Marc Beltempo, MD, MSc, FRCPC, Neonatologist

Fun fact about me 

I love CrossFit.


I love working with children and their families because 
Their journeys inspire me to be a better clinician, scientist and person.

Hospital information

Awards and distinctions 

2021 FRS-Q Subvention d’établissement de jeunes chercheurs cliniciens - Optimizing Resource Allocation in the NICU to Improve Outcomes of Very Preterm Infants

2020 Évaluation des besoins régionaux en néonatologie au Québec, Ministère de la santé et des services sociaux

2018 CIHR Operating Grant: Early Career Investigator Grants in Maternal, Reproductive, Child & Youth Health

2015-2016 Canadian Institute of Health Research, Graduate Scholarships

2016-2018 Fonds de Recherche Québec-Santé, Fellowship funding

2018 Robert Wood Johnson Award for individual achievements in health administration research

Academic appointments 

Scientist, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center Program Director, McGill Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Scholar Fellowship

Associate Member, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Coordinator, McGill Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Residency Research Rotation

Clinician-Scientist, McGill University Health Centre Research Institute

Other appointments 

Associate Director, Canadian Neonatal Network

Chair, Annual Report Committee, Canadian Neonatal Network

Chair, Database Committee, Canadian Neonatal Network

Executive committee, Canadian Neonatal Network



Université de Montréal, Medicine preparatory year

Medical Degree 

Université de Montréal


Université Laval, FRCPC Paediatrics


Université Laval, FRCPC Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Université de Montréal, MSc in Health Administration

Research fellowship, MiCare Research Centre, Mount Sinai Hospital, University of Toronto


Research interests 

[My research focuses on evaluating how the organization of work affects outcomes of infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. There are significant variations in rates of mortality and morbidity of preterm infants among neonatal intensive care units in Canada. Important contributors to these variations in outcomes include variations in practice and in the organization of the units. Using clinical and administrative databases, we are studying the effects of different healthcare delivery models, team composition and resource allocation (nurse-to-patient ratios, physician-to-patient ratios and other healthcare providers) on quality of care and efficiency in the neonatal intensive care unit. The main objective is to improve quality of care and improve efficiency in the delivery of care. Further, I conduct collaborative research with the Canadian Neonatal Network (CNN), the Evidence-based Practice for Improving Quality (EPIQ) and the Canadian Neonatal Follow Up Network (CNFUN) with the aim of better understanding predictors of neonatal outcomes and improving quality of care of preterm infants.


Neonatology • prematurity • health-care services research • health outcomes research • quality improvement

Selected publications 

Soullane S, Patel S, Claveau M, Wazneh L, Sant'Anna G, Beltempo M. Fluid status in the first 10 days of life and death/bronchopulmonary dysplasia among preterm infants. Pediatr Res. 2021 Apr 6;. doi: 10.1038/s41390-021-01485-8. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 33824447.

Lee SK, Beltempo M, McMillan DD, Seshia M, Singhal N, Dow K, Aziz K, Piedboeuf B, Shah PS. Outcomes and care practices for preterm infants born at less than 33 weeks' gestation: a quality-improvement study. CMAJ. 2020 Jan 27;192(4):E81-E91. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.190940. PMID: 31988152. Debay A, Patel S, Wintermark P, Claveau M, Olivier F, Beltempo M.

Association of Delivery Room and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Intubation, and Number of Tracheal Intubation Attempts with Death or Severe Neurological Injury among Preterm Infants. Am J Perinatol. 2020 Oct 19;. doi: 10.1055/s-0040-1718577. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 33075843.

Lemieux-Bourque C, Piedboeuf B, Gignac S, Taylor-Ducharme S, Julien AS, Beltempo M. Comparison of Three Nursing Workload Assessment Tools in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Their Association with Outcomes of Very Preterm Infants. Am J Perinatol. 2020 Oct 14;. doi: 10.1055/s-0040-1718571. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 33053592.

Beltempo M, Wintermark P, Lemyre B, Shalish W, Martel-Bucci A, Narvey M, Ng EH, Guillot M, Shah PS. Predictors of Severe Neurologic Injury on Ultrasound Scan of the Head and Risk Factor-based Screening for Infants Born Preterm. J Pediatr. 2019 Nov;214:27-33.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2019.06.065. Epub 2019 Jul 31. PMID: 31377043.

Beltempo M, Piedboeuf B, Platt RW, Barrington K, Bizgu V, , Shah P and the Canadian Neonatal Network. Association of resident duty hour reform and neonatal outcomes of very preterm infants. American Journal of Perinatology. 2017 Dec;34(14):1396-1404.

Beltempo M, Viel-Thériault, Thibault R, Piedboeuf B. C-Reactive Protein for Late-Onset Sepsis Diagnosis in Very Preterm Neonates. BMC Pediatrics. 2018 Jan 30;18(1):16.

Beltempo M, Lacroix G, Cabot M, Blais R, Piedboeuf B. Association of nursing overtime, nurse staffing and unit occupancy with medical incidents and outcomes of very preterm infants. Journal of Perinatology. 2018 Feb;38(2):175-180.

Beltempo M, Ye, X, Afifi J, Lee S, Shah P, McMillan D, on behalf of the Canadian Neonatal Network. SNAP-II for predicting mortality and morbidity in very preterm infants. Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine. 2018 Mar 12:1-8.