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Department of Paediatrics

Dr. Meredith Irwin, MD

The Department of Paediatrics consists of multifaceted programs of national and international significance and supports the mission and goals of SickKids. Our goal is to continuously evolve as one of the world's leading academic departments of paediatrics, focusing on excellence in clinical care, training the next generation of paediatric health care professionals, and generating new knowledge through cutting edge research and creative professional activities.

Learn more about the many accomplishments within the Department of Paediatrics by viewing our latest Annual Report.

Information regarding the many areas of focus within the Department of Paediatrics can be found by accessing the links below.

We share the SickKids vision, Healthier Children, A Better World. Learn more about who we are and what we do by browsing our page.

Divisions and specialties

The Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto plays a major role in the organization of the learning experiences in paediatrics for medical students.


Chris Carew

Director, Strategy, Finance and Administration

Jeremy Friedman

Associate Chair, Clinical

Annie Huang

Associate Chair, Research

Indra Narang

Associate Chair, Faculty Development and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Mark Palmert

Associate Chair, Ambulatory

Rulan Parekh

Associate Chair, Clinical Research

Rayfel Schneider

Associate Chair, Education

Annual Report

The Department of Paediatrics Annual Report is published annually to provide an overview of the departmental activities including staff publications, awards and other divisional highlights.

Strategic Plan

As the Department of Paediatrics looks ahead to the next five years, one of the most essential ingredients to ensure we realize positive impact and remain
vigilantly focused will be our strategic plan.

Read the strategic plan: VISION 2023 (pdf)


This committee, under the direction Dr. Indra Narang, supports faculty members through the areas of career development in:

  • Teaching/education skills
  • Research and clinical care skills
  • Mentorship
  • Work life balance
  • Assistance with CDCP/triennial review
  • Career counseling
  • Academic leave/retirement planning and promotions

Terms of Reference 

  • To enhance excellence in teaching and educational endeavours. 
  • To increase recognition of educational activities. 
  • To develop and subsequently review core competencies on an annual basis core competencies and outcome measures for the teaching and educational components of the clinician-teacher and clinician-educator job activity profiles. 
  • To develop an appropriate mechanism whereby members of the Department of Paediatrics will be evaluated according to the criteria developed under number 3 on an annual basis. 
  • To assist in developing individual faculty member's roles as clinician-teachers and clinician-educators including maintaining a mentoring process. 
  • To encourage, promote and coordinate faculty development for all aspects of teaching in the Department of Paediatrics. 
  • To work collaboratively to promote educational research in the Department. 
  • To foster liaisons with other groups with shared educational interests. 
  • To make recommendations to the Chair with regard to necessary educational infrastructure and the resources required for this infrastructure development. 
  • To advise the Chair on matters pertinent to education within the Department. 
  • To develop from time to time as required a task force/ad hoc groups to review specific issues and report to the committee. 



Faculty Development is a subcommittee of the MEAC. 

Terms of Reference 

  • Facilitate research by advising the Paediatric Executive regarding: 
    • assessment of research-related job activity profiles 
    • assessment of institutional policies that impact research 
    • design and adjudication of awards that recognize achievements in research by members of the Department of Paediatrics 
  • Provide representation on Divisional Review Committees. 
  • Mentor junior faculty with research-focused job activity profiles. 
  • Adjudicate achievements in research by members of the SickKids Department of Paediatrics as part of the Career Development and Compensation Programme (CDCP) process. 
  • Contribute to development of clinician-scientist training programs including MD-PhD residency program, Transition Clinician-Scientist program 


In addition to the RAC there are several members of the Department of Paediatrics who have leadership roles working with clinician-scientist and investigator trainees. These include the following:

  • Padmaja Subbarao, Lead, CSTP Adjudication Committee
  • Annie Huang, SickKids Lead, CCHCSP 
  • Jim Dowling, MD-PhD Lead, Department of Paediatrics Residency Selection Committee 
  • Mark Friedberg, Lead, Department of Paediatrics Core Residency Scholarship
  • Uri Tabori, Representative, Department of Paediatrics Clinician-Investigator Program (CIP)
  • Theo Moraes, Co-Chair, Department of Paediatrics Research Day
  • Catharine Walsh, Co-Chair, Department of Paediatrics Research Day

Creative Professional Activity Grant

The Creative Professional Activity grant competition was introduced in 2005 to encourage and promote the clinical academic scholarship activity and careers of the members of the Department of Paediatrics at SickKids.

The competition is open to all clinical departmental faculty, priority being given to junior faculty whose roles involve a significant amount of clinical time. Faculty are encouraged to submit innovative research approaches to improving the scholarly care of patients, as well as clinically relevant projects that will have a direct impact on better care for our patients and families.

Successful grant winners over the last decade have a strong record of publishing their work in high impact peer reviewed journals, presenting nationally and internationally and leading to external funding for further work in the area of study. Importantly these projects have also resulted in many rapid innovations in models of care and advances in practice with direct impact on children at SickKids and elsewhere.

Congratulations to the 2020 SickKids Department of Paediatrics Creative Professional Activity Grant Winners.

In addition to the regular competition in 2020, we elected to have an additional competition to recognize the importance of clinical research related to the current COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on children.


The Paediatrics Award Day 2020 was celebrated virtually on June 25, 2020. This day is an opportunity to honour members of the department for their outstanding achievements. To learn more about the awards, click to expand the sections below.

Clinical awards

These awards have been established to recognize and honor the contributions of individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievements and a commitment to clinical excellence at various career stages. Expand the sections below for more details regarding the awards and the nomination process.

The Richard Rowe Award is named for Dr. Richard Rowe, Head of the Division of Cardiology from 1973 until 1986. Dr. Rowe demonstrated the very finest attributes of a clinical scholar. In his honour, The Richard Rowe Award honors a physician in the Department for sustained clinical excellence. The award is aimed at physicians who have demonstrated excellence in the delivery of clinical care in its broadest sense over a significant period of time.

The Clinical Excellence Award is for physicians within the first five to 10 years of appointment to an academic health science centre. While the qualities of the recipient of this award should be similar to those for the Richard Rowe Award, sustained levels of excellence and international presence will be less critical.

The Outstanding Clinical Contribution Award was introduced in 2012 to recognize the important work being done every year by clinicians to improve the quality and outcomes of the lives of our patients and their families on a daily basis. This award will recognize a paediatrician who has led an initiative in innovative care delivery systems, quality improvement, patient safety, advocacy or other clinical endeavours.

This award is open to all physicians who are members of the Department of Paediatrics, full and part-time, junior and senior who have made an outstanding clinical contribution over the last few years. Nominate a colleague who, in the last few years, has for example, led an outstanding high-quality initiative, or built a successful new clinical service or program that has enhanced patient care.

All clinicians involved in activities within the Department of Pediatrics are eligible for the awards. Members of the faculty are eligible to receive the award once in a five-year period.

Candidates for the awards should demonstrate many of the following characteristics:

  • Exemplary and well-rounded clinician
  • Consistent, durable, and continuous high standard of clinical care
  • Team leader, facilitates collaboration locally and nationally
  • National/international presence
  • Leads in application of clinical evaluative methods to activities of divisions/department
  • Develops new clinical techniques
  • Excellent mentor
  • Leadership role in the department/national development of clinical standards
  • Practices in a collegial manner

  • Dr. Richard Rowe Award: Carolyn Beck (2020), Sarah Alexander (2019), Michael Weinstein (2018)
  • Outstanding Clinical Contribution: Michelle Science (2020), Julia Orkin (2019), Epic Physician Team (2018)
  • Clinical Excellence: Vann Chau (2020), Jonathan Wasserman (2019), Sohail Al-saleh (2018)

Education awards

These awards have been established to recognize and honor the contributions of individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievements and a commitment to education and faculty / trainee development at various career stages. More details regarding the awards and the nomination process can be found by accessing the links below: Nominations are sought from residents and fellows enrolled within the subspecialty of the faculty being nominated.

The Subspecialty Teaching Award recognizes educational excellence by a full-time faculty member in the Department of Paediatrics within a subspecialty program. Nominations are sought from residents and fellows enrolled within the subspecialty of the faculty being nominated.

The Excellence in Continuing Medical Education Award is in recognition of continuing education initiatives in the Department of Paediatrics. There are three potential areas for recognition of excellence.

  • Course co-ordination
  • Teaching at a continuing education event
  • Long-term contribution to continuing education in the Department of Paediatric

The Department of Paediatrics established an annual Faculty Mentorship Award in 2013 to recognize excellence in mentorship of faculty. Please consider nominating a colleague for this award that has provided mentorship to you and/or others.

This award was established in honour of the educational legacy of Dr. Susan Tallett, who worked at SickKids for almost 40 years. Tallett is recognized as one of the most enthusiastic proponents of teaching and learning in the Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto, an exceptional paediatrician, a compassionate leader and mentor, and a strong and effective advocate for education and equity at all levels.

Tallett has been a pioneer in many ways, designing and implementing innovative educational initiatives that are now considered core to our practice, and a strong supporter of work-life balance. She has inspired countless students, residents, fellows and staff to reach their potential and so many attribute successes in their career trajectories to her compassionate mentorship and support.

Terms of Reference (PDF)

The Dr. Michael (Mickey) Lester Award for enhancing the patient and family experience in Paediatrics (demonstrating excellent communication skills, humour and congeniality).

The award will recognize outstanding performance in enhancing the patient and/or family experience in Paediatric care:

  • by a core paediatric resident; or
  • by a subspecialty paediatric resident or clinical fellow.

Terms of Reference (PDF)

  • Subspecialty Teaching: Indra Narang (2020), Alene Toulany (2019), Adrienne Davis (2018)

Research awards

These awards have been established to recognize and honor the contributions of individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievements and a commitment to research excellence at various career stages. Expand the sections below for more details regarding the awards and the nomination process.

The Junior Physician Researcher Award recognizes outstanding achievements and progress in research by a physician during the first 10 years after initial appointment to the faculty of an academic health sciences centre.

The Physician Researcher Award for Scientific Accomplishment recognizes the accomplishments of a physician who has generated a body of research that is exerting a major impact in a field of study. The awardee will be more than 10 and less than 20 years beyond the date of appointment as a faculty member at an academic health sciences centre.

The Physician Researcher Award for Career Excellence recognizes sustained excellence in research by a physician who has demonstrated far-reaching impact through innovation and/or leadership. The awardee will be more than 20 years beyond the initial date of appointment as a faculty member at an academic health sciences centre.

Nomination application packages consist of the following:

  • Nomination Letter
  • Nominee’s CV
  • Letter of support from full time faculty within the Department of Paediatrics

  • Junior Physician Researcher: Vijay Ramaswamy (2020), Daniel Roth (2019), Not Awarded (2018)
  • Physician Researcher for Scientific Accomplishment: Yaron Finkelstein (2020), Aleixo Muise (2019), Eyal Cohen (2018)
  • Physician Researcher for Career Excellence: Brian McCrindle (2020), Rosanna Weksberg (2019), Anne Marie Griffiths (2018)

Administrative award

The Paediatric Administrative Award was first awarded in 2007 to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the Department of Paediatrics administrative staff throughout the year. It recognizes an administrative support staff member in the department who demonstrates outstanding performance and excellence in all aspects of their role. This individual possesses exceptional critical thinking, organizational, communication and interpersonal skills and is motivated to perform above and beyond their daily responsibilities. 

Candidates are selected based on their individual accomplishments, not only in their day to day activities, but also based on their contribution in their division, the Department of Paediatrics, and/or hospital-wide (for example, development and implementation of best practices). We are looking for individuals that go above and beyond their job profile and live the SickKids values.

Submissions are reviewed by an Awards Committee and the winner receives a prize worth $1000 (after applicable taxes). Announcements will be made at the Department of Paediatrics Annual Awards Day celebration as well as on our staff intranet (mySickKids).

All permanent administrative support staff members of the Department of Paediatrics are eligible for nomination by all SickKids staff (eg., fellow admin staff, nurses, trainees, physicians). Suitable candidates for nomination include intermediate secretaries, administrative assistants, administrative coordinators and divisional administrative leads working 0.4 to 1.0 FTE.

Brittany Marshman (2020), Kamela Ramlackhan (2019), Susy O'Neill (2018), Becky Simpson (2017), Sonia Dos Santos (2016)

Advocacy, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award

The Advocacy, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award recognizes and profiles the outstanding contributions of employees within the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. This award recognizes recipients who develop and/or implement activities, programs, or research related to social justice and health equity which advance anti-racism initiatives and manifest our shared commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion into action.

Principle nominators must include a letter describing how the nominee embodies the criteria of this award. Each nominator may solicit up to two additional supporting letters for their nominee. Supporting nominations can be provided by managers, Faculty members, medical students, graduate students, residents and/or fellows. Nomination packages should include a summary of the candidate’s recent activities relevant to this award. For clinical staff, recent triannual reports or promotion dossiers can be used.

Winners are decided by the Department of Paediatrics.

All clinical, non-clinical faculty members and employees in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto, including full-time, part-time and community paediatricians who contribute to and show commitment to advocacy, equity, diversity, inclusion in the Department are eligible for this award. The winner will be recognized in the Department of Paediatrics Awards Communique to be released in June.

Terms of Reference (PDF)

Career Development and Compensation Program

The Career Development and Compensation Program (CDCP) uses a peer-review process to:

  • enhance the career development of its physicians
  • assess the performance of its physicians
  • improve the link between a physician’s work and the Department’s overall plan and goals
  • link rewards/recognition to the assessment process

View the CDCP Booklet


Grand Rounds

The Department of Paediatrics hosts Virtual Grand Rounds every Wednesday from 9 to 10 a.m.

See the current schedule and registration link (PDF)

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Ongoing equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives

  • Coffee Chats: Coffee Chats is an informal virtual space to connect, share ideas and provide support to one another in an informal setting. There is no agenda, simply grab your coffee/tea and sign in to the Coffee Chats Teams group to connect.  Coffee Chat is offered on a monthly basis.
  • Allyship Workshop: Unlocking the Power of Allyship - Becoming an EDI Champion
  • Implicit Bias Training
  • Process for Inclusive Recruitment

Our EDI team

Dr. Indra Narang, BMEDSci, MBBCH, MD
Associate Chair, Faculty Development and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Victoria Moreno (Pronouns: She/Her)
Program Coordinator, Faculty Development and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Research activities

Research activities in the Department of Paediatrics are led by the Associate Chair of Paediatrics (Research), Dr. Annie Huang and the Research Advisory Committee and leads for Department Research Programs. Research by departmental members is performed within one of 8 disciplinary and interdisciplinary research programs within the Research Institute at SickKids.

All department members who conduct research are cross-appointed to the Research Institute as either a Senior Scientist, Scientist, Senior Associate Scientist, Associate Scientist or Project Investigator.

Information on research activities in the Department of Paediatrics Divisions can be found on each Division’s page.

Visit the SickKids Research, Education and Clinical Hub (REACH) to learn more about individual research interests.

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