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About SickKids

Suhail Al-Saleh, M.B.B.S, M.Sc, FRCPC, American Board of Paediatrics - Sleep Medicine

The Hospital for Sick Children
Academic Clinician (Staff Physician)
Respiratory Medicine

Research Institute
Project Investigator
Translational Medicine

University of Toronto
Associate Professor
Department of Pediatrics

Phone: 416-813-7654
Fax: 416-813-6246
Email: suhail.al-saleh@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Dr. Suhail Al-Saleh completed his MBBS degree in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, at King Saud University in 1998. Thereafter, he completed three years of paediatric residency training at McMaster University in Hamilton. Following a three-year fellowship in respiratory medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Al-Saleh completed his paediatric sleep fellowship at SickKids. During this time, Al-Saleh also completed a master’s in clinical epidemiology at the University of Toronto.

In 2010, Al-Saleh was appointed as a Paediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine Consultant and Assistant Professor at King Abdulaziz medical city, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where he led the paediatric sleep lab establishment project and participated in a number of research projects and held the academic position of Director of the Research Unit at the College of Medicine in King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences.

In 2013, he was appointed to SickKids as an Academic Clinician and as an Assistant Professor within the Division of Respiratory Medicine and the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto with a focus in clinical paediatric respiratory and sleep medicine.

In 2014, Al-Saleh was appointed Sleep Education and Training Director/Supervisor of the Paediatric Sleep Training Program within the Division of Respiratory Medicine and the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto to coordinate with paediatric and adult respiratory medicine fellowships for sleep teaching and training.

Research Interests

Research interests in joint collaboration with Dr. Indra Narang and Dr. Reshma Amin.

Al-Saleh's research interests are within sleep medicine with all aspects ranging from epidemiology, diagnosis and management of sleep disordered breathing in paediatric population. There are two main areas that he is currently more involved in:

Sleep disordered breathing in children with primary diagnosis and complex chronic diseases
Al-Saleh is evaluating the prevalence of sleep disordered breathing in different diseases like syndromic craniosynostosis and sickle cell disease as well as in the increasing population of children with complex chronic diseases. Currently, Al-Saleh is reviewing data of over 3,000 children with and without complex chronic diseases diagnosis to evaluate sleep disordered breathing prevalence, outcomes of management and health care utilization in comparison to healthy children. This will provide more knowledge about this growing population with high health-care needs.

Screening and diagnostic tools for sleep disordered breathing in children
One of the major research interests of Al-Saleh is to evaluate and find alternative tools to polysomnography for the diagnosis of sleep disordered breathing. Al-Saleh and his team evaluated Apnea-Link as a screening tool for obstructive sleep apnea and they are currently evaluating another tool called SOMTE. Al-Saleh and the team are collaborating with Toronto Rehabilitation Center to develop a paediatric version of new technology that was developed in Toronto for Acoustic Analysis of Breath Sounds. Another objective of Al-Saleh's is to evaluate our SickKids sleep questionnaires and validate it as a screening tool for sleep disordered breathing diagnosis as well as identifying specific predictors of sleep disordered breathing in complex chronic diseases referred for PSG and to develop a scoring model combing the predictors from clinical diagnosis, questionnaires and clinical findings for risk of sleep disordered breathing in complex chronic diseases.


Journal Articles

Hamilton J, Yeh EA, Katz S , Al-Saleh S, Narang I, Reppucci D. ROHHAD syndrome and evolution of sleep disordered breathing. Orphanet J Rare Dis. 2016 Jul;11(1):106. Co-Author.

Repucci D, Hamilton J, Yeh A, Al-Saleh S, Katz S, Witmans M, Narang I. Polysomnography findings in children with ROHHAD Syndrome. Orphanet J Rare Dis. In Press accepted for publication. Co-Author.

Selvadurai S, Al-Saleh A, Amin R, Zweerink A, Drake J, Propst EJ, Narang I. Utility of a Brain MRI in Children with Sleep Disordered Breathing. Laryngoscope Journal 2016. E pub ahead of print. Co-Author.

Amin R, Al-Saleh S, Narang I. Domiciliary noninvasive positive airway pressure therapy in children. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2016 Apr;51(4):335-48. Factor: 2.597.   Co-Author.

Kherani T, Sayal A, Al-Saleh S, Amin R. A comparison of invasive and noninvasive ventilation in children less than 1 year of age: A long-term follow-up study. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2016 Feb;51(2):189-95. Impact Factor: 2.597.  Co-Author.

Amin R, Sharma N, Al-Mokali K, Sayal P, Al-Saleh S, Narang I, Harvey E.  Sleep-disordered breathing in children with chronic kidney disease. Pediatr Nephrol. 2015 Dec; 30 (12):2135-43. Impact Factor: 2.750. Co-Author.

Narang I, Kadmon G, Lai D, Dhanju S, Kirby-Allen m, Odame I, Amin R, Lu Z, Al-Saleh S. Higher Nocturnal and Awake Oxygen Saturations in Children with Sickle Cell Disease on Hydroxyurea Therapy. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2015 Jul;12 (7):1044-9. Impact Factor: NA.  Senior Responsible Author.

Amin R, Sayal P, Sayal A, Massicote C, Pham R, Al-Saleh S, Drake J, Narang I. The association between sleep-disordered breathing and magnetic resonance imaging findings in a pediatric cohort with Chiari 1 malformation. Can Respir J. 2015 Jan-Feb; 22 (1):31-6. Impact Factor: 1.599.  Co-Author.

Latino GA, Al-Saleh S, Carpenter S, Ratjen F. The diagnostic yield of rescreening for arteriovenous malformations in children with hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia. 2014 J Pediatr Jul;165(1):197-9.  Impact Factor: 4.152. Co-Author.

Al-Saleh S, Kantor P.F, Chadha N.K, Tirado Y, James  A.L.,  Narang I. Sleep disordered breathing  in children with cardiomyopathy.  Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2014 Jun;11(5):770-6.   Impact Factor: NA. Principal Author.

Al Rukban M, Al Ghaihab M, Tamimi O, Al-Saleh S. Clinical spectrum of infantile scimitar syndrome: a tertiary center experience. Annals of Pediatric Cardiology. 2014;7(1):29-33.  Impact Factor: N/A. Senior Responsible Author.

Massicotte C, Al-Saleh S, Witmans M, Narang I. The utility of a portable sleep monitor to diagnose sleep-disordered breathing in a pediatric population. Can Respir J 2014; 21(1): 31-5. Impact Factor: 1.599. Co-Author.  

Latino GA, Al-Saleh S, Alharbi N, Edwards C, Faughnan ME, Ratjen F. Prevalence of pulmonary arteriovenous malformations in children versus adults with hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia. J Pediatr. Jul 2013;163(1):282-4. Impact Factor: 4.035. Co-Author.

Al-Saleh S, Al-Naimi A, Hamilton J, Zweerink A, Iaboni A, Narang I.  Longitudinal evaluation of sleep-disordered breathing in children with Prader-Willi Syndrome during 2 years of growth hormone therapy. J Pediatr. 2013;162(2):263-8. Impact Factor: 4.152. Principal Author.

Al-Saleh S, Dragulescu A, Manson D, Golding F, Traubici J, Mei-Zahav M, Maclusky IB, Faughnan ME, Carpenter S, Ratjen F.  Utility of contrast echocardiography for pulmonary arteriovenous malformation screening in pediatric hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia. J Pediatr. 2012 Jun;160(6):1039-43. Impact Factor: 4.152. Principal Author.

Radhakrishnan DK, Bendiak GN, Mateos-Corral D, Al-Saleh S, Bhattacharjee R, Kirby-Allen M, Grasemann H. Lower airway nitric oxide is increased in children with sickle cell disease. J Pediatr. 2012 Jan; 160(1):93-7. Impact Factor: 4.152. Co-Author.

Kritzinger FE, Al-Saleh S, Narang I. Descriptive analysis of central sleep apnea in childhood at a single center. Pediatr Pulmonol, Oct 2011;46(10):1023-30. Impact Factor: 2.597. Co-Author.

Grasemann H, Al-Saleh S, Scott JA, Shehnaz D, Mehl A, Amin R, Rafii M, Pencharz P, Belik J, Ratjen F. Asymmetric dimethylarginine contributes to airway nitric oxide deficiency in patients with cystic fibrosis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2011 May 15;183(10):1363-8.  Impact Factor: 11.718.  Co-Author.

Al-Saleh S, Riekstins A, Forrest C. R, Philips J. H, Narang I. Sleep related disordered breathing in children with Syndromic Craniosynostosis. J Craniomaxillofac Surg. 2011; 39(3):153-157. Impact Factor: 2.816. Principal Author.

Al-Saleh S, Dell SD, Grasemann H, Yau YC, Waters V, Martin S, Ratjen F. Sputum induction in routine clinical care of children with cystic fibrosis.  J Pediatr. 2010 Dec;157(6):1006-1011.e1. Impact Factor: 4.152.  Principal Author.

Al-Saleh S, Mei-Zahav M, Faughnan M.E, MacLusky I.B,  Letarte M, Carpenter S, Ratjen F. Screening for pulmonary and cerebral arteriovenous malformations in children with hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia. Eur Respir J. 2009 Oct;34(4):875-81.  Impact Factor: 6.862. Principal Author.

Nashed A, Al-Saleh S, Gibbons J,  MacLusky I, MacFarlane J, Riekstins A, Clarke J, Narang I. Sleep-related breathing in children with mucopolysaccharidosis. J Inherit Metab Dis. 2009 Aug ;32(4):544-50. Impact Factor: 2.686. Co-Author.   


Case Reports

Al-Saleh A, Kantor P, Narang I. Cardiomyopathy related Cheyne-Stokes respiration Impact of heart transplantation. Case Rep Pediatr. 2016;2016:4698756.. Principal author.

Mukhtar G, Alotaibi W, Al-mobaireek K, Al-Saleh S. ABCA3 gene mutation in children from one family in Saudi Arabia. Ann Thorac Med 2016. E pub ahead of print. Senior Responsible Author.

Mehta K, Dell S, Birken C, Al-Saleh S. Case Report: Pulmonary Alveolar Microlithiasis. Can Respir J. 2016; 2016:4938632. Factor: 1.599. Senior Responsible Author.

Reppucci D, Medin D, Al-Saleh S, Smith MJ, Barter J, Amin R. An adverse reaction in a pediatric sleep laboratory. Can Respir J. 2016; 2016:9712579. Impact Factor: 1.599.  Co-Author.

Al-Balawi M, Al-Mobaireek K, Alotaibi W, Al-Shamrani A, Ahmad KS and Al-Saleh S. Clinical presentation of air leak in undiagnosed Cystic Fibrosis infant. Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2015 Jul; 9 (1): 161. Impact Factor: NA. Senior Responsible Author.

Jassim N, Al Gaihab M, Al-Saleh S, Wamelink M.M.C, Eyaid W. Pulmonary manifestations in patient with transaldolase deficiency. JIMD Rep. 2014; 12:47-50. Impact Factor: 3.577. Co-Author.

Al Tassan RS, Al Alola S, Al Shaalan H, Al Saleh S. Necrotizing pneumonia following cardiac surgery in a neonate. J Infect Public Health. 2013 Jun; 6(3):154-7. Impact Factor: 2.296. Senior Responsible Author.

Al-Saleh S, John PR, Letarte M, Faughnan ME, Belik J, Ratjen F.  Symptomatic liver involvement in neonatal hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia.  Pediatrics. 2011 Jun; 127(6):e1615-20. Impact Factor: 6.169. Principal Author.

Amin R, Riekstins A, Al-Saleh S, Massicotte C, Coates AL, MacLusky I. Presentation and treatment of monozygotic twins with congenital central hypoventilation syndrome. Can Respir J. 2011 Mar-Apr;18(2):87-9. Impact Factor: 1.599. Co-Author.

Al-Saleh S, Grasemann H, Cox P. Necrotizing pneumonia complicated by early and late pneumatoceles. Can Respir J. Apr 2008;15(3): 129-132. Impact Factor: 1.599. Principal Author.