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Department of Paediatrics

Dr. Meredith Irwin, MD
Paediatrician-in-Chief

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.

We share the SickKids vision, Healthier Children, A Better World. Information regarding the many areas of focus within the Department of Paediatrics can be found by accessing the links below.

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.

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)

Leadership

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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, Outpatient

Adelle Atkinson

Associate Chair, Education

Padmaja Subbarao

Associate Chief, Clinical Research, RI

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)

Committees

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. 

Members 

Subcommittee 

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 

Members 

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 a direct impact on children at SickKids and elsewhere.

Awards

Paediatric Awards Day is celebrated in June as an opportunity to honour members of the department for their outstanding achievements. To learn more about the awards, expand the sections below.

2022 Awards Day Winners

Clinical awards

These awards have been established to recognize and honour 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 honours 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.

Nominees 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 the 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

Nomination packages must include:

  • Nomination letter
  • Minimum two (2) letters for support
  • Additional documentation (if applicable)

  • Dr. Richard Rowe Award: Elizabeth Harvey & Vicky Ng (2021), Carolyn Beck (2020), Sarah Alexander (2019)
  • Outstanding Clinical Contribution: Thomas Walters (2021), Michelle Science (2020), Julia Orkin (2019)
  • Clinical Excellence: Reshma Amin (2021), Vann Chau (2020), Jonathan Wasserman (2019)

Education awards

These awards have been established to recognize and honour the contributions of individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievements and a commitment to education and faculty/trainee development at various career stages. 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.

Subspecialty Teaching Award Terms of Reference (PDF)

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.

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.

Faculty Mentorship Award Terms of reference (PDF)

This award was established in honour of the educational legacy of Dr. Susan Tallett, who worked at SickKids for almost 40 years. Dr. 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.

Dr. 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.

Dr. Susan Tallett Award 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.

Dr. Mickey Lester Award Terms of Reference (PDF)

  • Subspecialty Teaching: Jabeen Fayyaz (2021), Indra Narang (2020), Alene Toulany (2019)
  • Excellence in Continuing Medical Education: Not awarded (2021), Not awarded (2020), Not awarded (2019)
  • Faculty Mentorship: Not awarded (2021), Jonathan Pirie (2020), Rulan Parekh (2019)
  • Dr. Susan Tallett: Rayfel Schneider (2021)
  • Dr. Mickey Lester (Resident): Harry Chandrakumaran (2021)
  • Dr. Mickey Lester (Fellow): Catherine Proulx (2021)

Research awards

These awards have been established to recognize and honour the contributions of individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievements and a commitment to research excellence at various career stages. 

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

Emerging Research Leadership Award Terms of Reference (PDF) 

The Research Impact Award (formerly Physician Researcher Award for Scientific Accomplishment) recognizes the accomplishments of a physician within 10-20 years of appointment to an academic health sciences centre, who has generated a body of research that is exerting a major impact in a field of study. 

Research Impact Award Terms of Reference (PDF) 

The Sustained Research Excellence Award (formerly Physician Researcher Award for Career Excellence) recognizes sustained excellence in research by a physician with more than 20 years of appointment to an academic health sciences center, who has demonstrated far-reaching impact through innovation and/or leadership. 

Sustained Excellence Award Terms of Reference (PDF) 

  • Emerging Research Leadership Award (formerly Junior Physician Researcher Award): Sumit Gupta (2021), Vijay Ramaswamy (2020), Daniel Roth (2019)
  • Research Impact Award (formerly Physician Researcher Award for Scientific Accomplishment): Steven Miller (2021), Yaron Finkelstein (2020), Aleixo Muise (2019)
  • Sustained Research Excellence Award (formerly Physician Researcher Award for Career Excellence): Not awarded (2021), Brian McCrindle (2020), Rosanna Weksberg (2019)

Departmental Awards

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.  Nominees are selected based on their individual accomplishments, not only in their day-to-day activities, but also based on their contribution to their division, the Department of Paediatrics, and/or hospital-wide. Nominees are individuals that go above and beyond their job profile and live the SickKids values.  There are two awards available based on job profile: 

  • Administrative Assistant 
  • Coordinator (Administrative Coordinator/Education Administrative Coordinator/Divisional Administrative Lead) 

Administrative Award Terms of Reference (PDF)

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 that advance anti-racism initiatives and manifest our shared commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion into action. 

Advocacy and EDI Award Terms of Reference (PDF)

Administrative Award: Kelly Sobie (2021), Brittany Marshman (2020), Kamela Ramlackhan (2019)

Advocacy, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award: Lisa Robinson (2021)

 

Faculty Promotions

Each year the Department of Paediatrics celebrates the promotion of our faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in one or more research, creative professional activity (CPA), or teaching and service. Through these activities, faculty members are recognized for the impact of their work as national (in the case of Associate Professor) and international (in the case of Full Professor) experts in their field. 

This year, nineteen distinguished faculty members were approved for Promotion by the University of Toronto Decanal Committee.

Full Professor

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Dr. Kuang-Yueh Chiang

Division of Haematology/Oncology
The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Chiang is an internationally recognized expert in Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation. As a Clinical Inspector for the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT), he has helped multiple institutions around the world meet accreditation standards for the conduct of blood/marrow transplantation. He is a leader in the field of Blood and Marrow Transplantation for patients with hemoglobinopathies, including the development of novel approaches for transplantation of patients with high-risk thalassemia.​

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Dr. Mark Feldman

Community Paediatrics and Continuing Education
The Hospital for Sick Children
St. Joseph's Health Centre, Unity Health Toronto

Dr. Feldman is a multiple award-winning community-based pediatrician and clinician-educator whose vision for improving care and teaching in the community has led to multiple innovations. As a recognized expert, he has become a national voice for attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder with guideline development and international presentations.​

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Dr. Abha Gupta

Haematology/Oncology
The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Gupta is an international expert in the field of soft tissue sarcomas in children, adolescents, and young adults (AYA), and has transformed patient care through the leadership of the AYA Program across the city that includes clinical care, education, and research; this program has been recognized internationally. She is playing a leading international role in the Children’s Oncology Group including the development of a research agenda related to soft tissue sarcomas as well as being the PI on an innovative clinical trial.​

Dr. Elizabeth Harvey

Nephrology
The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Harvey is an award-winning teacher and clinician who has dedicated her career to the care of infants, children, and adolescents with chronic kidney disease. As a world expert in renal replacement therapy (peritoneal and hemodialysis), she has developed and implemented new approaches to care that have not only benefited children locally but around the world, both through her expert care and training of nephrologists who have developed their programs. ​

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Dr. Tina Martimianakis

Medical Education
The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Martimianakis has become a world authority on the subject of how discourse affects the education of health professionals, thereby impacting learners not only locally through her direct interactions, but globally through her presentations and publications. She is a highly respected collaborator and mentor around the world and is regularly consulted by leaders of other programs and departments.​

Dr. Neil Sweezey

Respiratory Medicine
The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Sweezey is an academic clinician who has made a major contribution to clinician-scientist training through the development and implementation of several programs. As a long-standing leader in cystic fibrosis, he has provided outstanding clinical leadership and has also made important research discoveries. ​

Associate Professor

Dr. Alejandro Floh

Critical Care Medicine
The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Floh is a Cardiac Critical Care Medicine academic clinician. He is internationally known for his scholarly contributions to the care of children with rare congenital cardiac abnormalities, studies of inflammation associated with cardiac bypass surgery and nutritional care of babies with congenital heart disease. Locally, through quality improvement initiatives, he has made a major impact on resource utilization. He also plays a key role in the training of the next generation of paediatric cardiac intensive care specialists. ​

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Dr. Linda Hiraki

Rheumatology
The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Hiraki is a clinician-scientist whose work on the genetics of childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (cSLE), and other rare systemic inflammatory disorders, has had an international impact. Similarly, her translational work has led to a better understanding of many of the clinical manifestations of cSLE. She has also had a significant impact through international collaborations and leadership activities.​

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Dr. Michal Inbar-Feigenberg​

Clinical & Metabolic Genetics
The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Inbar-Feigenberg is an academic clinician who is leading national initiatives to better understand rare metabolic disorders. As a recognized expert in these rare diseases, she has been able to participate in and lead clinical trials, providing opportunities for improved outcomes for her patients.​

Dr. Joerg Krueger

Haematology/Oncology
The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Krueger is a clinician-investigator who leads the largest paediatric cellular therapy program in the country, attracting patients from across Canada. He has developed novel methods for approaching transplantation in children with malignancies and hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). He has played a pivotal role in several clinical trials, leading to the regulatory approval of a new agent. His expertise is sought by numerous provincial and national agencies.​

Dr. Linh Ly

Neonatology
The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Ly is an academic clinician who leads the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Neonatal Follow-up programs at The Hospital for Sick Children. She is breaking new ground in the care of children in the neonatal intensive care unit with leadership in the treatment of care for post-hemorrhagic ventricular dilatation (PHVD), resulting in changes in practice. Through her creative professional activity, she has led the development of an educational hub on AboutKidsHealth (an online health information website) that is utilized internationally. She plays a large role in multiple national and international neurodevelopmental outcome studies.

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Dr. Mina Matsuda-Abedini

Nephrology
The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Matsuda-Abedini is an academic clinician whose work on the transition of care has been incorporated into practice nationally. Her quality improvement work has resulted in more efficient, cost-effective care for a unique population of children with chronic renal disease. ​

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Dr. Trent Mizzi

Emergency Medicine
The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Mizzi is an outstanding academic clinician administrator whose work as Medical Director of the Emergency Department has resulted in reduced practice variation through the development of multiple clinical practice guidelines that have been shared across the country. Through his leadership of a camp for children with diabetes, he has provided a safe environment for thousands of children to have safe and enjoyable times away from home. ​

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Dr. Michael-Alice Moga​

Critical Care Medicine
The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Moga is an academic clinician whose scholarly work is focused on quality improvement. Through multiple and varying initiatives, she has not only improved care locally and inspired others to follow in her path, but she has also had a strong influence on international organizations in advancing their quality agendas.​

Dr. Daniel Morgenstern​

Haematology/Oncology
The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Morgenstern is a clinician-investigator who has become the go-to person for difficult-to-treat neuroblastoma. He plays a leadership role in the development of international clinical trials. As the Head of the New Agents and Innovative Therapies program at SickKids, he is providing new therapeutic options for patients and leading in the application of precision medicine for children and developing concepts for new clinical trials. ​

Dr. Vijay Ramaswamy​

Haematology/Oncology
The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Ramaswamy is a clinician-scientist neuro-oncologist who epitomizes the bed-to-bench-to-bedside researcher. His pivotal discoveries in paediatric brain tumours are changing the way patients are being evaluated and treated and are paving the way toward a true precision medicine approach to care.​

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Dr. Rayzel Shulman​​

Endocrinology
The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Shulman is a clinician-scientist whose work in Health Services Research aims to optimize the delivery of care to children, adolescents, and young adults with type one diabetes. Her work has provided new information on factors determining complications that are amenable to intervention and can result in improved outcomes for this vulnerable population.​

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Dr. Sharon Smile

Developmental Paediatrics
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Dr. Smile is an academic clinician who has contributed significantly to improving health care for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who have an eating disturbance. She is a leader in psychopharmacologic management in children with ASD. She has made significant contributions to anti-racism, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

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Dr. Dany Weisz​

Neonatology
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Weisz is an academic clinician Neonatologist who is pioneering and enhancing significant contributions to clinical care, quality improvement, clinical research, education, and training in the burgeoning subspecialty field of Neonatal Hemodynamics and Targeted Neonatal Echocardiography. He is the primary national driver behind the formal accreditation of Neonatal Hemodynamics and Targeted Neonatal Echocardiography as an Area of Focused Competence (Diploma) specialty by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. His leadership as the Director of the Neonatal Hemodynamics and Targeted Neonatal Echocardiography program at Sunnybrook has been accompanied by the formulation of national clinical guidelines, creation of a collaborative global education curriculum, coauthoring national guidelines on the management of hemodynamics-related topics such as patent ductus arteriosus and disseminating the principles and practice of TNE to centers around the world.​

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

References

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.

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