care Service hd over 3600 treatment day visits and they anticipate  this number to grow as more and more children with complicated care needs will transition from hospital to home.

The mission of the Complex Care Service is to provide safe, effective and family-centered care to children with complex medical needs in their own home environment.

The Complex Care Service is comprosed of the following 10 programs:

  • Cardiac Transplantation
  • Home Total Parental Nutrition (IV and tube feeding)
  • Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia or BPD (chronic lung disorders)
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Immune Deficiency (inability to fight off infection)
  • Tracheostomy and Home Ventilations (breathing machines)
  • Long-term Intravenous (IV) Therapy
  • Thalassemia (blood disorders)
  • Coagulation Disorders
  • A "Multiplex" Program for children with more general complex health care needs

Program Members:
Dr. Hema Patel, Program Director
Nadia Eldaoud, N. MSc., Clinical Manager
Nathalie Aubin, N. BSc., Assistant Head Nurse

Contact:
514-412-4420
514-412-4424 (fax)

 

Intensive Ambulatory Care Service

The Intensive Ambulatory Care Service is comprised of the following programs: Hemophilia; Home & Outpatient IV Antibiotic; Neuromuscular; Palliative Care; Thalassemia; TPN; and Transplantation.

The Intensive Ambulatory Care Service (IACS) specializes in offering alternatives to hospitalization for children with chronic and/or complex illnesses reuiring specialized care. The IACS interdisciplinary staff provides the necessary support to treat patients/families in their home, which allows them to remain in their own environment. The IACS nurses in collaboration with pediatricians practice primary care and have a strong knowledge base in pediatrics and family nursing. Conditions which may be treated by this interdisciplinary team include hemophelia, thalassemia, broncho-pulmonary dysplasia and advanced neuromuscular disorders.  As well, care is offered to children who are immuno-compromised, oxygen dependent, those with solid organ transplants, those requiring parenteral nutrition and children requiring palliative care. The most recent programs include the home and outpatient IV antobiotic therapy. Currently over 500 patients register annually in the 11 available programs. As new treatments and conditions emerge, the IACS staff will explore new ways to help children and families receive the best treatment in the most appropriate environment.

Program Members:
Dr. Hema Patel, Program Director
Dr. Geoffrey Dougherty
Gisele Belanger, RN, Assistant Director/Head Nurse

Contact:
514-412-4420
514-412-4424 (fax)

 

In-Patient Wards and Short Stay Unit

6C1 (Blue Team)
6C2 (Yellow Team)
6C1/6C2 (Pink Team)
including SSU Short Stay Unit
Inpatient Medical Consultation

Responsible for the care of infants: children and adolescents requiring non-ICU inpatient medical care, excluding patients admitted for previously diagnosed problems in hematology-oncology and cardiology.

Patients are admitted with problems in the realms of:
General Pediatrics
Nephrology
Adolescent Medicine
Rheumatology
Gastroenterology
Respirology
Endocrinology

The most frequent diagnoses are:
Asthma and bronchospasm
Pyelonephritis and other UTI's
Gastroenteritis
Global developmental delay
Pneumonia and bronchiolitis
R/O neonatal sepsis
Seizures

Program members:
Dr. Geoffrey Dougherty, Program Director
Dr. Harold Rich, Associate Program Director
Dr. Holly Agostino
Dr. Louise Auger
Dr. Margaret Berry
Dr. Evelyn Constantin
Dr. Mylene Dandavino
Dr. Sasha Dubrovsky
Dr. Andreea Gorgos
Dr. Richard Haber
Dr. Catherine Henin
Dr. Chris Karatzios
Dr. Laurel Kimoff
Dr. Nadine Korah
Dr. Patricia Li
Dr. Stephen Liben
Dr. Catherine Millar
Dr. June Ortenberg
Dr. Hema Patel
Dr. Gary Pekeles
Dr. Chi-Minh Phi
Dr. Earl Rubin
Dr. Kent Saylor
Dr. Annie Sbrocchi

Contact:
514-412-4349
514-412-4249 (fax)

 

Medical Day Hospital / Pediatric Medical Consultation Service

The Medical Day Hospital (MDH) of the Montreal Children's Hospital provides day treatment to children with on-going medical problems while reducing or avoiding the inconvenience, complications and expense of hospitalization.  It is an alternative to hospitalization for patients who do not require 24-hour medical and/or nursing monitoring and whose needs cannot be met by existing programs within the hospital or elsewhere in the present model of pediatric care in Quebec.

The Medical Day Hospital also provides an alternative to emergency department visits and /or

hospitalization for children referred from the community for diagnosis and/or multiple urgent subspecialty consultations. The Medical Day Hospital is open 7 days a week.

The Pediatric Medical Consultation Service of the Montreal Children's Hospital provides medical expertise to inpatients not admitted under a medical service but who requires a medical evaluation.  It also places the expertise of the MCH pediatricians at the service of the community it serves and of the McGill RUIS partners.  The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Program Members:
Dr. Claudette Bardin, Program Director
Dr. Holly Agostino
Dr. Louise Auger
Dr. Evelyn Constantin
Dr. Mylene Dandavino
Dr. Geoffrey Dougherty
Dr. Sasha Dubrovsky
Dr. Patricia Forbes
Dr. Richard Haber
Dr. Catherine Henin
Dr. Chris Karatzios
Dr. Laurel Kimoff
Dr. Nadine Korah
Dr. Patricia Li
Dr. Stephen Liben
Dr. Catherine Millar
Dr. June Ortenberg
Dr. Hema Patel
Dr. Gary Pekeles
Dr. Chi Minh Phi
Dr. Harold Rich
Dr. Anne-Marie Sbrocchi

 

Palliative Care

The palliative care program offers resources for issues related to life-threatening illness in childhood including decision making, easing pain and symtoms, coordinating home care, as well as end-of-life care and bereavement.

Program members:
Dr. Stephen Liben, Program Director
Dr. Mary Decell
Marie-Claude Proulx, RN-CNS

Contact:
514-412-4370
514-412-4355 (fax)

 

Pediatric Consultation Centre

The Pediatric Consultation Centre (PCC) is the major teaching site in an ambulatory setting of the Division of General Pediatrics. It is staffed by general consultant pediatricians who are excellent clinical teachers. The PCC serves the community by providing a consultative service for family physicians, community pediatricians, and other health care providers.  In addition to providing consultative services, the Pediatric Consultation Centre is also home for a variety of psecialized clinics including a multicultural/adoption clinic, a resident's continuity clinic, clinics specializing in the medical problems of autistic children, obesity, sleep disorders, Trisomy 21 and an outreach soncultation clinic at the Lakeshore General Hospital. The PCC has approximately 5000 patient visits per year encompassing a broad range of pediatric problems.

Program members:
Dr. Richard Haber, Program Directo
Dr. Louise Auger, Coordinator of the Multicultural Clinic
Dr. Catherine Henin, Coordinator of the Residents Continuity Clinic
Dr. Evelyn Constantin (Sleep Clinic)
Dr. Carl Cummings
Dr. Claudette Bardin
Dr. Patricia Forbes
Dr. Nadine Korah (Trisomy 21)
Dr. Patricia Li
Dr. Pierre Marin
Dr. Diane Munz (Medical Problems of Autistic Children)
Dr. June Ortenberg
Dr. Naomi Paice
Dr. Chi-Minh Phi
Dr. David Rabin
Dr. Robert Rosenfeld
Dr. Paul Rossy (Obesity Clinic)
Dr. Linda Samotis
Dr. Olivia Tse
Dr. Michael Westwood

 

Resident Continuity Clinic

The Resident Continuity Clinic (RCC) is an important teaching site within the Division of General Pediatrics where residents, supervised by pediatrician preceptors, follow their own patients during their three years of core general pediatrics training. The RCC provides long-term primary care for over 1000 children, both well children and children with a variety of health care needs, as well as short-term general pediatric consultative support to patients referred from the community.

RCC Pediatrician Preceptors:
Dr. Catherine Henin, Program Director
Dr. Louise Auger
Dr. Carl Cummings
Dr. Richard Haber
Dr. Pierre Marin
Dr. Naomi Paice
Dr. Chi-Minh Phi
Dr. Paul Rossy
Dr. Olivia Tse

RCC Coordinator:
Ms. Kathleen Clark