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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Kate Nelson, MD, FRCP(C)

The Hospital for Sick Children
Clinical Associate, Palliative Care
Paediatric Medicine

Phone: (416) 813-6905
Fax: (416) 813-7900
Email: katherine.nelson@sickkids.ca
Alternate Email: pact.info@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Kate Nelson is a staff paediatrician on the Paediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT). Kate completed undergraduate degrees in English and chemistry at the University of Missouri-Columbia and received her medical degree from Harvard. Following a general pediatrics residency at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, she completed a fellowship in pediatric palliative care at Children's Hospital Boston. At SickKids, she completed a Janice Rotman Fellowship in Homecare Innovation and an academic general paediatrics fellow while pursuing a PhD in clinical epidemiology at the University of Toronto. She is now a clinician-scientist researching ways to better support families making difficult decisions

Academic Background

2012-2018 Doctoral Degree, Clinical Epidemiology
Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
University of Toronto, Toronto, ON,
Supervisor: Dr. Astrid Guttmann

2003-2008 Medical Degree
Harvard University
Boston, Massachusetts, USA

1998-2003 Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, English and Chemistry
University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, Missouri, USA

Research Interests

  • Harnessing health administrative data to answer questions asked by families about clinical decisions
  • Using systems-oriented interventions to bolster the decision-making process

External Funding


Principal Investigator
Surgical interventions and outcomes of children with trisomy 13 and 18 in Ontario
The Hospital for Sick Children
Co-Investigators: Mahant S, Cohen E, Guttmann A
Norman Saunders Complex Care Initiative. $20,000 CAD


A listing of Dr. Kate Nelson's publications are available on PubMed