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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Anne Dipchand, MD, FRCPC

The Hospital for Sick Children
Section Head, Heart Transplant Program
Cardiac Transplant Program

Staff Cardiologist

Associate Director
Transplant Centre

University of Toronto
Associate Professor

Phone: 416-813-6674
Fax: 416-813-5857
Email: anne.dipchand@sickkids.ca
Alternate Contact: Jackie Moonsammy
Alternate Phone: 416-813-7654 x 203525
Alternate Email: jacqueline.moonsammy@sickkids.ca

For more information, visit:

Cardiac Transplant Program

Heart Centre Biobank

Brief Biography

Anne Dipchand received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Toronto in 1992. She completed her paediatric residency at the Hospital for Sick Children in 1996 in addition to a fellowship in paediatric cardiology in 1999. She then joined SickKids as a staff cardiologist with a focus on heart transplant and echocardiography and remains to this date. She became Clinical Head of the Heart Transplant Program in 2003, Section Head in 2005 and also filled the role of Section Head of Echocardiography from 2005 to 2008.  

Dipchand’s research has focused on issues relevant to the care of children with end-stage heart failure and paediatric heart transplantation – most specifically morbidity and mortality-related risk factor assessments. She was President and scientific lead of the Pediatric Heart Transplant Study from 2008-2010 and in 2011 assumed a leadership position as the Associate Director, Pediatric for the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation Registry. She has been chair of both the Paediatric and Education Committees of the Canadian Society of Transplantation, and is currently the chair of the American Society of Transplantation Pediatric Community of Practice. She serves on the boards of the International Pediatric Transplant Association and the David Foster Foundation. She is on the Steering Committee of the International Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support (IMACS) Registry. Dipchand is also the founding president and CEO of the Pediatric Heart Transplant Study Foundation.


Clinical Care Activities

  • Heart Transplant
  • Heart Function and Cardiomyopathy
  • Echocardiography
  • Congenital Heart Disease/General Cardiology
  • Inpatient and Outpatient Care

Research Interests

Dipchand’s research career has focused on end-stage heart failure and pediatric heart transplantation – most specifically morbidity and mortality-related risk factor assessments. She has been very successful in leadership positions in the two major paediatric heart transplant-related databases, both of which are international. She was president and scientific lead for the Pediatric Heart Transplant Study from 2009 to 2011. She assumed a leadership position for the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation Registry as Associate Director, Pediatric, in 2011. Her research interests are broadly divided into:

  • antibodies in pediatric heart transplantation
  • outcomes post-listing and post-heart transplantation
  • transplant cardiac allograft vasculopathy
  • research leadership and administration.

External Funding

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI)/National Institutes of Health (NIH)


2006-James C. Fallis Teaching Award
Division of Paediatric Emergency Medicine, Hospital for Sick Children.

2003-Award for Clinical Excellence in Paediatric Medical Care
Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto, Hospital for Sick Children.

1999-Mycophenolic acid levels in paediatric heart transplant recipients receiving mycophenolate mofetil American Society of Transplantation, Young Investigators Award
18th Annual Meeting, Scientifc Sessions Program.

1996-Ondaatje Teaching Award(Award for Teaching Excellence), Hospital for Sick Children.

1992-Cody Gold Medal, University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine.


Kirk R, Dipchand AI, Edwards LB, Kucheryavaya AY, Benden C, Christie JD, Dobbels F, Rahmel AO, Stehlik J, Hertz MI.  The Registry of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation:  Fifteenth pediatric heart transplantation report – 2012.  Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation 2012. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation 2012 Oct; 31(10):1065-1072.

Dipchand AI.  Decision-making in the face of endstage organ failure: high-risk transplantation and end-of-life care.  Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation. Epub 2012 Aug 10.

Vanderlaan RD, Conway J, Manlhiot C, McCrindle BW, Dipchand AI.  Enhanced exercise performance and survival associated with evidence of autonomic reinnervation in pediatric heart transplant recipients.  American Journal of Transplantation. 2012 Aug; 12(8):2158-2163. Epub 2012 Apr 9.

Conway J, Allain-Rooney T, McCrindle BW, Lau W, Dipchand AI.  Development of donor-specific isohemagglutinins following pediatric ABO-incompatible heart transplantation.  American Journal of Transplantation 2012 Apr;12(4): 888-895.  Epub 2012 Jan 10.

Jeewa A, Manlhiot C, McCrindle BW, Van Arsdell G, Humpl T, Dipchand AI. Outcomes with Ventricular Assist Device vs ECMO as a Bridge to Pediatric Heart Transplantation.  Artificial Organs 2010;34(12):1087-1091.

Dipchand AI, Pollock BarZiv SM, Manlhiot C, West LJ, VanderVliet M, McCrindle BW.  Equivalent Outcomes for Pediatric Heart Transplantation Recipients ABO-Blood Group Incompatible versus ABO-Compatible.  American Journal of Transplantation 2010;10(2):389-397.

Gajarski R, Naftel D, Pahl E, Alejos J, Bennett Pearce F, Kirklin JK, Zamberlan M, Dipchand AI.  Outcomes of Pediatric Patients with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Listed for Transplant.  Journal of Heart Lung Transplantation 2009;28(12):1329-1334.

Zangwill SD, Naftel D, L'Ecuyer T, Rosenthal D, Robinson B, Kirklin JK, Stendahl G, Dipchand AI. Outcomes of Children with Restrictive Cardiomyopathy Listed for Heart Transplant: A Multi-Institutional Study. Journal of Heart Lung Transplantation 2009;28(12);1335-1340.

Kirk F, Naftel D, Hoffman T, Almond C, Boyle G, Caldwell RL, Kirklin JK, White K, Dipchand AI. Outcome of Pediatric Patients with Dilated Cardiomyopathy Listed for Transplant: A Multi-Institutional Study. Journal of Heart Lung Transplantation Dec 2009; 28(12):1322-1328.

Dipchand A,  Naftel D, Feingold B, Spicer R, Yung D, Kaufman B, Kirklin J, Allain-Rooney T, Hsu D.  Outcomes of Children With Cardiomyopathy Listed for Transplant: A Multi-institutional Study. Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation 2009; 28(12):1312-1321.

Pollock-BarZiv SM, McCrindle BW, West LJ, Dipchand AI. Waiting before birth: outcomes after fetal listing for heart transplantation. American Journal of Transplantation 2008;8:412-418.

Pollock-BarZiv SM, den Hollander N, Ngan B, Kantor P, McCrindle B, Dipchand AI.  Pediatric Heart Transplantation in Human Leukocyte Antigen Sensitized Patients: Evolving Management and Assessment of Intermediate-Term Outcomes in a High-Risk Population. Circulation 2007;116:I:172-178.