Gabriel Altit, MDCM, MSc, FRCPC, FAAP. Neonatologist

Neonatology
Fun fact about me 

I teach spinning.

I love working with children and their families because 
they teach me something new every day.

Hospital information

Awards and distinctions 
  • 2019 Pilot Study Competition of the Department of pediatrics, McGill University for the project Pulmonary vascular disease and cardiac performance in extreme preterm infants: A prospective study.
  • 2019 Le Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie Foundation, research project ECHO-CDH – Exploratory Observational Prospective Study in Neonatal and Pediatric Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
  • 2018 Master's Training for Applicants with a Professional Degree Award Fonds de recherche Santé Québec (FRQS) - Foundation of Stars
  • 2018 Frederick Banting and Charles Best Award; Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M); Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) MSc Project: Neonatal outcomes of extremely premature infants with a conservative approach to patent ductus arteriosus
  • 2015 Luc Chicoine Award; CHU Sainte-Justine, Montreal, Canada: Award voted by the department of pediatrics for the most excellent resident of his promotion amongst general pediatric and subspecialist residents.
  • 2015 Claude Roy Award; CHU Sainte-Justine, Montreal, Canada: Awarded for the highest achievement in research during residency at the CHU Sainte-Justine.
  • 2015 Deans’ Honour List; University of Montreal, Canada
  • 2010 Alexander D. Stewart Prize; McGill University, Montreal, Canada: Member of the graduating class who, in the opinion of the Faculty, presents in every respect the highest qualifications to practice the profession
  • 2005-2010 Dean’s Honour List; McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Academic appointments 

Assistant Professor – Department of Pediatrics – McGill University

Associate Member in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health

Other appointments 

Program Director - Neonatal Hemodynamics Clinical Research Fellowship Program

Community Involvement 

Camp Vol D'été - Leucan

Education

University 

Medical Preparatory Year (Med-P) McGill University

Medical Degree 

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

Residency 

Pediatrics Residency at CHU Sainte-Justine, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada

Fellowship(s) 

Neonatology Residency; CHU Sainte-Justine, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada.

Pediatric Respirology Research / Echocardiography Fellowship - Montreal Children’s Hospital, McGill University, Montréal, Canada

Post-Doctoral Research Year, Neonatal Echocardiography Research, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University, California, USA

Master of Science in Epidemiology; Thesis Stream Graduate Program; McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Research

Research interests 

Echocardiography, Neonatology, Pulmonary Hypertension, Congenital Heart Defect, Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia, Prematurity, Epidemiology, Near Infrared Spectroscopy, Hemodynamics, Cardiovascular, Outcome research, Patent Ductus Arteriosus, Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia.

Selected publications 

1. Hébert, A; Drolet, C; Altit, G; Villeneuve, A ; Lapointe, A ; Bensouda, B; Giesinger, R E; McNamara, P J. Management of Chronic Pulmonary Hypertension in Neonates with Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia: Perspectives of Neonatologists with Hemodynamic Expertise and Pediatric Cardiologists. Journal of Perinatology - reference number: 20-738-R. PMID: 32801352. DOI: 10.1038/s41372-020-00791-z. IF: 2.48

2. Petpichetchian C, Brown R, Altit G, Muchantef K, De Bie I. Hepatic tumor as antenatal presentation of Costello syndrome. A. Accepted for publication. Journal of Health Science and Medical Research - Reference number: 2020-0070.

3. Dal Col A, Bhombal S, Tacy TA, Hintz S, Feinstein J, Altit G*. Comprehensive echocardiographic assessment of ventricular function and pulmonary pressure in the neonatal omphalocele population. American Journal of Perinatology. 2020 Mar 20. doi: 10.1055/s-0040-1708048. PMID: 32198744. IF: 1.47

4. Sommer J, Nuyt AM, Audibert F, Dorval V, Wavrant S, Lapointe A*, Altit G*. Renal functional markers in extremely premature infants with and without twin-twin transfusion syndrome. J Perinatol. 2020;40(2):256–262. PMID: 31616050. DOI: 10.1038/s41372-019-0524-5. IF: 2.48

5. Altit G, Bhombal S, Feinstein J, Hopper RK, Tacy TA. Diminished right ventricular function at diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension is associated with mortality in bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Pulm Circ. 2019;9(3):2045894019878598. PMID: 31662848. DOI: 10.1177/2045894019878598. IF: 2.21

6. Altit G, Levy PT. Cardiopulmonary Impact of Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy in Newborn Infants: The Emerging Role of Early Hemodynamic Assessment in Determining Adverse Neurological Outcomes. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2019. PMID: 31365838. DOI: 10.1164/rccm.201907-1344ED. IF=17.45

7. Tapiero, B., Décarie, J. C., Crevier, L., Altit, G. (2019). An unexpected disease presenting as a pediatric cerebellar mass. Radiology of Infectious Diseases. DOI: 10.1016/j.jrid.2019.06.001 Elsevier.

8. Altit G, Bhombal S, Hopper RK, Tacy TA, Feinstein J. Death or resolution: the "natural history" of pulmonary hypertension in bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Journal of perinatology: official journal of the California Perinatal Association. 2019;39(3):415-25. PMID: 30617286. DOI: 10.1038/s41372-018-0303-8. IF: 2.48

9. Altit G, Bhombal S, Van Meurs K, Tacy TA. Diminished Cardiac Performance in Neonates with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. Pediatr Cardiol. 2018 Jun;39(5):993-1000. PMID: 29523920 DOI: 10.1007/s00246-018-1850-7. IF: 1.58

10. Altit G, Bhombal S, Chock VY, Tacy TA. Immediate Postnatal Ventricular Performance Is Associated with Mortality in Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Pediatr Cardiol. 2018 Sep 3. PMID: 30178190 DOI: 10.1007/s00246-018-1974-9. IF: 1.58

11. Sommer J, Nuyt AM, Audibert F, Dorval V, Wavrant S, Altit G*, Lapointe A* Outcomes of extremely premature infants with twin-twin transfusion syndrome treated by laser therapy. J Perinatol. 2018 Nov;38(11):1548-1555. PMID: 30177860 DOI: 10.1038/s41372-018-0202-z. IF: 2.48.

12. Altit G, Bhombal S, Tacy TA, Chock VY. End-organ saturation differences in early neonatal transition for left versus right-sided congenital heart disease. Neonatology. 2018;114(1):53-61. PMID: 29649824 DOI: 10.1159/000487472. IF: 2.74

13. Altit G, Basso O, Grandi SM, Yang S. Letter to the Editor. J Perinatol. 2018 Jun;38(6):767. PMID: 29467519. DOI: 10.1038/s41372-018-0083-1. IF: 2.48

14. Altit G, Chong Lee H, Hintz S, Tacy TA, Feinstein J, Bhombal S. Practices surrounding pulmonary hypertension and bronchopulmonary dysplasia amongst neonatologists caring for premature infants. J Perinatol. 2017 Dec 12. PMID 29234146. DOI: 10.1038/s41372-017-0025-3. IF: 2.48 15. Altit G, Bhombal S, Van Meurs K, Tacy TA. Ventricular Performance Is Associated with Need for ECMO in Newborns with CDH. J Pediatr. 2017. PMID 29037794- DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2017.08.060. IF: 3.7

16. Altit G, Vigny-Pau M, Barrington K, Dorval V, Lapointe A. Corticosteroid therapy in neonatal management of shock. Am J Perinatol. 2017. Jan; 35(2): 146-151 PMID: 28838003 DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1606188. IF: 1.47

17. Barrington J, Finer N, Pennaforte T, Altit G. Nitric oxide for respiratory failure in infants born at or near term. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2017 Jan 5;1(1):CD000399. PMID: 28056166; DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD000399.pub3. Contribution: Data collection and analysis, drafted the manuscript. IF:7.89

18. Altit G, Dancea A, Renaud C, Perreault T, Lands L. C, Sant’Anna G. Pathophysiology, screening and diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension in infants with bronchopulmonary dysplasia - A review of the literature. Paediatr Respir Rev 2017; 23: 16-26. PMID: 27986502; DOI: 10.1016/j.prrv.2016.11.002. IF: 2.72

19. Altit G, Milot M. Images in clinical medicine. Peristaltic waves in pyloric stenosis. N Engl J Med. 2013; 369(14): e18 PMID: 24088114 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMicm1214572. IF: 70.67

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