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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Shaun Morris , MD, MPH, FRCPC, FAAP, DTM&H

The Hospital for Sick Children
Clinician Scientist
Infectious Diseases

Research Institute
Child Health Evaluative Sciences

University of Toronto
Assistant Professor
Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine

Adjunct Professor
Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Phone: 416 813-7654 Ext. 306625
Email: shaun.morris@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Shaun Morris is a clinician-scientist in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and Scientist and Principal Investigator, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, SickKids Research Institute and Centre for Global Child Health. Dr. Morris is an Associate Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto, and is cross appointed to Clinical Public Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. He completed his medical degree at Queen's University, Kingston, ON, and his Master's in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. Dr. Morris completed his clinical training in paediatrics and infectious diseases here at SickKids and further training in tropical medicine through the Gorgas Memorial Course at the Instituto de Medicina Tropical Alexander von Humboldt, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru.

Dr. Morris’ current research interests include randomized controlled trials of low cost interventions to save lives and improve neurodevelopment in Asia and Africa, large scale observational studies of childhood morbidity and mortality in South Asia, and the epidemiology of globally important and vaccine preventable infectious diseases in Canada.

Academic Background

Master of Public Health, Concentration in Infectious Diseases, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA. Supervisor: Dr. Ron Gray, Professor of Epidemiology and International Health. (2005-2006)

Doctor of Medicine, Queen’s University School of Medicine, Kingston, ON, Canada. (1999-2003)

Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours), Life Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Science, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada. (1995-1999)

Research Interests

  • Newborn and child mortality
  • Tropical infectious diseases
  • Immunization
  • Community based trials
  • Children's travel medicine
  • Verbal autopsies

External Funding

  • Grand Challenges Canada
  • March of Dimes
  • Canadian Child Health
  • Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP)
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Public Health Agency of Canada


  • Elected Member, Society for Pediatric Research (2017)
  • Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program Career Development Award (2015-2018)
  • International Society of Travel Medicine research Award (2015)
  • Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award, March of Dimes (2014-2016)
  • Sanofi Pasteur Award for Communicable Disease Epidemiology (2012)
  • Pediatric Scientist Development Program, Yale University (2009-2011)


  1. Kitai I, Morris SK, Kordy F, Lam R. Diagnosis and management of paediatric tuberculosis in Canada. Canadian Medical Association Journal 2017, 189:E11-E16.
  2. Posen HJ, Keystone JS, Gubbay JB, Morris SK. Epidemiology of Zika virus, 1947-2007. BMJ Global Health Aug 2016, 1(2) e000087.
  3. Morris SK, Pell LG, Rahman MZ, Islam M, et al. Maternal vitamin D for acute respiratory infections in infancy (MDARI) trial: protocol for a nested sub-study in a randomized controlled trial of vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy and lactation in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 2016, 13;16(1):309.
  4. Pell LG, Bassani DG, Nyaga L, Njagi I, Wanjiku C, Thiruschselvam T, Macharia W, Minhas RS, Kitsao-Wekulo P, Lakhani A, Bhutta ZA, Armstrong R, Morris SK. Effect of provision of an integrated neonatal survival kit and early cognitive stimulation package by community health workers on developmental outcomes of infants in Kwale County, Kenya: study protocol for a cluster randomized trial.  BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2016, 16:265.
  5. Turab A, Pell LG, Bassani DG, Soofi S, Ariff S, Bhutta Z, Morris SK. The community-based delivery of an innovative neonatal kit to save newborn lives in rural Pakistan: design of a cluster randomized trial.  BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014; 14:315.
  6. Morris SK, Awasthi S, Kumar R, Shet A, Khera A, Nakhaee M, Ram U, Brandao JR, Jha P., for the Million Death Study Collaborators. Measles mortality in high and low burden districts of India: Estimates from a nationally representative study of over 12,000 child deaths. Vaccine. 2013 Jul 19. pii: S0264-410X(13)00934-1.
  7. Morris SK, Awasthi S, Khera A, Bassani DG, Kang G, Parashar UD, Kumar R, Shet A, Glass RI, Jha P, for the Million Death Study Collaborators. Rotavirus mortality in India: Estimates based on a nationally representative survey of diarrheal deaths. Bull of WHO 2012; 90:720-727.  
  8. Bassani DG, Kumar R, Awasthi S, Morris SK, Paul VK, Shet A, et al. Causes of Neonatal and Child Mortality in India: A Nationally Representative Mortality Survey. Lancet 2010; 376(9755): 1853-1860.
  9. Morris SK, Moss WJ, Halsey NA. Haemophilus influenzae Type B Vaccine Use and Effectiveness. Lancet Infectious Diseases 2008; 8: 435-43.