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Helene Flageole

Research Interests

  • Quality improvement
  • Newborn and fetal medicine
  • Clinical research aimed at improving the quality of research in pediatric surgery through the use of better methodology and multi-center studies
  • Congenital anomalies are of particular interest
  • Also interested in research education


  • Chief - McMaster Children's Hospital, Department of Pediatric Surgery
  • Active Staff - Hamilton Health Sciences Cooperation, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Chair - Pediatric Surgical Chiefs of Canada

Featured Publications

  • Shawyer A, Pemberton J, Kanters DM, Alnaqi A, Flageole H. Quality of reporting of the literature on gastrointestinal reflux after repair of esophageal atresia-tracheoesophageal fistula. J Pediatr Surg. 2015;50(7):1099-103. 
  • Flageole H, Kanters DM, Tan CN, Pemberton J. The level of evidence keeps improving: an updated analysis of the scientific program at the Canadian Association of Paediatric Surgeons annual meeting. J Pediatr Surg. 2015;50(5):815-8. 
  • Shawyer A, Hatchell A, Pemberton J, Flageole H. Compliance with published recommendations for postoperative antibiotic management of children with appendicitis: a chart audit. J Pediatr Surg. 2015; 50(5):783-5. 
  • Flageole H, Pemberton J. Post-Operative Impact of Nasogastric Tubes on length of stay in infants with pyloric Stenosis (POINTS): a prospective randomized controlled pilot trial. J Pediatr Surg. 2015 [Epub ahead of print]. 
  • Shawyer A, D’Souza J, Pemberton J, Zequeira, Flageole H. The management of postoperative reflux in congenital esophageal atresia-tracheoesophageal fistula: a systematic review. Pediatr Surg Int. 2014; 30(10):987-96. 
  • Shawyer AC, Pemberton J, Flageole H. Post-operative management of esophageal atresia-trachoesophaeal fistula and gastroesophageal reflux: A Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgeons annual meeting survey. J Pediatr Surg. 2014; 49(5):716-9. 
  • Shawyer AC, Flageole H. An unusal case of an intraabdominal esophageal atresia without tracheoesophageal fistula. J Pediatr Surg Case Rep. 2013; 1(8): 220-222. 
  • Al-Tokhais T, Hsieh H, Pemberton J, Elnahas A, Puligandla P, Flageole H. Antibiotics administration before enema reduction of intussusceptions: is it necessary? J Pediatr Surg. 2012; 47(5):928-30. 
  • Brindle ME, Flageole H, Wales PW. Influence of maternal factors on health outcomes in gastroschisis: a Canadian population-based study. Neonatol. 2012; 102(1):45-52.
  • Churchill P, Otal D, Ali A, Pemberton J, Flageole H, Walton JM. Understanding sclerotherapy treatment options for lymphangioma in children: a scoping review. J Pediatr Surg. 2011; 46(5):912-923. 


  • MD, McGill University
  • MSc, Surgical Research, McGill University
  • General Surgery Residency, McGill University
  • Pediatric General Surgery Residency, McGill University
  • Endoscopic Fetal Surgery Fellowship, Catholic University, Belgium



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