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Linh Ly

Title: Clinical Director, Neonatal Neurodevelopmental Follow-Up Clinic
Designations: MD, MEd
Phone: 416-813-7203
Fax: 416-813-5245
Alternate Contact Name: Eve Paterson
Alternate Phone: 416-813-7654  Ext. 407202
Alternate Email:
U of T Positions: Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics

Hospital Positions

Staff Neonatologist, Division of Neonatology 


Dr. Linh Ly is a neonatologist with expertise in neonatal follow-up. She joined the Division of Neonatology at SickKids in 2008 as staff neonatologist and was appointed Medical Director of the Neonatal Neurodevelopmental Follow-Up Clinic in 2009 and Medical Director of the NICU in 2018. She leads and collaborates on a number of clinical and research initiatives focused on optimizing the care and outcome of the critically ill newborn.


The focus of Ly’s research is neurodevelopmental outcomes of neonates with acquired brain injury, complex congenital heart disease or complex medical needs. She collaborates on a number of projects that involve a multi-disciplinary approach to help enhance our understanding of the determinants that contribute to neurodevelopmental outcomes.

Current appointments

  • 2018–present: NICU Clinical Director, Neonatology, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • 2009–present: Medical Director, Neonatal Neurodevelopmental Follow-Up Clinic, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • 2008–present: Staff Neonatologist, Department of Paediatrics, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • 2008–present: Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • 2008–present: Staff Neonatologist, Department of Paediatrics, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • 2008–present: Project Investigator, The Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


  • 2015–2016: Master’s Equivalent. OMA CMA Physician Leadership Development Program, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • 2007–2009: MEd, Developmental Psychology and Education, OISE, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • 2004–2008: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Paediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • 2001–2004: Paediatric Residency (PGY 1-3), Royal Victoria Hospital, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
  • 1997–2001: MD, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
  • 1994–1997: B.Sc. with Greatest Distinction, Brandon University, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada.


  • 2013–2015: Member, Newborn Advisory Committee, Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health, Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic Work Group


  1. Co- Author.  Reuter MS, Chaturvedi RR, Liston E, Manshaei R, Aul RB, Bowdin S, Cohn I, Curtis M, Dhir P, Hayeems R, Hosseini SM, Khan R, Ly LG, Marshall CR, Mertens L, Okello JBA, Pereira SL, Raajkumar A, Seed M, Thiruvahindrapuram B, Scherer SW, Kim RH, Jobling R. The Cardiac Genome Clinic: Implementing genome sequencing in pediatric heart disease. Genetics in Medicine, 2020. Accepted: 2020 January 27. 
  2. Co- Author.  Grass B, Crosdale B, Keyzers M, Deshpande P, Hahn C, Ly LG, McNamara PJ. Implementation of amplitude-integrated electroencephalography in tertiary Canadian Neonatal Intensive Care Units—a longitudinal study. Paediatrics & Child Health, 2019 October; 1–7.  
  3. Co- Author.  Cizmeci MN, de Vries LS, Ly LG, van Haastert IC, Groenendaal F, Kelly EN, Traubici J, Whyte HE, Leijser LM. Periventricular Hemorrhagic Infarction in Very Preterm Infants: Characteristic Sonographic Findings and Association with Neurodevelopmental Outcome at Age 2 Years. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2020 February; 217: 79-85. 2019 Nov 6. pii: S0022-3476(19)31319-8.  
  4. Co-Author. Lim JM, Porayette P, Marini D, Chau V, Au-Young SH, Saini A, Ly LG, Blaser S, Shroff M, Branson HM, Sananes R, Hickey EJ, Gaynor JW, Van Arsdell G, Miller SP, Seed M. Associations Between Age at Arterial Switch Operation, Brain Growth, and Development in Infants With Transposition of the Great Arteries. Circulation. 2019 Jun 11; 139(24):2728-2738. 
  5. Co-Senior Author. Leijser LM, Miller SP, van Wezel-Meijler G, Brouwer AJ, Traubici J, van Haastert IC, Whyte HE, Groenendaal F, Kulkarni AV, Han KS, Woerdeman PA, Church PT, Kelly EN, van Straaten HLM, Ly LG, de Vries LS. Post-Hemorrhagic Ventricular Dilatation in Preterm Infants: When Best to Intervene? Neurology 2018. Feb 20; 90(8): e698-e706. 

  • Jun 2020 - May 2025:  Co-Investigator. Neurological outcome of glycemia in neonatal encephalopathy. National Institutes of Health. Project Grant (1 R01 HD101419). Operating Grant. Principal Investigator: Tam E. Co-Investigators: Chau V, Dunkley B, Hahn C, Ly LMamak E, Moore A, Pinchefsky E, Widjaja E, Williams T. 803,996 USD.  
  • April 2020 – March 2024 Co-Investigator. Healthy brain growth in preterm children for optimal function: do males and females differ? Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).  Principal Investigator(s): Miller SP, Grunau RE. Co-Investigators: Branson H, Brant RF, Brudno M, Chau V, Guo T, Kelly EN, Ly LG, Synnes AR, William T. $910,352 CDN. 
  • Oct. 2019 – Oct. 2025:    Co-InvestigatorNeurological Outcome of Glycemia in Neonatal Encephalopathy.  Canadian Institutes for Health Research. Project Grant (PJT-166076).  Operating Grant. Principal Investigator: Tam, E. Co-Investigators: Chau V, Dunkley B, Hahn C, Ly LMamak E, Moore A, Pinchefsky E, Widjaja E, Williams T. 770,104 CAD.  
  • March 2019 - March 2021:   Co-InvestigatorIntranasal Human Milk as Stem Cell Therapy in Preterm Infants with Intraventricular Hemorrhage.  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). New Frontiers in Research Fund – Exploration. Principal Investigator: Hoban R. Co-Investigators: Ly L, Currie C, Wilson D, Banihani R, Miller S, Unger S, El Shahed A, Whyte H, Finelli M, Church P, Librach C.  $249,241 CDN. 
  • Jan. 2017 - April 2021:   Co-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 Investigators: Cohen E, Major N, Orkin J, Church P. $1,945,000 CDN. 
  • July 2015 - June 2021 Co-Investigator. Cardiovascular Physiology and Brain Development in Newborns with Congenital Heart Disease.  Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Operating Grant. Principal Investigators: Miller S, Seed MTM. Co-Investigators: Blaser S, Brant RF, Chau V, Hickey EJ, Kingdom JC, Ly LMacGowan CK, Schwartz SM, Sled JG. $1,008,289 CDN. 
  • July 2014 - June 2020 Co-Investigator. Analgesia and Sedation in the Preterm Neonate: Brain Development and Outcome. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Operating Grant. Principal Investigators: Taylor M, Grunau R, Miller S. Co-Investigators: Synnes A, Kelly E, Whyte H, Ly L, Sled JG, Poskitt K, Brant RF, Chau V. $1,104,217 CDN. 
  • April 2014 - March 2019 Co-Investigator. Neurological Outcome of Hypoglycemia in Neonatal Encephalopathy. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Operating Grant. Principal Investigator: Tam EWY. Co-Investigators: Brant RF, Ly LZwicker JG, Chau V, Mamak E, Solimano AJ, Connolly M, Poskitt K, Miller SP, Synnes AR, Hahn CDA, Moore AM, Widjaja E, Roland E. $703,745 CDN. 
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