Emergency Medicine


The Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine consists of 25 highly trained and experienced staff physician core members who are a cohesive and energetic team dedicated to research, clinical excellence, teaching and innovation. Members of the Division are actively involved in diverse scholarly activities both at the hospital and university level with expertise in, but not limited to, pediatric trauma, pain and sedation, simulation, patient safety, point-of-care ultrasound, quality improvement, health professions continuing education, disaster medicine and toxicology.

The Division boasts a state-of-the-art 39-bed Emergency Department (ED) within the tertiary care academic pediatric Montreal Children’s Hospital and has an annual patient census of over 80 000 visits. The Division has access to the state-of-the-art Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning to use for its training, teaching and research endeavors, the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and the McConnell Centre for Innovative Medicine which provides a full range of clinical research services in a state-of-the-art environment dedicated to clinical research.

Mission, Vision, Values

Our Mission

The Division of Emergency Medicine's mission is to provide the best care for acutely and critically ill and injured infants, children and adolescents and their families and to promote excellence in pediatric emergency medicine through research, education and innovation.

Our Vision

To achieve excellence in Pediatric Emergency Medicine with innovation and leadership, we will:

  1. Provide the highest standard of care of acutely and critically ill and injured children and their families through teamwork, treatment, support, advocacy and education.
  2. Participate in the highest quality of pediatric emergency medical education and mentoring of health professionals and medical professionals-in-training, locally, provincially, nationally and internationally through teaching programs and continuing professional development.
  3. Commit to ongoing, high quality, independent and collaborative pediatric emergency medicine research and outcomes analyses.
  4. Ensure an effective and efficient division through a cohesive and supportive environment, interprofessional collaboration, teamwork, evidence-based decision-making, fiscal responsibility, equitable distribution of workload, and regular performance evaluation.

Our Values

RESPECT - We respect our colleagues, emergency department staff, medical professionals-in-training, patients and their families and recognize the contributions of all members of the health care team. We value the experience and expertise of colleagues and team members. We respect the diversity of cultures and backgrounds. We recognize the need for individuals striving to achieve professional and personal goals.

INTEGRITY, HONESTY & PROFESSIONALISM - We emphasize adherence to the high moral and ethical standards that are required as healers and professionals. We value honest work, collaborative leadership and team membership. We place high importance on maintaining professionalism with our colleagues, medical professionals-in-training, members of the health care team as well as patients and their families.

ACCOUNTABILITY & SELF-REFLECTION - We are committed to personal and divisional goals and expectations. We will strive to be the best and perform at the highest standard through a process of self-reflection and accountability.

COMMITMENT & GROWTH - We value and encourage creativity, innovation and advocacy. We are dedicated to the continued growth of the division and members within the division.

EFFECTIVENESS & EFFICIENCY - We strive to achieve the highest level of effectiveness and efficiency when providing health care, developing and delivering educational programs, participating in research initiatives and managing our own resources.


  • Regular interprofessional simulations to improve crisis resource management, interprofessional and interdisciplinary teamwork and disaster preparedness
  • Research successes including in point of care ultrasound (POCUS), simulation, disaster-preparedness, concussion, management of febrile infants, asthma, QI, clinical reasoning (refer to individual MD profiles for details)
  • Clinically innovative clinical protocols and procedures
  • Certified point of care ultrasound (POCUS) physicians
  • Highly-rated Pediatric Advance Life Support (PALS) courses and an innovative Pediatric Emergency Medicine-Clinical Scenarios and Interventions (PEM-CSI) course
  • Pediatric Procedural Sedation Service run by divisional members
  • Innovative, interactive academic half-days for staff physicians and residents with wide range of themes including simulation, advocacy, faculty development, point of care ultrasound, medical expert sessions (ex. radiologist-led x-ray reviews, ECG reviews with cardiologist)
  • Designated Trauma Team
  • Leaders in Disaster Preparedness
  • Host of approximately 20 medical trainees (residents and medical students) per 28-day block

Division Members

Core Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physicians
Dr. Ilana Bank
Dr. Adam Breholtz
Dr. Daniel Brody
Dr. Brett Burstein
Dr. Dominic Chalut
Dr. Audrey Dadoun
Dr. Dubravka Diksic
Dr. Harley Eisman
Dr. Tamara Gafoor
Dr. Anne-Marie Gosselin
Dr. Ilana Greenstone
Dr. Philip Hedrei
Dr. Samir Hussain
Dr. Elene Khalil
Dr. Laurel Kimoff
Dr. Kristen Lambrinakos-Raymond
Dr. Esli Osmanlliu
Dr. Caroline Ouellet
Dr. Raphael Paquin, Residency Program Director
Dr. Laurie Plotnick, Division Director
Dr. Jade Seguin
Dr. Eva Soos-Kapusy
Dr. Jessica Stewart, Associate Director
Dr. Jennifer Turnbull
Dr. Suzanne Vaillancourt, Associate Director

Associate Physicians
Dr. Julie Gauthier
Dr. Kelly Martin
Dr. Joe Nemeth
Dr. Robert Primavasi
Dr. Matthieu Vincent

Associate Members
Dr. Isabelle Gagnon, Associate Director
Dr. Brian Greenfield
Dr. Michael Kramer, Professor
Dr. Betty Zylbergold, Faculty Lecturer

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Courses

The Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine through the Montreal Children's Hospitals offers two courses:

  1. Pediatric Emergency Medicine Critical Scenarios and Interventions (PEM-CSI)
    • Perform pediatric critical surgical airway interventions and advanced intubation techniques
    • Demonstrate pediatric acute care-based Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) skills
    • Describe pivotal new Pediatric Emergency Medicine studies relevant to the acutely and critically ill pediatric population
    • Apply advanced airway skills to the management of acutely and critically ill children as part of an intraprofessional team in a simulated setting
  2. Pediatrics Advanced Life Support (PALS)
    Designed to aid the pediatric healthcare provider in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to efficiently evaluate and effectively manage seriously ill infants and children. In this course, you will learn:
    • How to assess for evidence of respiratory and circulatory compromise.
    • Establish treatment priorities and intervene when necessary to stabilize the child.
    • Students will also review treatment of the respiratory and circulatory systems, management of cardiac arrest and arrhythmias and immediate post-resuscitation care.

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Contact Us

Division Leadership

Division Director
Dr. Laurie Plotnick



Associate Director of Research
Dr. Isabelle Gagnon

Associate Director of Patient Care and Innovations
Dr. Jessica Stewart

Associate Director of Partnerships and Collaborations
Dr. Suzanne Vaillancourt

Postgraduate Medical Education Leadership

Residency Program Director
raphael.paquin [at] (Dr. Raphaël Paquin)

Assistant Program Director
suzanne.vaillancourt [at] (Dr. Suzanne Vaillancourt)

Assistant Program Director
ilana.greenstone [at] (Dr. Ilana Robyn Greenstone)

Administrative Staff

Residency Program Coordinator [at]

MUHC Administrative Assistant
penny.gounis [at] (Penny Gounis)
514-412-4400 ext. 23039

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