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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Blake Papsin, MD, MSc, FRCS, FACS, FAAP

The Hospital for Sick Children
Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

University of Toronto

Phone: 416-813-2190
Fax: 416-813-5036
Email: blake.papsin@sickkids.ca
Alternate Contact: Patricia Fuller
Alternate Phone: 416-813-7259
Alternate Fax: 416-813-5036
Alternate Email: patricia.fuller@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Blake Papsin (MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS, FAAP) was named Otolaryngologist-in-Chief, with the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery in April 2013. He has been a full-time consultant since July 1996 and was the Director of the Cochlear Implant Program at SickKids for the last fifteen years. 

He is a Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and was the inaugural chair of the Cochlear Americas Chair in Auditory Development at the University of Toronto.  He is currently the inaugural chair of the Jordan and Lisa Gnat and Bastable-Potts Chair in Otolaryngology at the University of Toronto. He completed his fellowship training in paediatric otolaryngology at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, England. Papsin has published a considerable number of peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and has spoken widely on the subject of surgical rehabilitation of hearing loss which is his clinical focus.

Research Interests

Auditory system development after cochlear implantation

Research Activities

Research in Papsin's lab is directed at determining how the auditory system develops after cochlear implantation in young children. Papsin's lab examines the auditory system using electrophysiologic measurements and compare the time course of development with the known rates of development for persons with normal hearing. In addition, they analyze speech and language outcomes to identify the optimal time for cochlear implantation and possible factors that might predict superior performance.


Davids T, Gordon KA, Clutton D, Papsin BC: Bone anchored hearing aids in infants and children younger tha 5 years. Archives of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery 2007: 133(1): pp 51-5.

Trimble K, Blaser S, James AL, Papsin BC: Computed tomography and/or magnetic resonance imaging before pediatric cochlear implantation? Developing an investigative strategy. Otol Neurotol 2007: 28(3): pp 317-24.

Gordon KA, Valero J, Papsin BC: Binaural processing in children using bilateral cochlear implants. Neuroreport 2007: 18(6): pp 613-7.

Propst EJ, Harrison RV, Gordon KA, Papsin BC, Blaser S, Stockley TL: In reference to temporal bone imaging in GJB2 deafness. The Laryngoscope 2007: 117(6): pp 1127-1129.

Gordon KA, Papsin BC, Harrison RV: Auditory brainstem activity and development evoked by apical versus basal cochlear implant electrode stimulation in children. Clin Neurophysiol 2007: 118(8): pp 1671-84.

Gordon KA, Valero J, Papsin BC: Auditory brainstem activity in children with 9-30 months of bilateral cochlear implant use. Hear Res 2007: epub.

Propst E, Blaser S, Holowka S, Lewin PK, Armstrong D, Papsin BC: Dilated Endolymphatic fossae in a 2800 year old Egyptian mummy. The Journal of Otolaryngology 2007: 36(4): pp E 45-47.

Papsin BC, Gordon KA: Cochlear implantation in a child with severe to profound deafness. N Engl J Med 2007 Dec 6;357(23):2380-7