Laurie Plotnick, MDCM, FRCPC, Medical Director, Pediatric Emergency Department

Emergency Medicine
Fun fact about me 

I play classical guitar.

I love working with children and their families because 
I can make a difference for them and they make a difference to me.

Hospital information

Academic appointments 
  • Medical Director, Pediatric Emergency Department, Montreal Children’s Hospital, MUHC
  • Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
  • Associate Member, Institute of Health Sciences Education
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University



BSc Psychology, McGill University

Medical Degree 

McGill University


Pediatrics, Montreal Children's Hospital


Research interests 

Engaging retired physicians as teachers, clinical reasoning, learner assessment, innovative learning methods, mentorship, and gender-diverse leadership.

Selected publications 

Plotnick LH, Sternszus R, Macdonald ME, Steinert Y. Engaging Retired Physicians as Teachers: Motivations and Experiences. Academic Medicine, September 20, 2022, 10.1097/ACM.0000000000004981

Dory, V., Danoff, D., Plotnick, L.H., Cummings, B.-A., Gomez-Garibello, C., Pal, N.E., Gumuchian, S.T., Young, M., 2021. Does Educational Handover Influence Subsequent Assessment? Academic Medicine 2021 96(1): 118-125

Pelaccia T, Plotnick LH, Audétat MC, Nendaz M, Lubarsky S, Torabi N, Thomas A, Young M, Dory V. A Scoping Review of Physicians’ Clinical Reasoning in Emergency Departments, Annals of Emergency Medicine. 2020 Feb;75(2):206-217. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2019.06.023. Epub 2019 Aug 29

Bank I, Plotnick LH. A call to action: attention to paediatric-specific disaster preparedness. Archives of Disease in Childhood Published Online First: 08 October 2018. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2018-315461 

Plotnick LH, Zavalkoff S, Liben S, Ortenberg J, Pickering J, Ryan A, Chadwick I. Increasing Women in Medical Leadership: Gender-Discrepant Perceptions about Barrier and Strategies. Can J of Phys Leadership 2018; 5 (1): 48-56.