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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Maria Zak, BScN, MN

The Hospital for Sick Children

University of Toronto
Clinical Appointment
Faculty of Nursing

Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 7722
Fax: 416-813-6709

Brief Biography

Maria began her career at The Hospital for Sick Children in 1989 in Orthopaedic Surgery. She also worked in Urology, General surgery on the Neurosurgery/Trauma Units. Later Maria was the Nurse Coordinator of the Orthopaedic Clinic where she managed the clinic and provided clinical care to children. After 15 years in surgery, Maria moved to Paediatrics in 2004 to work in the Division of Neurology. She worked in the Stroke Program until October 2007 and continues to work in the Epilepsy Program.

Maria holds a Diploma in Nursing from Fanshawe College (1989), a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Western Ontario (1993), a Master of Nursing Degree and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate from the University of Toronto (2004). Maria is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and holds an Adjunct Clinical Appointment at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.

Clinical Activities

Maria is an Advanced Practice Nurse in the Division of Neurology. The focus of her clinical work is with children who have epilepsy including those who are treated with such therapies as vagal nerve stimulation and the Ketogenic Diet. In addition Maria also works with children with a variety of neurological disorders. She provides direct clinical care, education, and support to this group of patients primarily in the outpatient setting but also in the inpatient setting when children are hospitalized.

Throughout her career at The Hospital for Sick Children, Maria has participated on many hospital-wide committees and was Co-Chair of the Nursing Practice Committee for many years. Maria is a member of the Association of Child Neurology Nurses, the Canadian Association of Neurosciences Nurses, the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, the Canadian Nurses Association, and the Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario.

Research Interests

Maria’s research interests are many and diverse and include evaluating the internet utilization patterns of parents and patients and how the information affects their medical decision-making, outcomes research to evaluate the efficacy of the Ketogenic Diet, the epidemiology of paediatric stroke, and sleep research. Maria is a Principal Investigator of a study evaluating the internet utilization patterns of parents who seek information and support through the internet and how these sites influence medical decision-making. In addition, Maria is also a Co-Investigator on numerous studies including a joint epidemiological study with ICES and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to capture data on paediatric stroke in Ontario.