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Charisse Kwan, MD

Charisse Kwan

Brief Biography

Dr. Kwan earned her B.Sc with distinction at the University of Western Ontario and received her medical degree at McMaster University.  She completed her paediatric residency and was chief resident at Queen’s University. Following the completion of a paediatric emergency medicine fellowship and then a paediatric point of care ultrasound fellowship, she joined the faculty in the Paediatric Emergency Department at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. She has an interest in point of care ultrasound in medical education and is also involved in clinical and medical education research.

Academic Background

  • Fellowship, Paediatric Point-of-Care Ultrasound, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON
  • Fellowship, Paediatric Emergency Medicine(RCPSC-PEM), The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON
  • Pediatrics Residency (FRCPC), Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

Research Interests

Dr. Kwan's research focuses on the use of emergency ultrasound technology in Paediatric Emergency medicine.  Areas of emphasis include: novel clinical application design and use, learning curves, education and simulation.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Yeh B, Weerdenburg K, Kwan CW, Fischer JW. Point-of-care ultrasound diagnosis of bilateral retinal detachment associated with Vogt-Koyanagi-Harads disease in the Pediatric Emergency Department, Pediatric Emergency Care, 2016 Feb 15 [eEpub ahead of print] 

Berant R, Kwan C, Fischer JW. Emergency point-of-care ultrasound assessment of the white out lung in the Pediatric Emergency Department. Pediatric Emergency Care. 31(12):872-875, Nov 2015. 

Rosenfield D, Kwan C, Fischer JW. Point-of-Care Ultrasound: an emerging technology in Canadian Paediatrics. Paediatr Child Health. 2015; 20(1): 67-8.

Kwan CW, Fischer JW. Emergency Ultrasound Diagnosis of Hematocolpometra and Imperforate Hymen. Pediatric Emergency Care Feb 2014; 30(2):128-30. 

Kwan CW, Doan Q, Oliviera JP, Ouyang M, Howard A, Boutis K. Do Obese Children Suffer more Severe Fractures than Non-Obese Children?: A Cross-sectional Study from a Paediatric Emergency Department. Paediatr Child Health, Dec 2013
Kuzik, BA, Flavin MP, Kent S, Zielinski D, Kwan CW, Adeleye A, Vegsund BC, Rossi C.  Effect of inhaled hypertonic saline on hospital admission rate in children with viral bronchiolitis: a randomized trial. Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine 2010;12(6):477-84. 

Kwan CW, Onyett H. Community Acquired Urinary Tract Pathogens And Their Resistance Patterns In Hospitalized Children In South-Eastern Ontario From 2002-2006. Paediatr Child Health. 2008 Nov;13(9):759-762. 

Matsui D, Kwan C, Steer E, Rieder MJ. The trials and tribulations of doing drug research in children. CMAJ, Nov. 11, 2003; 169 (10). 


Charisse Kwan, MD, FRCPC, RCPSC (PEM)
Fellow, Emergency Ultrasound 2012
Staff Physician 
Paediatric Emergency Medicine

Program Director, Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Program
Division of Emergency Medicine

Phone: 416-813-7654
email: charisse.kwan@sickkids.ca