Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Our NICU

  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre has over 4000 deliveries and over 700 NICU admissions per year.
  • The NICU is a 42 bed unit and trainees have the opportunity to work with a highly skilled interprofessional team including nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, dieticians and pharmacists.
  • SHSC NICU’s area of clinical focus is in the management of extremely low birth weight infants.
  • The SHSC NICU provides care to over 70 infants < 26 weeks per year. The SHSC Follow-Up Clinic enrols approximately 225 infants per year, and has a volume of over 2000 visits annually.
  • The clinic follows children to six years of age with clinicians trained in both neonatal follow-up and developmental paediatrics.

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Neonatologists

Eugene Ng MD, FRCPC, FAAP
Chief of Paediatrics

Eugene Ng MD, FRCPC, FAAP

Chief of Paediatrics

Dr. Eugene Ng is a Neonatologist and currently Chief of Newborn & Developmental Paediatrics at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He has over 10 years of administrative experience at the tertiary and community care settings, and has provided leadership and guidance in development and revision of many policies and practice guidelines in the provincial and national levels, involving advocacy and regionalization of maternal and newborn care. His current research and academic foci include assessment of respiratory pattern using diaphragm electrical activity, systematic reviews, systems and models of care, and quality improvement.

Academic Background

1994   MD, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
1997   Paediatric Residency, Baystate Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, Springfield, Massachusetts
2000   Neonatal Fellowship, Shared Program in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, University of Toronto
2001   Neonatal Transport Fellowship, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto

Research Interests

Diaphragm Electrical Activity, Systematic Reviews, Systems and Models of Care

Full bibliography:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/browse/collection/53563329/?sort=date&direction=descending


Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Chief, Department of Newborn and Developmental Paediatrics

Medical Director, NICU
Associate Scientist, Research Institute

University of Toronto
Associate Professor, Paediatrics

 

Other Positions

The Hospital for Sick Children
Associate Staff, Neonatology

North York General Hospital
Active Staff Physician, Department of Paediatrics

Mount Sinai Hospital
Courtesy Staff Physician, Paediatrics

Email: eugene.ng@sunnybrook.ca

Martin Skidmore BSc, MB, BS, DObstRCOG, DCH, MRCP, FRCPC

Staff Neonatologist

Dr Skidmore joined the Dept of Paeds as a Clinical Fellow in 1978. He became a Staff Neonatologist at Women’s College in 1981. Dr. Skidmore has been actively involved with The Integrated Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Training Program at the University of Toronto since its inception in 1989 and, for 14 years, was the Program Director. He was awarded ‘Founder Designation’ in NPM by the RCPSC in 2011 and ‘The Distinguished Neonatologist Award’ by the CPS in 2015.

 

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Associate Chief, Department of Newborn and Developmental Paediatrics
Staff Neonatologist, Department of Newborn and Developmental Paediatrics

Bibliography:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=skidmore+mb%5BAuthor%5D+OR+skidmore+m%5Bauthor%5D+AND+toronto

Other Positions

The Hospital for Sick Children
Associate Staff Neonatologist, Neonatology

University of Toronto
Assistant Professor, Paediatrics and Obstetrics/Gynaecology

 

Email: martin.skidmore@sunnybrook.ca

Elizabeth Asztalos MD, MSc, FRCPC
Staff Neonatologist

Elizabeth Asztalos MD, MSc, FRCPC

Staff Neonatologist

Graduate of University of Toronto School of Medicine (1984), Paediatrics (1987) and Neonatology (1989). Staff Neonatologist (1989 to present). Key interests include neurodevelopmental outcomes of the high-risk preterm population, perinatal management, neonatal management, breast milk for the preterm infant.

Academic Background

2002   Masters of Science, Health Research Methodology, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada

1988   Fellow, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCPC)

1984   Doctor of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto (MD)

1977   Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Faculty of Science and Mathematics School of  Nursing
University of Windsor (BScN)

1976   Bachelor of Arts, Faculty of Social Science, University of Windsor (BA)

Residency / Fellowship:

1984-87   Residency-Paediatrics, Hospital for Sick Children

1987-89   Neonatal Fellowship, Women’s College Hospital  

Research Interests

Neurodevelopmental Outcomes, Preterm Infant, Breast Milk Provision

Bibliography:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/collections/bibliography/53539831/

 

Sunnybrook Health Science Centre
Staff Neonatologist, Department of Newborn & Developmental Paediatrics
Associate Scientist, Research Institute
Director of Neonatal Research, Women and Babies Program

University of Toronto
Professor, Paediatrics
Associate Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation


Other Positions

The Hospital for Sick Children
Associate Staff, Neonatology

Mount Sinai Hospital
Courtesy Staff

Email: Elizabeth.asztalos@sunnybrook.ca

Rudaina Banihani MD, MHPE
Staff Neonatologist

Rudaina Banihani MD, MHPE

Staff Neonatologist

Dr. Banihani holds a staff position in the Division of Neonatology, providing clinical care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Neonatal Follow-Up Clinic at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre. She completed dual fellowship training in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Developmental Paediatrics. Her focus is on understanding, evaluating and optimizing developmental outcomes of premature infants as well as children with brain injuries, brain malformations and genetic syndromes that are identified in the neonatal period.

Academic Background

1994-00     MD, Faculty of Medicine, Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), Jordan
2001-05     Paediatric Residency, King Abdullah University Hospital, Jordan University of Science
and Technology (JUST), Jordan
2006-08     Neonatal Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Integrated Fellowship Program
University of Toronto, Canada
2008-09     Neonatal Transport Fellowship, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto
2009           Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education, Maastricht University and
Suez Canal University, Egypt
2010-12     Neonatal Follow-up Fellowship, Sunnybrook Health Science Centre
University of Toronto, Canada
2012-14     Developmental Paediatrics Fellowship , Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Canada

Research Interests

Neurodevelopmental Outcomes, Developmental Trajectories, Neonatal Brain Injury, Premature Infants, Down Syndrome, Genetic Syndromes

Full bibliography:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/browse/collection/55106565/?sort=date&direction=ascending

 

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Staff Neonatologist, Department of Newborn and Developmental Paediatrics
Developmental Paediatrician, Neonatal Follow Up Clinic

University of Toronto
Assistant Professor, Paediatrics

 

Other Positions

The Hospital for Sick Children
Associate Staff, Neonatology

 

Email: rudaina.banihani@sunnybrook.ca

Paige Terrien Church, MD
Staff Neonatologist

Paige Terrien Church, MD

Staff Neonatologist

Dr. Church is the Medical Director of the Neonatal Follow Up Clinic at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the physician lead for the Spina Bifida/Spinal Cord injury program at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. She holds dual certification through the American Board of Pediatrics in neonatal-perinatal Medicine as well as developmental behavioral pediatrics.

Academic Background

1999          MD, University of Vermont College of Medicine
1992-02    University of Chicago, Pediatrics 1999-2002
2002-06   Tufts University, Joint fellowship in Neonatal Perinatal Medicine and Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics

Research Interests

Neurodevelopmental Outcomes, Systems of Care

Full bibliography:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/browse/collection/43243394/?sort=date&direction=ascending

 

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Staff Neonatologist, Department of Newborn and Developmental Paediatrics
Medical Director, Neonatal Follow Up Clinic
Affiliate Scientist, Research Institute

University of Toronto
Assistant Professor, Paediatrics
Director of Neonatal Follow Up

Other Positions

The Hospital for Sick Children
Associate Staff, Neonatology

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Physician Lead, Spina Bifida/Spinal Cord Injury Program

Canadian Pediatric Society
Neonatal Follow Up Special Interest Group Lead

Email: Paige.church@sunnybrook.ca

Michael Dunn MD, FRCPC
Staff Neonatologist

Michael Dunn MD, FRCPC

Staff Neonatologist

Dr. Michael Dunn is a practicing neonatologist, former Chief of the Department of Newborn and Developmental Paediatrics at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center in Toronto, Canada and an Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto.  He has extensive experience in Quality Improvement and the development and execution of randomized controlled trials involving preterm neonates.  He is committed to the provision of quality care to NICU patients and their families and believes that we as health care providers need to do everything in our power to give our newest citizens the best possible start in life.

Academic Background

Degree:
MD- University of Toronto (1978)

Paediatric Residency:
The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto (1978-80)
Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, Sydney, Australia (1981)
B.C.’s Children’s Hospital, Vancouver (1983-84)

Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship:
Women’s College Hospital, Toronto (1982-86)

Research Interests

Quality improvement, Respiratory Support, Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia, NICU Design, Care of the Micropremature Infant, Family-Centered Care

 

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Staff Neonatologist, Department of Newborn and Developmental Paediatrics

University of Toronto
Associate Professor, Pediatrics

 
Bibliography:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Dunn%20MS%5BAuthor%5D&cauthor=true&cauthor_uid=28859765

Other Positions

The Hospital for Sick Children
Associate Staff, Neonatology

 

Email: michael.dunn@sunnybrook.ca

Asaph Rolnitsky BScMed, MScHQ, MD, PhD(c)

Staff Neonatologist

Dr. Asaph Rolnitsky completed fellowships in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and in Quality Improvement at the University of Toronto. His expertise is in quality improvement sciences and measurement, in which he received a MSc. Dr. Rolnitsky is now studying for a PhD in Medical Sciences, focusing on QI and health services research. He teaches Neonatology and QI methods at the University of Toronto and Queen’s Univeristy and teaches QI methods at international forums.

Academic Background

BscMed, MD – Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Paediatrics
Schneider Children’s Medical Centre of Israel, Tel – Aviv University
Neonatal Perinatal Medicine fellowship, University of Toronto
VAQS – Quality Improvement Fellowship – CQUIPS, University of Toronto
MScHQ – Queen’s University
PhD Candidate – IMS, University of Toronto

Research Interests

QI methods to reduce neonatal morbidities, mainly NEC, ROP, IVH
Cost of care for micropremature infants
Performance measurement

 

Bibliography Link:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/1JI9da4Q3Jxkf/bibliography/public/

 

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Staff Neonatologist, Department of Newborn and Developmental Paediatrics

 

Other Positions

University of Toronto
Assistant Professor, Paediatrics

 

Email: asaph.rolnitsky@sunnybrook.ca

Brian Simmons BSc(Hons), BM, FRCPC, FAAP

Staff Neonatologist

 

Sunnybrook Health Science Centre
Staff Neonatologist, Department of Newborn & Developmental Paediatrics

University of Toronto
Assistant Professor, Paediatrics

 
Bibliography:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=(simmons+brian%5BAuthor%5D)+NOT+(simmons+bp%5BAuthor%5D)+NOT+(simmons+bs%5BAuthor%5D)+AND+toronto

Other Positions

The Hospital for Sick Children
Associate Staff, Neonatology

Email: brian.simmons@sunnybrook.ca

Dany Weisz BSc, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Staff Neonatologist

Dany Weisz BSc, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Staff Neonatologist

Dr. Weisz is a neonatal intensivist and director of the targeted neonatal echocardiography program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. His research interests include the physiology and epidemiology of patent ductus arteriosus in preterm infants and non-invasive cardiac monitoring.

Academic Background

Bachelor of Science – University of Toronto
Doctor of Medicine – University of Western Ontario
Paediatrics – University of Ottawa
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine – University of Toronto
Masters of Science (Clinical Epidemiology) – Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto

Research Interests

Patent Ductus Arteriosus, Non-Invasive Cardiac Monitoring, Hemodynamics, Pulmonary Hypertension, Targeted Neonatal Echocardiography

Bibliography Link:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/1bsWwVcCtuc9dj/bibliography/public/

 

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Staff Neonatologist, Department of Newborn and Developmental Paediatrics

University of Toronto
Assistant Professor, Paediatrics

 

Other Positions

The Hospital for Sick Children
Associate Staff, Neonatology

Mount Sinai Hospital
Associate Staff, Paediatrics

Email: Dany.weisz@sunnybrook.ca

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