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Eyal Cohen

Title: Program Head, Child Health Evaluative Sciences
Designations: MD, M.Sc., FRCP(C)
Phone: 416-813-7654
Alternate Contact Name: Cindy Groff
Alternate Phone: 416-813-5795
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Hospital Positions

Staff Physician
Division of Paediatric Medicine

Research Positions

Senior Scientist
Child Health Evaluative Sciences

U of T Positions

Professor, Department of Paediatrics

Professor and Full Graduate Faculty Member, Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation

Co-Executive Director, Edwin S.H. Leong Centre for Healthy Children


Dr. Eyal Cohen received academic training at the University of Toronto (medicine) and McMaster University (health research methodology), and clinical training at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Cohen co-founded the Complex Care Program with his colleagues in the Division of Paediatric Medicine at SickKids. He is currently the Program Head of Child Health Evaluative Sciences at SickKids Research Institute and Co-Executive Director of the Edwin S.H. Leong Centre for Healthy Children.

Dr. Cohen is a Professor of Paediatrics and Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. He is also a Scientist with the CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research at McMaster University and an adjunct scientist at ICES. Dr. Cohen serves in a number of advisory roles for the Provincial Council of Maternal and Child Health, BORN Ontario, and the Ontario Public Drug Program.


Dr. Cohen is an applied child health services and policy researcher. His program of research focuses on improving outcomes for children with medical complexity (CMC) and their families. This includes defining who CMC are and how to best understand their needs. Cohen's team is developing, evaluating and disseminating a number of evidence-based interventions aimed at improving health outcomes of CMC, providing caregiving supports for families, and mitigating unnecessary healthcare expenditures. Cohen has also developed secondary, related research foci on paediatric hospital medicine and quality of child health practice and research.

Education and experience

  • 2015–2016: Visiting Scholar, Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention and Clinical Excellence Research Center, Stanford University, CA, USA
  • 2005–2007: M.Sc., Health Research Methodology, Department of Health Research Methodology, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada.
  • 2004–2005: Advanced Trainee, Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Westmead, NSW, Australia
  • 2003–2004: Co-Chief Pediatric Resident, Sickkids
  • 2000–2003: Paediatric Resident, SickKids
  • 1996–2000: Doctor of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada.
  • 1992–1996: B.Sc., Biology, Department of Science, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada.


  • 2018: President’s Award, Complex Care Team. Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON.
  • 2018: Physician Researcher Award for Scientific Accomplishment. Department of Pediatrics, University of Toronto, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON.
  • 2015–2016: Canadian Harkness/CFHI Fellow in Health Care Policy & Practice, The Commonwealth Fund and The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, USA.
  • 2014: Visiting Innovator Award, Center for Child Health Policy, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA.
  • 2014: Junior Faculty Award for Clinical Excellence in Paediatric Medical Care. Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON.
  • 2008: Harry Bain Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching. Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada.
  • 2004: Ondaatje Award for Resident Teaching. The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada.


See a full list of Eyal Cohen's publications
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Principal Investigator/Co-Principal Investigator

2015/07-2022/06: Principal Investigator. Health Outcomes of Children with Medical Complexity and their Caregivers. Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Foundation Scheme Programmatic Grants. Principal Investigator: Cohen E. Co-Investigators: Berry J, Brehaut J, Guttmann A, Lim A, Mahant S, Major-Cook N, McNeil D, Morinis J, Nicholas D, Offringa M, Peebles E, Ray J, Rosenbaum P, Stremler R, Stromquist L, To T, Vigod S, Williams L, Wodchis W.

2020/06-2021/06 Co-Principal Investigator. Pediatric Primary Care Access during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Pediatric Consultants Partnership Creative Professional Activities Grants – COVID Call, Hospital for Sick Children. Principal Investigator: Saunders N. Co-Principal Investigators: Cohen E, Guttmann A.

2020/06-2021/05 Co-Principal Investigator. Deferred Care Outcomes in Canadian Children and Youth: Measuring and Mitigating Risk during COVID-19. Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Operating Grant: COVID-19 Rapid Research – Clinical Management & Health System Interventions (CIHR: 447645). Principal Investigators: Guttmann A, Brownell MD, Cohen E, Saunders NR. Co-Investigators: Hanlon-Dearman A, Katz A, Mahar A, Moore Hepburn C, Rayner J, Stukel T, Wanigaratne S, Wilson S.

2017/01-2021/04 Principal Investigator. Coached, Coordinated, Enhanced Neonatal Transition (CCENT) (Discharge from NICU – 18 months later). CHILD-BRIGHT (Child Health Initiatives Limiting Disability-Brain Research Improving Growth and Health Trajectories). Principal Investigator: Cohen E. Co-Principal Investigators: Major N, Orkin J, Church P.
Note: This is a sub grant of the CHILD-BRIGHT grant noted above, and includes 50% matched funding on top of CIHR contribution.

2019/12-2020/12 Co-Principal Investigator. A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of the Unique Experiences of Stakeholders from a Satellite Clinic in Northern Ontario for Children with Medical Complexity. Norman Saunders Complex Care Initiative National Grant Competition. Principal Investigators: Major N, Cohen E, Orkin J, Fayed N. Co-Investigators: Sutherland S, Newhook D, Kenney J, Dussah N, Guerra H.

2015/10-2020/10 Co-Principal Investigator. CHILD-BRIGHT: Child Health Initiatives Limiting Disability-Brain Research Improving Growth and Health Trajectories. Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Principal Investigators: Majnemer A, Cohen E, Goldowitz D, Gorter JW, Kirton CA, Lach LM, Marell A, Mcgrath PJ, Miller SP. Co-Investigators: Florence D, Gavin F, Kitch T, Major-Cook N, O’Donnell M, Thomson D.


2020/07-2023/12 Co-Investigator. Unlocking Communication for Children with High Communication & Motor Impairments: Decoding Emotions. Queen’s University, Wicked Ideas Funding Program. Principal Investigators: Fayed N, Davies C. Co-Investigators: Cohen E, Batorowicz B, Lach L, Zulkernine F.

2020/11-2021/11 Co-Investigator. An Essential Subset of Good Outcome for Complex Care. Norman Saunders Complex Care Initiative National Grant Competition, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada. Principal Investigator: Fayed N. Co-Investigators: Cohen E, Tranmer J, Moretti M, Avery L, Orkin J, Major N, Sidra M, Lee E, Buchanan F. Collaborators: Smith N, Martens R.

2020/07-2021/07 Co-Investigator. Equity of virtual mental health care uptake for children and youth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Operating Grant: COVID-19 Mental Health & Substance Use – Understanding Rapid System Transformations. Principal Investigators: Saunders NR, Toulany A. Co-Investigators: Cappelli M, Chiu M, Cohen E, Gardner W, Guttmann A, Kurdyak P, Moore Hepburn C, Moran K, Sundar P, Vigod S.

2020/06-2021/06 Co-Investigator. The Hidden Danger: a Surveillance Study to Describe the Unintended Health Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Pediatric Consultants Partnership Creative Professional Activities Grants – COVID Call, Hospital for Sick Children. Principal Investigator: Orkin J. Co-Investigators: Diskin C, Cohen E, Sunderji A, Faraoni D, Fecteau A, Fischer J, Langrish K, Parmar A, Friedman J.

2018/10/01-2022/09/30 Co-Investigator. When Expertise Collides: Using Experienced-Based Co-Design to Enhance Care for Children with Medical Complexity in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Project Scheme Grant. (CIHR: 364440). Principal Investigators: Rennick JE, Vigneault K. Co-Investigators: Buchanan F, Carnevale F, Cohen E, Dryden-Palmer KD, Fontela PS, Law SK, Patel H, Razack SI, St-Sauveur I, Zhang X.

2020/03/01-2021/03/01 Co-Investigator. Patient-oriented research priorities for pediatric hospital care: a James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership. Canadian Institutes of Health Research Catalyst Grant: Patient-Oriented Research. Principal Investigators: Gill P, Mahant S, Bayliss A. Co-Investigators: Parkin P, Laupacis A, Cohen E, Tricco A, Macarthur C, Johnson D, Sozer A, McLaughlin T, Forbes K, Vomiero G, Baerg K, ‘t Jong G, Taheri S, Pound C, Wahi G, Sehgal A, Zhou K, Sakran M, Li P, Constantin E, Drouin O, Luu M, Holland J, Allwood Newhook L. Collaborators: Cowan K, Murray S, Ren L, Gavin F. Principal Knowledge Users: Buchanan F, Breen-Reid K, Van Clieaf J. Knowledge users: Langrish K, Quinlan M.

2017/10/01-2021/09/30 Co-Investigator. Health System Performance Research Network (HSPRN). Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Health System Research Fund Program Award. Principal Investigator: Wodchis W. Co-Investigators: Baker GR, Bronskill S, Cohen E, deOliveira C, Guilcher S, Guttmann A, Kuluski K, Koné A, Rosella L, Tanuseputro P.

2019/06-2021/06 Co-Investigator. The Evaluation of the Connected Care Program for Children with Medical Complexity: A Prospective Cohort Study with Embedded Health Economic and Qualitative Analysis. Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Operating Grant: Transitions in Care – Evaluation Grants. Principal Investigators: Amin R, Orkin J. Co-Investigators: Van Clieaf J, Buchanan F, Cohen E, Sultan R. Collaborators: Ballantyne M, Chu S, Czarny T, Fayed N, Fleming-Carroll B, Katz S, Keilty K, Langrish K, Major N, Moretti M, Nicholas D, Nonoyama M.

2019/04/01-2021/03/31 Co-Investigator. Building Healthy Babies: Development of a pre-conception program to decrease the incidence of major congenital abnormalities in Ontario newborns. MSH-UHN AMO Innovation Fund. Principal Investigators: Greenblatt E, Jones C. Co-Investigators: Selk A, Morson N, Cohen E, Roifman M, Ray JG, Snelgrove J, Georgoussis S.

2018/04/01-2021/03/31 Co-Investigator. Schizophrenia understood in the perinatal period: Psychiatric outcomes and reproductive trajectories (SUPPORT) – Part 3: Child Health. Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Project Scheme Grant. Principal Investigator: Vigod SN. Co-Investigators: Brown H, Dennis CL, Cohen E, Saunders N, Tu K, Holloway A, Morrison K, Ray JG, Oberlander T, Hanley G, Berard A.

2017/04/01-2020/03/31 Co-Investigator. Designing interventions to improve delivery of health care for children with inherited metabolic diseases: family and provider perspectives. Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Foundation Scheme Programmatic Grants. Principal Investigators: Potter BK, Chakraborty P. Co-Investigators: Brehaut J, Cohen E, Dyack S, Gillis J, Greenberg C, Grimshaw J, Hayeems R, Jolly A, Jordan I, Khangura S, Mackenzie J, Major N, Mitchell JJ, Nicholls S, Pallone N, Schulze A, Smith M, Sparkes R, Speechley KN, Stockler S, Teitelbaum M, Trakadis Y, Van Karnebeek C, Walia J, Wilson BJ, Wilson K.

2017/02-2020/03/31 Co-Investigator. CHILD BRIGHT: Optimizing the Management of Pain and Irritability in Children with Severe Neurological Impairments (PIUO). Principal Investigator: Siden H. Co-Principal Investigator: Oberlander T. Co-Investigators: Carleton B, Cohen E, Dewan T, Gnanakumar V, Holsti L, Orkin J, Rapoport A, Robertson M, Schwantes S, Vadeboncoeur C, Singer J.

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