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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Emily S. Ho, Ph.D., M.Ed., OT Reg. (Ont.)

The Hospital for Sick Children
Occupational Therapist, Manager of Clinical Research
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

University of Toronto
Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science

Phone: 416 813-8270
Fax: 416 813-8557
Email: emily.ho@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Emily Ho is an occupational therapist at SickKids who specializes in paediatric upper extremity evaluation and rehabilitation. She has both research and clinical duties in this area. Currently, Ho is working on the development and validation of decision support interventions and outcome measures in paediatric upper extremity conditions.

As the Division’s manager of research activities, Ho provides support and guidance for the interprofessional staff and trainees regarding research methodology, procedures and ethical obligations.

Since 2004, Ho has been actively involved in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. She has contributed as a clinical fieldwork supervisor, musculoskeletal lab instructor, and research supervisor for the MSc OT graduate research projects.

Research Interests

Outcomes research, outcome measurement, decision support interventions, shared decision making, paediatric upper extremity rehabilitation

Area of Specialty
Upper extremity acquired and congenital upper limb conditions, brachial plexus birth injuries, congenital hand differences


  1. Ho ES, Zuccaro J, Klar K, Anthony A, Davidge K, Borschel GH, Hopyan S, Clarke HM, F. Wright V. (2019) Effectiveness of Non-surgical and Surgical Interventions for Elbow Flexion Contractures in Brachial Plexus Birth Injury: A Systematic Review, Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation, Epub ahead of print. Mar 13, 2019. doi: 10.3233/PRM-180563.
  2. Ho ES, Kim D, Klar K, Anthony A, Davidge K, Borschel GH, Hopyan S, Clarke HM, F. Wright V. (2019) Prevalence and Etiology of Elbow Flexion Contractures in Brachial Plexus Birth Injury: A Scoping Review, Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation. Epub ahead of print. Mar 13, 2019. doi: 10.3233/PRM-170511.
  3. Ho ES, Davidge K, Curtis G, Clarke HM. (2019) Sensory Outcome Following Microsurgery for Brachial Plexus Birth Injury, Journal of Hand Surgery – American, 44 (2): 159e1-159e8. Epub 2018Jul2.
  4. Wang AQ, Kim M, Ho ES, Davidge K. (2019) Surgery and Conservative Management of Camptodactyly in Pediatric Patients: A systematic review. Hand, Epub ahead of print. Mar 22, 2019. doi: 10.1177/1558944719834654.
  5. Catapano J, Fung SSM, Halliday W, Jobst C, Cheyne D, Ho ES, Zuker RM, Borschel GH, Ali A. (2019) Treatment of Neurotrophic Keratopathy With Minimally Invasive Corneal Neurotisation: Long-Term Clinical Outcomes And Evidence Of Corneal Reinnervation. British Journal of Ophthalmology. Epub ahead of print. 2019 Feb 15. doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2018-313042.
  6. Dengler J, Ho ES, Klar E, Phillips J, Forrest CR. (2019) Evaluation of Long-Term Sensory Outcomes Following Cranial Vault Reconstruction, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open. Mar 11, 2019. doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000002135
  7. Ho ES, Bradley CS, Borschel GH, Kelley S. (2018) Rehabilitation Post Distraction Lengthening for Brachymetacarpia: A Case Report, Strategies in Trauma and Limb Reconstruction, epub ahead of print. August 29, 2018. doi:10.1007/s11751-018-0315-0.
  8. Ho ES, Klar K, Klar E, Davidge K, Hopyan S, Clarke HM. (2018) Elbow Flexion Contractures in Brachial Plexus Birth Injury: Function and appearance related factors. Disability and Rehabilitation, Epub ahead of print. May 22:1-5. doi: 10.1080/09638288.
  9. Ho ES, Ayling-Campos A, Klar K, Davidge K. (2018) Evaluation of Pain in Pediatric Upper Extremity Conditions, Journal of Hand Therapy, 31 (2), 206-14. Doi. 10.1016/j.jht.2018.02.004.
  10. Catapano J, Shafarenko M, Ho ES, Zuker RM, Borschel GH (2018) Sensory And Functional Morbidity Following Sural Nerve Harvest In Paediatric Patients, Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, 71 (12): 1711-1716.
  11. Zuo, K, Willand M, Ramdial S, Ho ES, Borschel GH. (2018) Targeted Muscle Reinnervation: Considerations For Future Implementation In Teens And Younger Children, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 141 (6), 1447-58.
  12. Ho ES, Curtis CG, Clarke HM. (2015) Pain in Children Following Microsurgical Reconstruction for Obstetrical Brachial Plexus Palsy, Journal of Hand Surgery – American. 40 (6), 1177-1183. Principal Author
  13. Catapano J, Scholl D, Zuker RM, Ho ES, Borschel GH. (2015) Restoration Of Trigeminal Cutaneous Sensation With Cross-Face Sural Nerve Grafts: A novel approach to facial sensory rehabilitation. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 136 (3), 568-71
  14. Hao Y, Bala K, McCrae M, Carnahan H, Borschel GH, Ho ES. (2015) Establishing Expert Consensus on the Evaluation of Pediatric Upper Extremity Function. Journal of Hand Therapy. 28(2), 151-157. (Trainee publication – student MSc OT research project)
  15. Ho ES (2015) Evaluation of Pediatric Upper Extremity Peripheral Nerve Injuries, Journal of Hand Therapy. 28 (2), 135-143.
  16. Vertes J, Hadi S, Ho ES. (2014) Parents’ Perceptions of Occupational Therapy Provided in Group-based Sensory Motor Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Schools, and Early Intervention, 7 (1), 45-53.
  17. Liu EH, Alqahtani S, Alsaaran R, Ho ES, Zuker RM, Borschel GH. (2014) A Prospective Study of Pediatric Hand Fractures and Review of the Literature. Pediatric Emergency Care, 30 (5), 299-304.
  18. Ho ES, Ponnuthurai J, Clarke HM. (2014) Incidence of Musculoskeletal Pain Children with Upper Extremity injuries. Journal of Hand Therapy. 27 (1) 38-43.
  19. Ho ES, Curtis CG, Clarke HM (2012) The Brachial Plexus Outcome Measure: Development, Internal Consistency, and Construct Validity. Journal of Hand Therapy. 25 (4), 406-17.
  20. Ho ES, and Ulster AA. (2011) Evaluation of an Education Day for Families of Children with Obstetrical Brachial Plexus Palsy, Families, Systems and Health, 29 (2), 206-214.