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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Sarah Alexander, MD, FRCPC

The Hospital for Sick Children
Staff Oncologist and Clinical Director

Research Institute
Project Investigator
Child Health Evaluative Sciences

University of Toronto
Associate Professor
Department of Paediatrics

Other Positions

Children's Oncology Group
Site Principle Investigator

Fax: 416-813-5327
Email: sarah.alexander@sickkids.ca
Alternate Contact: Sian Jones
Alternate Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 203297
Alternate Email: sian.jones@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Dr. Alexander joined the staff at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in 2007.  She is the Clinical Director of Haematology/Oncology and a Paediatric Oncologist in the Leukemia and Lymphoma program.

Dr. Alexander received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1994.  She did her paediatric training at the Boston Children’s Hospital and her fellowship in Haematology and Oncology at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.  After the completion of training she remained on staff at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute before moving to the Division of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, where she was the Director of Inpatient Haematology/Oncology and the Fellowship Training Program. Dr. Alexander returned to Canada in 2007 to accept a position at the Hospital for Sick Children. Her current role includes being the clinical director for the division of haematology/oncology, being the site principle investigator for the Children's Oncology Group, participation in clinical research and caring for children with leukemia and lymphoma.

Clinical Care Activities:

  • Care of children with leukemia and lymphoma.

Research Interests

  • Leukemia
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Infectious complications of cancer therapy
  • Quality Improvement

External Funding

  • MIT division of Health Sciences and the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital
  • Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO)
  • Garron Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • C17 Research Network
  • St. Baldrick’s Foundation
  • Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute


  • 2014 – Angela Punnett Award, for dedication to the overall wellbeing and professional development of the Haematology/Oncology fellows, Division of Haematology/Oncology, The Hospital for Sick Children.
  • 2012 – Alvin Zipursky Teaching Award for outstanding contribution to medical education and mentorship, Division of Haematology/Oncology, the Hospital for Sick Children.
  • 2011 – Junior Faculty Award for Clinical Excellence, Department of Pediatrics, The Hospital for Sick Children
  • 2011 – Families as Partners in Patient Safety Award, The Hospital for Sick Children
  • 2010 – Robert Salter Humanitarian Award nominee, The Hospital for Sick Children
  • 2005-2007 – Resident Teaching Award, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
  • 2004 – Heroes of Ireland, Ireland Cancer Centre
  • 2002, 2006-2007 – Paediatric Pearls Day Award, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital
  • 2000 – Pharmacia Young Investigator Award, International Immunocompromised Host Society
  • 1991 – Paul Dudley White Fellowship, Harvard Medical School
  • 1990 – University Scholar, McGill University
  • 1990 – Penhallow Prize, highest merit in biology, McGill University


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