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 
Their strength in difficult situations is inspiring.

Hospital information

Awards and distinctions 

Chercheur-boursier clinicien junior 1 FRQ-S (Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé) : 2016-2020

2010 AMMI-Canada Post-Residency Fellowship

2010 Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons Canada Detweiler Travelling Fellowship

Academic appointments 

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

Associate Member, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University

Other appointments 

Junior Scientist, MUHC Research Institute (MUHC-RI): Infectious Disease and Immunity in Global Health (IDIGH) Program, Centre of Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE)

Investigator, MUHC Vaccine Study Centre



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 

Dr. Jesse Papenburg - IDIGH Program, [email protected]

Dr. Papenburg’s research focuses on the epidemiology, surveillance and diagnosis of severe viral respiratory infections among children in Québec and Canada.


Research foci 

  • Resource utilization in pediatric acute viral infections;
  • Urgent air transfers of children in Canadian Northern communities to tertiary care centres for lower respiratory tract infection;
  • Diagnostics and biomarkers to distinguish viral and bacterial acute respiratory infections;
  • Diagnostic accuracy of point-of-care tests for influenza and RSV;
  • Prevention strategies for viral respiratory infections, including RSV and influenza;
  • Clinical impact of molecular diagnostics for respiratory viruses and CNS pathogens;

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

Selected publications 

Papenburg J, Fontela PS, Freitas RR, Burstein B. Inappropriate antibiotic prescribing for acute bronchiolitis in US emergency departments, 2007-2015. J Ped Infect Dis Society. 2019. Jan 17. doi: 10.1093/jpids/piy131. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 30657968

Rahmouni El Idrissi K, Isabel S, Carbonneau J, Lafond M, Quach C, Caya C, Fontela P, Beltempo M, Boivin G, Lefebvre MA, Papenburg J. Molecular and epidemiologic investigation of a rhinovirus outbreak in a neonatal intensive care unit. Infection Control Hosp Epid. 2019 Feb;40(2):245-247.

Burstein B, Plint AC, Papenburg J. Use of radiography in patients diagnosed as having acute bronchiolitis in US emergency departments, 2007-2015. JAMA. 2018 Oct;320(15):1598-1600.

Tam J, Papenburg J, Fanella S, Asner S, Barton M, Bergeron C, Desai S, Hui C, Foo C, Langley JM, Leifso K, Ma M-L, Pernica J, Robinson J, Singh R, Tapiero B, Allen U.  Pediatric Investigators Collaborative Network on Infections in Canada (PICNIC) study of respiratory syncytial virus-associated deaths in pediatric patients in Canada: 2003 to 2013. Clin Infect Dis. 2019. Jan;68(1):113-119.

Merckx J, Wali R, Schiller I, Caya C, Gore G, Chartrand C, Dendukuri N, Papenburg J. Diagnostic accuracy of novel and traditional rapid tests for influenza infection compared to RT-PCR: systematic review and meta-analysis. Ann Intern Med. 2017. Sept 167(6): 394-409. PMID: 28869986

AlGhounaim M, Xiao Y, Caya C, Papenburg  J. Diagnostic yield and clinical impact of routine cell culture for respiratory viruses among children with a negative multiplex RT-PCR result.  J Clin Virol 2017. Sep;94:107-109. PMID: 28802185