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

The Coalition of Centres in Global Child Health

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Brief Biography

Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta is the Robert Harding Inaugural Chair in Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Toronto, Co-Director of the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health and the Founding Director of the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health at the Aga Khan University, unique joint appointments. He also holds adjunct professorships at several leading Universities globally including the Schools of Public Health at Johns Hopkins (Baltimore), Tufts University (Boston), Boston University School of Public Health, University of Alberta as well as the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.  He is a designated Distinguished National Professor of the Government of Pakistan and was the Founding Chair of the National Research Ethics Committee of the Government of Pakistan from 2003-2014. Dr. Bhutta was a member of the Independent Expert Review Group (iERG) appointed by the UN Secretary General for monitoring global progress in maternal and child health MDGs (2011-2015). He represented the global academic and research organizations on the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (Gavi) Board and was the co-chair of the Global Countdown for 2015 Initiative from 2006-2016. Dr. Bhutta is the co-chair of the Maternal and Child Health oversight committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMRO) and the chairman of the Coalition of Centers in Global Child Health with its secretariat based at SickKids.  

Professor Bhutta studied 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 heads a large research team in Pakistan working on issues of maternal, newborn and child survival and nutrition globally and regionally. Dr. Bhutta has 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). He is a board member of the International Centre for Diarrheal Diseases Research. Dr. Bhutta was a member of the WHO Strategic Advisory Committee for Vaccines (SAGE) from 2010-15 and the Advisory Committee for Health Research of the WHO EMRO. 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 as the President-elect of the International Pediatric Association (IPA 2016-2019), is a leading voice for health professionals supporting 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, Karachi and Nairobi with a special interest in research synthesis, scaling up evidence based interventions in community settings and implementation research in health systems research. In particular, his work with community health workers and outreach services has influenced integrated maternal and newborn outreach programs for marginalized populations all over the world. His group’s work with the WHO and PMNCH in developing consensus based essential interventions for women, children and adolescents is the dominant set of agreed interventions guiding global policy.


by the Asia Pacific Pediatric Association (2006). He is the first dual 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 Paediatrics & Child Health in 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Sam Fomon Award for lifetime contributions to Nutrition Research (2014), the WHO Ihsan Dogramaci Family Health award (2014), the inaugural TUBA Academy of Sciences Award for global contributions to Health and Life Sciences (2015), University of Toledo Medical Missions Hall of Fame Award (2016) and the Center for Disease Control Shepard Science Award Lectureship for 2016.


Dr. Bhutta is on several international editorial advisory boards including the Lancet, BMJ, PLoS Medicine, PLoS ONE, BMC Public Health and the Cochrane ARI group. He has published eight books, 75 book chapters, and over 600 indexed publications to date, including 110 in the world’s leading journal Lancet alone. He has been a leading member of recent major Lancet series on the followings:

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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