null Marc Beltempo, MD, M.Sc., FRCPC

Scientist, RI-MUHC, Glen site

Child Health and Human Development Program

Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University

Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, MUHC



neonatology • prematurity • health-care services research • health outcomes research • quality improvement

Research Focus

My research focuses on evaluating how the organization of work affects outcomes of infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. There are significant variations in rates of mortality and morbidity of preterm infants among neonatal intensive care units in Canada. Important contributors to these variations in outcomes include variations in practice and in the organization of the units. Using clinical and administrative databases, we are studying the effects of different healthcare delivery models, team composition and resource allocation (nurse-to-patient ratios, physician-to-patient ratios and other healthcare providers) on quality of care and efficiency in the neonatal intensive care unit. The main objective is to improve quality of care and improve efficiency in the delivery of care. Further, I conduct collaborative research with the Canadian Neonatal Network (CNN), the Evidence-based Practice for Improving Quality (EPIQ) and the Canadian Neonatal Follow Up Network (CNFUN) with the aim of better understanding predictors of neonatal outcomes and improving quality of care of preterm infants.

Selected Publications

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  • Soullane S, Patel S, Claveau M, Wazneh L, Sant'Anna G, Beltempo M. Fluid status in the first 10 days of life and death/bronchopulmonary dysplasia among preterm infants. Pediatr Res. 2021 Apr 6;. doi: 10.1038/s41390-021-01485-8. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 33824447.

  • Lee SK, Beltempo M, McMillan DD, Seshia M, Singhal N, Dow K, Aziz K, Piedboeuf B, Shah PS. Outcomes and care practices for preterm infants born at less than 33 weeks' gestation: a quality-improvement study. CMAJ. 2020 Jan 27;192(4):E81-E91. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.190940. PMID: 31988152.

  • Debay A, Patel S, Wintermark P, Claveau M, Olivier F, Beltempo M. Association of Delivery Room and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Intubation, and Number of Tracheal Intubation Attempts with Death or Severe Neurological Injury among Preterm Infants. Am J Perinatol. 2020 Oct 19;. doi: 10.1055/s-0040-1718577. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 33075843.

  • Lemieux-Bourque C, Piedboeuf B, Gignac S, Taylor-Ducharme S, Julien AS, Beltempo M. Comparison of Three Nursing Workload Assessment Tools in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Their Association with Outcomes of Very Preterm Infants. Am J Perinatol. 2020 Oct 14;. doi: 10.1055/s-0040-1718571. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 33053592.

  • Beltempo M, Wintermark P, Lemyre B, Shalish W, Martel-Bucci A, Narvey M, Ng EH, Guillot M, Shah PS. Predictors of Severe Neurologic Injury on Ultrasound Scan of the Head and Risk Factor-based Screening for Infants Born Preterm. J Pediatr. 2019 Nov;214:27-33.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2019.06.065. Epub 2019 Jul 31. PMID: 31377043.