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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Hilary Whyte, MB, MSc, FRCPI, FRCPC

The Hospital for Sick Children
Staff Neonatologist

Medical Director
Acute Care Transport Services (ACTS) Team

Medical Director
SickKids International

Research Institute
Project Director
Neurosciences & Mental Health

University of Toronto

Chair Positions

Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health
Maternal Child Transport Advisory Committee

Other Positions

Associate Medical Director

Transport Medicine Physician

Mount Sinai Hospital & Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Phone: 416-813-6345
Fax: 416-813-5245
Email: hilary.whyte@sickkids.ca

For more information, visit:

Acute Care Transport Services

SickKids International

Brief Biography

Faculty member of the Division of Neonatology for 35 years, cross appointed to the Department of Critical Care Medicine and Paediatric Emergency Medicine at SickKids, with staff privileges at both Mount Sinai and Sunnybrook Hospitals. 

Dr. Whyte has been the Medical Director of the SickKids Acute Care Transport Service (ACTS) Team for the last 22 years.  ACTS is responsible for the retrieval of all sick newborns and children under 13 years of age in our region of the Province of Ontario. Dr. Whyte has spearheaded a standardized model for transport competencies, processes and equipment to enhance patient safety in inter-facility transport across Canada.  

Dr. Whyte is also Medical Director of SickKids International and also responsible for outreach programs. She has an interest in creative and innovative ways to educate and maintain the competencies of interdisciplinary health care professionals involved in neonatal and paediatric critical care medicine.

Her research focus is in the area of transport medicine and neuro-critical care. She has had a leadership role in developing the follow-up program for high risk infants and has pursued outcomes research on the most vulnerable populations.

Academic Background

Medical School - Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Paediatric Residency - Dublin, Ireland x 4 years; SickKids x 2 years
Fellowship in Neonatology - Vancouver, BC & SickKids x 2 year

Research Interests

  • Preterm brain development and outcomes.
  • Term brain injury and markers for prognostication.
  • Models and competencies of transport teams


Top Publications:

Young J, Morgan B, Whyte HEA, Lee W, Smith ML, Raybaud C, Shroff M, Sled JG, Taylor MJ. Longitudinal study of white matter development and outcomes in children born very preterm. Cerebral Cortex 2017; 27(8): 4094-4105.

Gunz AC, McNally JD, Whyte HE, O'Hearn K, Foster J, Parker MJ, Dhanani S. Defining significant events for neonatal and pediatric transport: results of a combined Delphi and consensus meeting process. Journal of Paediatric Intensive Care 2017; 06(03): 165-175.

Whyte HE, Jefferies AL, Canadian Paediatric Society, Community Paediatrics Committee. Inter-facility transport of critically ill newborns. Paediatrics and Child Health 2015: 20 (5): 265-269.

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