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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Shelly Weiss, MD, FRCP(C)

The Hospital for Sick Children
Staff Neurologist

Director of Faculty Development

University of Toronto
Assistant Professor
Department of Paediatrics

Phone: 416-813-5668
Fax: 416-813-6334
Email: shelly.weiss@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Dr. Weiss is a full time staff neurologist at SickKids and a professor of Paediatrics, University of Toronto. Her main areas of interest are epilepsy and sleep disorders. Dr. Weiss’ clinical interest in epilepsy includes both the medical and surgical management of paediatric epilepsy. In the area of sleep medicine, Dr. Weiss is the Past President of the Canadian Sleep Society (2011-2014).  She directs the Sleep/Neurology Clinic at SickKids.  Her research interests in sleep are in children who have neurologic disorders and sleep disturbance. Dr. Weiss is the Director of Faculty Development in the Dept. of Paediatrics. She is the Vice Chair of the AFC Diploma in Sleep Disorder Medicine at the RCPSC.  Dr. Weiss has published a book for parents on sleep entitled, Better Sleep for Your Baby & Child, Robert Rose Inc. 2006.

Clinical Care Activities

Epilepsy, paediatric sleep disorders.

Academic Background

Fellow, Developmental Paediatrics
The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, 1989-07-01 - 1995-07-01

Fellow, Paediatric Neurology
The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, 1991-07-01 - 1998-07-01

Research Interests

Epilepsy, paediatric sleep disorders.


William A. Hawke Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching – 1999

University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, Nomination for Colin R. Woolf Award in Continuing Education.  2002

HSC Continuing Education Award for Long-Term Contribution to Continuing Education for  2003-04- Nomination.  2005

chwartz-Reisman Visiting Scholar, University of Tel Aviv.  2007

Nomination for 2009 Lois H. Ross Resident Advocate Award, PAIRO. 2009

Nomination for 2009 Academic year Richard Rowe Award, Department of Pediatrics. HSC

Runner-up for CanMEDS Award in the Division of Pediatric Neurology. 2010

Runner-up for The William A. Hawke Award for excellence in Neurology teaching. 2011


Mackay MT, Weiss SK, Adams-Webber T, Ashwal S, Ballaban-Gill K, Baram TZ, Duchowny M, Glauser, TA, Hirtz D, Pellock JM, Shields WD, Shinnar S, Wyllie E, Snead OC III: Practice parameter:  Medical treatment of infantile spasms.  Report of the American Academy of Neurology and the Child Neurology Society.  Neurology 2004: 62(10): pp 1668-81. 

Nolan M, Sakuta R, Chuang N, Otsubo H, Rutka J, Snead OC III, Hawkins C, Weiss S: Dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumors in childhood:  Long-term outcome and prognostic features.  Neurology 2004: 62: pp 2270-6. 

RamachandranNair R., Weiss SK: Incomplete alpha coma pattern in a child (Review).  Pediatric Neurology 2005: 33(2): pp 127-30. 

Clarke DF, Roberts W, Daraksan M, Dupuis A, McCabe J, Wood H, Snead OC III, Weiss SK: The Prevalence of Autistic Spectrum Disorder in Children Surveyed in a Tertiary Care Epilepsy Clinic.  Epilepsia 2005: 46(12): pp 1970-7. 

Soman TB, Moharir M, DeVeber G, Weiss SK: Infantile spasms as an adverse outcome of neonatal cortical sinovenous thrombosis.  Journal of Child Neurology 2006: 21(2): pp 126-31. 

Gallagher S, Weiss SK, Oram Cardy J, Humphries T, Harman KE, Menascu S: Efficacy of very high dose steroid treatment in a case of Landau-Kleffner syndrome.  Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 2006: 48(9): pp 766-9. 

McCoy B, Wright T, Weiss S, Go C, Westall CA: Electroretinogram Changes in a Pediatric Population with Epilepsy: Is Vigabatrin Acting Alone? Journal of Child Neurology June 2011: 26:6, pages 729-733.

Ochi A, Hung R, Weiss S, Widjaja E, To T, Nawa Y, Shima T, Go C, Akiyama T, Donner E, Drake J, Rutka JT, Snead OC 3rd, Otsubo H: Lateralized interictal epileptiform discharges during rapid eye movement sleep correlate with epileptogenic hemisphere in children with intractable epilepsy secondary to tuberous sclerosis complex. Epilepsia 2011 Nov. 52(11), pages 1986-1994.

Go CY, Mackay MT, Weiss SK, Stephens D, Adams-Webber T, Ashwal S, Snead OC 3rd: Evidence-based guideline update: Medical treatment of infantile spasms: Report of the Guideline Development Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology and the Practice Committee of the Child Neurology Society. Neurology 2012 Jun, 78(24), pages 1974-1980.

Bitton JY, Sauerwein HC, Weiss SK, Donner EJ, Whiting S, Dooley JM, Snead C, Farrell K, Wirrell EC, Mohamed IS, Ronen GM, Salas-Prato M, Amre D, Lassonde M, Carmant L: A randomized controlled trial of flunarizine as add-on therapy and effect on cognitive outcome in children with infantile spasms.  Epilepsia. 2012 Aug 13. doi: 10.1111/j.1528-1167.2012.03623.x. [Epub ahead of print]

Adkins KW,  Molloy C,  Weiss SK, MD, Reynolds A, Goldman SE,  Burnette C,  Clemons T, Fawkes D, Malow BA: Effects of a standardized pamphlet on insomnia in children with autism spectrum disorders.  Pediatrics. 2012 Nov;130 Suppl 2:S139-44.

Malow BA,  Byars K, Johnson K, Weiss S,   Bernal P, Goldman SE,  Panzer R,  Coury DL, Glaze DG: A practice pathway for the identification, evaluation and management of insomnia in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Pediatrics. 2012 Nov;130 Suppl 2:S106-24.

Book Chapters

Weiss S, Snead OC III: West Syndrome.  In:  Intractable Focal Epilepsy: Medical and Surgical Treatment (Oxbury JM, Polkey CE, Duchowny MS, eds).  WB Saunders Ltd, London, 2000: pp 285-296. 

Mackay M, Weiss S, Snead OC III: Treatment of Infantile Spasms: An Evidence Based Approach.  In:  Epilepsy, Infantile Spasms and Developmental Encephalopathy (Schwartzkroin P, Rho J, eds)., Academic Press, New York 2002: pp 158-185. 

Weiss SK: Sleep Disorders.  Adolescent Healthcare: A Practical Guide, 5th Edition (Ed: Neinstien, Gordon, Katzman, Rosen, Woods). Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA 2007 

Weiss SK: Macfarlane J. Recognizing Narcolepsy or Probable Narcolepsy in a Child. Casebook of Sleep Medicine. American Academy of Sleep Medicine. 2008 

Weiss SK: Sleep Disorders. Handbook of  Adolescent Healthcare:  ( Ed: Neinstien, Gordon, Katzman, Rosen, Woods.)   Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2009.  

Weiss SK: Tips for parents: Prevention and management of sleep problems. In: Tremblay RE, Barr RG, Peters RDeV, Boivin M, eds. Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development (online). Montreal, Quebec: Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development; 2010:1-8. 

Weiss SK: Garbutt A. Pharmacotherapy in Pediatric Sleep Disorders. AM:STAR (213) Dec. 2010: 508-521.