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September 14, 2012

Training leads to improved child health in China

Dr. Shoo Lee, head of the Division of Neonatology at SickKids. has been awarded the Magnolia Award by the Shanghai government. The Magnolia Award is the highest honour awarded to a non-Chinese citizen in recognition of his or her contributions to the social and economic development of Shanghai. He receives the award at a ceremony in Shanghai on Sep. 14.

A native of Singapore, Dr. Lee has worked to improve health care for children and training for health professionals and researchers in the People's Republic of China since 1996. He established the International Training Programs in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Neonatal Nursing at the Children's Hospital of Fudan University in Shanghai. The program has trained more than 100 doctors and nurses from 24 provinces in China.

Through a China-Canada Joint Research Initiative, he also established a national program to reduce infant mortality and morbidity in rural China by training rural health professionals in care of sick newborn infants. In partnership with Chinese researchers, he introduced the concept of rural maternal-child health clinics and the use of evidence-based quality improvement programs, which have reduced hospital-acquired infections by 65 per cent in Chinese hospitals.

Dr. Lee is currently working on the launch of Toronto's first breast-milk bank that will help in the care of critically fragile hospitalized babies. The bank is a joint project of Mt. Sinai, Sunnybrook and SickKids.

Dr. Lee's list of achievements is long. He is the Scientific Director of the Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research; Professor of Paediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Public Health at the University of Toronto; Paediatrician-in-Chief at Mount Sinai Hospital and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; The Women's Auxillary Chair and Head of the Division of Neonatology at The Hospital for Sick Children; Senior Scientist, SickKids Research Institute; Adjunct Professor of Paediatrics at Fudan University; a steering committee member of China State Key Laboratory in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, and Organizing Chair of the Biennial Shanghai Neonatal Forum. He is a frequent Visiting Professor at many hospitals and conferences across China.

He earned his undergraduate and master's degrees from University of Singapore and Harvard University and holds a PhD from Harvard in Health Policy (Economics).