Dr. Sherif Emil is the Mirella and Lino Saputo Foundation Chair in Pediatric Surgical Education and Patient and Family-Centered Care in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, where he also serves as associate chair for education in the Department of Pediatric Surgery. Since 2008, Dr. Emil has served as the director of the Harvey E. Beardmore Division of Pediatric Surgery at The Montreal Children’s Hospital. He is the founding director of Canada’s first multidisciplinary Chest Wall Anomalies Center at the Shriners Hospital for Children, Canada, and is the pediatric surgery specialty consultant for Mercy Ships International. Dr. Emil served as the founding chair of the Canadian Consortium for Research in Pediatric Surgery (CanCORPS) from 2018 to 2023.
Dr. Emil was born in Cairo, Egypt, and grew up in several developing countries, where his parents practiced as physicians. He earned his medical degree from McGill University, and his surgical residency at Loma Linda University in California. After completing his pediatric surgery fellowship at McGill, he returned to California in 2001 to join the surgical faculty at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), where he led the Division of Pediatric Surgery from 2005 to 2008.
Dr. Emil has published more than 150 articles and chapters on pediatric surgery. In 2020, he published Clinical Pediatric Surgery: A Case-Based Interactive Approach. In 2012, Dr. Emil 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. In 2023, he was awarded the Montreal Children’s Hospital Award of Excellence in Leadership, an award presented approximately once every decade to an exceptional leader.