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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Astrid Guttmann, MDCM, MSC, FRCPC

The Hospital for Sick Children
Staff Paediatrician
Paediatric Medicine

Research Institute
Senior Associate Scientist
Child Health Evaluative Sciences

Chair Positions

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Reproductive, Child and Youth Health Services
Applied Chair

Phone: 416-813-7654, Ext. 204375
Fax: 416-813-8345
Email: astrid.guttmann@sickkids.ca
Alternate Contact: Nimo Jama
Alternate Fax: 416-813-5663
Alternate Email: nimo.jama@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Dr. Guttmann is a clinician scientist in the Division of Paediatric Medicine and Chief Science Officer and Senior Scientist at ICES. She is an associate Professor of Paediatrics with a cross appointment in Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.  She received her undergraduate degree at Harvard University, a second BA at Oxford University, her medical degree from McGill University and an MSc in Epidemiology from McMaster University.  She is funded by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Applied Chair in Reproductive, Child and Youth Health Services Research.  She sits on the Child and Youth Advisory Committee of the Provincial Council on Maternal, Child Health in Ontario and on the Advisory Board for CIHR's Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health.  Her research interests include access to and quality of care for children, performance measurement for child health services, system integration for children with chronic medical and mental health conditions and linked, cross-sectional administrative data for improved child health policy and research.

External Funding

  • CIHR Applied Chair in Reproductive, Child and Youth Health Services Research Award
  • MOHLTC Evaluation of Ontario's Mental Health and Addiction Strategy
  • MOHLTC Health System Performance Research Network (HSPRN)
  • CIHR Operating Grants


Ray JG, Redelmeier DA, Urquia ML, Guttmann A, McDonald SD, Vermeulen MJ. Risk of Cerebral Palsy among the Offspring of Immigrants PLOS ONE  Published online July 14, 2014.

Vermeulen M, Stukel TA, Guttmann A,  Rowe BH, Zwarenstein M, Golden B, Nigam A, Anderson G, Bell RS for the ED Investigator Team. Afilalo M, Anderson G, Bell RS, Carew D, Carter M, Cooke M, Golden B, Guttamnn A, Nigam A, Rowe B, Rutledge T, Schull M, Stukel T, Vermeulen MJ, Zwarenstein M. Evaluation of an Emergency Department Lean Process Improvement Program to Reduce Length of Stay. Annals of Emergency Medicine; Published online: July 03, 2014.

Benchimol EI, Guttmann A, Mack DR, Nguyen GC, Marshall JK, Gregor JC, Wong J, Forster AJ, Manuel DG.  Validation of international algorithms to identify adults with inflammatory bowel disease in health administrative data.  Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2014; 67(8): 887-896.

Vigod SN, Dennis CL, Kurdyak PA, Cairney J, Guttmann A, Taylor VH. Fertility rate trends among adolescent girls with major mental illness: a population-based study. Pediatrics 2014 Mar;133(3):e585-91. Epub 2014 Feb 10.  

Gupta S, Wilejto M, Sung L, Guttmann A, Pole J. Low Socioeconomic Status is Associated with Worse Survival in Children with Cancer: A Systematic Review In press PLOS ONE Jan 2014.   

Darling EK, Guttmann A,Sprague AE, Ramsay T, Walker MC. Implementation of the Canadian Paediatric Society’s hyperbilirubinemia guidelines: a survey of Ontario hospitals. Paediatrics & Child Health  2014 Mar;19(3):133-137.   

Cohen E, Yantzi N, Guan J, Lam K, Guttmann A. Regional movement patterns of young children with chronic conditions in Ontario, Canada: a population-based cohort study. Int J Equity Health. 2013 Aug 20;12(1):62. [Epub ahead of print]  

Stang A; Straus S; Crotts J; Johnson D; Guttmann A. Quality Indicators for High Acuity Pediatric Conditions. Pediatrics 2013 Oct;132(4):752-762. Epub 2013 Sep 23.  

Jabbour M, Curran J, Scott SD, Guttmann A, Rotter T, Ducharme FM, Lougheed MD, McNaughton-Filion ML, Newton A, Shafir M, Paprica A, Klassen T, Taljaard M, Grimshaw J, Johnson DW Best strategies to implement clinical pathways in an emergency department setting: study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial Implementation Science 2013, 8:55 (22 May 2013)  

Kinlin LM, Bahm A, Guttmann A, Freedman SB. A Survey of Emergency Department Resources and Strategies Employed in the Treatment of Pediatric Gastroenteritis. Acad Emerg Med. 2013 Apr;20(4):361-366.  

Shen S, Campitelli MA, Calzavara A, Guttmann A, Kwong JC. Seasonal influenza vaccine effectiveness in pre- and full-term children aged 6-23 months over multiple seasons. Vaccine. 2013 May 17. doi:pii: S0264-410X(13)00589-6. 10[Epub ahead of print]  

Gupta S, Pole JD, Guttmann A, Sung L. Validation of a registry-derived risk algorithm based on treatment protocol as a proxy for disease risk in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. BMC Medical Research Methodology 2013 May 30;13:68. doi: 10.1186/1471-2288-13-68.

Agha MM, Glazier RH, Moineddin R, Moore AM., Guttmann A.  Food Fortification and Decline in the Prevalence of Neural Tube Defects: Does Public Intervention Reduce the Socioeconomic Gap in Prevalence? Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2013 Mar 28;10(4):1312-23.   

Bethell J, Bondy S, Lou W, Guttmann A, Rhodes A. Emergency Department Presentations for Self‐harm Among Ontario Youth Cdn J of Public Health 2013 Feb 11;104(2):e124-30.

Langan SM, Benchimol EI, Guttmann A, Moher D, Petersen I, Smeeth L, Toft Sørensen H. Stanley F, Von Elm E. Setting the RECORD straight: developing a guideline for the REporting of studies Conducted using Observational Routinely collected Data. Clinical Epidemiology 2013:5 29–31.

Guttmann A, Weinstein M, Austin P, Bhamani A, Anderson G.  Variability in the emergency department use of discretionary radiographs in children with common respiratory conditions: the mixed effect of access to pediatrician care. Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine.2013 Jan 1:15(1):8 – 17.  

Ballantyne M, Stevens B, Guttmann A, Willan A, Rosenbaum, P. Maternal and infant predictors of attendance at Neonatal Follow-Up programmes. Child: Care, Health and Development, Epub 2013 Jan 7.   

Benchimol EI, Langan S, Guttmann A, RECORD Steering Committee. Call to RECORD: the need for complete reporting of research using routinely collected health data. J Clin Epidemiol. 2013 Jul;66(7):703-5. 2012 Nov 24 [Epub ahead of print]