About Sickkids
About SickKids

Kathy Boutis, BSc, MSc, MD, FRCPC

The Hospital for Sick Children
Staff Physician
Paediatric Emergency Medicine

Research Institute
Associate Scientist
Child Health Evaluative Sciences

Phone: 416-813-8982
Fax: 416-813-5043
e-mail: kleanthi.boutis@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Dr. Kathy Boutis graduated from the University of Toronto medical school in 1991. She completed a residency in paediatrics in 1998 and a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine in 2001 at the Children's Hospital in Boston, Harvard University. In 2008 she completed a master’s degree in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University. Dr. Boutis is currently a staff physician in the emergency department at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and an associate scientist in the Child Health Evaluative Sciences Program at SickKids Research Institute.

Residency in Pediatrics and Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Children's Hospital of Boston

Clinical Care Activities

Dr. Boutis' clinical practice spans both patient care and educational responsibilities in paediatric emergency medicine. Although she practices and teach on any problem that relates to paediatric emergency medicine, her area of specialty is in musculoskeletal injuries.

Academic Background

  • BSc, University of Toronto
  • MSc, McMaster University
  • MD, University of Toronto
  • Residency in Pediatrics, FRCPC
    Children's Hospital Boston and The Hospital for Sick Children

Research Interests

Optimization of diagnosis and management of paediatric musculoskeletal injuries

Research Activities 

Dr. Boutis has completed a study that validated a decision rule that could potentially reduce radiography rates in children with ankle injuries by 60 per cent. More recently, she has demonstrated that a convenient, effective, safe and removable immobilization device is useful in low risk paediatric ankle injuries and is researching a similar strategy for minor wrist fractures. Dr. Boutis is currently involved in improving the detection of abuse related fractures, and has created an educational research program aimed at improving physician learning skills of musculoskeletal x-ray interpretation.

Future Research Interests

In the future, Dr. Boutis will be undertaking knowledge translation studies of research in paediatric ankle injury management. Dr. Bouits also plans to develop effective web-based educational strategies that make learning of visually diagnosed tests more efficient.

External Funding

The Physicians' Services Incorporated Foundation.
Randomized control trial of casting vs Air-Stirrup ankle brace in children with acute low-risk ankle fractures. Boutis K, Schuh S, Babyn P, Alman B, Willan A, Narayanan U.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Controlled Radiography for Ankle Injury Cases in Kids in the Emergency Department (CRACKED): Implementation of Best Evidence for Imaging of Pediatric Ankle Injuries. Boutis K, Groodendorst P, Grimshaw J, Goeree R, Schuh S, Johnson D, Plint A, Babyn P, Naranyanan U, Sayal A, Butler N.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Medical Education Research Grant
Climbing the Learning Curve: a new approach to teaching non-radiologists x-ray interpretation of ankle radiographs. Boutis K, Pusic M, Narayanan U, Pecaric M.

SickKids Foundation
A randomized controlled trial of casting versus wrist splint in children with minimally angulated distal radius fractures in children. Boutis K, Howard A, Babyn P, Willan A.


Boutis K, Schuh S, Babyn P, Alman B, Willan A, Narayanan U: Randomized controlled trial of casting vs. Air-Stirrup ankle brace in children with acute low risk ankle fractures. Pediatrics 2007: 119(6): pp e1256-63.

Boutis K, Stephens D, Lam K, Ungar W, Schuh S: The impact of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) on a tertiary care pediatric emergency department. Canadian Medical Association Journal 2004: 171: pp 1353-8.

Boutis K, Komar L, Jaramillo D, Babyn P, Alman B, Snyder B, Mandl KD, Schuh S: Sensitivity of a clinical examination to predict need for radiography in children with ankle injuries: a prospective study. The Lancet 2001: 358: pp 2118-2121. More information »»