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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Emily Tam, MD, FRCP, MAS

The Hospital for Sick Children
Staff Neurologist

Research Institute
Associate Scientist
Neurosciences & Mental Health

University of Toronto
Paediatrics (Neurology)
Assistant Professor

Phone: 416-813-6660
Fax: 416-813-6334
Email: emily.tam@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Dr. Emily Tam is a Paediatric Neurologist at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She completed her medical training at McGill University in 2003. She completed residency in Paediatric Neurology in Toronto at SickKids in 2008, and a fellowship in Neonatal Neurology at the University of California San Francisco in 2010. She obtained a Master’s in Clinical Research from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California San Francisco in 2010. She joined the Division of Neurology at SickKids as a Clinician investigator in 2012, with expertise in neonatal neurology.

Clinical Activities

  • Neonatal Neurocritical Care Unit (NNCU) inpatient service
  • Neonatal Neurology outpatient clinic

Research Interests

Dr. Tam performs clinical research using advanced MRI techniques to understand the clinical risk factors resulting in adverse long-term motor and cognitive development in preterm and term newborns. 

Using prospective cohort studies, Dr. Tam is identifying the major determinants of cerebellar hypoplasia of prematurity and preterm cerebellar injury, and is working with multiple ongoing collaborations to understand the relationship of these clinical factors, cerebellar development, and long-term outcome after preterm birth.

Prospective studies are also underway to understand the impact of nutritional factors on brain injury and development in preterm newborns, in particular cholesterol and fatty acid exposures.

In addition, building on ongoing collaborations, Dr. Tam is leading a prospective study to better understand the impact of neonatal hypoglycemia on brain injury and outcome in term newborns with encephalopathy.

External Funding

Cholesterol and omega-3 fatty acid levels on brain development and neurodevelopmental outcome after prematurity. PI: Tam EWY. Co-investigators: Ferriero DM, Grunau RE, Innis SM. The Gerber Foundation


  • 2011 NINDS / American Neurological Association Junior Academic Neurologist Scholarship
  • 2008 Ethel & Jack Hausman Clinical Research Scholars Award, Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation
  • 2008 Child Neurology Society Neurobiology of Disease in Children Young Investigator Award
  • 2006 John Stobo Prichard Resident Research Award, SickKids


Wong DST, Poskitt KJ, Chau V, Miller SP, Roland E, Hill A, Tam EWY. Brain Injury Patterns in Hypoglycemia in Neonatal Encephalopathy. American Journal of Neuroradiology. 2013 Feb 22. [Epub ahead of print]

Tam EWY, Haeusslein LA, Bonifacio SL, Glass HC, Rogers EE, Jeremy RJ, Barkovich AJ, Ferriero DM. Hypoglycemia is associated with increased risk for brain injury and adverse neurodevelopmental outcome in neonatal encephalopathy. Journal of Pediatrics. 2012 July;161(1):88-93. (NIHMS347246)

Chau V, Brant R, Poskitt KJ, Tam EWY, Synnes A, Miller SP.  Postnatal infection is associated with widespread abnormalities of brain development in premature newborns. Pediatric Research. 2012 Mar;71(3):274-9.

Tam EWY, Chau V, Ferriero DM, Barkovich AJ, Poskitt KJ, Studholme C, Fok EDY, Grunau R, Glidden D, Miller SP. Preterm cerebellar growth impairment after postnatal exposure to glucocorticoids. Science Translational Medicine. 2011 Oct;3(105):105ra105. (NIHMS365799)

Harbert MJ, Tam EWY, Glass HC, Bonifacio SL, Hausslein LA, Barkovich AJ, Jeremy RJ, Glidden DV, Ferriero DM.  Hypothermia is correlated with seizure absence in perinatal stroke. Journal of Child Neurology. 2011 Sep;26(9):1126-30.  (NIHMS378584)

Tam EWY, Miller SP, Studholme C, Chau V, Glidden D, Poskitt KJ, Ferriero DM, Barkovich AJ. Differential Effects of Intraventricular Hemorrhage and White Matter Injury on Preterm Cerebellar Growth. Journal of Pediatrics. 2011 Mar;158(3):366-71. (NIHMS236880)

Tam EWY, Rosenbluth G, Rogers EE, Ferriero DM, Glidden D, Goldstein RB, Glass HC, Piecuch RE, Barkovich AJ. Cerebellar hemorrhage on MRI in preterm newborns associated with abnormal neurological outcome. Journal of Pediatrics. 2011 Feb;158(2):245-50. (NIHMS230509)

Tam EWY, Ferriero DM, Xu D, Berman JI, Vigneron DB, Barkovich AJ, Miller SP. Cerebellar development in the preterm neonate: effect of supratentorial brain injury. Pediatric Research. 2009 Jul;66(1):102-106. (NIHMS107798)

Tam EWY, Feigenbaum A, Addis JBL, Blaser S, MacKay N, Al-Dosary M, Taylor RW, Ackerley C, Cameron JM, Robinson BH. A novel mitochondrial DNA mutation in COX1 leads to strokes, seizures, and lactic acidosis. Neuropediatrics. 2008 Dec;39(6):328-334.

Tam EWY, Widjaja E, Blaser SI, MacGregor DL, Satodia, P, Moore AM. Occipital lobe injury and cortical visual outcome after neonatal hypoglycemia. Pediatrics. 2008: Sep;122(3):507-512.