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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Julia Orkin, MD, MSc, FRCPC

The Hospital for Sick Children
Medical Director, Complex Care Program
Paediatric Medicine

Staff Physician
Paediatric Medicine

Research Institute
Project Investigator
Child Health Evaluative Sciences

University of Toronto
Assistant Pofessor
Department of Paediatrics

Other Positions

St. Michael's Hospital
Centre for Research on Inner City Health, Li Ka Shing, Keenan Research Institute
Associate Scientist

Phone: 416-813-7654 xt.201150
Fax: 416-813-5662
Email: julia.orkin@sickkids.ca
Alternate Contact: Cindy Groff
Alternate Email: cindy.groff@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

  • Completed a MD and post-graduate in paediatrics at McMaster University
  • Chief Resident – McMaster University 2009 - 2010
  • Masters in Global Health Science, Oxford University
  • Fellowship in Academic General Paediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship, Center for Research on Inner City Health, St Michael’s Hospital

Clinical Care Activities

  • Inpatient general paediatrics
  • Complex Care Program

Research Interests

  • Caring for children with medical complexity.
  • Poverty and child health.
  • Social determinants of health.
  • Transitions in care for children with medical complexity.

External Funding

Complex Care for Kids Ontario (CCKO): A Province-Wide Integrated Care Intervention for Children with Medical Complexity (CMC) using a Patient-Engaged Evaluation Framework. Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit. Principal Investigators: Fayed N, Cohen E. Co-Investigators: French S, Guttmann A, Klassen A, Kitchen L, Kolehmeinen N, Moretti M, Offringa M, Willian A, Williams L, Meloche J, Wodchis W, Major N, Orkin J, Lim A.

Health Outcomes of Children with Medical Complexity and their Caregivers. Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Foundation Scheme Programmatic Grants. Principal Investigator: Cohen E. Co-Investigators: Berry J, Brehaut J, Guttmann A, Lim A, Mahant S, Major-Cook N, McNeil D, Morinis J, Nicholas D, Offringa M, Peebles E, Ray J, Rosenbaum P, Stremler R, Stromquist L, To T, Vigod S, Williams L, Wodchis W.

The experience of caregivers of children with medical complexity receiving blenderized tube feeding: a qualitative study. Norman Saunders Complex Care Initiative Grant Competition. Principal Investigators: Orkin J, Soscia J. Co-Investigators: Adams S, Cohen E, Friedman J, Gallagher K, Marcon P, Nicholas D.  

The experiences and expectations of family caregivers and health care providers of advance care planning in children with medical complexity (CMC). Norman Saunders Complex Care Initiative Grant Competition. Principal Investigators: Amin R., Orkin J. Co-Investigators:  Cohen E, Rapoport A, Netten K, Adams S.

The role of whole genome sequencing as a diagnostic tool for children with medical complexity. Norman Saunders Complex Care Initiative Grant Competition. Principal Investigators: Hayeems R, Meyn S. Co-Investigators: Bowdin S, Orkin J, Cohen E, Stavropoulos, Marshall C, Basran R, Monfared N, Ungar W, Cohn R.


2013 - Best Research Abstract. Fellow, Academic Pediatric Association, Washington, DC, USA
2012 - Young Investigator Award. American Pediatric Association, USA.
2012 - KM-Peterborough Hunter Award. Post-doctoral, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada
2010 - Best Thesis Award. University of Oxford, Department of Public Health, United Kingdom
2010 - 1st Place – Best clinical case presentation. Canadian Paediatric Society, Toronto, ON, Canada.
2009 - Clarendon Scholarship. Oxford University, United Kingdom, Scholarship, MSc


1. Cohen E, Gandhi S, Toulany A, Moore Hepburn C, Fu L, Orkin J, Levy D, Stephenson A, Guttmann A: Health care use during transfer to adult care among youth with chronic conditions. doi: 10.1542/peds.2015-2734. Pediatrics 137(3), March 2016 e2 0152734.

2. Beaune L, Leavens A, Muskat B, Ford-Jones L, Rapoport A, Zlotnik Shaul R, Morinis J, Chapman LA. Poverty and pediatric palliative care: what can we do? Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care. PMID:24835385. May 16, 2014:10(2), 170-85. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15524256.2014.906375).
3. Fazalullasha F, Taras J, Morinis J, Levin L, Karmali K. Neilson B, Muskat B, Bloch G, Chan K, MacDonald M, Makin S, Ford-Jones L. From Office Tools to Community Supports: The Need for Infrastructure to Address the Social Determinants of Health in Paediatric Practice. Paediatrics & Child Health. PMID:24855416. April 2014;19(4):195-199.

4. Shankardass K, O’Campo P, Dodds L, Fahey J, Joseph KS, Morinis J, Allen VM (2014). Magnitude of income-related disparities in adverse perinatal outcomes. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth, PMID:24589212. 2014 Mar 4;14:96.

5. Morinis J, Feller A. Ontario Medical Review. Poverty & Child Health. November 2013:20.

6. Morinis J, Carson C, Quigley M. Effect of Teenage Motherhood on Cognitive Outcomes in Children aged 5: A population based cohort study. Arch Dis Child. PMID:24126496. Epub 2013 Oct 14. Doi:10.1136/archdischild-2012-302525.

7. Beaune L, Morinis J, Rapoport A, Bloch G, Levin L, Ford-Jones L, Chapman LA, Zlotnik Shaul R, Ing S, Andrews K. Paediatric palliative care and the social determinants of health: Mitigating the Impact of urban poverty on children with life-limiting illnesses. Paediatrics & Child Health. PMID:24421684. April 2013:18(4):181-3.

8. Morinis J, Maguire J, Khovratovich M, McCrindle BW, Parkin PC, Birkin CS. Paediatric Obesity Research in Early Childhood and the Primary Care Setting: the TARGetKids! Research Network. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2012 Apr:9(4):1343-54. PMID:22690197.

9. Morinis J, Butt M, Latchman A. Calculation of total fluid intake in 32 to 35 week gestational age infants in Canada: Does weight or day of life matter? Journal of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. 2012:5:143-147.

10. Morinis J, Dutta S, Blanchette V, Butchart S, Langer J. Laparoscopic partial vs total splenectomy in children with hereditary spherocytosis. Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2008 Sep;43(9):1649-52. PMID:18779001.