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 

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. 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 

Dr. Jesse Papenburg - IDIGH Program,

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

  • 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
  • Papenburg J, Charland KM, De Serres G, Buckeridge DL. The accuracy and timeliness of neuraminidase inhibitor dispensing data for predicting laboratory-confirmed influenza. Epidemiol Infect. 2016 Jun;144(8):1592-600. PMID: 26611607
  •  Chartrand C, Tremblay N, Renaud C, Papenburg J. Diagnostic accuracy of rapid antigen detection tests for respiratory syncytial virus infection: systematic review and meta-analysis. J Clin Microbiol. 2015 Dec;53(12):3738-49. PMID: 24562747.
  • 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. 2013. Sep;163(3):911-3. PMID: 23639327.