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Simon Ling

Title: Division Head, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Designations: MB, ChB, MRCP(UK)
Fax: 416-813-6531
Alternate Contact Name: Leann Turner
Alternate Phone: 416-813-8757
Alternate Email:
U of T Positions: Professor, Department of Paediatrics

Hospital Positions

Staff Gastroenterologist
Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Research Positions

Project Investigator
SickKids Research Institute


Dr. Simon Ling graduated in medicine from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and trained in paediatric gastroenterology in Glasgow, Scotland and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto. He worked initially as Consultant at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow and was then appointed to SickKids and the University of Toronto in 2003.  Dr. Ling has served as Head of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition since 2015, and previously as Director of the Paediatric Gastroenterology Training Program from 2009 to 2014. He received the Department of Paediatrics’ Richard Rowe Award for Clinical Excellence in Paediatric Medical Care in 2013. 

Dr. Ling’s subspecialty interest is paediatric liver disease.  He also maintains a broad interest and experience in paediatric gastroenterology and endoscopy. 


Dr. Ling’s clinical research activities aim to improve our ability to predict the progression of chronic liver disease and its complications in children, focusing on children at risk of variceal bleeding, children with cystic fibrosis liver disease (CFLD), and children with chronic viral hepatitis B and C. He collaborates in the CFLD Research Network and the Hepatitis B Research Network (HBRN).


  • 2019: Canadian Liver Foundation 50th Anniversary Recognition Medal on behalf of the National Board of Directors of the Canadian Liver Foundation 
  • 2013: The Richard Rowe Award, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto.
    Awarded to a faculty member demonstrating excellence in the delivery of clinical care in its broadest sense over a sustained period of time.


  1. Ling SC, Ye W, Leung DH, Weymann A, Karnsakul W, Freeman AJ, Magee J, Narkewicz MR for CFLD-NET. Liver ultrasound patterns in children with cystic fibrosis correlate with non-invasive tests of liver disease. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition [In Press 2019]. Impact Factor 3.015. Principal Author
  2. Carneiro de Moura M, Chen S, Kamath BM, Ng VL, Ling SCAcute variceal bleeding causes significant morbidity. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2018 Sep;67(3):371-376. Impact Factor 3.015. Senior Responsible Investigator 
  3. Stonebraker J, Ooi C, Pace R, Corvol H, Knowles M, Durie P, Ling SC.  Features of severe liver disease with portal hypertension in patients with cystic fibrosis. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology August 2016;14(8):1207-1215. Impact Factor 7.398. Senior Responsible Investigator 
  4. Sokollik C, Bandsma RHJ, Gana JC, van den Heuvel M, Ling SCCongenital portosystemic shunt: characterization of a multi-system disease. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition 2013;56(6):675-81. Impact Factor 2.873. Senior Responsible Investigator 
  5. Gana JC, Turner D, Mieli-Vergani G, Davenport M, Miloh T, Avitzur Y, Yap J, Morinville V, Brill H, Ling SC.  A Clinical Prediction Rule and Platelet Count Predict Esophageal Varices in Children.  Gastroenterology 2011; 141(6): 2009-16. Impact Factor 11.675. Senior Responsible Investigator 

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Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

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