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Julia Orkin

Title:
Staff Physician, Division of Paediatric Medicine
Designations:
MD, M.Sc., FRCP(C)
Phone:
416-813-7654
Email:
julia.orkin@sickkids.ca
Alternate Contact Name:
Sylvi Siraji
Alternate Phone:
416-813-4680
Alternate Email:
Sylvi.siraji@sickkids.ca
U of T Positions:
Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics
Chair Positions:
Chair, Community Paediatric Committee, Canadian Paediatric Society

Hospital Positions

Medical Director
Complex Care Program

Research Positions

Associate Scientist - Track Investigator
Child Health Evaluative Sciences

Biography

Dr. Julia Orkin is a staff paediatrician at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Division of Paediatric Medicine and holds an Associate-Scientist Track position at the SickKids Research Institute. She is the Medical Director of the Complex Care program and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. She is the Paediatric Clinical Lead for Ontario Health GTA Region and is the Chair of the Community Paediatric Committee at the Canadian Paediatric Society. Her research focuses on innovations in care delivery for children with medical complexity and their families.

Research

Orkin's research focuses on the evaluation of innovative care delivery models for children with medical complexity and their families. She leads two large provincial and national randomized control trials looking at models of care for our most high need paediatric patients.

Education

  • 2009–2010: M.Sc., University of Oxford – Distinction, Global Health Science, Department of Public Health, United Kingdom
  • 2004–2007: Doctor of Medicine, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
  • 2000–2004: Bachelor of Arts, Honours Psychology with Great Distinction, Dean’s Honour list (top 10% of graduating class), McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Experience

  • 2019–Present: GTA Regional Paediatric Clinical Lead, Ontario Health, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 2014–Present: Staff Paediatrician, Division of Paediatric Medicine, Department of Paediatrics
  • 2014–Present: Medical Director, Complex Care Program
  • 2014–2018: Associate Scientist, Center for Urban Health Solutions, Li Ka Shing, Keenan Research Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada

Achievements

  • 2020: Harry Bain Award. Department of Paediatrics, The Hospital for Sick Children
  • 2017–Present: Co-lead, Complex Care, Paediatric Project Echo
  • 2016–Present: Leadership table, Complex Care Kids Ontario-Provincial Council for Maternal Child Health
  • 2019: Award for Outstanding Clinical Contribution. Department of Paediatrics, The Hospital for Sick Children
  • 2018: President’s Award, Complex Care Team. The Hospital for Sick Children
  • 2018–Present: Chair, Community Paediatrics, Canadian Paediatric Society
  • 2018–Present: Physician Lead, Centralized Family Education Program, The Learning Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children
  • 2017–Present: President/Lead, Special Interest Group, Complex Care, Canadian Paediatric Society

Publications

  1. Huth K, Audcent T, Long-Gagne S, Sbrocchi AM, Weiser N, Miller D, Arje D, Stephens D, Major N, Issa K, Cohen E, Orkin J: Evaluating curricular modules in the care of children with medical complexity: A mixed-methods randomized controlled trial. Acad Pediatr. 2019 Sep 12. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Orkin J, Chan CY, Fayed N, Lin L, Major N, Lim A, Peebles E, Moretty M, Soscia J, Sultan R, Willan A, Offringa M, Guttmann A, Bartlett L, Kanani R, Culbert E, Hardy-Brown K, Gordon M, Perlmutar M, Cohen E: Complex Care for Kids Ontario: Protocol for a mixed-methods randomized controlled trial of a population-level care coordination initiative for children with medical complexity. BMJ Open. 2019 Aug 1; 9(8):e028121.
  3. Adams S, Stinson J, Moore C, Beatty M, Desai M, Radmand A, English T, Roberto E, Orkin J: Assessing the requirements for a patient-facing virtual platform to enhance care coordination for children with medical complexity. Paediatrics & Child Health. 24(suppl_2) June 2019: e7. Published online 31 May 2019.
  4. Cohn LN, Pechlivanoglou P, Lee Y, Mahant S, Orkin J, Marson A, Cohen E: Health Outcomes of Parents of Children with Chronic Illness: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Pediatrics. J Pediatr. 2019 Dec 24. Epub ahead of print]
  5. Fayed N, Guttmann A, Chiu A, Gardecki M, Orkin J, Hamid JS, Major N, Lim A, Cohen E: Family-provider consensus outcomes for children with medical complexity. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology. September 2019; 61(9):1093-1100. [Epub December 10, 2018]

See a full list of Julia Orkin's publications

  • 2019–2021: 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. CoInvestigators: 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.
  • 2017–2021: 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.
  • 2015–2021: Health Outcomes of Children with Medical Complexity and their Caregivers. Canadian Institutes of 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.
  • 2019–2020: Connected Care Live - An Evaluation of Uptake & User Experience. Baxter Grant. Principal Investigators: Keilty K, Czarny T.
    Co-Investigators: Orkin J, Flemming B.
  • 2018–2020: Patient-facing Virtual Care Platform for Paediatric Complex Care (Maternal & Child Health). Health Technologies Fund (HTF is a program of the Government of Ontario, developed by the Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist (OCHIS), administered by the Ontario Centres of Excellence).
    Principal Investigators: Orkin J, Adams S, Stinson J.
  • 2017–2019: Optimizing the Management of Pain and Irritability in Children with Severe Neurological Impairments (PIUO). Canadian Institutes for Health Research, SPOR CHILD-BRIGHT.
    Principal Investigator: Siden H.
    Co-Principal Investigator: Oberlander T.
    Co-Investigators: Carleton B, Cohen E, Dewan T, Gnanakumar V, Holsti L, Orkin J (site PI), Rapoport A, Robertson M, Schwantes S, Vadeboncoeur C, Singer J.

Relevant pages

Complex Care Program

Our expert staff paediatricians care for children with medical complexities.

Julia Orkin and Reshma Amin

Talking to families about advanced care planning: Perspectives of families and health-care providers

Drs. Julia Orkin and Reshma Amin are SickKids leaders in the care of children with medical complexity who are technology-dependent. SickKids is home to the largest program in Canada for children with medical complexity as well as for long-term ventilation. Their new study, Understanding of Advance Care Planning in Children with Medical Complexity, was published February 13, 2020 in Pediatrics.

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