Dr. Sherif Emil is director of the division of pediatric general and thoracic surgery at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, associate chair for education and departmental citizenship in the Department of Pediatric Surgery, and professor of pediatric surgery, surgery, and pediatrics at McGill University. He also co-directs Canada’s first multidisciplinary Chest Wall Anomalies Clinic at the Shriners Hospital for Children.
Dr. Emil received his medical degree from McGill University and completed a residency in general surgery at Loma Linda University. During his residency, he spent two years in laboratory research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Following residency, he lectured at Loma Linda and completed a fellowship in pediatric surgery at McGill. Dr. Emil returned to California to join the surgical faculty at the University of California, Irvine, serving as chief of pediatric surgery until his move to Montreal Children’s.
Dr. Emil has published more than 90 manuscripts and several book chapters on many topics in pediatric surgery. He also has a passion for teaching and has been honored with several teaching awards. His article, “The Quest for Significance,” based on his 2010 School of Medicine commencement address at UC Irvine, was published in the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons and gained wide traction within the surgical community.
Dr. Emil is active in numerous professional organizations and has served as program chair for the surgical section of the American Academy of Pediatrics and chair of the workforce committee of the Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgeons. His many accomplishments led to his selection as one of America’s Best Doctors in 2007 and one of Canada’s Best Doctors for the years 2009 to 2014. Dr. Emil also serves on the board of Mercy Ships Canada. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Governor General of Canada for his service to children around the world and his academic accomplishments in pediatric surgery.