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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Jeremy Friedman, MB. ChB FRCPC

The Hospital for Sick Children
Associate Paediatrician-in-Chief

Interim Division Head
Immunology & Allergy

Staff Paediatrician
Paediatric Medicine

University of Toronto
Professor and Associate Chair (Clinical)

Phone: 416-813-6122
Fax: 416-813-7479
Email: jeremy.friedman@sickkids.ca
Alternate Contact: Shannon Brass
Alternate Phone: 416-813-6120
Alternate Fax: 416-813-7479
Alternate Email: shannon.brass@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Dr. Friedman graduated from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 1985. He moved to Canada in 1987, spending three years as a general practitioner in rural Saskatchewan. He completed his residency training at SickKids from 1990 to 1994 and was appointed chief resident in his final year. He works as a fulltime hospitalist on staff at SickKids. Friedman completed his 10-year appointment as Head of Paediatric Medicine in 2014. 

In 2012 he was appointed associate Paediatrician-in-Chief and associate Chair (clinical) in the Department of Paediatrics and held the role of interim Paediatrician-in-Chief/Department Chair from April 2019 to March 2020. He is past president of the Medical Staff Association at SickKids (2005-2008) and represented the MSA on the SickKids Board of Trustees from 2004 to 2008.

Friedman has published over 100 peer reviewed manuscripts and book chapters. He has co-edited two paediatric textbooks and seven books on child health for parents, sold in many countries around the world. His academic interests include paediatric hospital medicine and care of the medically complex child. He is currently engaged in work related to resource stewardship. He has consulted widely across Canada and internationally to children’s hospitals related to models of care. Friedman was appointed to the examination board of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons for Paediatrics in 2006. He is the medical advisor for the Children’s Wish Foundation in Canada, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Jacob's Ladder Foundation.

Clinical Care Activities

Inpatient General Paediatrics
Complex Care Program

Areas of Specialty

General Paediatrics
Hospitalist Paediatrics
Complex Care Paediatrics

Academic Background

The Hospital for Sick Children, 1990-07-01 - 1994-06-30

University of Cape Town, 1979-08-01 - 1985-05-01

Research Interests

  • Quality of in-patient care (complex care, hospitalist medicine, morbidity and mortality)
  • Enterostomy tube feeding
  • In-patient sickle cell disease management
  • Dehydration



1993 - Humanitarian Award, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON

1998, 1999 - Clerkship Teaching Award, Runner-up, Department of Pediatrics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

2000, 2001, 2003 - Harry Bain Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, Runner-up, Department of Pediatrics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

2001 - Award for Clinical Excellence in Paediatric Medical Care, Department of Pediatrics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

2001 - Humanitarian Family Advisory Committee Award Nominee, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON

2002, 2005, 2010 - Harry Bain Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, Department of Pediatrics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

2011- Richard Rowe Award for Clinical Excellence, Department of Pediatrics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

2013 – Power Teaching Award for Outstanding Teaching, Department of Pediatrics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

2014 - Lionel Weinstein Clerkship Teaching Award, Runner-up, Department of Pediatrics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON   

2016 - MSA Citizenship Award, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON

2017 - Paediatric Academic Leadership - Clinician Practitioner Award, Paediatrics Chairs of Canada National Leadership Awards, Montreal, QC

2018 - Medical Award of Excellence, Sickle Cell Awareness Group of Ontario (SCAGO), Toronto, ON

2018 - President's Award for Championing the Evolution of Health (Complex Care Program), The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON



2005 - The Hospital for Sick Children Atlas of Pediatrics (Current Medicine, 2005)

2006 - Caring for Kids: the Complete Canadian Guide to Children’s Health (Key Porter, 2006)

2007 - Canada’s Baby Care Book (Robert Rose, 2007)

2009 - The Hospital for Sick Children Handbook of Pediatrics, 11th edition (Elsevier, 2009)

2009 - Canada’s Toddler Care Book (Robert Rose, 2009)

2013 - The A to Z of Children’s Health (Robert Rose, 2013)

2015 - Baby Care Basics (Robert Rose, 2015)

Selected Publications

Friedman JN, Beck C, DeGroot J, Geary D, Sklansky D, Freedman S.   Maintenance iv fluid in hospitalized children: a randomized, double blind, controlled trial of 0.9% NaCI/D5W vs. 0.45%        NaCI/D5W. JAMA Pediatr. 2015;169(5):445-451. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2014.3809.

Savlov D, Beck C, DeGroot J, Odame I, Friedman JN: Predictors of bacteremia among children with sickle cell disease presenting with fever. Journal of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology July 2014 (36)5: 384-388.  

Goldman R, Mounstephen W, Kirby-Allen M, Friedman JN: Intravenous magnesium sulfate for vaso-occlusive episodes in sickle cell disease. Pediatrics December 2013. 132(6): e1634-1641.

Ratnapalan S, Athina M, Martimianakis MA, Cohen-Silver JH, Minnes B, MacGregor D, Allen U, Richardson S, Friedman JN, Bruce-Barrett C, Haj-Assaad L, Noordermeer J, Daneman D: Pandemic management in a pediatric hospital: The impact of H1N1 on the emergency department.  Clinical Pediatrics.  April 2013: 52(4): 322-328.

Friedman JN and Canadian Paediatric Society Acute Care Committee: Risk of acute hyponatremia in hospitalized children and youth receiving maintenance intravenous fluids.  Paediatrics and Child Health Feb 2013: 18(2):102-107. 

Adams S, Cohen E, Mahant S, Friedman JN, MacCulloch R, Nicholas D:  Exploring the usefulness of comprehensive care plans for children with medical complexity (CMC): a qualitative study. DOI:10.1186/1471-2431-13-10. BMC Pediatrics, Jan 2013

Cohen E, Lacombe-Duncan A, Spalding K, MacKinnis J, Nicholas D, Narayanan U, Gordon M, Margolis I, Friedman JN:  Integrated complex care coordination for children with medical complexity: A mixed-methods evaluation of tertiary care-community collaboration.  BMC Health Services Research Oct 2012: 12:366.

Vijenthira A, Stinson J , Friedman JN, Palozzi L, Taddio A, Scolnik D, Victor C, Kirby-Allen M, Campbell F.  Benchmarking pain outcomes for children with sickle cell disease hospitalized in a tertiary referral pediatric hospital.  Pain Research & Management. July/Aug 2012: 17(4):291-296.

Cohen E, Friedman JN:  Caring for children with medical complexity: Definitions, challenges and solutions.  Current Pediatric Reviews.  May 2012 8(2): 92-102.

Daneman D, Friedman JN:: Children who are medically fragile.  Current Pediatric Reviews. May 2012: 8(2): 87-92.

Rogovik AL, Persaud J, Friedman JN, Kirby MA, Goldman RD: Pediatric vasocclusive crisis and weather conditions.  Journal of Emerg Med Nov 2011:41(5):559-565.

Soscia J, Friedman JN: A guide to the management of common gastrostomy and gastrojejunostomy tube problems.   Paediatrics and Child Health. May 2011: 16(5): 281-287.

Friedman JN and Canadian Paediatric Society Acute Care Committee: Emergency management of the paediatric patient with generalized convulsive status epilepticus.  Paediatrics and Child Health Feb 2011: 16(2): 91-104. 

Friedman JN: The hospitalist movement in General Pediatrics.  Current Opinion in Pediatrics Dec 2010: 22(6): 785-790. 

Cohen E, Friedman JN, Mahant S, Adams S, Jovcevska V, Rosenbaum P: The impact of a complex care clinic in a children's hospital.  Child: Care, Health & Development July 2010: 36(4): 574-82. 

Bailey B, Gravelle J, Goldman R, Friedman JN, Parkin P: External validation of the clinical dehydration scale for children with acute gastroenteritis.  Academic Emergency Medicine June 2010: 17(6): 583-588.

Rogovik A, Friedman JN, Persaud J, Goldman R: Bacterial blood cultures in children with sickle cell disease.  American Journal of Emergency Medicine May 2010: 28(4): 511-514.

Parkin P, Macarthur C, Khambalia A, Goldman R,Friedman JN: Clinical and laboratory assessment of dehydration severity in children with acute gastroenteritis.  Clinical Pediatrics May 2010: 49(3): 235-239.

Matlow A, Moody L, Laxer R, Stevens P, Goia C, Friedman JN: Disclosure of medical error to parents and pediatric patients.  Archives of Disease in Childhood Apr 2010: 95(4): 286-290. 

Cohen E, Mahant S, Adams S, Nicholas D,Friedman JN, Rosenbaum P: The needs of medically complex and fragile children and their parents.  The Journal of Pediatric Health Care Sept 2009: 23(5), e31-32. 

Mahant S, Friedman JN, Connolly B, Macarthur C: Tube feeding and quality of life in children with severe neurologic impairment.  Archives of Disease in Childhood 2009: 94(9): pp 668-73.

Rogovik A, Li Y, Friedman JN, Goldman R: Admission and length of stay due to painful vaso-occlusive crisis in children.  American Journal of Emergency Medicine 2009: 27(7): pp 797-801.  

Lieberman L, Kirby M, Ozolins L, Mosko J, Friedman JN: Initial presentation of unscreened children with sickle cell disease:  The Toronto experience.  Pediatric Blood & Cancer 2009: 53(3): pp 397-400.  

Berger E, Saunders N, Wang L, Friedman JN: Sickle cell disease in children: Differentiating Osteomyelitis from Vaso-Occlusive Crises? Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine 2009: 163(3): pp 251-255.  

Goldman R, Friedman JN, Parkin PC: Validation of the clinical dehydration scale for children with acute gastroentereitis.  Pediatrics 2008: 122(3): pp 545-549.  

Beck C, Parkin P, Friedman JN: Pediatric hospitalist medicine: an overview and a perspective from Toronto, Canada.  Clinical Paediatrics 2008: 47(6): pp 546-8. 

Cohen E, Friedman JN, Nicholas DB, Adams S, Rosenbaum P: A home for medically complex children: The role of hospital programs.  Journal for Healthcare Quality 2008: 30(3): pp 7-15.  

Mahant S, Peterson R, Campbell M, MacGregor DL, Friedman JN: Reducing inappropriate hospital days on a general paediatric inpatient unit.  Pediatrics 2008: 121(5): pp e106B.  

Sy K, Mahant S, Taback N, Vajsar J, Chait PG, Friedman JN: Enterostomy tube placement in children with spinal muscular atrophy type 1.  Journal of Pediatrics 2006: 149(6): pp 837-9.  

MacDonald, NE, Ford-Jones L, Friedman JN, Hall, J: Preparing a manuscript for publication: A user-friendly guide.  Paediatrics and Child Health 2006: 11(6): pp 339-344.  

Friedman JN: The case for...writing case reports.  Paediatrics and Child Health 2006: 11(6): pp 343-344.  

Friedman JN, Pinard MS, Laxer RM: The morbidity and mortality conference in university-affiliated pediatric departments in Canada. The Journal of Pediatrics 2005: 146(1): p 1-2. PA

Dwight P, Macarthur C, Friedman JN, Parkin PC: Evaluation of a Staff Only Hospitalist System in a Tertiary Care, Academic Children's Hospital. Pediatrics 2004: 114(6): pp 1545-1549. C

Friedman J: Enterostomy Tube Feeding: The Ins and Outs. Paediatrics & Child Health 2004: 9 (10): pp 695-699. PA

Friedman J, Goldman R, Srivastava R, Parkin PC: Development of a clinical dehydration scale for use in children between 1 and 36 months of age. Journal of Pediatrics 2004: 145: 99201-207.

Friedman J, Ahmed S, Connolly B, Chait P, Mahant S: Complications associated with image guided gastrostomy and gastrojejunostomy tubes in children. Pediatrics 2004: 114(2).

Chow L, Friedman J, Restrepo R, Temple M, Chait P, Connolly B: Peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) fracture and embolization in the pediatric population. Journal of Pediatrics 2003: 142: pp 141-4.

Mahant S, Friedman J, Macarthur C: Renal ultrasound findings and vesicoureteral reflux in children with urinary tract infection. Arch Dis Child 2002: 86: pp 419-421.

Mahant S, To T, Friedman J: Timing of voiding cystourethrogram in the investigation of urinary tract infection in children. Journal of Pediatrics 2001: 139: pp 568-71.

Friedman J, Laxer R: Providing after hours on-call clinical coverage in the academic health sciences centres: the HSC experience. Canadian Medical Association Journal 2000: 163 (3): pp 298-299.