The Hospital for Sick Children
University of Toronto
Department of Paediatrics and Medicine
Dr. Ronald Laxer has been an Academic Physician and Physician Administrator at The Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto since 1984; he was made an assistant professor at U of T and a staff physician in the hospital’s Division of Rheumatology, Department of Paediatrics. In 1990, he became Head of Rheumatology and in 1995, a full professor of Paediatrics and Medicine. He is currently practicing in the Department of Rheumatology.
In 1996 he was named Associate Paediatrician-in-Chief of The Hospital for Sick Children and Associate Chair (Clinical), Department of Paediatrics, followed in 2002 by his appointment as vice-president. His portfolio includes the Department of Quality and Risk Management and Medical Affairs. In 2008, he was appointed Vice-President, Clinical and Academic Affairs, in 2002, a portfolio that was renamed to Medical and Academic Affairs. In 2009, he returned full-time to the Division of Rheumatology.
As a member of the Division of Rheumatology, Dr. Laxer has continued his practice as an academic paediatric rheumatologist. He has received many awards from his patients, students, and colleagues, in recognition of his clinical and teaching excellence, and his compassion and caring for patients. Some of these include the Claus Wirsig Humanitarian Award from SickKids, The Clinical Council Award from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the Distinguished Clinical Scholar Award from the American College of Rheumatology and the James T. Cassidy Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics. He was the driving force that launched, sustained, and encouraged the growth of the Division of Rheumatology, today one of the largest in North America.
He graduated from McGill University in 1977.