Welcome to New Faculty!

Published: 10 November 2017

Dr. Gabriel Altit, Assistant Professor, Division of Neonatology

After completing my medschool at McGill, I did residency in pediatrics and NICU at CHU Sainte-Justine. I continued my training at the Montreal Children’s Hospital in echocardiography and in bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Following that, I spent a year of post-doc in the echo lab at Stanford University, where I did research on early echo markers of outcomes in different neonatal populations using deformation (strain) analysis of their ventricular function. My stay in the bay area was quite fantastic! If anyone needs travelling advice come see me (I can speak for hours on the subject). I have done most of what’s need to be done (Yosemite, Sonoma and Napa, Lake Tahoe, Carmel, Monterey, Oakland, the valley, of course: SF!!); definitely a corner of this world to discover, where the food and wine are amazing. Back to serious, at the MCH, I hope to develop a platform on hemodynamic research. I am currently completing (2017-2019) a MSc in Clinical Epidemiology at McGill (so if you need some stats help, come knock at my door – not every day please ;) ). I am extremely pleased and honored to come back to my MCH family! Outside of work, I am passionate of indoor cycling (spinning), travelling and good food/wine with family and friends. If you ever want some advice on good spinning studios in Montreal (or in the bay area) come to see me, I am completely addicted to rhythm style of cycling. Finally, love photography

Dr. Brett Burstein, Assistant Professor, Division of Emergency Medicine

I obtained my medical degree from McGill University (2010), graduating from the combined M.D/Ph.D program with a doctorate from the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics (2008).  I completed both my residency training in General Pediatrics (2013) and fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine (2015) at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, where I have since been a Pediatric Emergency physician and Trauma Team Leader.  I am currently completing a MPH degree from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in Clinical Epidemiology.  My primary research interest is the management of febrile young infants and work in this area has received a Professional Development Grant from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, as well as national awards from the Canadian Pediatric Society and the Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease of Canada.  I am known by most at the MCH as my wife’s lesser half, and I am frequently reminded that I have married well above my station.  Fun Fact: I know BodyBreak’s own Hal Johnson and he won’t stop calling me.  It is weird.

Dr. Sam Freeman, Faculty Lecturer, Division of General Pediatrics

After completing a BA in Economics at Yale and working for two years in international development in New York, I returned home to Montreal to study medicine. I got my MD at Université de Montréal and then crossed the Mountain for my pediatric residency at the Children's, including a year as chief resident. I joined the the Children's Clinic (TCC) as a general pediatrician in July 2017, and I teach as part of the pediatric consultation clinic (PCC). I have a particular interest in the social determinant of health, and I hope to enroll in an MPH program next year. In my spare time I'm an avid cook, cyclist and reader.  

Dr. Marie-Astrid Lefebvre, Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases

I attended Medical School at McGill, did my Pediatrics Residency at the Floating Hospital for Children (Tufts University) in Boston and then returned to my alma mater for my Pediatric ID Fellowship, which I completed in 2014. Afterwards, I practiced community General Pediatrics for one year and subsequently went to Toronto for a Fellowship in Infection Control at Mount Sinai Hospital and a MSc in Quality Improvement & Patient Safety. I have been a Pediatric ID consultant at the MCH since July 2016, and Director of Infection Control since December 2016. My interests include hospital-acquired infections and their prevention using quality improvement methods. When I am not working, I spend time with my loved ones, enjoy Zumba classes, skiing and travelling!

Dr. Catherine Nolin, Assistant Professor, Division of General Pediatrics

I was born and raised in Montreal, and completed my residency and fellowship training here at McGill.  I spent the past couple of years living in Calgary, where I worked as a hospitalist at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and as a consultant in a community pediatric practice.  During that time, I also completed a Master’s Degree in Health Management through McMaster University.  I am excited to be back amongst all of you, where I will be spending most of my clinical time on the inpatient units.  My current projects pertain to the standardization of patient care through the creation of care pathways, enhanced workflow on the wards, and resource stewardship.  Outside of work, I enjoy hiking and creative outlets like painting and baking.  I am also delighted to be able to spend more time with family and friends now that I’m back in Montreal!

Dr. Claudia Renaud, Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiology

I graduated from medical school at Laval University and completed both my pediatric training and my cardiology residency here at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.  I pursued a fellowship in fetal cardiology and did additional training in cardiac transplantation at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.  I have a particular interest in global health and have participated in many pediatric and cardiology missions in Ecuador, Benin, Macedonia and Ethiopia. I feel privileged to be back at the Montreal Children’s and be part of such a wonderful team of professionals.

Dr. Jade Seguin, Assistant Professor, Division of Emergency Medicine

I completed my medical school at McGill University and did my pediatric residency and pediatric emergency fellowship at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. I then moved to Toronto to completed a Pediatric Emergency Point of Care Ultrasound Fellowship at SickKids. I officially joined the MCH family in the Fall of 2016. I have been involved in teaching POCUS at many national and provincial courses and workshops and am getting involved in research using that technology to provide patient centered care. I actively contribute to FOAM (free open access medical education) in my field using twitter and youtube. During my free time, I love to travel, learn about new cultures and languages, and eat exotic foods. I feel privileged to be back in Montreal and to work with such an amazing team!

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