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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Victor Blanchette, MB, BChir (Cantab), FRCP(C), FRCP

The Hospital for Sick Children
McCaig Magee Medical Director, SickKids-Caribbean Initiative
Centre for Global Child Health

Research Institute
Senior Associate Scientist Emeritus
Child Health Evaluative Sciences

University of Toronto

Chair Positions

The Hospital for Sick Children
Centre for Global Child Health SickKids-Caribbean Initiative

Other Positions

The Hospital for Sick Children
Comprehensive Care Hemophilia Program
Medical Director

Phone: 416-813-5852
Fax: 416-813-5327
Email: victor.blanchette@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Dr Victor Blanchette is Medical Director of the Pediatric Thrombosis and Hemostasis Program in the Division of Haematology/Oncology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto, Canada. He is the McCaig Magee Family Medical Director of the SickKids-Caribbean Cancer and Blood Disorders Initiative in the Centre for Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children.

After completing his medical training at the University of Cambridge and St Bartholomew's Hospital in the United Kingdom, Dr Blanchette pursued subspecialty training in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, USA followed by fellowship training in pediatric hematology/oncology at McMaster University Medical Centre in Hamilton, Canada.

Dr Blanchette's research interests are in the area of the congenital and acquired bleeding disorders of children. He is Director of the Pediatric Comprehensive Care Hemophilia Program at the Hospital for Sick Children, and Chair of the International Prophylaxis Study Group (IPSG). Dr. Blanchette is recipient of the Canadian Pediatric Society 2009 Alan Ross Award, the Canadian Blood Services 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology 2012 Distinguished Career Award and the 2018 Order of Barbados (Silver Crown of Merit) . Dr Blanchette is an elected Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of the United Kingdom.

Academic Background

Paediatric Haematology - McMaster University Medical Centre, 1977-1979

Research Interests

  • Clinical and Basic Science Studies of the Immune Thrombocytopenias of Childhood;
  • Studies in Children with Haemophilia A and B and Other Inherited Bleeding Disorders;
  • Development of Paediatric Transfusion Medicine Guideline


Carcao MD, Blanchette VS, Stephens D, He L, Wakefield CD, Butchart S, Christie DJ, Rand ML: Assessment of thrombocytopenic disorders using the platelet function analyzer (PFA-100). British Journal of Haematology 2002; 117(4): 947-951.

Berman J, Young NL, Carcao MD, Blanchette VS, Ipp M: Hospitalization of children with acute idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura: Is it necessary? Pediatrics and Child Health 2002.

Carcao MD, Blanchette VS, Wakefield CD, Stephens D, Ellis J, Matheson K, Denomme GA: Fc-gamma receptor IIa and IIIa polymorphisms in childhood immune thrombocytopenic purpura. British Journal of Haematology 2002.

Revel-Vilk S, Blanchette VS, Sparling C, Stain A.M., Carcao MD: DDAVP challenge tests in boys with mild/moderate haemophilia A. British Journal of Haematology 2001.