St. Michael’s Pediatrics – Our team

Physician bios

Active Primary Pediatric Hematology, Neonatology

Dr. Baker is based at St. Michael’s Hospital where she practices pediatric hematology, adolescent/young adult hematology and general pediatrics. She also has a clinic in general pediatric hematology at the Hospital for Sick Children one day per week.

Dr. Baker is an assistant professor and clinician teacher in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Baker completed a B.Sc. at McGill University followed by an MD degree as well as a pediatrics residency at the University of Calgary. She then completed fellowships in pediatric hematology-oncology and research at The Hospital for Sick Children, as well as an M.Sc. in clinical epidemiology at the University of Toronto.

Her research interests include neonatal hematology (such as rhesus hemolytic disease of the newborn and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia) and models of care for AYA hematology patients (such as using text message reminders).

Associated clinics

  • Antenatal Consultation Clinic
  • General Pediatric Consultation Clinic
  • Pediatric Hematology Clinic

Active Primary
General Pediatrics, Neonatology

Dr. Tony Barozzino

Dr. Tony Barozzino is the director of community outreach and ambulatory services in the Department of Pediatrics at St. Michael’s Hospital and formerly served as chief of Pediatrics from 2001 to 2012. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

He has been co-editor-in-chief of the Canadian Paediatric Society sponsored Caring for Kids New to Canada Web Resource, an online, bilingual free access site developed for health professionals and others who care for immigrant/refugee children, youth and families. He is chair of the Caring for Kids New to Canada Task Force, which hopes to to improve health care and health outcomes in immigrant refugee children and youth in Canada by advancing research, education and clinical care provision to this at-risk population.

He has worked as a consultant pediatrician in downtown Toronto for more than 20 years with particular expertise in neonatology, developmental/school issues and care of the medically complex child. He has developed a specialized pediatric care model for southeast Toronto, focusing on inner city children/youth and their particular issues as seen through the lens of the social determinants of health.

His administrative leadership has resulted in St. Michael’s Hospital’s Department of Pediatrics being at the forefront of clinical care provision, education and research around socially disadvantaged children and their families. The pediatric outreach initiatives, Developmental Services Team, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Diagnostic Clinic, School Based Health Clinic and the Infectious Diseases/Immigrant Health Clinics are but a few of the successful developments with regards to clinical care in this area.

Associated clinics

  • Antenatal Consultation Clinic
  • Neonatal Circumcision Clinic
  • General Pediatric Consultation Clinic
  • Newcomers to Canada Clinic

Research

Active Primary
Adolescent Medicine, Neonatology

Joey Bonifacio is a staff physician and adolescent medicine specialist at St. Michael’s Hospital.

His outpatient clinical care at St. Michael’s includes a general adolescent medicine clinic involving eating disorders, sexual and reproductive health, and basic pediatric and adolescent gynecology. He has a strong interest working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) children and adolescents. He also provides cognitive behavioral therapy and medical management for teens with mood disorders.

His outreach through St. Michael’s involves providing medical care for street-involved and homeless youth at Evergreen, the medical clinic affiliated with the Yonge Street Mission, and therapy and counseling services for mood disorders at Covenant House, Canada’s largest youth shelter. He is also physician-in-chief of Youthdale Treatment Centres, a community mental health agency funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and oversees the medical care of their outpatient consultation, residential treatment, and psychiatric units.

Research

His current research includes a qualitative photovoice study on homeless and street-involved youth, the effects of the provision of baby boxes to underserved new parents, and quantitative measures regarding the efficacy of hormone-blocker and cross-sex hormone treatment to transgender youth.

Education

Joey completed an AB in linguistics (Cornell) and MD (UBC). He completed his general pediatrics residency at the Montreal Children’s Hospital where he was also chief resident. He completed his adolescent medicine fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children. Joey has completed an MSc in Bioethics (McGill), an MPH in Clinical Effectiveness (Harvard), and an MA in medical anthropology (UofT). He is currently completing his MTS at Regis College (UofT) looking at the intersection of religion, gender, and medicine.

Associated clinics

  • Adolescent and Teen Clinic
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Diagnostic Clinic
  • Outreach Services

Courtesy
Pediatric Dermatology

Active Primary
General Pediatrics, Neonatology

Dr. Douglas Campbell

Dr. Douglas Campbell is the medical director of the Allan Waters Family Simulation Centre, the director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the deputy chief of pediatrics at St. Michael’s Hospital. He is cross-appointed at the Hospital for Sick Children where he works as a staff neonatologist. Dr. Campbell’s academic rank at the University of Toronto is that of an associate professor within the Department of Pediatrics as well as being an associate scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital.

Dr. Campbell’s two main areas of interest are clinical neonatology (nutrition and ventilation) and the use of simulation for neonatal resuscitation team-training.

His clinical neonatal experience and simulation background has formed a large part of his academic career as an educator, administrator and researcher. He has received simulation training at the Center for Advanced Perinatal Education at Stanford University and is the simulation co-lead at the University of Toronto’s Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. He is a member of the Canadian Paediatric Society National Resuscitation Program Executive Committee and chair of the NRP research committee. International recognition for Dr. Campbell’s work in simulation has included election to the Board of Directors of the International Pediatric Simulation Society.

Associated clinics

  • Antenatal Consultation Clinic
  • Neonatal Circumcision Clinic
  • General Pediatric Consultation Clinic
  • Neonatal Followup Clinic

Research

Active Primary
General Pediatrics, Neonatology

Dr. Sohail Cheema a staff neonatologist/pediatrician at St. Michael’s Hospital and an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Cheema completed his medical training in the United Kingdom as a pediatrician with a special interest in neonatology. In 2001, Dr. Cheema came to Canada to work as a pediatric fellow in neonatal transport medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children and after two years became a staff pediatrician. He is a keen educator and is involved in numerous undergraduate teaching initiatives. He is a member of the Pediatric Undergraduate Medical Education Committee at the University of Toronto which oversees the pediatric section of undergraduate teaching, including curriculum and examination materials. Dr. Cheema is the lead physician at St. Michael’s Hospital in teaching and mentoring all undergraduate students of the University of Toronto.

Associated clinics

  • Antenatal Consultation Clinic
  • General Pediatric Consultation Clinic
  • Neonatal Followup Clinic

Clinical Associate
General Pediatrics, Outreach Services

Dr. Justine Cohen-Silver is a pediatrician with a focus in outreach. She completed medical school and a pediatric residency at the Unversity of Toronto following a master’s degree in Biostatistics at the University of Toronto. Dr. Cohen-Silver then completed a postgraduate fellowship in academic pediatrics with a focus in urban health at St. Michael’s Hospital. Simultaneously, she completed a master’s in Public Health with a focus in health promotion. Dr. Cohen-Silver practices as a consultant in general pediatrics with the Family Health Team at 410 Sherbourne and participates in a school-based medical clinic with a focus on learning and development at Sprucecourt Public School.

Associated clinics

  • Outreach Services
  • School Clinics

Active Primary
General Pediatrics, Outreach Services

Dr. Sloane Freeman is a staff physician in the Department of Pediatrics, at St. Michael’s Hospital with particular expertise in developmental/school issues, health care delivery and care of the medically complex child.

Dr. Freeman is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and an associate scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital.  She completed her pediatric residency at the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto and her medical degree at McMaster University.  She completed a master’s of science at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Freeman is the founder and lead for the Model Schools Pediatric Health Initiative, a program developed in partnership with the Toronto District School Board to bring health care to inner city schools. This innovative health care delivery model focuses on developmental and mental health care for students who face barriers to accessing health care and is the first of its kind in Canada.

Dr. Freeman’s research focuses on health care delivery to underserviced populations and she is currently leading the first randomized controlled study examining school based health care in Canada.

Associated clinics

  • Antenatal Consultation Clinic
  • General Pediatric Consultation Clinic
  • Outreach Services
  • School Clinics

Research

Active Primary Pediatric Cardiology

Dr. Ra Han

Dr. Edward Jin

Active Primary General Pediatrics

Dr. Max Kirtsman

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Neonatology

Active Primary
General Pediatrics, Clinician Specialist

Dr. Jonathon Maguire leads the Special Nutrition Clinic, a clinic dedicated to helping children who have developmental disabilities, such as autism spectrum disorder, overcome complex nutritional problems. He is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Toronto and a pediatrician and scientist with the Department of Pediatrics at St. Michael’s Hospital. As co-lead of the largest children’s cohort study in Canada, TARGet Kids!, his research in preventing nutritional problems has received global attention.

Associated clinics

  • Specialized Nutrition Clinic

Research

Active Primary
General Pediatrics, Developmental Pediatrics
Director of Research, Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Ripudaman Minhas is a developmental pediatrician with the Inner City Health Program at St Michael’s Hospital and an assistant professor in the Division of Developmental Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, University of Toronto. His research interests are in the development, behaviour, disability and rehabilitation of children in urban settings and in newcomer immigrant and refugee families. He is interested in developing interventions to support the developmental potential of children in the unique context of their social determinants of health. As of September 2018, Dr. Minhas was appointed Director of Pediatric Research with St. Michael’s Hospital.

He completed the Developmental Pediatrics subspecialty training program at the University of Toronto and the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. He was a global health scholar at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, and completed his Master of Public Health and a certificate in Global Health there. Dr. Minhas completed his medical degree at the University of Toronto, with General Pediatrics residency at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Associated clinics

  • Developmental Pediatrics Services and Clinics
  • General Pediatric Consultation Clinic
  • Newcomers to Canada Clinic
  • Outreach Services
  • School Clinics

Research

Dr. Niraj Mistry

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General Pediatrics, Neonatology

Dr. Kamini Raghuram

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General Pediatrics, Pediatric Rheumatology

Dr. Evelyn Rozenblyum is a general pediatrician, pediatric rheumatologist, and assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at St. Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto. Dr. Rozenblyum completed her pediatric residency and rheumatology fellowship at the University of Toronto in 2015. Since then, she has worked across Canada at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary and McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton. Now, she is cross-appointed through the Department of Pediatrics and Rheumatology at St. Michael’s Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. Dr. Rozenblyum practices general pediatrics in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and has outpatient pediatrics consultation clinics at Sumac Creek Health Center, and St. Lawrence Family Health Centre.

Her research interests are in transition of patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis from pediatric to adult care. She is interested in developing a new clinic to look after these individuals. She is also interested in babies born to mothers with rheumatic diseases, and neonatal lupus. She is currently postgraduate medical education lead through St. Michael’s Hospital, supervising and evaluating residents, along with developing new curriculum. Her current educational interests include developing a mobile app for the Resident’s Guide to Pediatric Rheumatology educational manual.

Associated clinics

  • Outreach Services
  • Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic

Active Primary
General Pediatrics, Neonatology

Dr. Michael Sgro

Dr. Michael Sgro is the chief of pediatrics at St. Michael’s Hospital. He is an associate professor at the University of Toronto. He has a cross-appointment to the Department of Neonatology and the Department of General Pediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children. He is a general consultant pediatrician with an interest in children with chronic illnesses. His clinical work focuses on neonatology, children with physical and developmental disabilities and he is the medical consultant pediatrician to the Cleft Lip and Palate Program at SickKids.

Dr. Sgro has a research interest in neonatal hyperbilirubinemia and neonatal sepsis, particularly looking at severe hyperbilirubinemia and the incidence of acute bilirubin encephalopathy and chronic bilirubin encephalopathy. This research has resulted in a number of publications in peer-reviewed journals and he has developed a reputation both nationally and internationally as an expert in this field (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, sepsis and neonatal jaundice). This is supported by the number of publications, presentations, successful grant applications and committee memberships.

Associated clinics

  • Antenatal Consultation Clinic
  • Neonatal Circumcision Clinic
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Diagnostic Clinic
  • General Pediatric Consultation Clinic

Research

Active Primary
General Pediatrics, Outreach Services

Dr. Shazeen Suleman is a staff physician in the Department of Pediatrics, Outreach Services at St. Michael’s Hospital. She completed her pediatric residency at the Hospital for Sick Children and her medical degree at the University of British Columbia, where she was named a Wesbrook Scholar. She completed a master’s of public health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in 2017, where she was a Sommer Scholar.

At St. Michael’s Hospital, Dr. Suleman provides consulting general pediatrics care for children living in the inner-city, including urban Indigenous, refugee and immigrant children. She is a consultant pediatrician with the Model Schools Pediatric Health Initiative, and is the research lead for K!DConnect, a pediatric patient navigation program at St. Michael’s Hospital. Her academic interests involve the development and evaluation of evidence-based programs to support newcomer and vulnerable children.

Outside of the clinic, she is the co-founder and president of the MusicBox Children’s Charity, a national organization that has provided music education opportunities to more than 5000 vulnerable children across Canada. She is a founding member of the Social Pediatrics Special Interest Group and was involved with the Caring for Kids New to Canada task force. She is an assistant editor for Paediatrics & Child Health, the official journal of the Canadian Paediatric Society. She is actively involved in medical education, and frequently gives guest lectures, presentations and workshops to all levels of medical trainees.

Associated clinics

  • Antenatal Consultation Clinic
  • General Pediatric Consultation Clinic
  • Neonatal Followup Clinic
  • Newcomers to Canada Clinic
  • School Clinics

Clinical Associate
Neonatology

Dr. Mathilda van den Heuvel

Clinical Associate
General Pediatrics, Outreach Services

Active Primary, Psychiatry

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General Pediatrics, Neonatology

Dr. Anne Wormsbecker MD MPH FRCPC is a Toronto pediatrician with strong interests in immunization and public health. She is a graduate of the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine (2004) and completed pediatric residency at Western University in 2008. Anne was an academic general pediatric fellow at the Hospital for Sick Children from 2009 to 2011 has a master’s in Public Health from the University of Toronto (2011).

Her clinical practice, at both St. Michael’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Health Centre, includes both outpatient and inpatient care and spans the entire spectrum of childhood, from birth to adolescence. At St. Michael’s she supervises medical trainees and provides care to newborns and their families on-call to Labour and Delivery and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She also works in the outpatient pediatrics program.

She has been a medical epidemiologist at Public Health Ontario and a senior medical consultant in the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. In both roles, she developed expertise in immunization research and policy and this, along with urban pediatric medicine, remains her research interest.

Associated clinics

  • School Clinics
  • Specialized Nutrition Clinic

Active Primary
General Pediatrics, Neonatology

Dr. Ethel Ying is a staff neonatologist/pediatrician at St. Michael’s Hospital and assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Her clinical interests include the followup care of the preterm population including developmental outcomes and nutrition. These interests led to the development of the Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic at St. Michael’s Hospital in 2003 and in 2013, the implementation of a nutrition follow-up Clinic for extremely low birth weight neonates. She is also interested in the importance of the active participation of families in the care of NICU population, leading to the implementation of family integrated care model within the St. Michael’s Hospital NICU in 2016. Her current research focus is parental and neonatal outcomes with Family Integrated Care in an advanced Level 2 NICU setting and is participating in a multi-site study to evaluate these outcomes.

Associated clinics

  • Antenatal Consultation Clinic
  • Baby Steps Clinic
  • General Pediatric Consultation Clinic
  • Neonatal Followup Clinic

Active Primary
General Pediatrics, Developmental Pediatrics

Dr.Elizabeth Young, MD, FRCPC is a general consulting and developmental pediatrician in the Department of Pediatrics at St.Michael’s Hospital. She is also a lecturer at the University of Toronto. She completed medical school at McMaster University and a pediatrics residency at Queens University. She worked as a general pediatrician for two years in Toronto and then went onto then complete her developmental pediatric sub-specialty residency at the University of Toronto. Her dual training and work experience in developmental and general pediatrics provides her a unique perspective in the management of families of children with developmental disorders. In 2011 she created, developed and introduced Pediatric Developmental Passport in the Pediatric Clinic at St.Michael’s Hospital with grant support from St.Michael’s Innovation Funds for a pilot randomized controlled trial. The passport has been reported to help the unique population of children here at St.Michael’s, hospitals that are typically from low-income families. Through multiple presentations of the results of the first three phases of the pediatric developmental passport at various conferences around Canada, Dr. Young has generated interest and support in the passport by general and developmental pediatricians nationally and plans are underway to develop this passport into a mobile application.

Dr. Young also has an interest in medical education and has been the recipient of a teaching award by university of Toronto subspecialty trainees (2015), and pediatric trainees (2016). She is also a co-investigator on a project involving the education of residents in child development and developing tools and curriculum to help them better experience child development in their clinical encounters.

Along with the Department of Pediatrics’ focus on outreach, Dr. Young and her developmental colleagues work in an integrated approach in many outreach centres bringing developmental care into novel settings, including family health teams, school clinics and early intervention centres across the inner city neighbourhoods that St. Michael’s serve.

Associated clinics

  • Developmental Pediatrics Services and Clinics
  • General Pediatric Consultation Clinic
  • Outreach Services

Research

Pediatrics staff

Last updated August 05, 2021