Samara Zavalkoff, MDCM, FRCPC, FAAP, Pediatric Intensivist

Intensive Care
Fun fact about me 

I was once a patient at the Montreal Children's Hospital.

I love working with children and their families because 
One hundred years from now, it won't matter what car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much I had in my bank account, nor what my clothes looked like, but, the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child.

Hospital information

Other appointments 

Pediatric Intensive Care, Quality improvement Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation physician

Community Involvement 

Ski for the Children's, Board of Directors



Med-P, McGill University

Medical Degree 

McGill University


McGill University (Montreal Children's Hospital)


McGill University- Pediatric Critical Care University of Melbourne- Pediatric Critical Care, specialization in Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation


Research interests 

Quality improvement/ Patient safety Simulation training in resuscitation Anticoagulation in the pediatric intensive care unit

Selected publications 

"We Should Talk"-Moving knowledge into action by learning to engage patients, families, and healthcare staff to communicate for patient safety. Dubrovsky AS, Bishop A, Biron A, Cunningham-Allard G, DeCivita F, Fima A, Korah N, Marchionni C, Proulx MC, Toman P, Tsirgiotis S, Zavalkoff S. Healthc Manage Forum. 2016 Jul;29(4):141-5. doi: 10.1177/0840470416641119. Epub 2016 Jun 6.

Presence of a Physician Safety Champion Is Associated with a Reduction in Urinary Catheter Utilization in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Zavalkoff S, Korah N, Quach C. PLoS One. 2015 Dec 14;10(12):e0144222. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0144222. eCollection 2015.
Crib of Horrors: One Hospital's Approach to Promoting a Culture of Safety. Korah N, Zavalkoff S, Dubrovsky AS. Pediatrics. 2015 Jul;136(1):4-5. doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-3843. Epub 2015 Jun 1.