About Sickkids
About SickKids

Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, PhD, MBBS, FRCPCH, FAAP

The Hospital for Sick Children
Co-Director, Director of Research
Centre for Global Child Health

Research Institute
Senior Scientist
Child Health Evaluative Sciences

University of Toronto
Department of Nutritional Sciences

Professor, Division of Epidemiology
Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Chair Positions

Robert Harding Chair in Global Child Health and Policy
Global Child Health

Other Positions

Aga Khan University
Founding Director of the Center of Excellence in Women and Child Health

Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations Board
Global Academic Research Member

Independent Expert Review Group
UN Appointment Member

International Pediatric Association (IPA)
Executive Committee Member & President-elect

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Brief Biography

Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta is the Founding Director of the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health, at the Aga Khan University and the Robert Harding Inaugural Chair in Global Child Health at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, a unique joint appointment. He also holds adjunct professorships at several leading universities globally including the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore), the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health (Boston), Tufts University (Boston), University of Alberta (Edmonton) as well as the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (London). He is a designated Distinguished National Professor of the Government of Pakistan and was the Founding Chairman of the National Research Ethics Committee of the Government of Pakistan. Dr. Bhutta was one of the seven members of the Independent Expert Review Group (iERG) set by the UN Secretary General from 2011-15 for monitoring global progress in maternal and child health MDGs. He has served on the World Health Organization’s apex Strategic Advisory Committee for Vaccines (SAGE) and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI) board as the representative from global academic and research organizations. He is the Co-Chair of the Countdown to 2015 consortium, the coordinator of the Coalition of Centres in Global Child Health and the President-elect of the International Pediatric Association, the global umbrella body representing national and speciality paediatric societies worldwide.

Professor Bhutta was educated at the University of Peshawar (MBBS) and obtained his PhD from the Karolinska Institute, Sweden. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh & London), the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (London), American Academy of Pediatrics and the Pakistan Academy of Sciences. He has been associated with the Aga Khan University since 1986 and heads a large research team working on issues of maternal, newborn and child survival and nutrition across its campuses in South-Central Asia and East Africa.

Dr. Bhutta has also served as a member of the Global Advisory Committee for Health Research for the World Health Organization, the Board of Child & Health and Nutrition Initiative of Global Forum for Health Research and the steering committees of the International Zinc and Vitamin A Nutrition Consultative Groups. He was a founding board member of the Global Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), served on the governing council for the World Alliance for Patient Safety Research and is presently a serving member of the boards of trustees of the International Center for Diarrheal Diseases Research and the Population Council (New York). Dr. Bhutta is currently a member of the Strategic Advisory Committee for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Advisory Committee for Health Research of WHO EMRO, and a co-chair of its apex Regional Committee for Maternal and Child Health. He is the past-President of the Commonwealth Association of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (CAPGAN) and the Federation of Asia-Oceania Perinatal Societies (FAOPS) and a leading voice for integrated maternal, newborn and child health globally.  

Research Interests

Dr. Bhutta’s research interests include newborn and child survival, maternal and child undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. He leads large research groups based in Toronto, South Asia and East Africa with a special interest in research synthesis, scaling up evidence based interventions in community settings and implementation research in health systems. In particular, his work with community health workers and outreach services has influenced integrated maternal and newborn outreach programs globally.


He has won several awards, including the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Medal of Excellence) by the President of Pakistan for contributions towards education and research (2000), the President of Pakistan Gold Medal for contributions to Child Health in Pakistan (2004) and the Outstanding Pediatrician of Asia award by the Asia Pacific Pediatric Association (2006). He is the first recipient of the Aga Khan University Distinguished Faculty Award for Research (2005) and Award of Distinction (2012). Dr. Bhutta was awarded the inaugural Programme for Global Pediatric Research Award for Outstanding Contributions to Global Child Health (2009) and the Kenneth Warren prize for the best systematic review of community based interventions by the Cochrane collaboration in 2011. Dr. Bhutta was awarded the Global Advocacy Prize by the Royal College of Pediatrics & Child Health in 2012. He received the Sam Fomon Award for lifetime achievements in Nutrition from the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2014 and was awarded the WHO Ihsan Dogramaci Family Health Foundation Prize by the World Health Organization at the World Health Assembly in May 2014. And most recently received the 2015 International TUBA Academy Prize in the category of Health and Life Sciences, from the Turkish Academy of Sciences awarded in Ankara, Turkey December 2015.


Lancet series on Child Survival (2003)

Lancet series on Newborn Survival (2005)

Lancet series on Undernutrition (2008)

Lancet series on Primary Care (2008)

Lancet series on Stillbirths (2011)  

Lancet series on maternal and child undernutrition (2013)

Lancet series on Pakistan (2013) Lancet series on Childhood Diarrhea and Pneumonia (2013)

Countdown to 2015 Summary papers in the Lancet (2008, 2010, 2013 & 2015)

Contact Info:

Email: zulfiqar.bhutta@sickkids.ca
Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 328532
Fax: 416-813-8763 ext. 208763

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