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About Sickkids
About SickKids

David Kenny, BSc, DDS, PhD, Dip Paed, FRCD(C)

The Hospital for Sick Children
Paediatric Dentist

University of Toronto

Graudate Facility

Other Positions

Dental Traumatology
Editorial Board

International Association of Dental Traumatology

Fax: 416-813-6375
Email: david.kenny@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

David Kenny is a cum laude dental graduate of The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada. He completed his diploma in pediatric dentistry and PhD in neurophysiology at the University of Toronto. He joined The Hospital for Sick Children as staff Pediatric Dentist in 1973. Dentist-in-Chief at The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa from 1977 to 1981. 

Dentist-in-Chief at The Hospital for Sick Children from 1981 to 1997. Director of Dental Research and Graduate Studies from 1997 to 2006. Director, Cleft Lip and Palate/Craniofacial Dental Program from 1982-2008. Senior Associate Scientist, Research Institute 1998-2008. Professor of Dentistry, University of Toronto since 1989 and School of Graduate Studies since 1996. 

Consultant in departments of dentistry and research Bloorview Kids Rehab from 1981 to 2006. Member of the editorial board of Dysphagia from 1993-2007 and Dental Traumatology since 2000.

Clinical Care Activities

Pediatric Dentistry

Research Interests

David established the very productive Toronto SickKids Dental Trauma Research Group in 1988. Research interest continues in all aspects of dentoalveolar injuries: prevention, clinical management, economic and social impact.


  • Jens O. Andreasen Prize in Dental Traumatology, 2001
  • Barnabus Day Award, The Ontario Dental Association, 1999
  • Alumni of Distinction Award, The University of Western Ontario, School of Dentistry, 1999


Doyle TL, Casas MJ, Kenny DJ, Judd PL. MTA produces superior outcomes in vital primary molar pulpotomy. Pediatric Dentistry 2010: 32 41-7

Berger TD, Kenny DJ, Casas MJ, Barrett EJ, Lawrence HP. Effects of severe dentoalveolar trauma on the quality of life of children and parents. Dent Traumatol  2009;25:462-9

Kenny DJ. Does Emdogain® work? Proceedings of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Symposium on Trauma: A Comprehensive Update on Permanent Tooth Trauma in Children. Pediatr Dent 2009;31:149-52

Haas M, Kenny DJ, Casas MJ, Barrett EJ. Characterization of root surface periodontal ligament following avulsion, severe intrusion or extraction. Dent Traumatol 2008;24:404-409

Fakhruddin KS, Lawrence HP, Kenny DJ, Locker D. Etiology and environment of dental injuries in 12-14 year-old Ontario school children. Dent Traumatol 2008;24:305-308