Media Invitation: Canadian Medical First

17-year old patient becomes first in Canada to undergo minimally invasive pectus carinatum repair thanks to multidisciplinary Chest Wall Anomaly Clinic which integrates members from Shriners Hospitals for Children-Canada and the Montreal Children’s Hospital 

Roughly 1 out of 1,500 children are affected by a condition called pectus carinatum, in which the chest wall is pushed outward. For patients like 17-year-old Mackenzie, this condition can be severe enough to be treated by doctors, who were previously limited to bracing the chest or performing invasive surgery. Thanks to a minimally invasive technique called a reverse Nuss procedure, Sherif Emil, M.D., CM, Director, Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery, The Montreal Children's Hospital and co-director of the chest wall anomalies clinic, recently performed the first surgery of its kind in Canada, allowing Mackenzie to enjoy more immediate results. Shriners Hospitals for Children®-Canada and the Montreal Children’s Hospitalwill host a media briefing to further explain this exciting medical first and to present the unique therapy partnership between the two institutions that allowed this procedure to take place. 

Date:    Wednesday August 20, 2014

Time:    11:15 am

Place:   Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada

1529 Cedar avenue

Montréal (Québec) H3G 1A6


Gemma Bélanger                                                                              

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Stephanie Tsirgiotis