Alexander Sasha Dubrovsky, MDCM, MSc, FRCPC, Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Fun fact about me 

I have 3 boys, each of which love wrestling with daddy and enjoy hearing about daddy's work (i.e. broken bones) way too much!

I love working with children and their families because 
They keep me young and fun!

Hospital information

Awards and distinctions 

The Paige and Bernard Kaplan Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching,  awarded by the cohort of pediatric residents in recognition of clinical excellence and commitment to teaching.

Top Pediatric Abstract, Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians, 2014.

Academic appointments 

Full time Clinical Staff



McGill University, BSc (Physiology) and MSc (Physiology/Neuroscience)

Medical Degree 

McGill University, MDCM (2004)


Pediatric at the Montreal Children's Hospital


Pediatric Emergency medicine at the Montreal Children's Hospital


Research interests 

1.      Patient safety / Quality Improvement with focus on improving communication between patients, families, and health care providers, patient engagement and teaming of frontline providers with family partners in LEAN-based quality improvement

2.      Point of care ultrasound (POCUS) with focus on clinical utility in children with respiratory distress and wheeze, as well as for fracture management.

3.      Concussion with focus on the management of post-traumatic headaches with occipital nerve blocks of the scalp and other ED-based interventions.

Selected publications 



Alexander Sasha Dubrovsky. Pediatric Point-of-Care Ultrasound (P-POCUS). In: Strange and Schafermeyer's Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Fourth Edition, American College of Emergency Medicine, McGraw-Hill Education 2015: 71-76.

Peer reviewed

Patient Safety / Quality Improvement

Dubrovsky AS, Bishop A*, Biron A, Cunningham-Allard G, DeCivita F, FIma A, Korah N, Marchionni C, Proulx MC, Toman P, Tsirgiotis S, Zavalkoff S. “We Should Talk” – Moving knowledge into action by learning to engage patients, families and healthcare staff to communicate for patient safety.  Journal for Healthcare Management Forum 2016; 29 (4), 141-145

Korah N, Zavalkoff S, Dubrovsky AS. Crib of Horrors – One Hospital’s Approach to promoting a culture of Safety. Pediatrics 2015;136(1):4-5. 

Bhatt M. Roback M, Joubert G, Farion K, Ali S, Beno S, Dixon A,  McTimoney M, Dubrovsky AS, Johnson D.  Development of a multi-centre surveillance system for sedation safety in the pediatric emergency.  BMJ Open 2015;5:e008223. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015- 008223

Dubrovsky AS. The art of listening: case of an infant with bony lesion.  Pediatric and Child Health February 2011;16 (2): 78, 119.

Point of care ultrasound (POCUS)

Poonai N, Myslik F, Joubert G, Fan J, Misir A, Istasy V, Columbus M, Soegtrop R, Goldfarb A, Thompson D, Dubrovsky AS.  Point-of-care Ultrasound for Non-angulated Distal Forearm Fractures in Children: Test Performance Characteristics and Patient-centered Outcomes.  Academic Emergency Medicine 2017; 24:607–616

Dankoff S*, Li P, Shapiro A, Varshney T, Dubrovsky AS.  Point of care lung ultrasound of children with acute asthma exacerbations in the pediatric emergency department.  American Journal of Emergency Medicine 2016; 24 (5), 607-61

Varshney T*, Mok E, Li P, Shapiro A, Dubrovsky AS.  Point of care lung ultrasound in young children with respiratory tract infections and wheeze. Emergency Medicine Journal 2016; 33 (9), 603-610

Dubrovsky AS, Kempinska A*, Bank I, Mok E.  Accuracy of ultrasound for determining successful re-alignement of pediatric forearm fractures. Annals Emergency Medicine 2015; 65(3):260-265 (podcast available).

Kempinska A*, Bhanji F, Larouche S, Dubrovsky AS. A novel simulation-based program for ultrasound-guided fracture reductions: program evaluation. American Journal Emergency Medicine 2015; 32(12): 1547-5449.

Concussion / Post-traumatic headaches

Zemek R, Barrowman N, Freedman S, Gravel J, Gagnon I, McGahern C, Aglipay M,  Sangha G, Boutis K, Beer D, Craig W, Burns E, Farion K, Mikrogianakis A, Barlow K, Dubrovsky AS,  Meeuwisse W,  Gioia G, Meehan III WP, Beauchamp M, Kamil Y, Grool A, Hoshizaki B, Anderson P, Brooks B, Yeates KO, Vassilyadi M, Klassen T, Keightley M,Richer L, DeMatteo C, Osmond M; for the Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC) Concussion Team, Clinical Risk Score for Persistent Postconcussion Symptoms Among Children With Acute Concussion in the ED.  JAMA 2016; 315(10): 1014-10125.  

Pinchefsky E, Dubrovsky AS, Friedman D, Shevell M.  Management of Pediatric Post-traumatic headache: part 2 (review article). Pediatric Neurology 2015; 52 (3), 270-280.

Dubrovsky AS, Friedman D, Kocilowicz H.  Pediatric post-traumatic headaches and occipital nerve blocks: a case series and patient satisfaction survey. Headache 2014; 54: 878-887.

Pediatric emergency medicine

Burstein B*, Dubrovsky AS, Greene AW*, Quach C. Emergency department and inpatient management of febrile infants under six weeks of age: National survey on the perceived utility of respiratory virus testing. Hospital Pediatrics 2016; 6 (4), 226-233.

Dubrovsky AS, Mok E, Lau SY, Alhumaiden M*.  Point tenderness at one of five locations and limited elbow extension identifies significant injury in children with acute elbow trauma: a study of diagnostic accuracy. American Journal Emergency Medicine 2015; 33(2): 229-233.

Patoka C, Farooq K, Dubrovsky AS, Brody D, Bank I, Bhanji F. Pediatric resuscitation training - instruction all at once or spaced over time?  Resuscitation 2015; 88, 6-11

Dubrovsky AS, Foster BJ, Jednak R, Mok E, and McGillivray D.  Visibility of the urethral meatus and risk of urinary tract infections in uncircumcised boys.  Canadian Medical Association Journal October 16, 2012; 184 (15): e796-803.