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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Antonio Pignatiello, MD, FRCPC

The Hospital for Sick Children
Associate Psychiatrist-in-Chief

University of Toronto
Associate Professor
Dept. of Psychiatry

Other Positions

The Hospital for Sick Children
Telepsychiatry/TeleLink Mental Health Program
Medical Director

Medical Psychiatry Alliance
Child and Youth Health and Family Services

Phone: 416-813-7524
Fax: 416-813-7223
Email: antonio.pignatiello@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Dr. Pignatiello is the Associate Psychiatrist-in-Chief at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and an Assistant Professor with the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. In 1987, Dr. Pignatiello graduated from University of Toronto Medical School and then completed his psychiatry training in 1992, also in Toronto. Through his Fellowship in Adolescent Forensics, he began his involvement with the team of The Arson Prevention Project for Children (TAPP-C), at The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Clarke Institute of Psychiatry).

Dr. Pignatiello is a general child and adolescent psychiatrist who has worked in private practice, and in various hospital and community based children’s mental health services, providing consultation and direct clinical service.  Since October, 2004, he has been the Medical Director of The Telepsychiatry/TeleLink Mental Health Program with SickKids, where he also provides clinical and educational services. He has won Undergraduate and Post-Graduate Teaching Awards in psychiatry from SickKids and community awards for his work through Telepsychiatry. 

External Funding

Children’s Mental Health in Rural Communities: Young People’s Perspectives on Receiving Services via Televideo. The Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Pignatiello A, (Co-Investigator) Boydell K., Clarke C.


  1. Volpe, T. Boydell, K.M. Pignatiello, A. Choosing a Career in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: What Factors Influence Medical Students? Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 22:4. Co-author or Collaborator.
  2. Volpe, T. Boydell, K.M. Pignatiello, A. Attracting Child Psychiatrists to a Televideo Consultation Service: The TeleLink Experience. International Journal of Telemedicine and Applications. Published online 2013 June 20. doi: 10.1155/2013/146858. Co-Principal Author.
  3. Pignatiello A, Boydell K, Teshima J, Volpe T, Braunberger P, Minden D. Transforming Child and Youth Mental Health Care via Innovative Technological Solutions. Healthcare Quarterly. 14(special Issue 2)2011: 92-102. (2011) Or http://www.longwoods.com/content/22368 downloaded May 25, 2011. Principal Author.
  4. Boydell K, Pignatiello A., Volpe T. A Qualitative Study of Young People’s Perspectives on Receiving Psychiatric Services via Televideo. Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 19(1); 5-11. (2010). Co-Principal Author.
  5. Goering P, Boydell K, Pignatiello A. The Relevance of Qualitative Research for Clinical Programs in Psychiatry. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. 53,145-150. (Mar. 2008). Co-author or Collaborator.

Book Chapters

  1. Boydell KM, Pignatiello A., Volpe T. Paediatric Telepsychiatry as Innovation in Health Care Delivery. The Handbook of Research on Information Technology Management and Clinical Data Administration in Healthcare.  A. Dwivedi (Ed.). IGI Publishing: Pennsylvania. (2008). Co-Principal Author.