Division of Infectious Diseases

Philippe El-Helou


Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine

Head, Service of Infectious Diseases, St. Joseph’s Healthcare

Co-Director, Special Immunology Services Clinic, McMaster University Medical Center

Administrative Assistant: Gina Szpirglas
905.522.1155 X3998

Education and Professional Standing

  • MD (Magna Cum Laude) University of Ottawa, Ottawa 1992
  • Internal Medicine, Royal College of Canada, FRCPC June 1996
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, September 1996
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, November 1998
  • Subspecialty: Infectious Diseases

Research Interests


  • Investigating novel drug therapies for HIV infection
  • Co-infection of Herpes Simplex Virus and HIV
  • Acute HIV Infection

Selected Publications

  1. P. El-Helou, A. Rachlis, S. Walmsley, A. Philips, I. Salit and A.E. Simor. Mycobacterium xenopi Infection in Patients with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection. Clinical infectious Diseases 1997; 25: 206-10.
  2. D Perlman, P. El-Helou, and N. Salomon. Tuberculosis in Patients with Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection. Seminars of Respiratory Infections, 1999; 14:344-52.
  3. G. Papia, B.A. McLellen, L. Moran, C. Rogers, P. El-Helou, M. Louie, and A.E. Simor. Incidence of Infection in Hospitalized Trauma Patients. Journal of Trauma-Injury Infection and Critical Care, 1999; 47: 923-27.
  4. JD Schwalm, P El-Helou, CH Lee. Clinical outcome with oral linezolid and rifampin following recurrent methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia despite prolonged vancomycin treatment. Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology, 2004; 2: 97-100.
  5. Joseph B. Margolick, Linda Apuzzo, Joel Singer, Hubert Wong, Terry Lee, Joel E. Gallant, Phillippe El-Helou, Mona R. Loutfy, Anita Rachlis, Christopher Fraser, Kenneth Kasper, Cecile Tremblay, Harout Tossonian, Brian Conway. A Randomized Trial of Time-Limited Antiretroviral Therapy in Acute/Early HIV Infection. PLOS, 2015; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0143259