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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Carolyn Beck, MD, MSc, FRCPC

The Hospital for Sick Children
Staff Paediatrician
Paediatric Medicine

Director of Inpatient Unit
Paediatric Medicine

University of Toronto
Associate Professor
Department of Paediatrics

Phone: 416-813-7654 x 208422
Fax: 416-813-8345
Email: carolyn.beck@sickkids.ca
Alternate Contact: Sarah Fortino
Alternate Phone: 416-813-7654 x 224688
Alternate Fax: 416-813-5663
Alternate Email: sarah.fortino@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

After training in medicine at Queen's University, Dr. Carolyn Beck completed post-graduate training as co-chief resident in paediatrics at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in 2002. In 2004, she completed a Restracomp and CIHR-funded fellowship in Academic General Paediatrics at The Hospital for Sick Children, and an MSc degree in Health Research Methodology from McMaster University. She is currently an Academic Clinician and Inpatient Unit Director in the Division of Paediatric Medicine at SickKids. She is Assistant Professor at University of Toronto. Carolyn’s academic interests focus on assessing and improving the quality of in-patient pediatric care. Specifically, she has studied IV fluid related hyponatremia, and quality improvement in the management of children with newly diagnosed, typical ITP and of hospitalized patients with Sickle Cell Disease

1998 - Doctor of Medicine, Queen's University
2002 - Paediatric Medicine
2004 - Master of Science, McMaster University

Academic Background


Research Interests

  • Diagnosis and management of acute immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) in children
  • Maintenance intravenous fluid therapy for hospitalized children
  • Paediatric hospitalist medicine


2004 - 2005 - Canadian Institute for Health Research Fellowship

2003 - Restracomp Studentship Award, Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund - The Hospital for Sick Children Foundation Student Scholarship Program


Journal Publications: Most Significant Publications

1. Beck CE, Carcao M, Cada M, Porter S, Blanchette VS, Parkin PC. A quality improvement bundle to improve informed choice for children with typical, newly diagnosed immune thrombocytopenia. Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. 2018 Nov; 40(8):e537-e543.PA

2. Friedman JN, Beck CE, DeGroot J, Geary DF, Sklansky DJ, Freedman SB. Comparison of Isotonic and Hypotonic Intravenous Maintenance Fluids: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Pediatrics 2015: 169 (5): pp 445-51. Coll                                                        

3. Beck CE, Boydell KM, Stasiulis E, Blanchette VS, Llewellyn-Thomas H, Birken CS, Breakey VR, Parkin PC: Shared decision making in the management of children with newly diagnosed immune thrombocytopenia.  Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology 2014: 36 (7): pp 559-65. PA.

4. Beck CE, Parkin PC, Friedman JN: Pediatric hospitalist medicine: an overview and a perspective from Toronto, Canada.  Clinical Pediatrics 2008: 47 (6): pp 546-548.  PA

5. Beck CE, Nathan PC, Parkin PC, Blanchette VS, Macarthur C: Corticosteroids versus Intravenous Immune Globulin for the Treatment of Acute Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura in Children: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials.  Journal of Pediatrics 2005: 147 (4): pp 521-7.  PA

Book Chapters

1. Beck CE: Your baby's first few days, Your baby's months 2 to 6, Introducing solid food.  In:  Canada's Baby Care Book:  A Complete Guide from Birth to 12 Months Old (Friedman JN, Saunders N, eds).  Robert Rose Inc., Toronto 2007.  

2. Friedman JN, Beck CE: Parenteral fluid therapy for infants and children (Chapter 152).  In:  Conn's Current Therapy 2008 (Rakel RE, Bope ET, eds).  Elsevier Inc., Philadelphia PA 2008: pp 613-618.  

3. Beck CE: Your older toddler (Age 2 to 3 Years).  In:  Canada's Toddler Care Book: A Complete Guide from 1 to 5 Years Old (Friedman JN, ed).  Robert Rose Inc., Toronto 2009. 

4. Friedman JN, Beck CE: Parenteral fluid therapy for infants and children.  In:  Conn's Current Therapy 2009 (Rakel RE, Bope ET, eds).  Elsevier Inc., Philadelphia PA 2009: pp 626-631.  

5. Friedman JN, Beck CE: Parenteral fluid therapy for infants and children.  In:  Conn's Current Therapy 2010 (Rakel RE, Bope ET, eds).  Elsevier Inc., Philadelphia PA 2010: pp 633-638.