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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Zia Bismilla, MD, MEd, FRCPC

The Hospital for Sick Children
Staff Paediatrician
Paediatric Medicine

Research Institute
Project Investigator
Research Institute

University of Toronto
Assistant Professor
Department of Paediatrics

Other Positions

Sick Kids Learning Institute
Simulation Steering Committee
Lead, Simulation Fellowship and Electives

Phone: 416-813-7654 x 228015
Fax: 416-813-2462
Email: zia.bismilla@sickkids.ca
Alternate Contact: Tiziana Altobelli
Alternate Phone: 416-813-7654 x. 207368
Alternate Email: tiziana.altobelli@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

  • Completed a MD at the University of Western Ontario in 2002.
  • Completed post-graduate training in paediatrics at The University of Toronto/The Hospital for Sick Children in 2006.
  • Completed a Fellowship in Academic General Paediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children in 2007.
  • Completed a Masters in Education with Health Specialization at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto in 2008.

Appointed as a Staff Paediatrician, Division of Paediatric Medicine and Assistant Professor, University of Toronto in 2008.

Clinical Care Activities

  • Inpatient general paediatrics.
  • Complex Care Program.

Research Interests

  • Medical education.
  • Assessment and evaluation.
  • Human patient simulation and procedural training.
  • Handoffs of patient care.

Learning Interests

  • Medical Education
  • Simulation

External Funding

  • Bringing I-PASS to the Bedside: a Communication Bundle to Improve patient Safety and Experience.  Landrigan C, Coffey T, Bismilla Z and co-investigators from each site.  Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute ($1,500,000, 2014-2017)
  • The implementation of a Night Float system at a large Canadian Paediatric Training Program: Perceived impact on patient care, education and quality of life. Bismilla Z., Atkinson A, Talarico S, Khoury M, Wiley J, Myolopoulos M.  (PI) Paediatric Consultants Education Research Grant. ($5000, 2013-2014)
  • Closing the Gap: A Handoff Curriculum for Medical Students.  Schwartz S, Bismilla Z. (Co-PIs) Paediatric Consultants Education Research Grant.  ($5000, 2013-2014)
  • Procedural Skills Training in Pediatric Residency.  Bismilla Z, Feldman M, Amin H, Dubrowski A.  Paediatric Consultants Education Research Grant ($4,085, 2013-2014)
  • Improving resident handoff in teaching hospitals: Understanding implementation and effectiveness of a handoff bundle. Coffey M, Starmer A, Mahant S, Matlow A, Bismilla Z, Landrigan C: Physician Services Incorporated ($154,820 2011 - 2013)
  • Trainee perceptions of the educational value of clinical cases on an inpatient ward: An exploration of patient- and trainee-level predictors.  Cohen E, Mahant S, Wadhwa A, Bismilla Z: Pediatric Consultants Education Research Grant ($5,000, 2011 - 2012)
  • Low vs high fidelity simulation in neonatal resuscitation training.  Whyte H, Bismilla Z, Finan E, McNamara P: Pediatric Consultants Education Research Grants Committee ($5,000, 2007 - 2008
  • Teaching intubation to residents: standard mannequin vs. high fidelity simulation.  Whyte H, Bismilla Z, Finan E, Jefferies A, LeBlanc V: Physician Services Incorporated (PSI) ($17,000 2007 - 2008)


  • O’Toole JK, Bismilla Z, Everhart JL.  The I-PASS Handoff Program:  A Standardized Approach to Transitions of Care That Improves Patient Safety.  Academic Internal Medicine Insight, 13:1, 2015
  • Starmer AJ, Spector ND, Srivaastava R, West DC, Rosenbluth G, Allen AD, Bismilla Z et al.  Changes in medical errors after implementation of a handoff program.  N Engl J Med 2014: Nov 6; 37(19): 1803-12.
  • Levy R, Dubrowski A, Amin H, Bismilla Z:  Procedural skills in paediatric residency: Re-evaluating the competencies.  Paediatric and Child Health April 2014: 19(4) pp:180-184.
  • Finan E, Bismilla Z, Whyte HE, Leblanc V, McNamara PJ: High-fidelity simulator technology may not be superior to traditional low-fidelity equipment for neonatal resuscitation training.  J Perinatol. 2012 Apr;32(4):287-92.
  • Finan E, Bismilla Z, Campbell C, Leblanc V, Jefferies A, Whyte HE: Improved procedural performance following a simulation training session may not be transferable to the clinical environment.  J Perinatol. 2012 Jul;32(7):539-44.
  • Bismilla Z, Breakey VR , Swales J, Kulik DM, Pai N, Singh N, Parshuram CS: Prospective Evaluation of Residents on call: Before and After Duty Hour Reduction.  Pediatrics 2011: 127(6): pp 1080-7.  
  • Bismilla Z, Finan E, McNamara PJ, LeBlanc V, Jefferies A, Whyte H: Failure of pediatric and neonatal trainees to meet Canadian Neonatal Resuscitation Program standards for neonatal intubation.  Journal of Perinatology 2010: 30(3): pp 182-7.