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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Abhaya Kulkarni

The Hospital for Sick Children
Staff Neurosurgeon

Research Institute
Child Health Evaluative Sciences

University of Toronto
Associate Professor

Phone: 416-813-6427
Fax: 416-813-4975
Email: abhaya.kulkarni@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Dr. Kulkarni obtained his MD degree in 1994 and his Neurosurgery certification in 2002. Following this he completed fellowship training in pediatric neurosurgery at Hôpital-Necker Enfants Malades in Paris. He joined the Hospital for Sick Children in the Division of Neurosurgery and Population Health Sciences in 2003.

Dr. Kulkarni’s research interest is in the area of clinical epidemiology, specifically the study of long-term health outcomes in paediatric neurosurgical patients. He completed his PhD in 2003 in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University. His PhD thesis led to the development of the first health status outcome measure for use in paediatric hydrocephalus.

Research Interests

  • Clinical epidemiology
  • Health status measurement
  • Evidence-based medicine

External Funding

  • Brainchild Foundation
  • CIHR
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • NCIC
  • PSI Foundation
  • SickKids Foundation


Kulkarni AV, Cochrane DD, McNeely PD, Shams I: Medical, social, and economic determinants of quality of life in Canadian children with hydrocephalus. J Pediatrics Jun 19 2008 (epub ahead of print)

Kulkarni AV, Cochrane DD, McNeely PD, Shams I: Comparing the child’s and parent’s perception of health outcome in paediatric hydrocephalus. Dev Med Child Neurol 50:587-592, Aug 2008

Kulkarni AV, Shams I: Assessment of mother and father concern in hydrocephalus. Qual Life Res 16:1501-9, Nov 2007.

Kulkarni AV, Shams I: Quality of life in pediatric hydrocephalus: results from Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. J Neurosurg Pediatr 107:358-364, Nov 2007.

Kulkarni AV, Busse JW, Shams I: Characteristics associated with citation rate of the medical literature. PLoS ONE 2;2:e403, 2007.

Sgouros S, Kulkarni AV, Constantini S: The International Infant Hydrocephalus Study: concept and rationale. Childs Nerv Syst 22:338-345, Apr 2006

Kulkarni AV: Distribution-based and anchor-based approaches provided different interpretability estimates for the Hydrocephalus Outcome Questionnaire. J Clin Epidemiology 59:176-84, Feb 2006.

Kulkarni AV: Questionnaire for assessing parents’ concerns about their child with hydrocephalus. Dev Med Child Neurol 48:108-113, Feb 2006.

Kulkarni AV: The challenges of evidence-based medicine: a philosophical perspective. Med Health Care Philosophy 8:255-260, Jan 2005.

Kulkarni AV, Rabin D, Drake JM: An instrument to measure the health status of children with hydrocephalus: the Hydrocephalus Outcome Questionnaire. J Neurosurg Pediatr 101:134-140, 2004.