Wissam Shalish, MD, FRCP, Neonatologist, PhD Candidate in Experimental Medicine, McGill University

Fun fact about me 

I enjoy hiking and exploring the great outdoors.

I love working with children and their families because 
I love working with children and their families because they teach me a lot about the meaning of love, resilience and sacrifice.

Hospital information

Awards and distinctions 
  • 2021 New Investigator Start-up Funding, Montreal Children’s Hospital
  • 2021 New Investigator Start-up Funding, RI-MUHC
  • 2020 The More Hugs, No More Wires, Smart Hospital Grant, Montreal Children’s Hopsital Foundation
  • 2020 Career Start-Up and Mentorship Program Grant, Quebec Respiratory Health Research Network
  • 2019 the Dream Pilot Project, Fondation des étoiles
  • 2015 Doctorate Award, Fonds de recherche Sante Quebec (FRSQ)
Academic appointments 

Clinician-Scientist, Department of Pediatrics, the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center
Associate Member, Division of Experimental Medicine Attending Physician, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, Montreal Children’s Hospital Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatric
Assistant Professor, McGill University

Other appointments 

Member, Society for Pediatric Research
Member, Quebec Respiratory Health Network



McGill University

Medical Degree 

McGill University


Pediatric Residency - Montreal Children's Hospital


Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine - Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto


Research interests 

My research focuses on using biomedical signals for better understanding and improving various aspects of respiratory care in preterm infants, including weaning from mechanical ventilation, non-invasive respiratory support provision and respiratory control of breathing.

Research foci 

1. Detection of Respiratory Events using Acoustic Monitoring in preterm infants on continuous positive airway pressure: the DREAM Pilot Project.

2. Post-Extubation Assessment of Clinical Stability in Extremely Preterm Infants (PEACE). 3. The ‘More Hugs, No more Wires, Smart Pajamas’ Project.

External website 


Selected publications 

Shalish W, Latremouille S, Papenburg J, Sant’Anna GM. Predictors of extubation readiness in preterm infants: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed 2019 Jan;104(1)F89-F97.

Shalish W, Kanbar L, Kovacs L, Chawla S, Keszler M, Rao S, Panaitescu BA, Laliberte A, Precup D, Brown K, Kearney RE, Sant’Anna GM. The impact of time interval between extubation and reintubation on death or bronchopulmonary dysplasia in extremely preterm infants. J Pediatr [epub ahead of print].

Shalish W, Kanbar L, Keszler M, Chawla S, Kovacs L, Rao S, Panaitescu BA, Laliberte A, Precup D, Brown K, Kearney RE, Sant’Anna GM. Patterns of reintubation in extremely preterm infants: A longitudinal cohort study. Pediatr Res 2018 May;83(5):969-975.