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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Estelle Gauda, MD

The Hospital for Sick Children
Division Head

Women’s Auxiliary Chair

Research Institute
Senior Associate Scientist
Translational Medicine

University of Toronto

Toronto Centre for Neonatal Health

Phone: 416-813-4908
Fax: 416-813-5245
Email: estelle.gauda@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Dr. Gauda obtained her MD from the University of Iowa in 1982 and completed a residency in paediatrics at St. Louis Children's Hospital in 1985 followed by a fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Case Western University. She is board-certified in paediatrics and perinatal-neonatal medicine. Gauda has clinical expertise in Perinatal-Neonatal care of the high risk newborn and a solid research portfolio investigating 1) mechanisms that control breathing with a focus maturation of the carotid body and its effects on breathing during development in health and disease in premature infants, and 2) alternative treatment paradigms for neonatal abstinence syndrome.   

Academic Background


  • 1976-80   Missouri 6-year medical school, University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO
  • 1980-82   M.D., University of Iowa, College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA


  • 1982-85   Resident (Pediatrics), Washington University, St Louis, MO
  • 1985-88   Post-Doctoral Fellow (Perinatal-Neonatal Medicine), Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Research Interests

Control of Breathing, Carotid Body, Intermittent Hypoxia, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Apnea of Prematurity, Clonidine, Opiates, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome


Top publications:

  1. Wolf DS, Golden WC, Hoover-Fong J, Applegate C, Cohen BA, Germain-Lee EL, Goldberg MF, Crawford TO, Gauda EB. High-dose glucocorticoid therapy in the management of seizures in neonatal incontinentia pigmenti: A case report. Journal of Child Neurology 2015 Jan; 30(1): 100-106.
  2. Master ZR. Porzionato, A, Kesavan K  Mason A,  Chavez-Valdez, R. Shirahata M. Gauda EB. Effect of lipopolysaccharide exposure on structure and function of the carotid body in newborn rats.  Journal of Applied Physiology 2016; 121(3): 816-827.
  3. Agthe AG, Kim, GR,  Mathias KB, Hendrix CW, Lauren Jansson, LJ M.D., Lewis TR, Yaster, M. and Gauda, EB. Clonidine as an adjunct therapy to opioids for neonatal abstinence syndrome:  A randomized controlled trial.  Pediatrics 2009; 123(5): e849-56.

Full bibliography