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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Michael Dunn, MD, FRCPC

The Hospital for Sick Children
Associate Staff Neonatologist

University of Toronto
Associate Professor

Other Positions

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Department of Newborn and Developmental Paediatrics
Staff Neonatologist

Phone: 416-480-6100 x87777
Fax: 416-480-5612
Email: michael.dunn@sunnybrook.ca

Brief Biography

Dr. Michael Dunn is a practicing neonatologist, former Chief of the Department of Newborn and Developmental Paediatrics at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center in Toronto, Canada and an Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto.  He has extensive experience in Quality Improvement and the development and execution of randomized controlled trials involving preterm neonates.  He is committed to the provision of quality care to NICU patients and their families and believes that we as health care providers need to do everything in our power to give our newest citizens the best possible start in life.

Academic Background


  • MD   University of Toronto 1978

Paediatric Residency:

  • 1978-80   The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto
  • 1981         Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, Sydney, Australia
  • 1983-84   B.C.’s Children’s Hospital, Vancouver

Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship:

  • 1982-86   Women's College Hospital, Toronto

Research Interests

Quality improvement, Respiratory Support, Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia, NICU Design, Care of the Micropremature Infant, Family-Centered Care


Top publications:

  • Dunn MS, Shennan AT, Zayack D, Possmayer F: Bovine surfactant replacement therapy in neonates of less than 30 weeks' gestation - A randomized controlled trial of prophylaxis versus treatment.  Pediatrics 1991: 87: 377-386.
  • Dunn MS, Reilly MC, Johnston AM, Hoopes RD, Abraham MR: Development and dissemination of potentially better practices for the provision of family-centered care in neonatology: The family-centered care map.  Pediatrics 2006: 118: 95-107.
  • Dunn M, Kaempf J, deKlerk A, deKlerk R, Reilly M, Howard D, Ferrelli K, O'Conor J, Soll R; for the VON DRM Study Group: Randomized trial comparing 3 approaches to the initial respiratory management of preterm neonates.  Pediatrics 2011: 128(5): e1069-76.