Brigitte Lemyre


Brigitte Lemyre
Associate Professor of Paediatrics, University of Ottawa and Neonatologist ,Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Newborn Care

Dr. Brigitte Lemyre


I completed my medical school at Université de Sherbrooke in 1993, and Pediatrics residency at the same institution in 1997.  After a short time working as a consultant pediatrician in a community hospital, I completed a fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at McMaster University in 2000.  I have been a member of the Departments of Pediatrics at CHEO and Gynecology, Obstetrics and Newborn Care at The Ottawa Hospital since 2001.

I have led clinical trials examining the effect of a topical anesthetic to reduce pain during placement of central venous lines and blood work (CIHR grant and PSI grant), comparing different non-invasive forms of respiratory support in extremely premature infants (CIHR grant) and comparing different surfactants in premature infants (CHAMO Innovation Grant).  I am currently co-leading initiatives aiming to provide better counselling and support to parents at high risk of delivering extremely prematurely. I have been a member of the Fetus and Newborn Committee, Canadian Pediatric Society for the last 2 years, and been involved in updating and creating several position statements.

Patient Care Philosophy

I try to listen to parents’ concerns and to be attentive to their distress, as the NICU can be a stressful and frightening experience.  I see parents as partners in care and value their opinion in making decisions for their infant(s).

Selected Publications

  • B. Lemyre, T. Daboval, S. Dunn, M. Kekewich, G. Jones, D. Wang, M. Mason-Ward, GP Moore. Shared decision making for extremely premature birth:  development of a prognosis-based guideline. J Perinatol (12 May 2016) | doi:10.1038/jp.2016.81
  • D. Millar, B. Lemyre, BA. Yoder, A. Chiu, R. Roberts, H. Kirpalani. Delivery of Non-Invasive Respiratory Support: A Comparison of Bilevel- and Ventilator-Delivered Nasal Intermittent Positive Pressure Ventilation in Extremely Low Birth Weight Infants. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed 2016;101(1):21-25
  • B. Lemyre, M. Sample, T. Lacaze-Masmonteil. Minimizing blood loss and the need for transfusions in premature infants. Paediatrics and Child Health 2015;20(8):451-462
  • N. Binepal, B. Lemyre, S. Dunn, T. Daboval, M. Aglipay, S. Leduc, G. Moore. Quality Appraisal of International Guidelines on the Perinatal Care of Extremely Premature Infants. Current Pediatric Reviews 2015;11(2):126-134
  • B. Lemyre, PG Davis, AG DePaoli, H. Kirpalani.  NIPPV vs NCPAP for extubation of premature infants.  Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2014 Sep 4;9:CD003212. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD003212.pub2. Review
  • S. Samiee, J. Feberova, SL Perkins, K. Williams, B. Lemyre. Comparison of serum bilirubin measurement and transcutaneous bilirubin measured with the JM-103 in the newborn infant in their ability to predict severe hyperbilirubinemia. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2014 Nov;99(6):F480-4
  • Sun, X, Nan, J. Harrold, SE Lawrence, SL Perkins, N. Barrowman, B. Lemyre.  Reference range for TSH and free T4 (FT4) in very low birth weight (VLBW) infants at 3-5 weeks of life. Clin Biochem 2014;47(1-2):16-8
  • G. Moore, B. Lemyre, N. Barrowman, T. Daboval. Neurodevelopmental outcomes of 22-25 wks GA infants at ≥ 2 years: a meta-analysis. JAMA Pediatrics 2013;167(10):967-74
  • H. Kirpalani, D. Millar. B. Lemyre, BA. Yoder, A. Chiu. RS. Roberts. A trial to compare non-invasive ventilation strategies in preterm infants. NEJM 2013 Aug 15;369(7):611-20
  • Moore GP, Lawrence SL, Sumner A, Gaboury I, Lemyre B. Therapeutic strategies, including a high surgical ligation rate, for patent ductus arteriosus closure in 23+0 to 26+6 week gestational-age infants in a North American center.  Pediatrics and Child Health 2012;17(4)

Fields of Interest

  • Respiratory distress
  • Neonatal lung disease
  • Non-invasive respiratory support
  • Neonatal encephalopathy
  • Decision-making at the limit of viability
  • Premature neonates
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