Medical Advisory Committee

Dr. Ari Bitnun

Dr. Sean (Ari) Bitnun is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Toronto and a staff physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). His main areas of interest are pediatric HIV, congenital infections and infections of the central nervous system. He is the Director of the Family-Centered HIV Clinic and the Congenital and perinatal Infection Clinic at SickKids.

Dr. Isabelle Boucoiran

Dr. Isabelle Boucoiran is Clinical Associate Professor at Université de Montréal (UdeM). She graduated at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France) in 2010. After a maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at UdeM and a fellowship in reproductive infectious diseases at the University of British-Columbia, she joined the Public Health School of UdeM and the obstetrics and gynecology department of the CHU Sainte-Justine where she is co-director of the Women and Children Infectious Disease Centre, a provincial referral centre for congenital infections. She is a member of the SOGC infectious diseases committee. Her main research interests are infectious diseases in obstetrics-gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine.

Dr. Jason Brophy

Dr. Brophy is a Clinician Investigator at the CHEO Research Institute and an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Brophy completed his medical degree and his pediatrics residency at Memorial University in Newfoundland, and his infectious diseases fellowship and CIHR-Canadian HIV Trials Network Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto. He also earned a master’s degree in health research methodology from McMaster University, and a Diploma of Tropical Medicine. He has a special interest in CMV research and has been a driving force behind Ontario’s universal CMV Screening program.

Dr. Eliana Castillo

Dr. Eliana Castillo is Clinical Associate Professor at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. Her medical and teaching practice focuses on medical disorders in pregnancy and reproductive infectious disease. She has been active in the areas of congenital CMV infection, immunization during pregnancy and maternal mortality at a local and national level through her work with the Society of Obstetrics and Gynecologists of Canada, Alberta Perinatal Health Program and National Advisory Committee for Immunization.

Dr. Jessica Dunn

Dr. Jessica Dunn, MD, MPH, FRCPC is a Pediatric Infectious Disease specialist at Alberta Children’s Hospital and Clinical Assistant Professor at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. She earned her medical degree and Master of Public Health at Boston University, then pursued her Pediatric and Infectious Diseases post-graduate training at the University of Ottawa. She played a key role in the development of Newborn Screening Ontario’s CMV screening program as a risk factor for hearing loss, the first of its kind in the world, and continues to serve as the medical lead for this provincial program.

Dr. Soren Gantt

Soren Gantt, MD, PhD, MPH, is a Pediatric Infectious Diseases specialist, the Director of Clinical Research at CHU Ste-Justine and Professor of Microbiology and Pediatrics at the University of Montreal. Dr. Gantt completed the Medical Scientist Training Program at New York University, followed by a residency in Pediatrics and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Gantt’s main research focus is on how CMV is transmitted and the development of vaccines to prevent congenital CMV infection.​

Dr. Fatima Kakkar

Dr. Fatima Kakkar is an infectious diseases pediatrician and clinician researcher at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Sainte-Justine, as well as an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Université de Montréal. She earned her medical degree at McGill University, followed by a residency in pediatrics at Western University, a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Toronto, and a masters of Public Health at Harvard. She is co-director of the Women and Children Infectious Disease Centre in Montreal. The centre is dedicated to improving the lives of pregnant women and young mothers infected with a virus transmissible to the baby, as well as their children. Dr. Kakkar’s research interests include cCMV, mother-child infections and epidemiology.

Marie Pigeon, M.Sc.A.

Marie Pigeon received her degree from McGill University School of Human Communication Disorders. She provides support in the development and implementation of program protocols, training, and continuous quality improvement for the Ontario Infant Hearing Program. Marie is proud to be a part of the clinical group that worked to both conceptualize and operationalize risk factor screening for permanent hearing loss, which includes CMV, in Ontario. Marie provides clinical care in the Audiology Department at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).