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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Sharon Dell, MD, BEng, FRCPC

The Hospital for Sick Children
Staff & Clinical Investigator
Respiratory Medicine

Research Institute
Senior Associate Scientist
Child Health Evaluative Sciences

University of Toronto

Past Program Director
Clinical Epidemiology & Health Care Research Program

Phone: 416-813-6248
Fax: 416-813-6246
Email: sharon.dell@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Dr. Sharon Dell, BEng, MD, FRCPC is a paediatric respirologist (A.K.A. pulmonologist) and Senior Associate Scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. She is also a Full Professor in the Department of Paediatrics and past director (2010-2015) of the Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research M.Sc/PhD graduate program in the Institute of Health Policy Management & Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Dell spends 60 per cent of her time conducting clinical research and 40 per cent of her time in clinical care, leading sub-specialty clinics in primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD), Children’s Interstitial Lung Disease (ChILD) (including pulmonary vasculitis) and severe asthma. Dell is an active member of multiple professional societies and has many international research collaborations in pediatric rare lung disease. She has participated in international clinical guideline development for rare pediatric diseases (eg. American Thoracic Society (ATS) ChILD in infancy and PCD statements; European Respiratory Society Taskforce for PCD diagnosis) and is the incoming (2017) ATS Pediatric Scientific Program Committee chair. Within Canada, she is a member of the Ontario Thoracic Society (past Chair of Provider Education Program, member of OTS executive committee) and Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS Asthma Clinical Assembly expert panel and asthma guidelines committee member). In 2016, she completed a six month visiting scholar appointment at the University of Sydney in New South Wales, Australia.


Clinical Care Activities 

  • Asthma
  • Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (non-CF bronchiectasis)
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Pulmonary Vasculitis

Research Interests

Dell’s research program focuses on evaluating health outcomes, risk factors, genotype/phenotype correlations and diagnostic tests in children with lung disease, including asthma and rare orphan lung diseases. Dell participates in several North American and European multi-center research collaborations, including the NIH funded Genetic Diseases of Mucociliary Clearance Consortium and the Children’s Interstitial Lung Disease (ChILD) Network. Dell has held continuous grant funding at a federal level (NIH, CIHR, Health Canada, Canadian Thoracic Society) since starting her academic career in 2002.