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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Patrick McNamara, MB, BCh, BAO, DCh, MRCPCH, MSc (Paeds)

The Hospital for Sick Children
Staff Neonatologist (Neonatal Cardiology Specialist)

Director of Clinical Research

Director of Targeted Neonatal Echo Program

University of Toronto
Paediatrics & Physiology

Chair Positions

PanAmerican Hemodynamic Collaborative

Pediatric Academic Society
Neonatal Hemodynamics Advisory

Canadian Paediatric Society
Canadian Neonatal Resuscitation Program

Canadian Paediatric Society
Neonatal-Perinatal Scetion

Phone: 416-813-5773
Fax: 416-813-5245
Email: patrick.mcnamara@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Dr. Patrick McNamara graduated from Queens University Belfast in 1987, received his MRCPCH in Pediatrics in 1997 and Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training in Neonatal Medicine in 2002. He is currently a Staff Neonatologist and Director of Clinical Research within the Division of Neonatology at the Hospital for Sick Children, and Professor of Pediatrics and Physiology, University of Toronto. He is the Chair of the Pan-American Targeted Neonatal Echocardiography working group and the Chair of the Canadian Neonatal Resuscitation Program. He is the current Chair of the International Paediatric Academic Society Neonatal Hemodynamics Collaborative. His clinical and research interests include myocardial performance in the settings of a hemodynamically significant ductus arteriosus, pulmonary hypertension and targeted neonatal echocardiography. H Index 31

Academic Background


  • 1999   Master of Science (MSc), Paediatrics, University of London, London, England, UK.
  • 1987-93   Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of the Art of Obstetrics (MB, BCh, BAO), Distinction in Pathology, Queen’s University, Belfast, Ireland, UK.

Postgraduate, Research and Specialty Training:

  • 2010-11   Executive Leadership Course, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • 2001-03   Departmental Fellow, Neonatal Transport Fellowship Programme, Department of Paediatrics, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • 1997-01   Specialist Registrar training program, Neonatal Medicine, Hammersmith North Thames Deanery, London, England, UK.
  • 1993-97   Senior House Officer training program, Neonatal Medicine, Northern Ireland, UK.

Research Interests

Neonatal Hemodynamics, Advanced Echocardiography Imaging in Neonates, Cardiovascular Physiology, PDA Ligation


Top Publications:

  1. McNamara PJ, Sehgal AS.  Towards rational management of the patent ductus arteriosus: the need for disease staging.  Archives of Disease in Childhood - Fetal & Neonatal Edition 2007: 92 (6): F424-F427.   
  2. EL-Khuffash AF, James AT, Corcoran JD, Dicker P, Franklin O, Elsayed YN, Ting JY, Sehgal A, Malikiwi A, Harabor A, Soraisham AS, McNamara PJ. A patent ductus arteriosus severity score predicts chronic lung disease or death before discharge. Journal of Pediatrics 2015 Dec: 167 (6): 1354-1361.
  3. McNamara PJ, Engelberts D, Finelli M, Sahni M, Adeli K, Kavanagh BP. Vasopressin improves survival rates in neonatal porcine model of asphyxial cardiac arrest. Pediatric Research 2014 Jun: 75 (6): 738-748.

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