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Scientific and Academic Chairs

A Chair is an academic honour bestowed on scientists and clinicians to recognize achievements in their field of study or potential to contribute to an area of study. The impressive number of Chairs awarded to members of SickKids reflects the excellence and high caliber of the Research Institute’s scientists, clinicians and faculty.

At SickKids, two types of Chairs recognize outstanding scientists and clinicians: endowed chairs and Canada Research Chairs.

The endowed chairs program enhances the recruitment, retention and support of outstanding individuals working to advance the strategic direction of the institution by enhancing knowledge in a particular discipline or field. Endowed chairs are responsible for world-leading research and academic activities in a variety of disciplines throughout the Hospital and have contributed greatly to the global academic and research community.

Endowed chairs can either be joint hospital chairs, which are fully funded through SickKids Foundation resources, or joint matched chairs which are university chairs supported by matching funds from SickKids Foundation and the University of Toronto. SickKids scientists and clinicians hold 26 endowed chairs.

The Canada Research Chairs Program is part of the federal government’s strategy to establish Canada as a premier research and development nation by attracting and retaining some of the world's most accomplished and promising minds. Candidates for Canada Research Chairs are nominated by senior management on behalf of the Hospital to the University of Toronto.

SickKids, through the University of Toronto, is home to 23 Canada Research Chairs. More details about the SickKids Canada Research Chairs Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Plan, along with a list of Canada Research Chairs held by SickKids personnel is available over here.

Endowed Chairs at SickKids

Patsy and Jamie Anderson Chair in Child & Youth Mental Health (2012)
- Peter Szatmari, MD, M.Sc., FRCPS

Geoffrey Barker Research Chair in Paediatric Critical Care Medicine (2002) 
- Brian Kavanagh, MB, BSc, MRCP(I), FRCP(C), FFARCS(I) Hons

Bastable-Potts Chair in Infectious Diseases Research (2017)
- Upton Allen, MBBS, M.Sc., FAAP, FRCPC

BMO Financial Group Chair in Cardiology at The Hospital for Sick Children (2006)

The Donald & Audrey Campbell Chair in Immunology (1998)
- Eyal Grunebaum, MD

Hak-Ming and Deborah Chiu Chair in Paediatric Translational Medicine (2012) 
- Rae Yeung, MD, PhD, FRCPC

CIBC Children's Foundation Chair in Child Health Research (1999) 
- Brian McCrindle, MD, MPH, FRCP(C), FACC

CIT Group Chair in Congenital Heart Surgery (2000) 
- Glen Van Arsdell, MD

Cochlear Americas Chair in Auditory Development (2001) 
- Karen Gordon, PhD, CCC-A, Reg. CASLPO

Earl Glenwood Coulson Chair in Interventional Radiology (2003) 
- Michael Temple. MD

Curtis Joseph/Harold Groves Chair in Anaesthesia & Pain Medicine (2012)
- Mark Crawford, MBBS, FRCPC

David and Stacey Cynamon Chair in Critical Care Medicine (2012)
- Peter Laussen, MB.BS., FCICM

The Derek Harwood-Nash Chair in Medical Imaging (1999)
- Dr. Birgit Ertl-Wagner

The Robert M. Filler Chair in Paediatric Surgery (1999) 
- Agostino Pierro, MD

Garron Family and HATZ OFF 2 KIDZ Chair in Childhood Leukemia Research (2015)
- Donna Wall, MD, CCPE

Garron Family Chair in Childhood Cancer Research 1 (2011)
- Eric Bouffet, MD

Garron Family Chair in Childhood Cancer Research 2 (2011) 
- Uri Tabori, MD

Garron Family Chair in Childhood Cancer Research 3 (2012)
- Michael D. Taylor, MD, PhD, FRCS(C)

Garron Family Chair in Childhood Cancer Research 4 (2013) 
- Peter Dirks, MD, PhD

Jordan and Lisa Gnat Family & Bastable Potts Chair in Otolaryngology (2016)
Blake Papsin, MD, MSc, FRCS, FACS, FAAP

Glaxosmithkline Chair in Genetics and Genomics (2004) 
- Stephen Scherer, PhD, FRSC

Bernice and Harold Groves Chair in Orthopedic Research (2015)
- to be determined

Jordan and Lisa Gnat Family & Bastable Potts Chair in Otolaryngology (2016)
Blake Papsin, MD, MSc, FRCS, FACS, FAAP

Mira Godard Chair in Vision Research (2003)
- Asim Ali, MD, FRCSC

The Mary Jo Haddad Nursing Chair in Child Health
- Jennifer Stinson, PhD, RN-EC, CPNP

The Robert Harding Chair in Global Child Health (2013)
- Zulfiqar Bhutta, PhD, MBBS, FRCPCH, FAAP

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada/Robert M. Freedom Chair at The Hospital for Sick Children (1997)
- Seema Mital, MD, FACC, FAHA, FRCP(C)

The Ho Family Chair in Autoimmune Diseases at The Hospital for Sick Children (2007)
- Brian Feldman, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Harold J. Hoffman/Shoppers Drug Mart Chair in Paediatric Neurosurgery (1997)
- James M. Drake, BSE, MB, BCh, MSc, FRCSC

Holland Bloorview Children's Hospital Chair in Paediatric Neuroscience (1997)
- Steven Miller, MD, CM, MAS, FRCPC

Mead Johnson Chair in Nutritional Science (2014)
- Jill Hamilton, MD

The R.S. McLaughlin Foundation Chair in Paediatrics (1998)
- Ronald Cohn, MD, FACMG

Mining4Life Chair in Mineral Nutrition (2014)
- Stanley Zlotkin, OC, MD, PhD, FRCP(C)

Mogford Campbell Family Chair in Paediatric Clinical Neuroscience (2014)
James Dowling, MD, PhD

The Northbridge Chair in Paediatric Research (1998)
- Michael Salter, MD, PhD, Research Institute

Northbridge Financial Corporation Chair in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (2010)
- Anne Griffiths, MD, FRCP(C)

Ontasian Chair in Paediatric Neuroimaging (2004)
- Manohar Shroff, MD, DMRD, FRCPC

The Pitblado Chair in Cell Biology (1998)
- John Brumell, PhD

Norine Rose Chair in Cardiovascular Sciences at The Hospital for Sick Children (2007)
- Steven Schwartz, MD, FRCPC

Robert Salter Chair in Surgery (1997)
- Christopher Caldarone, MD, FRCSC

H.E. Sellers Chair in Cystic Fibrosis (1998)
- Felix Ratjen, MD, FRCP(C)

The SickKids Chair in Medical Psychiatry (2014)
- to be determined

The Signy Hildur Eaton Chair in Paediatric Nursing Research (2000)
- To be determined

The TD Bank Group Chair in Adolescent Psychiatry (1999)
- Russell Schachar, MD, FRCP(C)

John and Melinda Thompson Chair in Vision and Neuroscience (2007)
- Agnes Wong, MD, PhD, FRCSC

Wasser Chair in Anesthesia and Pain Management (2016)
Jason Maynes, MD, PhD

The Watson Family Chair in Cardiovascular Sciences (2008)
- To be determined

The Women's Auxiliary Chair in Clinical & Metabolic Genetics (2012)
- To be determined

The Women's Auxiliary of The Hospital for Sick Children Chair in Neonatology (1995)
- Estelle Gauda, MD

The Women's Auxiliary Millenium Chair in Paediatric Haematology/Oncology (2001)
- James A. Whitlock, MD

The Women's Auxiliary of The Hospital for Sick Children Chair in Neonatology (1995)
Estelle Gauda, MD

The Women's Auxiliary Chair in Urology and Regenerative Medicine (2010) 
- Martin Koyle, MD

Endowed Chairs at the University of Toronto (held by SickKids personnel)

POGO (Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario) Chair in Childhood Cancer Control
David Malkin, MD, FRCP(C), FAAP, Cancer Genetics Program

The Dan Family Chair in Neurosurgery
James Rutka, MD, PhD, FRCSC, Department of Surgery