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Marie-Claude GrégoireMD, MSc

Clinical Director, Division of Palliative Care, Assistant Professor


Email: mcg@dal.ca
Phone: 902-470-7262
Fax: 902-470-7216
Mailing Address: 
Palliative Care Services
IWK Health Centre
Children’s Site, K2102
5850/5980 University Avenue
PO Box 9700
Halifax, NS B3K 6R8

Office hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday–Friday (by appointment only)
Research Topics:
  • Palliative care
  • Pain
  • Dyspnea
  • Symptom management
  • Advance directives
  • Symptom assessment


  • Fellowship (Dalhousie University)
  • Pediatrics residency (Université de Montréal)
  • MSc (Université de Montréal)
  • MD (Université de Montréal)
  • DEC Health Sciences (Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf)


Dr. Marie-Claude Grégoire has been a staff physician with the IWK’s Pediatric Palliative Care team since 2009, bringing much energy and enthusiasm to her care of children, teens and families living with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses.

Research interests

The Pediatric Palliative Care service is involved in many multi-centered research projects. The current and most recent ones include: PedPalASCNet: A Network for Accessible, Sustainable, and Collaborative Research in Pediatric Palliative Care; How Have We Changed? Pediatric Palliative Care in Canada, 2002 – 2012; A scoping review to examine the extent and quality of literature on symptoms in children with rare, progressive disorders. We are also collaborating with EHS on a project on pediatric advance directives.

Selected publications

  • Grégoire MC, Frager G. Ensuring Pain Relief for Children at End-of-Life. Pain Research and Management 2006;11:163-171
  • Stenekes S, Hughes A, Grégoire MC, Frager G, Robinson W, McGrath PJ. Frequency and Self–management of Pain, Dyspnea, and Cough in Cystic Fibrosis. Journal of Pain and Symptoms Management 2009;38:837-48
  • Zabalia M, Breau LM, Wood C,Lévêque C,Hennequin M, Villeneuve E, Fall E, Vallet L , Grégoire MC, Breau G. Validation francophone de la Non-Communicating Children’s Pain Checklist – Postoperative Version. Canadian Journal Anesthesia 2011;58:1016-1023
  • Grégoire MC, Finley GA.  Drugs for Chronic Pain in Children – A commentary on clinical practice and the absence of evidence. Pain Research & Management 2013;18:47-50
  • Rasmussen LA, Grégoire MC. Challenging Neurological Symptoms in Pediatric Palliative Care: An approach to symptom evaluation and management in children with neurological impairment. Paediatric & Child Health. In press

Selected awards and honours

  • Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf: Prix de la relève – Alumni’s accomplishments, 2003
  • IWK Health Centre, D.A. Gillis Board Fellowship – Clinical excellence, 2006
  • Discovery Centre Award For Science & Technology – Emerging Professional of the Year, 2009


  • Canadian Paediatric Society, 1999
  • The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, 1999
  • International Association for the Study of Pain, 2004
  • Canadian Pain Society, 2004
  • International Association for the Study of Pain, 2008

Service & activity

  • Canadian Network of Palliative Care for Children, Executive National Committee, 2009-present
  • Advocacy Committee, Department of Pediatrics, Dalhousie University, 2010-present
  • Bioethics Committee, Canadian Paediatric Society, 2011-present
  • Speciality Committee – Pain Medicine, Royal College (RCPSC), 2012-present
  • Examination Committee – Pain Medicine, Royal College (RCPSC), 2014-present