Dr. Jessie Hulst is a staff paediatrician in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Toronto. She completed her Paediatric residency and Paediatric GHN fellowship in the Netherlands. Before transitioning to SickKids in July 2018, she was a Staff Gastroenterologist in Sophia Children’s Hospital, Rotterdam in the Netherlands, from 2011-2018. She has developed a simple nutritional screening tool (STRONGkids), which is used widely around the world.
Hulst was involved in several national and international working groups related to pediatric nutrition. As the Chair of the Pediatric section of the Dutch Malnutrition Taskforce, she was involved in the development and implementation of a nationwide paediatric malnutrition pathway and development of mandatory National Hospital Quality Indicators on paediatric malnutrition. She is currently the co-chair of the Paediatric working group of the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force and working on the design and implementation of a paediatric Malnutrition Pathway in Canada. At SickKids, Jessie runs a complex Nutrition clinic and EoE clinic, she is the hospital PN medical lead and the chair of the Nutritional Advisory Committee.
Her research aims to find and apply appropriate methods for nutritional screening and nutritional assessment in children with medical conditions, with the ultimate goal of improving their outcome with appropriate intervention that evolves from screening and assessment.
Education and experience
- 2008–2011: Clinical Fellowship, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
- 2004–2008: Paediatric Residency, Erasmus Medical Center- Sophia Children’s Hospital, Rotterdam, the Netherlands & HAGA Hospital - Juliana Children’s Hospital, the Hague, the Netherlands.
- 2001–2004: PhD, Graduate School, Erasmus University, Faculty of Medicine, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. PhD thesis: “Nutritional assessment in critically ill children. A search for practical tools”.
- 1991–2000: MD, Erasmus University, Faculty of Medicine, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (27-01-2000, BIG registration number 69051977901)
- 1991–1997: M.Sc. degree, Erasmus University, Faculty of Medicine, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
- 1995–2000: Medical school, Faculty of Medicine, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands
- 1993–1995: University of Texas at El Paso (USA), Study General Science, Athletic Scholarship.
- 1991–1993: Medical school, Faculty of Medicine, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
- 2020–Present: Citizen of the Year Award, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (Team award).
- 2020–Present: Member of the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force (CMTF) Advisory Council
- 2019–Present: Co-chair of the Canadian Malnutrition Task Force (CMTF) – Paediatric Working group (April).
- 2019–Present: Chair of the Nutritional Advisory Committee, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON
- 2019: Best Scientific Abstract Oral Session European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN), Glasgow, Scotland (role as primary supervisor).
- 2019: Award Bataafsch Genootschap, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (Sept 7, 2019): one of two best University Master thesis over years 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 for L Strengers, Medical Master student, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (role as primary supervisor)
- 2018: Most Valuable Personal Contribution to the EU funded MyCyFAPP project, Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam.
- 2018: Most Contributing Partner to the EU funded MyCyFAPP project, Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam.
- 2014–2018: Chair of the Paediatric section of the Dutch Malnutrition Taskforce.
- 2012–2018: Member of National Forum healthy nutrition for children aged 0-4 years
- 2009–2018: Chair of the multidisciplinary Nutritional committee of Erasmus Medical Center - Sophia Children’s Hospital, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
- 2008–2016: Secretary of the Nutritional Committee of the Dutch Pediatric Association (NVK).
- 2005: Award - Best presentation at clinical Pediatric resident symposium, Erasmus Medical Center-Sophia Children Hospital, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
- 2004: Nomination: Best PhD thesis for Dutch Society of Intensive care.
- Hulst JM, Huysentruyt K, Joosten KF. Pediatric screening tools for malnutrition: an update. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2020 May;23(3)203-209.
- Neelis E, Kouwenhoven S , Joanne Olieman J, Tabbers M, Jonkers C, Wells J, Fewtrell M, Wijnen R, Rings E, De Koning B, Hulst J. Body composition using air-displacement plethysmography in children with intestinal failure receiving long-term home parenteral nutrition. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2019 Mar 22.
- Chourdakis M, Hecht C, Gerasimidis K, Joosten KF, Karagiozoglou-Lampoudi T, Koetse HA, Ksiazyk J, Lazea C, Shamir R, Szajewska H, Koletzko B, Hulst JM. Malnutrition risk in hospitalized children: use of 3 screening tools in a large European population. Am J Clin Nutr. 2016 May;103(5):1301-10.
- Hecht C, Weber M, Grote V, Daskalou E, Dell'era L, Flynn D, Gerasimidis K, Gottrand F, Hartman C, Hulst J, Joosten K, Karagiozoglou-Lampoudi T, Koetse HA, Kolaček S, Książyk J, Niseteo T, Olszewska K, Pavesi P, Piwowarczyk A, Rousseaux J, Shamir R, Sullivan PB, Szajewska H, Vernon-Roberts A, Koletzko B. Disease associated malnutrition correlates with length of hospital stay in children. Clin Nutr. 2015 Feb;34(1):53-9.
- Hulst JM, Zwart H, Hop WC, Joosten KFM. Dutch national survey to test the STRONGkids nutritional risk screening tool in hospitalized children. Clin Nutr. 2010 Feb;29(1):106-111.
- 2020-2021: Paediatric consultant partnership’s grant for creative professional activity, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. Paediatric Malnutrition: Quantifying the Burden and Improving Practices related to Screening, Assessment and Management across a Tertiary-Care Centre (IMPACT-QI).
- 2020: CIHR Team grant. Canadian Microbiome Initiative 2: A Focus on Function and Translation Research Teams: A mechanistic understanding of the impact of pathogen-microbiome dynamics on maternal nutrition in adolescent pregnancies.
- 2019–2024: Canadian Institute for Health Research, Canadian Microbiome Initiative 2 Team Grant. A mechanistic understanding of the impact of pathogen-microbiome dynamics on maternal nutrition in adolescent pregnancies.
- 2018: Charity Grant for Research for Pediatric intestinal failure team of Sophia Children’s Hospital. Long term follow-up of children with intestinal failure.
- 2016: Grant from Fund Rare Diseases (Zeldzame ziekten Fonds, ZZF), The Hague, the Netherlands Trompet study, search for marker of pediatric intestinal failure.
- 2014: HORIZON 2020 (European Union funding) MyCyFAPP project: Innovative approach for self-management and social welfare of Cystic Fibrosis patients in Europe: development, validation and implementation of a telematics tool.
- 2009: ESPEN Research network grant (co applicant in international study). Malnutrition and Outcome in Hospitalized Children in Europe.