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 

Kongkiattikul L, Dagenais M, Ruo N, Fontela P, Di Genova T, Zavalkoff S. The impact of a quality improvement project to standardize pain, agitation and withdrawal assessment on the use of morphine and midazolam in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Paediatr Anaesth 2019 Jan 21. doi: 10.1111/pan.13591

Zavalkoff, S., Shemie, S.D., Grimshaw, J.M. et al  on behalf of the Potential Organ Donation Identification and System Accountability (PODISA) Conference Participants. Potential Organ Donor Identification and System Accountability: Expert Guidance from a Canadian Consensus Conference. Can J Anesth/J Can Anesth (2018) epublished ahead of print.

"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.

Zavalkoff S, Razack S, Lavoie J and Dancea A. Handover after Pediatric Heart Surgery: A simple tool improves information exchange. Pediatr Crit Care Med 2011 May;12(3):309-13.