Principal Investigator

Dr. Gabriel Altit

My name is Gabriel Altit. After completing my medical school at McGill University, I did residency in general pediatrics at Université de Montréal – CHU Sainte-Justine, in addition to my training in neonatal-perinatal medicine. During my training in pediatrics and neonatology, I became interested in management of septic shock in the newborn population and in the co-morbidities associated with complete congenital heart block. I pursued my training at McGill University – Montreal Children’s Hospital in echocardiography, under the supervision of the cardiology group and in bronchopulmonary dysplasia, under the supervision of the respirology group, with continuing exposure to the neonatal intensive care unit. During my training in echocardiography, I had the opportunity to learn transthoracic anatomical and conventional functional scanning of normal and congenital heart defect patients. 

I had the opportunity to work in the congenital diaphragmatic hernia and bronchopulmonary dysplasia clinic (home oxygen clinic), during which I interpreted echo/ECG and oxymetric studies of my patients in the context of pulmonary hypertension (PH), under the supervision of Dr Anne-Marie Canakis.

I worked closely with Dr Larry Lands, Dr Thérèse Perreault and Dr Guilherme Sant’anna on a review of the evaluation of BPD patients with PH. Following that, I spent a year of post-doctoral training in the echocardiography laboratory at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University. At Stanford, I worked under the supervision of Dr Theresa Tacy, pediatric cardiologist and chief of the echocardiography laboratory, as well as Dr Shazia Bhombal, neonatologist and cardiologist. I studied patients with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (with supervision of Dr Krisa Van Meurs, CDH/ECMO specialist), and patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and tricuspid atresia / pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum. In these patients, I analysed early echocardiography markers using deformation analysis of their ventricular function (strain analysis). As well, I worked with Dr Jeffrey Feinstein, specialist in pulmonary hypertension, on the population of bronchopulmonary dysplasia patients with PH at Stanford University. Finally, I worked with Dr Valerie Chock, neonatologist, specialist in near infrared spectroscopy, to analyse the renal and cerebral NIRS behaviors of single ventricular patients in the immediate post-natal period. At the Montreal Children’s Hospital, I am developing a platform on hemodynamic research. Demographic, clinical and echocardiography data will be collected prospectively on different population of newborns. My research focuses on BPD patients with pulmonary hypertension, CDH patients, and congenital cardiac defect patients. I have a particular interest in early neonatal markers of outcomes and am hoping to work towards improving management of these high risk patients. My research targets these populations within the neonatal unit, during their pediatric growth, and within the adult world, as a continuum. I highly encourage fellows to develop their interest in doing research in hemodynamic assessment of these newborns. I have also completed (2017-2020) a MSc in Clinical Epidemiology at McGill University in order to become self-sufficient in bio-statistical analysis.


Gabriel Altit, MDCM, FRCPC, FAAP

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Trivia - The heart on top is my own scan of my left ventricle :) 

2017 –2020 :

Master of Science in Epidemiology; Thesis Stream Graduate Program

McGill University, Montreal, Canada; Program Director: Dr Olga Basso / Dr Gilles Paradis

2016 – 2017: 

Neonatal Echocardiography Research; Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital

Stanford University, California, USA; Program Director: Dr Theresa A. Tacy

2015 – 2016: 

Pediatric Respirology Research / Echocardiography Fellowship

Montreal Children’s Hospital, McGill University Health Center, McGill University, Montréal, Canada; Program Director: Dr Louis Beaumier

2013 – 2015: 

Neonatology Residency (PGY 4-5); CHU Sainte-Justine, University of Montreal, Montreal,   

Canada. Program Director: Dr Ahmed Moussa

Specialist Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). No. 689439

Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine. Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; No. 14239

2010 – 2013: 

Pediatrics Residency (PGY 1-3); CHU Sainte-Justine, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada. Program Director: Dr Olivier Jamoulle

Specialist Pediatrics Certificate. American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). No. 689439

Specialist Pediatrics Certificate. Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. No. 14239

2005 – 2010: 

Medicine - M.D.C.M. McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination. No. 2009048352

United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) – Completed (Step 1, 2CK, 2CS, 3). Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States. No. 40960296

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