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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Adrian James, MA, BM BCh, FRCS, FRCS(ORL-HNS)

The Hospital for Sick Children
Paediatric Otorhinolaryngologist
Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

University of Toronto
Assistant Professor
Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Phone: 416-813-6767
Email: adrian.james@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Dr. Adrian James is an Associate Professor in paediatric otorhinolaryngology at the University of Toronto in Canada. He works at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) with a predominantly otologic practice, focusing particularly in chronic middle ear disease and including cochlear implantation. He has established an international reputation for the application of endoscopes to paediatric cholesteatoma surgery. His practice also includes endoscopic surgery to the anterior skull base.

He has been an instructor on Temporal Bone and Endoscopic Ear Surgery courses around the world and organizes the International Paediatric Temporal Bone Surgery Course in Toronto. He received the Teacher of the Year Award from the Department of ORL-HNS at the University of Toronto in 2013.

Academic achievements include: 

  • Award of Doctorate of Medicine (University of Oxford) in 2007 for work on contralateral suppression of otoacoustic emissions
  • Mosher Award (for outstanding clinical research) for his Triological Society thesis in 2010 on translational application of contralateral suppression of OAE test to infants at risk of auditory neuropathy. 

He is a member of many otological and paediatric ORL societies in North America and Europe, and the Collegium Oto-Rhino-Laryngologicum Amicitiae Sacrum (CORLAS). He reviews for many otolaryngology journals and is an Editor for ENT Disorders Group in the Cochrane Collaboration.


James A L, Stewart C, Warrick P, Tzifa C, Forte V. (2007), Branchial Sinus of the Piriform Fossa: Reappraisal of Third and Fourth Branchial Anomalies Laryngoscope 117(11):1920-4.

James AL, Chen J. (2007), Diagrammatic recording of tympanomastoid procedures. Clin Otolaryngol. 32(4):301-2.

Chadha NK, James AL. (2007), Antiviral agents for the treatment of recurrent respiratory papillomatosis: a systematic review of the English-language literature. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 136(6):863-9.

Shah MD, Nguyen LH, Campisi P, James A, Taylor GP, Forte V. (2007), Piloting a novel porcine model for endolaryngeal injury following prolonged intubation. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 71(9):1399-406.

Trimble K, Blaser S, James AL, Papsin BC. (2007) , Computed tomography and/or magnetic resonance imaging before pediatric cochlear implantation? Developing an investigative strategy. Otol Neurotol. 28(3):317-24.