Pediatric Critical Care

The Division of Pediatric Critical Care offers state-of-the-art care using a multidisciplinary team approach for critically ill or injured neonates, children and adolescents. The unit is a major provincial, national and international referral center.

Services include complex congenital cardiovascular surgery, seizure and tumor neurosurgery, craniofacial reconstruction, complex orthopedic surgery, tracheal reconstructive surgery, level 1 trauma, extracorporeal life support, high frequency ventilation, nitric oxide program, and solid organ transplantation.


The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of the Montreal Children’s Hospital was one of the earliest in Canada to attract dedicated critical care trained specialists in the 1980s. Pediatric critical care medicine as a specialty grew out of the recognition that the management of acute pediatric critical illness requires special expertise and skills.

Our Division is interdisciplinary and interprofessional, providing intense highly complex care to children in many of the hospital’s programs, including cardiac surgery, complex neurosurgery, otolaryngology and trauma. In addition, we receive transfers of acutely critically ill children from all over Quebec, as well as our own emergency room and hospital wards.


The physicians in our unit have a wide variety of research interests, with particular strengths in knowledge translation, quality improvement patient safety, health systems, and health professions education. We have particular strengths in nursing research, as well. There are several competitive grants currently being administered within our unit, for research of high quality, which seeks to answer important clinical questions.

Division Members

Dr. Farhan Bhanji
Dr. Tanya DiGenova
Dr. Patricia Fontela
Dr. Anab Lehr
Dr. Pramod Puligandla, Director of Extracorporeal Life Support Program
Dr. Sam Shemie, Division Director
Dr. Davinia Withington
Dr. Samara Zavalkoff

2021-2022 Pediatric Critical Care Team

Front row from left: Dr. Heraldo Valladao, Dr. Marina Mir Parramon, Dr. Lama Alameddine, Dr. Guillaume Maitre
Back row from left: Dr. Tanya Di Genova, Dr. Josh Feder, Dr. Saleem Razack, Dr. Abdurahman Andijani, Dr. Sam Shemie, Dr. Ellery Cunan, Dr. Patricia Fontela

2018-2019 Pediatric Critical Care Team

Front row from left: Dr. Pramod Puligandla, Dr. Paulina Armendariz, Dr. Samara Zavalkoff, Dr. Tanya DiGenova, Dr. Razan Babakr, Dr. Patricia Fontela
Back row from left: Dr. Ronald Gottesman, Dr. Mustafa Safi, Dr. Farhan Bhanji, Dr. Ravi Jayas, Dr. Sam Shemie

2017-2018 Pediatric Critical Care Team

Front row from left: Dr. Nada Aljassim, Dr. Tanya Di Genova, Dr. Samara Zavalkoff, Dr. Patricia Fontela, Dr. Razan Babakr
Back row from left: Dr. Allison Shevell, Dr. Ronald Gottesman, Dr. Farhan Bhanji, Dr. Davinia Withington, Dr. Fawaz Alanzi, Dr. Mohammed Almazyad

2016-2017 Pediatric Critical Care Team

Front row from left: Dr. Shuji Kuwabara, Dr. Kantara Saelim
Back row from left: Dr. Patricia Fontela, Dr. Lalida Kongkiattikul, Dr. Tanya Di Genova, Dr. Mohammed Al Mazyad, Dr. Pramod Puligandla

Contact Us

Division Director

Sam Shemie (interim)

Postgraduate Medical Education

Residency Program Director
Dr. Tanya Di Genova
Dr. Anab Lehr

Clinical Advanced Pediatric Intensive Care Fellowship Program Director
Dr. Patricia Fontela

Research Advanced Pediatric Intensive Care Fellowship Program Director
Dr. Patricia Fontela

Administrative Staff

Residency Program Coordinator
programadmin.picu [at]

MUHC Administrative Assistant
Sabrina Pope
admin.mch-picu [at]
514-412-4400 ext. 22696

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