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Zia Bismilla

Title: Associate Staff Paediatrician, Division of Paediatric Medicine
Designations: MD, FRCPC
Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 204375
U of T Positions: Associate Professor and Clerkship Director, Department of Paediatrics


Dr. Zia Bismilla is an Academic General Paediatrician and Hospitalist at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). She completed her paediatric residency and general academic paediatric fellowship training at the University of Toronto. She also completed a fellowship in Medical Education Research at the Wilson Center, University of Toronto, and received a Master’s in Education from the University of Toronto. 

Education and experience

  • 2008: Master of Education, Health Specialization, University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto, Ontario  
  • 2006: Fellow, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Paediatrics, Ottawa, Ontario  
  • 2006: Fellow, American Academy of Paediatrics; Diplomat, American Board of Paediatrics 
  • 2004: United States Medical Licensing Exam, Step 2, Toronto, ON  
  • 2003: United States Medical Licensing Exam, Step 1, London, Ontario  
  • 2003: Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada 
  • 2002: MD, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario  
  • 1998: Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours), Psychology and Health Studies Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario  

Specialty training  

  • 2002–2006: Residency in Paediatrics, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario 


  • 2006–2008: Fellowship in Academic Paediatrics, University of Toronto, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario 
  • 2006–2008: Education Research Fellowship, University of Toronto, Wilson Centre for Research in Education, Toronto, Ontario


  • 2019: Robert Hilliard Award for Excellence in Paediatric Medicine Education. Recognized for outstanding achievement in education. Toronto, ON
  • 2019: Best Poster Award: Development of competency assessment tools for neonatal intubation and mask ventilation: An international Delphi study. DiLabio J, Bismilla Z, Finan E, Ayoub M, Almandhari H, Moussa A, Schmölzer GM, Connan V, Walsh CM. Hospital for Sick Children Neonatal Research Day, Toronto, ON
  • 2017: Best Oral Presentation in Oral Presentation Session 1, “Development of a Simulation-Based Interprofessional Teamwork Assessment Tool for Residents”. Bismilla Z, Boyle T, Mangold K, VanIttersum W, White M, Zaveri P, Mallory M. Boston, MA
  • 2017: 2016 John M. Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality at the National Level. “Integrating Research, Quality Improvement, and Medical Education for Better Handoffs and Safer Care: Disseminating, Adapting, and Implementing the I-PASS Program.” Presented by the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commission. Awarded to the The I-PASS Study Group. Washington, DC
  • 2017: Boston Children’s Hospital Family Advisory Council Seal of Approval for the I-PASS and Family Centered Rounding Study
  • 2012: American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) Readiness for Reform (R4R) Innovation Challenge Honorable Mention (for The I-PASS Study: A Multi-Site Effort to Standardize the Handoff Process for Better Handoffs and Safer Care).


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