December | Dr Michael Shevell
Meet Dr Michael Shevell, MD,CM, FRCP, FCAHS, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics & Pediatrician-in-Chief at the McGill University and Montreal Children’s Hospital,
After the year we’ve had, we decided to end it off with a bang.
Meet ‘’Mr Sunshine’’, Dr Michael Shevell.
He is the neurologist that has been following my son who was diagnosed with benign epilepsy variant a couple of years ago. Extremely knowledgeable, excellent bedside manner and great with kids. The minute you meet him, you feel at ease and can sit and talk to him for what feels like hours. We panicked last year when we found out that he was on leave due to heart problems which resulted in heart surgery. When we spoke after he returned , he mentioned what a miracle it was that he didn’t have any heart attacks while traveling the world. From China to Iceland to Kazakhstan toNew Zealand (in 2019 alone !), you name it, he’s been there. Always tanned and jovial, I always start my visit by asking him where he’s coming back from.
This family man has been practicing medicine for the past 30 years and is clearly in his element and right where he belongs. Dr Shevell has devoted his practice to treat some of the most important people in our lives… our children who are often scared while walking in but within seconds, he makes them feel at ease.
He graduated from McGill in 1984 and finished his residency training in pediatrics and neurology and went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular (medical) genetics. This laboratory experience gave him a solid appreciation of basic and clinical research.
We asked Dr Shevell what made him decide to go into medicine, he says “its hard to beat the combination of helping people, making a difference, intellectual challenge and life-long learning.
He says he’s passionate about the kids and families he gets to see and watching them grow.
His favorite part of the job is the kids, the kids, the kids.
JETELOVE asked what are his biggest challenges during this Covid era? Providing quality engaged care within the constraints of most necessary infection control measures
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? On a beach or an exotic locale with my wife, kids and grandkids (first one expected in 2021 !) by my side telling the same Dad’s jokes.
Thank you Dr Shevell for your light heartedness. It’s inspiring!
The world needs it now more than ever. #montrealtelove