Julia Orkin


Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Dr. Orkin is a staff physician and the medical director of the Complex Care Program at the Hospital for Sick Children. She is an assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Paediatrics. Her research interests focus on the intersection between health outcomes and poverty with a focus on child health, specifically children with medical complexity. She holds a masters in Global Health from Oxford University and completed her Post-doctoral training at the Center for Research on Inner City Health, St Michael’s Hospital with a focus on neighbourhood outcomes on paediatric obesity.

She is an active member of the Community Paediatric Section at the Canadian Paediatric Society and is the lead medical director for the Provincial Council of Maternal and Child Health’s Complex Care Kids Ontario Strategy.

Please note: Dr. Orkin is not taking any summer students in 2017.

Recent Publications

  1. Cohen, E, Gandhi, S, Toulany, A, Moore, C, Fu, L, Orkin, J et al.. Health Care Use During Transfer to Adult Care Among Youth With Chronic Conditions. Pediatrics. 2016;137 (3):e20152734. doi: 10.1542/peds.2015-2734. PubMed PMID:26933203 .
  2. Persaud, N, Maguire, JL, Lebovic, G, Carsley, S, Khovratovich, M, Randall Simpson, JA et al.. Association between serum cholesterol and eating behaviours during early childhood: a cross-sectional study. CMAJ. 2013;185 (11):E531-6. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.121834. PubMed PMID:23775611 PubMed Central PMC3735770.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute
  • Assistant Professor, University of Toronto