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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Joanna Soscia, RN (EC), MEd, MN

The Hospital for Sick Children
Nurse Practitiner and Clinical Practice Lead
Paediatric Medicine

Research Institute
Project Investigator
Research Institute

University of Toronto
Adjunct Faculty
Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

Phone: 416-813-7654 xt. 228160
Fax: 416-813-2144
Email: joanna.soscia@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Joanna Soscia is a Paediatric Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Practice and Quality Lead in the Division of Paediatric Medicine within the Complex Care Program. She received her undergraduate and graduate education from the University of Toronto. She is adjunct faculty at the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. Joanna has over 20 years experience caring for Children with Medical Complexity and who are technology dependent. She has presented and published nationally and internationally in this area. Joanna is a Project Investigator with the Research Institute and has an interest in exploring the experience of enteral tube feeding for the caregiver.

Clinical Care Activities

Joanna works with children with medical complexity and their families. She provides ambulatory care within the complex care clinic at SickKids and at the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital. Joanna’s work focuses on collaborating and coordinating care between multiple health-care providers within SickKids and the community in order to develop collaborative plans of care. She works closed with her patients and their families to address evolving health care concerns and goals of care. In 2015 Joanna became a Clinical Practice and Quality Lead for the Complex Care Program supporting continuous program evaluation and development.

Research Interests

Joanna is interested in understanding the experience of caregivers of children with medical complexity. She has expertise in caring for children receiving enteral tube feeding and is interested in exploring the impact of tube feeding on the caregiver and family.

External Funding

Norman Saunders Complex Care Initiative Grant Competition 2014
Investigators: Primary: Soscia, J & Orkin, J. Co-investigators: Adams S, Cohen, E, Friedman, F, Gallaghar K, Marcon, P & Nicholas D.
Research Study:  The Experience of Caregivers of Children with Medical Complexity Receiving Blenderized Tube Feeding:  A Qualitative Study.

Amount $ 17,048.00

Norman Saunders Complex Care Initiative Grant Competition 2011
Investigators: Primary: Muskat B Co-investigators: Adams A; Cohen, E, Hetherington R, Hogan K, Netten K & Soscia J.
Research Study:  Developing and evaluating a support network for families caring for medically complex children.  

Amount $24,549.50


  • Joanna was recipient of the 2016 Grace Evelyn Simpson Reeves Award in Advance Practice Nursing.
  • In 2014 Joanna was the co- recipient of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists. Ontario Branch  
    Literary Award, Therapeutic Review for publication:  Tjon J, Pe M & Soscia, J. Efficacy and Safety of
    Proton Pump Inhibitors in the Management of Paediatric Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease.
    Pharmacotherapy, 2013; 33(9): 956-970.
  • She was also recipient of the 2014 Grace Evelyn Simpson Reeves Award for excellence in the Nursing Innovation – team category.
  • Joanna received a first Place Poster award for the presentation:  Soscia J, Adams S & Milbury K.  
    An Integrated Complex Care Program: An Innovative Model to Help Keep Children with
    Medical Complexity in the Community.  NPAO Conference 2013, November 7-9, Toronto, ON.
  • Joanna was nominated for the 2011 Robert Salter Humanitarian Award.


Tjon J, Pe M & Soscia, J.  Efficacy and Safety of Proton Pump Inhibitors in the Management of
Pediatric Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease.  Pharmacotherapy, 2013; 33(9): 956-970.

Soscia, J & Mahant, S.  Nutrition Support in Children with Neurologic Disabilities.  
Current Pediatric Reviews, 2012; 8: 103-113.

Soscia, J & Freidman, J.  A Guide to the Management of Common Gastrostomy and Gastrojejunostomy Tube Problems.  Paediatrics & Child Health, 2011; 161(5): 281-287.