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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Avram Denburg, MD, M.Sc, FRCPC

The Hospital for Sick Children
Staff Oncologist

Research Institute
Project Investigator
Research Institute

University of Toronto
Department of Paediatrics

Other Positions

Essential Medicine Working Group

Co-Founder and Health Policy Lead

Canadian Doctors for Medicare
Board Member

Fax: 416-813-5327
Email: avram.denburg@sickkids.ca
Alternate Contact: Charlotte Henning
Alternate Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 208886
Alternate Fax: 416-813-5327
Alternate Email: charlotte.henning@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Dr. Avram Denburg received his medical degree from McMaster University in 2006. He completed both a residency in paediatrics and a fellowship in haematology/oncology at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). Denburg has a Master of Science in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, pursued with the support of a Commonwealth Scholarship.  He trained at Harvard University as a National Institutes of Health-funded Pediatric Scientist Development Program Fellow. Denburg is currently pursuing a PhD in health policy as a 2015 Trudeau Scholar and CIHR Fellow at the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis at McMaster University.  

Dr. Denburg’s research focuses on the political, ethical and economic dimensions of child health policy, in both local and global contexts. His doctoral research examines normative and methodological issues in the assessment of child health technologies, with specific focus on pharmaceutical policy and drug coverage decisions for children.

Clinical Care Activities

  • Physician - Inpatient care of children in solid tumour section.
  • Staff Paediatrician at North York General Hospital.

Research Interests

  • Child health and social policy analysis.
  • Economic evaluation in child health.
  • Child health technology assessment.
  • Pharmaceutical policy for children.
  • Global childhood cancer outcomes.
  • Social determinants of child health.

External Funding

  • Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program
  • Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario
  • Canadian Cancer Society
  • Centre for Global Child Health
  • Garron Family Cancer Centre


2015-2019 Trudeau Foundation Scholarship, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.
Awarded to outstanding doctoral candidates who are enrolled or about to be enrolled in
a social sciences and humanities program and who are doing research in areas related
to their four themes.

2013-2017  Fellowship Award (Health Professionals), Canadian Institutes for Health

2015-2017 Clinician Scholar Award, Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario.  

2013-2017 Doctoral Award, Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program.

2012-2013 Research Fellowship, Pediatric Scientist Development Program. National
Institute of Child Health and Human Development, US National Institutes of Health.

2015 Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Programs Excellence Award, Faculty of
Health Sciences, McMaster University. Awarded to top-ranked students in Faculty of
Health Sciences Graduate Programs.

2013 Doctoral Award, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis. Awarded to
top-ranked doctoral student in Health Policy PhD Program.

2013 Mark S. Ehrenreich Prize for Research in Healthcare Ethics, 10th World
Congress of Bioethics, Singapore. Awarded to two best conference papers.

2007-2008 Commonwealth Scholarship, Commonwealth Scholarship Commission,
UK. Awarded to top students among Commonwealth countries for graduate studies in
the UK.

2007 London Goodenough Association of Canada Scholarship, London
Goodenough Association of Canada. Awarded to top Canadian graduate students to
support UK residence for course of studies.


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