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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Bairbre Connolly, MB, BCH, BAO; DCH; FRCSI, MCh; FFRRCSI; lmCC, FRCP(C), MD

The Hospital for Sick Children
Pediatric Interventional Radiologist
Diagnostic Imaging

University of Toronto
Associate Professor
Medical Imaging

Chair Positions

University of Toronto
Medical Imaging
Earl Glenwood Coulson Chair


Phone: 416-813-6034
Email: bairbre.connolly@sickkids.ca
Alternate Contact: Suranna Monah
Alternate Phone: 416-813-8677
Alternate Email: suranna.monah@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

A graduate from University College Dublin, Medical School, Ireland (1978, Honors). Dr. Connolly pursued a career in paediatrics, (DCH, 1979). She qualified as a general surgeon in 1983, specializing in paediatric surgery (FRCSI, 1984), and obtained a master’s degree in surgery by thesis (1989, MCh, UCD). To pursue the minimally invasive approach in paediatrics, she trained as a radiologist (FFRRCSI, 1993), followed by paediatric radiology training with a two-year fellowship at HSC (1993-95). She focused on Interventional Radiology and came on staff at The Hospital for Sick Children in 1995. She now works entirely in Paediatic Interventional Radiology, where she was formerly the Division Head and Medical Director of the IGT Center. She was appointed the Earl Glenwood Coulson Chair in the Medical Imaging Department, University of Toronto, in 2009, and is now in her second term. She enjoys teaching, supervising students and overseeing the interventional fellows. She is on the Board of Directors for the Society of Pediatric Interventional Radiology.

Clinical Care Activities

Dr. Connolly performs the duties of a clinical interventional radiologist within IGT. She also chairs monthly meetings on morbidity and mortality and quality improvement, which helps to better patient care.

Academic Background

Projects/ Initiatives:

  1. Radiation related projects.
  2. Vascular and gut access projects (G/GJ/C tubes, PORTS, PICCS, etc.).
  3. Quality Assessment (including cost, complications, outcomes) as pertaining to IGT.
  4. Co-organizer of bi-yearly Pediatric Interventional Radiology Symposium (PIRS) and on every intervening year, the Society for Paediatric Interventional Radiology Meeting (SPIR).
  5. Organizer of the Coulson Research Day.

Research Interests

Dr. Connolly’s research focuses on a variety of clinically relevant topics to IGT, such as radiation dosemely, vascular access and gut access, quality improvement (QI) and clinical fracture outcomes analysis.