Director of the Sleep and Long-term Ventilation Program
Senior Associate Scientist
Child Health Evaluative Sciences
Dr. Reshma Amin received academic training at the University of Toronto (medicine and clinical epidemiology) and clinical training at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).
Dr. Amin is the Director of the Long-term Ventilation program at SickKids, and is also a Sleep Medicine physician. She is a Senior Associate Scientist in Child Health Evaluative Sciences at the SickKids Research Institute. Dr. Amin is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. She is also the Director of the provincial Long-term In-Home Ventilator Engagement (LIVE) Program.
Dr. Amin’s research focuses on improving outcomes for children using long-term ventilation at home and their families. Her team is developing and evaluating interventions aimed at supporting patients and families transitioning home with new medical technologies to decrease caregiver burden, reduce preventable healthcare utilization and associated costs and promote patient safety. An emerging research aim is the evaluation of novel therapeutics aimed at treating the underlying biology of neuromuscular disease.
Her research program will characterize the ‘new natural history’ of these patients, as well as their clinical outcomes from the respiratory perspective.
Education and experience
- July 2009–June 2010: Clinical Fellowship with a Focus on Sleep Medicine, Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Division of Respiratory Medicine, Department of Paediatrics, SickKids, Toronto, Canada.
- Jan 2010–Mar 2010: Paediatric Sleep Medicine, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, USA.
- July 2007–Sept 2009: Masters of Science (M.Sc.), Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
- July 2007–June 2009: Research Fellowship, Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, The Division of Respiratory Medicine, SickKids, Toronto, Canada
- July 2005–June 2007: Paediatric Respiratory Medicine Fellowship and Chief Fellow (2006–2007), The Division of Respiratory Medicine, SickKids Toronto, Canada
- July 2002–June 2005: Paediatric Residency Training, Department of Paediatrics, SickKids, Toronto, Canada
- Sept 1998–June 2002: Medical Doctorate with Distinction (MD), Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
- 2022: Canadian Thoracic Society's Dedicated Service Award, Awarded by the Canadian Thoracic Society for exemplary patient care, collegiality and impact at the national level.
- 2021: Muscular Dystrophy Canada's Research Champion Award, Awarded by Muscular Dystrophy Canada for excellence in Research for the Neuromuscular Community.
- 2021: Junior Clinical Excellence Award, Department of Paediatrics, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
- 2017: Recipient of the 1rst Honorary Dr. Carole Marcus, awarded by the International Paediatric Sleep Association (IPSA) to an outstanding junior clinician and researcher that was trained by the late Dr. Carole Marcus, a pioneer and visionary in the field of sleep medicine.
- 2017: Muscular Dystrophy Canada Excellence in Service Delivery Award, awarded by Muscular Dystrophy Canada for commitment and leadership in the neuromuscular community.
- 2016–2017: Outstanding Clinical Contribution for Clinical Excellence Award, Department of Paediatrics, SickKids, Toronto, Canada.
- 2010–2011: Subspecialty Faculty Teaching Award for Clinical Excellence, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada.
- 2022–2024: Principal Investigator, The Transition of TEENagers with Spinal Muscular Atrophy to a Multi-Disciplinary Adult Program. Co-investigators: Gonorazky H, Izenberg A, McAdam L, Varadi R, Rose L, Dale C, Chiang J, Tandon A, Dowling J, Aleman A, Shi J, Hammash N, Lacey T, Cithiravel N, Tran T, Syed F, Brennan E, Nigro E, Law, E. Award $100,000.
- 2022–2024: Principal Investigator, Connecting Caregivers During COVID-19. MD Canada Programs and Services. Co-Principal Investigator. Rose, L. Co-investigators: Dale C, Leasa D, Buchanan F, Tandon A, Gershon A, Katz S, Doan B, McKim D, Ahola Kohut S, Robertson T, Pizzuti R, Chiang J, Lim A, St-Laurent A, Varadi, R. Award $60,000.
- 2019–2024: Principal Investigator, CIHR Team Grant. A Virtual Transition Intervention for Children and Adults Transitioning to Home Ventilation in Ontario: A Pragmatic Randomized Controlled Trial.
- 2019–2021: Principal Investigator, CIHR Operating Grant. The Evaluation of the Connected Care Program for Children with Medical Complexity: A Prospective Cohort Study with Embedded Health Economic and Qualitative Analysis.
- 2020–2023: Co-applicant, CIHR Network Catalyst Grant. NMD4C: An integrated research network for patients, scientists, and clinicians to improve outcomes and access to therapies for patients with neuromuscular disorders in Canada.
- Toward an Understanding of Advance Care Planning in Children With Medical Complexity.
- Maximal Static Respiratory and Sniff Pressures in Healthy Children. A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
- Pediatric home mechanical ventilation: A Canadian Thoracic Society clinical practice guideline executive summary
- Caregiver knowledge and skills to safely care for pediatric tracheostomy ventilation at home.
- What families have in the emergency tracheostomy kits: Identifying gaps to improve patient safety.