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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Gail M. Annich, MD, MS, FAAP, FRCP(C)

The Hospital for Sick Children
Director of Quality and Safety, Staff Physician PICU
Critical Care Medicine

Research Institute
Project Investigator
Research Institute

University of Toronto
Paediatric Critical Care Medicine

Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 202766
Email: gail.annich@sickkids.ca
Alternate Contact: Sheila Mondonedo
Alternate Fax: 416-813-7299
Alternate Email: Sheila.mondonedo@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Gail Annich is a native of St. Paul, Alberta, Canada. She graduated from the University of Alberta Medical School in 1988 and completed aediatric residency training at the University of British Columbia in 1993. Her paediatric critical care medicine fellowships were at British Columbia Children's Hospital in 1994 and The Hospital for Sick Children where she was also chief fellow in 1995. 

Between 1995 and 1997, she completed an Extracorporeal Life Support Fellowship and Masters of Science in Clinical Research Design/Statistical Analysis at the University of Michigan. From 1997-2014, she was staff physician in Pediatric Critical Care Unit at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, University of Michigan. During her tenure, she was Associate Director of ECMO Program, the Director of the Pediatric ECMO Program, Director of the CPR/Rapid Response Team and the Medical Director for the PICU. 

Her main research is Extracorporeal Life Support with focus on blood/ biomaterial compatibility, anticoagulation and long-term respiratory ECLS support in paediatric patients. She is internationally recognized for this work and leads meetings annually. 

In September 2014, she returned to Canada to resume the practice of paediatric critical care medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Soon after and until now, she has assumed leadership roles in Critical Care Quality and Safety, Critical Care Response Team (CCRT)/ Hospital’s Code Blue Team, Hospital Resuscitation Oversight, and Code Orange/ Disaster Preparedness for both the department and hospital. 

At present, she is the co-chair of protocols and chair of trants for the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO). She is also on the editorial board for the Paediatric Critical Care Medicine Journal. Her passion is the clinical bedside care of the critically-ill child and teaching this practice to her trainees.

Academic Background

1986 Bachelor of Medical Science, University of Alberta
1988 Medical Doctor, University of Alberta  
1993 Pediatrics, University of British Columbia  
1994 Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, University of British Columbia  
1995 Paediatric Critical Care Medicine, The Hospital For Sick Children, University of Toronto
1997 Extracorporeal Life Support Fellowship, University of Michigan
1997 Masters of Science in Clinical Research Design/Statistical Analysis, University of Michigan

Research Interests

Extracorporeal life support; blood/ biomaterial compatibility

Long-term respiratory ECMO

Anticoagulation on ECLS


Chair Positions

Director, Critical Care Quality & Safety Medical 

Lead, Hospital Emergency Preparedness 

Director, Critical Care Response Team (CCRT) & Code Blue 

Medical Director, Resuscitation Oversight Committee