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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Andrew Howard, MD, FRCSC, MSc

The Hospital for Sick Children
Interim Head of the Division of Orthopaedics
Orthopaedic Surgery

Research Institute
Senior Scientist
Child Health Evaluative Sciences

University of Toronto
Associate Professor
Departments of Surgery & Health Policy, Management & Evaluation

Phone: 416-813-6430
Fax: 416-813-6414
Email: andrew.howard@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Dr. Howard is a paediatric orthopaedic surgeon who has a large and diverse clinical practice. His clinical interests include complex orthopaedic trauma and surgery for spinal and lower extremity deformities. In addition to his surgical training, he holds a Masters of Science in Epidemiology (1998) from the University of Ottawa.

Academic Background

M.Sc Epidemiology
University of Ottawa

Research Interests


  • road traffic injury
  • unintentional injury
  • international surgery

Research Activities

Howard’s research focuses on prevention of road traffic injuries to children, which are overwhelmingly the leading cause of death for children in developed countries. Howard studies the biomechanics and epidemiology of child motor vehicle occupant injuries. This work is done in close cooperation with the Road Safety branch of Transport Canada and is unique in Canada.

Howard also studies the epidemiology of other major categories of unintentional childhood injury, including pedestrian and cyclist injuries, falls, and sports injuries. He has worked with the Toronto District School board to study the relationship between playground equipment and injury risk, and is carrying out a randomized trial in this area. Howard also does research on the prevention and treatment of unintentional injury to children in low income countries, and is an active member of the Office of International Surgery of the University of Toronto , and of the Canadian Network for International Surgery.


Beveridge M, Howard AW, Burton K, Holder W: The ptolemy project: a scalable model for delivering health information in Africa. BMJ 2003: 327: pp 790-793.

Howard A: Automobile restraints for children: a review for clinicians. CMAJ 2002: 167(7): pp 769-73.

Howard AW, Moses McKeag A, Rothman L, Comeau JL, Monk B, German A: Ejections of young children in motor vehicle crashes. Journal of Trauma 2003: 55: pp 126-129.

Macpherson A, Rothman L, Moses McKeag A, Howard AW: Mechanism of injury affects six month functional outcome in children hospitalized because of severe injuries. Journal of Trauma 2003: 55: pp 454-458.

For more recent publications see PubMed.