Overview

As a clinical scientist, I focus on research with direct clinical relevance to my area of practice: pediatric surgery. I engage in systematic reviews of available evidence and perform high impact single or multi-institutional clinical trials concerning congenital or acquired surgical conditions in children. A secondary goal of my research is the support of family-centered care through the design and creation of new technology tools (Apps, websites) - as an example, see myfirstsurgery.com.

Publications

Ovarian torsion in pediatric and adolescent patients: A systematic review.
Journal of pediatric surgery
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2017.10.053
PubMed: 29153467
11/2017

Risk stratification in pediatric perforated appendicitis: Prospective correlation with outcomes and resource utilization
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Yasmine Yousef, Fouad Youssef, Trish Dinh, Kartikey Pandya, Hayden Stagg, Michael Homsy, Robert Baird, Jean-Martin Laberge, Dan Poenaru, Pramod Puligandla, Kenneth Shaw, Sherif Emil
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2017.11.023
11/2017

Development and validation of a new pediatric resuscitation and trauma outcome (PRESTO) model using the U.S. National Trauma Data Bank
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Etienne St-Louis, David Bracco, James Hanley, Tarek Razek, Robert Baird
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2017.10.039
10/2017

Surgical management of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in children: A systematic review.
Journal of pediatric surgery
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2016.09.072
PubMed: 27823773
08/2017

Radiation Exposure and Attributable Cancer Risk in Patients with Esophageal Atresia
Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Yasmine Yousef, Robert Baird
DOI: 10.1097/mpg.0000000000001701
07/2017

Optimizing the assessment of pediatric injury severity in low-resource settings: Consensus generation through a modified Delphi analysis
Injury
Etienne St-Louis, Dan Leon Deckelbaum, Robert Baird, Tarek Razek
DOI: 10.1016/j.injury.2017.03.013
06/2017

Treatment of congenital pulmonary airway malformations: a systematic review from the APSA outcomes and evidence based practice committee
Pediatric Surgery International
DOI: 10.1007/s00383-017-4098-z
PubMed: 28589256
06/2017

Loop versus divided colostomy for the management of anorectal malformations: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Fouad Youssef, Ghaidaa Arbash, Pramod S. Puligandla, Robert J. Baird
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2017.01.044
05/2017

Outcome prediction in gastroschisis – The gastroschisis prognostic score (GPS) revisited
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Pramod S. Puligandla, Robert Baird, Eric D. Skarsgard, Sherif Emil, Jean-Martin Laberge
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2017.01.017
05/2017

Gastrojejunostomy tube complications — A single center experience and systematic review
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
James Morse, Robert Baird, Karl Muchantef, Dominique Levesque, Veronique Morinville, Pramod S. Puligandla
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2017.01.026
05/2017

Success and duration of dynamic bracing for pectus carinatum: A four-year prospective study
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Sherif Emil, Marika Sévigny, Kathleen Montpetit, Robert Baird, Jean-Martin Laberge, Jade Goyette, Ian Finlay, Guylaine Courchesne
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2016.10.032
01/2017

Standardization of care for pediatric perforated appendicitis improves outcomes
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Yasmine Yousef, Fouad Youssef, Michael Homsy, Trish Dinh, Kartikey Pandya, Hayden Stagg, Robert Baird, Jean-Martin Laberge, Dan Poenaru, Pramod Puligandla, Kenneth Shaw, Sherif Emil
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2017.08.054
2017

Systematic review and need assessment of pediatric trauma outcome benchmarking tools for low-resource settings
Pediatric Surgery International
Etienne St-Louis, Jade Séguin, Daniel Roizblatt, Dan Leon Deckelbaum, Robert Baird, Tarek Razek
DOI: 10.1007/s00383-016-4024-9
11/2016

Esophageal Atresia and Tracheoesophageal Fistula
Fundamentals of Pediatric Surgery
Robert Baird, Jean-Martin Laberge
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-27443-0_30
10/2016

Partnership in fellowship: Comparative analysis of pediatric surgical training and evaluation of a fellow exchange between Canada and Kenya
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Robert Baird, Dan Poenaru, Michael Ganey, Erik Hansen, Sherif Emil
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2016.06.002
10/2016

Flap versus fascial closure for gastroschisis: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Fouad Youssef, Andrew Gorgy, Ghaidaa Arbash, Pramod S. Puligandla, Robert J. Baird
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2016.02.010
05/2016

Pain control after pediatric surgery: learning from the past to perfect the future
Pain Management
Pablo Ingelmo, Gonzalo Rivera, Robert Baird
DOI: 10.2217/pmt.15.51
01/2016

Pain After Surgical Correction of Congenital Chest Wall Deformities
Perioperative Medicine in Pediatric Anesthesia
Robert Baird, Pablo M. Ingelmo
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-21960-8_9
2016

Management of bladder exstrophy using the mainz Ii procedure in a resource-limited setting
Canadian Journal of Surgery
08/2015

A retrospective review of enteral nutrition support practices at a tertiary pediatric hospital: A comparison of prolonged nasogastric and gastrostomy tube feeding.
Clinical nutrition (Edinburgh, Scotland)
DOI: 10.1016/j.clnu.2014.07.007
PubMed: 25074015
08/2015

False-Positive Focused Abdominal Sonography in Trauma in a Hypotensive ChildCase Report
Pediatric Emergency Care
Isabelle Imamedjian, Robert Baird, Alexander Sasha Dubrovsky
DOI: 10.1097/pec.0000000000000465
06/2015

A systematic review and meta-analysis of gastrostomy insertion techniques in children
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Laura Baker, Alana L. Beres, Robert Baird
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2015.02.021
05/2015

The correlation between the time spent in utero and the severity of bowel matting in newborns with gastroschisis
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Fouad Youssef, Jean Martin Laberge, Robert J. Baird
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2015.02.030
05/2015

A risk-stratified comparison of fascial versus flap closure techniques on the early outcomes of infants with gastroschisis
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Claudia N. Emami, Fouad Youssef, Robert J. Baird, Jean-Martin Laberge, Erik D. Skarsgard, Pramod S. Puligandla
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2014.10.009
01/2015

The Esophageal Anastomotic Stricture Index (EASI) for the management of esophageal atresia
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Linda Yi-Chan Sun, Jean-Martin Laberge, Yasmine Yousef, Robert Baird
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2014.10.008
01/2015

Determinants of postoperative abscess occurrence and percutaneous drainage in children with perforated appendicitis.
Pediatric surgery international
DOI: 10.1007/s00383-014-3617-4
PubMed: 25362478
12/2014

Congenital lung malformations: Informing best practice
Seminars in Pediatric Surgery
Robert Baird, Pramod S. Puligandla, Jean-Martin Laberge
DOI: 10.1053/j.sempedsurg.2014.09.007
10/2014

Comparative outcome analysis of the management of pediatric intussusception with or without surgical admission
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Alana L. Beres, Robert Baird, Eleanor Fung, Helen Hsieh, Maria Abou-Khalil, J. Ted Gerstle
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2014.02.059
05/2014

Inter-rater agreement in the evaluation of abdominal radiographs for necrotizing enterocolitis
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Sherif El-Kady, Dara Petel, Robert Baird
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2014.02.058
05/2014

A pilot investigation of a pediatric surgery journal club
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
William Shihao Lao, Pramod Puligandla, Robert Baird
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2014.02.068
05/2014

Evaluation of aortopexy in the management of severe tracheomalacia after esophageal atresia repairAortopexy in severe tracheomalacia
Diseases of the Esophagus
E. Kay-Rivest, R. Baird, J.-M. Laberge, P. S. Puligandla
DOI: 10.1111/dote.12179
01/2014

A pilot investigation of feeding problems in children with esophageal atresiaFeeding in esophageal atresia
Diseases of the Esophagus
R. Baird, D. Levesque, R. Birnbaum, M. Ramsay
DOI: 10.1111/dote.12178
01/2014

Benefits of an abridged antibiotic protocol for treatment of gangrenous appendicitis
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Layla Shbat, Sherif Emil, Sherif Elkady, Robert Baird, Jean-Martin Laberge, Pramod Puligandla, Kenneth Shaw
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2014.09.039
2014

Transitioning from stiff chest tubes to soft pleural catheters: prospective assessment of a practice change.
European journal of pediatric surgery : official journal of Austrian Association of Pediatric Surgery ... [et al] = Zeitschrift fur Kinderchirurgie
DOI: 10.1055/s-0033-1333641
PubMed: 23444073
10/2013

A comparison of techniques for laparoscopic gastrostomy placement in children.
The Journal of surgical research
DOI: 10.1016/j.jss.2013.05.067
PubMed: 23845869
09/2013

An institutional analysis and systematic review with meta-analysis of pneumatic versus hydrostatic reduction for pediatric intussusception
Surgery
Alana L. Beres, Robert Baird
DOI: 10.1016/j.surg.2013.04.036
08/2013

Hearing loss in congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) survivors: Is it as prevalent as we think?
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Marnie Goodwin Wilson, Patricia Riley, Anne-Marie Hurteau, Robert Baird, Pramod S. Puligandla
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2013.02.007
05/2013

Refractory strictures post-esophageal atresia repair: what are the alternatives?Refractory stricture post-EA repair
Diseases of the Esophagus
D. Lévesque, R. Baird, J.-M. Laberge
DOI: 10.1111/dote.12047
05/2013

Second conference on esophageal atresia
Diseases of the Esophagus
05/2013

Abdominal wall closure in neonates after congenital diaphragmatic hernia repair
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Damian Maxwell, Robert Baird, Pramod Puligandla
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2013.02.008
05/2013

Anastomotic Stricture after Esophageal Atresia Repair: A Critical Review of Recent Literature
European Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Jean-Martin Laberge, Dominique Lévesque, Robert Baird
DOI: 10.1055/s-0033-1347917
05/2013

A systematic review and meta-analysis of caudal blockade versus alternative analgesic strategies for pediatric inguinal hernia repair
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Robert Baird, Marie-Pier Guilbault, Rachel Tessier, J. Mark Ansermino
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2013.02.030
05/2013

Imaging, radiation exposure, and attributable cancer risk for neonates with necrotizing enterocolitis
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Robert Baird, Rachel Tessier, Marie-Pier Guilbault, Pramod Puligandla, Christine Saint-Martin
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2013.02.016
05/2013

Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) mortality without surgical repair? A plea to clarify surgical ineligibility
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Marnie Goodwin Wilson, Alana Beres, Robert Baird, Jean-Martin Laberge, Erik D. Skarsgard, Pramod S. Puligandla
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2013.02.009
05/2013

Arterioesophageal Fistula After Stenting for Esophageal Atresia
Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Andrea Lo, Robert Baird, Paola De Angelis, Dominique Lévesque, Véronique Morinville, Giovanni Federici di Abriola, Tamara Caldero, Jean-Martin Laberge, Luigi Dall’Oglio
DOI: 10.1097/mpg.0b013e31824ffd7f
05/2013

The Role of Laparoscopy in the Management of Pediatric Inguinal Hernia
Hernias: Signs/Symptoms, Management and Surgical Complications
2013

An Institutional Analysis and Systematic Review With Meta-analysis of Pneumatic Versus Hydrostatic Reduction for Pediatric Intussusception
Journal of Surgical Research
2013

A Mixed Methodology Analysis of Caregiver Satisfaction Towards the Multidisciplinary Care of Children With Esophageal Atresia'sThe Importance of Caregiver Interactions
Journal of Surgical Research
2013

Laparoscopic treatment of isolated salpingeal torsion in children: case series and a 20-year review of the literature.
Journal of laparoendoscopic & advanced surgical techniques. Part A
DOI: 10.1089/lap.2011.0530
PubMed: 23067066
11/2012

Gangrenous appendicitis in children: a prospective evaluation of definition, bacteriology, histopathology, and outcomes.
The Journal of surgical research
DOI: 10.1016/j.jss.2012.03.010
PubMed: 22482763
09/2012

An analysis of early nonmortality outcome prediction in esophageal atresia
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Abdullah Alshehri, Andrea Lo, Robert Baird
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2012.01.041
05/2012

Pectus carinatum treatment in Canada: current practices
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Sherif Emil, Jean-Martin Laberge, David Sigalet, Robert Baird
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2012.01.035
05/2012

Single incision laparoscopic surgery for the treatment of ruptured ectopic pregnancy.
The American surgeon
PubMed: 22524732
03/2012

Foreign Bodies
Succeeding in Paediatric Surgery Examinations Volume 1 & 2
2012

Primary Peritonitis
Pediatric Surgery
Robert Baird, Jean-Martin Laberge
DOI: 10.1016/b978-0-323-07255-7.00097-0
2012

Shock
Succeeding in Paediatric Surgery Examinations Volume 1 & 2
2012

The use of laparoscopy in ventriculoperitoneal shunt revisions
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Kathryn Martin, Robert Baird, Jean-Pierre Farmer, Sherif Emil, Jean-Martin Laberge, Kenneth Shaw, Pramod Puligandla
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2011.07.001
11/2011

Success in the Pediatric Surgery Match: a survey of the 2010 applicant pool
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Alana Beres, Robert Baird, Pramod S. Puligandla
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2011.02.030
05/2011

Institutional practice and outcome variation in the management of congenital diaphragmatic hernia and gastroschisis in Canada: a report from the Canadian Pediatric Surgery Network
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Robert Baird, Gareth Eeson, Arash Safavi, Pramod Puligandla, Jean-Martin Laberge, Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2011.02.008
05/2011

Prematurity, not age at operation or incarceration, impacts complication rates of inguinal hernia repair
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Robert Baird, Suad Gholoum, Jean-Martin Laberge, Pramod Puligandla
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2011.02.059
05/2011

Paralysis of the rectus abdominis muscle after video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery for recurrent spontaneous pneumothorax
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Ioana Antonescu, Robert Baird
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2011.06.022
2011

Infectious complications in the management of gastroschisis
Pediatric Surgery International
Robert Baird, The Canadian Pediatric Surgical Network, Pramod Puligandla, Erik Skarsgard, Jean-Martin Laberge
DOI: 10.1007/s00383-011-3038-6
2011

Management of a giant omphalocele with an external skin closure system
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Robert Baird, Suad Gholoum, Jean-Martin Laberge, Pramod Puligandla
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2010.05.004
07/2010

The effect of in vitro tracheal occlusion on branching morphogenesis in fetal lung explants from the rat nitrofen model of congenital diaphragmatic hernia
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Jeremy R. Grushka, Saleh Al-Abbad, Robert Baird, Pramod Puligandla, Feige Kaplan, Jean-Martin Laberge
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2010.02.007
05/2010

Incarceration rates in pediatric inguinal hernia: do not trust the coding
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Suad Gholoum, Robert Baird, Jean-Martin Laberge, Pramod S. Puligandla
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2010.02.033
05/2010

Iatrogenic Horner syndrome after tube thoracostomy
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Robert Baird, Zainab Al-Balushi, Jeff Wackett, Sarah Bouchard
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2009.05.022
10/2009

Examining the use of the score for neonatal acute physiology with perinatal extension II (SNAPPE-II) as a therapeutic guide in very low birth weight (VLBW) neonates treated with peritoneal drainage for necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).
Journal of pediatric surgery
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2008.08.022
PubMed: 18970959
11/2008

The effect of tracheal occlusion on lung branching in the rat nitrofen CDH model.
The Journal of surgical research
DOI: 10.1016/j.jss.2007.07.019
PubMed: 17977557
08/2008

Mortality prediction in congenital diaphragmatic hernia
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Robert Baird, Ying C. MacNab, Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2007.12.012
05/2008

Topical mitomycin-C for recalcitrant esophageal strictures: a novel endoscopic/fluoroscopic technique for safe endoluminal delivery
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Manraj K.S. Heran, Robert Baird, Geoffrey K. Blair, Erik D. Skarsgard
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2007.12.017
05/2008

The role of laparotomy for intestinal perforation in very low birth weight infants
Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Robert Baird, Pramod S. Puligandla, Dickens St Vil, Sebastien Dube, Jean-Martin Laberge
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2006.05.018
09/2006

Lung branching in the Nitrofen rat model of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia with or without tracheal occlusion
Journal of Surgical Research
R. Baird, N. Khan, H. Flageole, M. Anselmo, P. Puligla, J. Laberge
DOI: 10.1016/j.jss.2005.11.358
02/2006

Percutaneous gastrostomy in patients with a ventriculoperitoneal shunt: case series and review.
Gastrointestinal endoscopy
DOI: 10.1016/s0016-5107(04)00004-5
PubMed: 15044902
04/2004

Research

Advancing Surgical Care of the Neonate with Sacrococcygeal Teratoma: Evidence, Action, and Advocacy
Sacrococcygeal teratoma (SCT) is a congenital disease whose treatment is dependent upon timely diagnosis, referral to an interdisciplinary pediatric surgical team within a tertiary setting, and complete surgical resection of the primary tumor and coccygectomy. Our international collaborators have observed that SCT is a rare diagnosis more commonly seen and surgically treated in Uganda than in Canada. This investigation involves a needs assessment on SCT followed by local capacity building, the creation of best care maps in low and high resource settings as well as the creation of an outcomes database.

An assessment of non-operative management strategies for gastrocutaneous fistulae
Gastrostomy tube placement is one of the most commonly performed procedures in pediatric surgery and serves as an important adjunct to the care of many vulnerable patients. Our group has recently demonstrated that the development of a persistent gastrocutaneous fistula (GCF) after gastrostomy removal complicates 33% of patients and traditionally requires a second operative intervention. This investigation is prospectively evaluating a regimen of nonoperative interventions designed to decrease the GCF rate.

Grants

2017 Rare Disease Foundation microgrant ($ 3,500): Advancing Surgical Care of the Neonate with Sacrococcygeal Teratoma: Evidence, Action, and Advocacy. Role: Contributor

2016 CIHR Team grant: CDH Canadian Consensus Project; Role: Contributor

2012 McGill Center for Biomedical Innovation (MCBI) Challenge Seed Grant: $10,000 - for design and creation of a health-related application. Role: Primary Investigator

Honours & Awards

2011: RCPSC Personal Development Grant

2011: McGill Tomlinson Postdoctoral Fellowship Award