Neonatology is the medical specialty devoted to the study, teaching, prevention, and care of problems originating in the fetal, intrapartum, or neonatal periods. This care extends to providing informational and supportive care to the families of such patients.
As The Hospital for Sick Children's Neonatology program is part of a tertiary, university-affiliated Children's hospital, our responsibilities include patient care, teaching, research and administration.
Care within the NICU is provided by a multidisciplinary team of individuals with expertise in all areas of medicine, nursing, respiratory therapy, nutrition, pharmacology, psychosocial services, rehabilitation medicine and biomedical engineering. This is a reflection of the increasing complexity of clinical problems which result from the increased survival of sicker and smaller babies, the increasing body of scientific knowledge, the increased recognition of the feasibility of surgery for many congenital disorders and the increasingly sophisticated technological support available.
The broader University of Toronto Division of Neonatology includes Neonatologists from The Hospital for Sick Children, Mt. Sinai Hospital and Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre.
The Neonatologists at Mt. Sinai and Women's College are cross-appointed to The Hospital for Sick Children's Division of Neonatology as Associate Staff.
Clinical care in Neonatology Division is provided.
The Neonatology Division supports subspecialty training in Neonatology in three fellowship categories;
Members of the SickKids neonatal division are actively involved in both clinical and laboratory research.