Facebook Pixel Code
About Sickkids
About SickKids

Julia Orkin, MD, MSc, FRCPC

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

Research Institute
Project Investigator
Child Health Evaluative Sciences

University of Toronto
Assistant Professor
Department of Paediatrics

Other Positions

St. Michael's Hospital
Centre for Urban Health Solutions, Li Ka Shing, Keenan Research Institute
Associate Scientist

Phone: 416-813-7654 x 201150
Fax: 416-813-5663
Email: julia.orkin@sickkids.ca
Alternate Contact: Cindy Groff
Alternate Phone: 416-813-5795
Alternate Fax: 416-813-8345
Alternate Email: cindy.groff@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Julia Orkin is a staff pediatrician at the Hospital for Sick Children, Division of Paediatric Medicine. She is the Medical Director of the Complex Care program, Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and is an Associate Scientist at the Center for Urban Health Solutions, Li Ka Shing, Keenan Research Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital. She is the Paediatric Lead for the Toronto Central LIHN and is the Chair of the Community Paediatric Committee at the Canadian Pediatric Society. She completed her Masters in Global Health and Post-Doctoral Fellowship focusing on poverty and child health. Her research focuses on innovations in care delivery for children with medical complexity and the social determinants of health and consequences of caring for a child with complex medical illness

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

Coached, Coordinated, Enhanced Neonatal Transition (CCENT) (Discharge from NICU – 18 months later). CHILD-BRIGHT (Child Health Initiatives Limiting Disability-Brain Research Improving Growth and Health Trajectories). Principal Investigators: Cohen E, Major N, Orkin J, Church P.

Patient-facing Virtual Care Platform for Paediatric Complex Care (Maternal & Child Health). Health Technologies Fund (HTF is a program of the Government of Ontario, developed by the Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist (OCHIS), administered by the Ontario Centres of Excellence). Principal Investigators: Orkin J, Adams S, Stinson J.

Optimizing the Management of Pain and Irritability in Children with Severe Neurological Impairments (PIUO). Canadian Institutes of Health Research, SPOR Child Bright. Principal Inestigator: Siden H. Co-Principal Investigator: Oberlander T. Co-Investigators: Carleton B, Cohen E, Dewan T, Gnanakumar V, Holsti L, Orkin J (site PI), Rapoport A, Robertson M, Schwantes S, Vadeboncoeur C, Singer J.

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.

Local Poverty Reduction Fund. Government of Ontario, administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Co-Clinical Leads: Bloch G, Orkin J.

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.


2019 – CHILD-BRIGHT Summer Studentship Award, CHILD-BRIGHT Network, Toronto, ON, Canada.

2018 - President’s Award, Complex Care Team. The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada.

2018 - Patient’s Choice Poster Award, Trillium Primary Health Care Research Day, Mississauga, ON, Canada.

2017 - CPS Respiratory Health Section Research Award. Canadian Paediatric Society Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

2017 - POWER Teacher Award for excellence in clinical teaching with postgraduate trainees, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada.

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


A listing of Dr. Julia Orkin's publications is available on PubMed