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Ian Kitai

Title: Staff Physician, Tuberculosis Specialist, Infectious Diseases
Designations: MB, BCh, FRCP (C) 
Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 228629
U of T Positions: Professor, Department of Paediatrics
Other Positions: Lakeridge Health, Ajax Community Practice, Paediatrics and Infectious Diseases


Dr. Ian Kitai trained in Medicine in South Africa, in Paediatrics in the UK and in Paediatric Infectious Diseases in Toronto. He has worked for three years for Oxfam (UK) in rural Zimbabwe and for two years with the Northern Medical Unit of the University of Manitoba. He is currently in consulting paediatric practice in Ajax and is the TB specialist at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto.

From 2002 to 2006, he was a medical consultant in Infection Control at the Rouge Valley Health System and received the Council award from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario partly for his work during SARS.


Dr. Kitai has various research interests including:

  • Diagnosis and management of paediatric tuberculosis (TB)
  • Clinical presentation of paediatric TB at different ages
  • Epidemiology of pediatric TB in Canada
  • Diagnostic tests for pediatric TB
  • Utility of Canadian TB Medical Surveillance of migrant children and adolescents.
  • Diagnosis and management of paediatric infectious disease in a community setting.

Education and experience

  • 1972–1977: MB BCh, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa


  • 2024: Service Award for Significant Contributions to TB Care and Prevention, International Union against TB and Lung Disease – North American region
  • 2023: POWER Teaching Award, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
  • 2022: Continuing Education Award: Sustained Excellence in Teaching, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
  • 2004: College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Council Award
  • 1991: Odaantjie Foundation Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON
  • 1991: Second prize, Tisdall Award for Excellence in Paediatric Research. The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON


  1. Yasseen AS 3rd, Rea E, Hirji MM, Yang C, Alvarez GG, Khan K, Kitai I. Pediatric TB among the foreign-born: Utility of the Canadian TB immigration medical surveillance program. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 2019 23:105–111
  2. Kitai I, Kordy M, Morris S, Lam R. Diagnosis and management of paediatric tuberculosis in Canada. CMAJ 2017 January 9;189:E11-6.
  3. Rayment J, Guthrie JL. Lee B, Whelan M, Lam K, Jamieson F, Kitai I. Culture-positive paediatric tuberculosis in Toronto, Ontario: Sources of infection and relationship of birthplace and mycobacterial lineage to phenotype. Pediatr Infect Dis J 2016 Jan: 35:13-8.
  4. Rose W, Read S, Bitnun A, Rea E, Stephens D, Pongsamart W, Kitai I. Relating tuberculosis (TB) contact characteristics to QuantiFERON-TB-Gold and tuberculin skin test results in the Toronto pediatric TB clinic. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2015 :96-103.
  5. Thampi N, Stephens D, Rea E, Kitai I. Unexplained deterioration during antituberculous therapy in children and adolescents: clinical presentation and risk factors. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2012 31:129-33.

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