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Emil Sherif

Sherif G. Emil, MDCM, FRCSC, FACS

  • Pediatric Surgery
Languages Spoken:
  • English
  • French
  • Arabic

Sherif Emil, M.D., FACS, FRCS(c), FAAP, was born in Egypt and grew up in a number of countries where his parents, an orthopedic surgeon and a general practitioner, were providing medical mission work. As an only child, he developed an interest in medicine early. He completed a degree in chemical engineering at the University of Michigan and, after a year of graduate school at Rice University in Houston, Texas, enrolled in the M.D., C.M. program at McGill. He was attracted to the field of pediatric surgery early in his medical education as it combined his engineering and problem-solving background with his desire to work with children and families. In fact, his very first clinical elective was at Shriners Children's Canada. That experience inspired a desire to work with children with orthopedic disabilities, and spurred him to find innovative solutions to clinical problems and congenital anomalies.

After medical school at McGill, he returned to Southern California, where his family had settled, to begin his surgical training at Loma Linda University. His commitment to pediatric surgery prompted him to take two years away from clinical training to perform bench and clinical research in pediatric surgery. He published several landmark papers early in his career.

In 1999, he returned to McGill to train in pediatric surgery. After completing his fellowship, he went back to California and joined the University of California Irvine Department of Surgery. He was recruited back to the Montreal Children's Hospital to lead pediatric surgery in November 2008. Shortly afterwards, he launched the chest wall anomaly center at Shriners Children's, creating a multi-disciplinary team that offers unique expertise to children of all ages who suffer from chest wall deformities. This center has grown to be the largest in Canada and one of the most prominent in the world. In addition to providing comprehensive care and counseling to thousands of patients, the center has produced a number of sentinel publications that have led the field of chest wall anomalies.

Dr. Emil calls patient-centered care the bookend of medicine -- where medicine starts and ends. He performs all his clinical, academic and administrative duties with this principle as the foundation.

Pediatric Care


More About Me

Board Certifications
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Pediatric Surgery, Pediatrics - General
Education and Training

Medical Education
McGill University
Montréal, QC

Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, CA
United States of America

University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, CA
United States of America

McGill University
Montréal, QC

Academic Positions and Locations

McGill University

Leadership and Memberships
  • 2018-Present: Chair, Surgical Education, Patient and Family-Centered Care, Mirella & Lino Saputo Foundation, McGill University Faculty of Medicine
  • 2012-Present: Associate Chair for Education, Department of Pediatric Surgery, McGill University Faculty of Medicine
  • 2008-Present: Director, Harvey E. Beardmore Division of Pediatric Surgery, The Montreal Children's Hospital, McGill University Health Centre
  • 2018-Present: Chair, Canadian Consortium for Research in Pediatric Surgery (CanCORPS)
  • 2019-Present: Vice Chair, Global Partnership Committee.Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgeons
  • 2017-Present: Specialty Consultant, Pediatric Surgery, Mercy Ships International
Editorial Positions
  • 2017-Present: Associate Editor, Pediatric Surgery International
Awards and Honors
  • 2007-2008, Best Doctors in America
  • 2014, Best Doctors in Canada
  • 2018, E.P. Taylor Award, McGill Alumni Association
  • 2018, Haile Debas Prize, McGill University Faculty of Medicine
  • 2017, Surgical Teaching Award, Montreal Children's Hospital
  • 2019, Surgery Research Award, Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation
Providers Academic Works And Presentations Accordion Title
  • Presentation: 47th Annual Meeting of the American Pediatric Surgical Association, San Diego, California - Success and Duration of Dynamic Bracing for Pectus Carinatum: A Four-year Prospective Study. (05/2016) Sevigny M, Laberge JM, Baird R, Finlay I, Goyette J, Montpetit K, Emil S.
  • Presentation: 50th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons, Seattle, Washington - Musculoskeletal Deformities Following Neonatal Thoracotomy: An Outcomes Study from a Multidisciplinary Esophageal Atresia Clinic. (05/2017) Wei S, Saran N, Emil S.
  • Presentation: 49th Annual Meeting of the American Pediatric Surgical Association, Palm Desert, California - Is the Vacuum Bell Device a Safe and Effective Alternative to Surgical Treatment of Pectus Excavatum in Pediatric Patients? A preliminary North American experience. (05/2016) St-Louis E, Miao J, Baird R, Bettoli M, Emil S, Laberge J-M.
  • Presentation: 51st Annual Meeting of the American Pediatric Surgical Association (virtual) - Musculoskeletal Deformities After Thoracic Surgery in Children: An Observational Long-term Follow-up Study. (05/2020) Safa N, Wei S, Saran N, Guadagno E, Laberge JM, Emil S.
  • Presentation: Annual Meeting of the Chest Wall International Group (virtual) - A Minimally Invasive Hybrid Approach for Repair of Pectus Arcuatum. (11/2020) Emil S, Laberge JM.

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