Jesse Papenburg, MD, FRCPC, Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist and Medical Microbiologist

Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology
Fun fact about me 

I love to play ultimate frisbee.

I love working with children and their families because 
I love working with children and their families because their strength in often difficult situations is inspiring.

Hospital information

Awards and distinctions 

2010 AMMI-Canada Post-Residency Fellowship. 2010 Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons Canada Detweiler Travelling Fellowship. 2010 Fonds de la Recherche en Santé Québec (FRSQ) Bourse de formation post-professionel (declined by recipient). 2009 CIHR Quebec Respiratory Health Training Program Bursary

Academic appointments 

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University

Other appointments 

Lead Physician, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. Member, MUHC Molecular Microbiology Workgroup.



BSc (Major in Microbiology & Immunology, Minor in Philosophy), McGill University (1998)

Medical Degree 

MDCM, McGill University (2002)


Pediatrics, Montreal Children's Hospital (2006). Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Montreal Children's Hospital (2008). Medical Microbiology, McGill University Health Centre (2008).


Research Fellowship: Epidemiology and Molecular Evolution of Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses. Centre de recherche en infectiologie de l'Université Laval (2009-11). MSc in Epidemiology (2011-13): Correlates of Provincial Laboratory Surveillance for Respiratory Viruses. McGill University.


Research interests 

My research program studies the epidemiology of severe viral lower respiratory tract infections requiring hospitalisation in children in Quebec and Canada.

Research foci 
  • Evaluation of surveillance methods for pediatric respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)-associated hospitalisations in Nunavik, Quebec;
  • Severe RSV outcomes (mortality and ECMO) in Canadian children (2002-2012);
  • Urgent air transfers of Canadian Inuit children to tertiary care centres for lower respiratory tract infection;
  • Palivizumab prophlaxis in Canadian aboriginal children;
  • Diagnostic accuracy of point-of-care RSV tests;
  • Clinical impact of molecular diagnostics for respiratory viruses in hospitalised children.

Respiratory viruses, influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), children, epidemiology

Selected publications 

Muttalib F, Papenburg J. Absence of pleocytosis alone is insufficient to exclude encephalitis caused by herpes simplex virus in children. J Clin Microbiol. 52(3), 2014 Mar [in press].

Papenburg J, Carbonneau J, Isabel S, Bergeron MG, Williams JV, Hamelin ME, De Serres G, Boivin G. Genetic diversity and molecular evolution of the major human metapneumovirus surface glycoproteins over a decade. J Clin Virol. 58(3):541-7, 2013 Nov.

Papenburg J, Buckeridge DL, DeSerres G, Boivin G. Evaluation of host and viral factors affecting clinical performance of a rapid respiratory syncytial virus test in hospitalised children. J Pediatr. 163(3):911-3, 2013 Sep.

Prendergast C, Papenburg J. Rapid antigen-based testing for respiratory syncytial virus: moving RSV diagnostics from bench to bedside? Future Microbiol. 8(4): 435-44, 2013 Apr.

Papenburg J, Hamelin ME, Ouhoummane N, Carbonneau J, Ouakki M, Raymond F, Robitaille L, Caouette G, Frenette L, Corbeil J, De Serres G, Boivin G. Comparison of risk factors for human metapneumovirus and respiratory syncytial virus disease severity in young children. J Infect Dis. 206(2):178-89, 2012 Jul.