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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Avram Denburg, MD, M.Sc, PhD, FRCPC

The Hospital for Sick Children
Staff Oncologist and Clinician Scientist

Research Institute
Scientist-Track Investigator
Child Health Evaluative Sciences

University of Toronto
Assistant Professor
Department of Paediatrics

Other Positions

International Society of Pediatric Oncology
Essential Medicine Working Group

Unit for Policy and Economics Research in Childhood Cancer
Co-Founder and Health Policy Lead

Access to Childhood Cancer Essentials (ACCESS)

Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health
Pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review
Expert Review Committee Member

Ontario Steering Committee on Cancer Drugs
Expert Member

Fax: 416-813-5327
Email: avram.denburg@sickkids.ca
Alternate Contact: Celine Roussel
Alternate Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 22990
Alternate Fax: 416-813-5327
Alternate Email: celine.roussel@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 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, and a PhD in Health Policy from McMaster University. He trained at Harvard University as a Pediatric Scientist Development Program Fellow. 

Clinical Care Activities

  • Physician - Inpatient and outpatient care of children with solid tumours

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.

Dr. Denburg’s research focuses on the political, ethical and economic dimensions of child health policy.  A main focus of his work is the analysis and strengthening of childhood cancer care systems, with specific interest in issues related to pharmaceutical policy and drug access. He has ongoing collaborations in the field of global oncology with a range of national and international partners, including the Union for International Cancer Control, the World Health Organization, and the Pan-American Health Organization

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
  • American Childhood Cancer Organization


2019-2020 Leadership Development Program Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology

2018 Faculty of Health Sciences Outstanding Thesis Award, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University

2018 Faculty of Health Sciences Outstanding Achievement Award, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University

2015-2019 Trudeau Foundation Scholarship, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.

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. 

2013 Doctoral Award, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis. 

2013 Mark S. Ehrenreich Prize for Research in Healthcare Ethics, 10th World
Congress of Bioethics, Singapore. 

2007-2008 Commonwealth Scholarship, Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, UK. 

2007 London Goodenough Association of Canada Scholarship, London
Goodenough Association of Canada. 


View Dr. Denburg's publications on ORCID

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