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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Alene Toulany, MD, FRCPC

The Hospital for Sick Children
Staff Physician
Adolescent Medicine

University of Toronto
Assistant Professor
Department of Paediatrics

Phone: 416-813-5825
Email: alene.toulany@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Dr. Alene Toulany is an Adolescent Medicine Specialist in the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Assistant Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. She received her medical degree in 2006 from Dalhousie University and completed her paediatric residency training in 2010 at SickKids, where she was also chief resident. Dr. Toulany then went on to pursue two years of subspecialty fellowship training in Adolescent Medicine and a VA Quality Scholars Fellowship through the Dartmouth College Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice in New Hampshire and Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (C-QuIPS) at the University of Toronto. Dr. Toulany also works as a Faculty Quality Improvement Advisor at C-QuIPS, leading education and mentorship in patient safety and quality improvement in the Department of Paediatrics.

Dr. Toulany is completing her Master’s degree in Health Services Research at the Institute for Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation (IHPME), University of Toronto. Her academic and research interests include quality of care and health services outcomes for youth with chronic medical and mental illness and transition to adult care. Clinically, she works with teens around issues of body image, obesity, eating disorders, sleep problems, coping with chronic illness, and sexual and reproductive health.


Select Journal Publications

Cooney M, Kaufman M, Birken C, Dettmer E, Toulany A. Impact of Adolescent Gender Dysphoria on Treatment Uptake in an Obesity Management Program. Journal of Pediatrics. 2016 May, 1-3.

Bhawra J, Toulany A, Cohen E, Moore C, Guttmann A. A Systematic Review of Primary Care Interventions to Improve Transition of Youth with Chronic Health Conditions from Paediatric to Adult Healthcare. BMJ Open, 2016 May 5;6(5):e011871.

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: A Population-Based Cohort Study. Pediatrics, 2016 Mar;137(3):1-9.

McQuillan RF, Toulany A, Kaufman M, Schiff J. Benefits of a Transfer Clinic in Adolescent and Young Adult Kidney Transplant Patients. Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease, 2015 Dec 15;2:45.

Dimitropoulos G, Herschman J, Toulany A, Steinegger C. A qualitative study on the challenges associated with accepting familial support from the perspective of transition-age youth with eating disorders. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 2015 July; 25:1-17.

Toulany A, Wong M, Katzman DK, Akseer N, Steinegger C, Hancock-Howard R, Coyte PC. Cost analysis of inpatient treatment of adolescents with anorexia nervosa: hospital and societal perspectives. CMAJ Open, 2015 May; 3(2): E192-E197.

Toulany A, Katzman D, Kaufman M, Hiraki, L, Silverman E. Chicken or the egg: Anorexia nervosa and systemic lupus erythematosus in children and adolescents. Pediatrics, 2014 Feb;133(2):e447-50.

Toulany A, McQuillan R, Thull-Freedman J, Margolis PA. Quasi-experimental designs for quality improvement research. Implementation Science 2013, 8(Suppl 1):S3.

Chapters in Books

Toulany A and Katzman DK. Restrictive Anorexia Nervosa in Clinical Decision Support: Pediatrics, edited by Chiang V, Boney CM, Jones MD, Rehm, K. 2016. Decision Support in Medicine, LLC. Wilmington, DE.

Toulany A and Katzman DK. Eating Disorders. in The Female Athlete Triad: A Clinical Guide, edited by Gordon C, Leboff MS. Springer Science+Business Media, New York, 2015.

Freedman JD, McQuillan R, Toulany A, McIntyre K, Bell CM. Improving Clinical Care: A Clinical Improvement Worksheet. In: Splaine ME, Dolansky MA, Estrada CA, Patrician PA. eds. Practice-Based Learning and Improvement: A Clinical Improvement Action Guide, 3rd edition, 2012.

Savlov D, Toulany A, Bernstein S. Growth and Nutrition. In: The Hospital for Sick Children Handbook of Pediatrics, 11th edition. Elsevier Canada, 2009.