Michael Sgro


Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Dr. Michael Sgro is the Chief of Pediatrics and the Director of Research in the Department of Pediatrics at St. Michael’s Hospital. In April 1989, he joined The Hospital for Sick Children as a Pediatric Resident, and became a staff member in the Department of General Pediatrics with a cross-appointment to the Department of Neonatology in 1993. He joined St. Michael’s Hospital as a Staff Physician in 2002. He is a General Consultant Pediatrician with an interest in children with chronic illnesses. His clinical work focuses on children with physical and developmental disabilities, and he acts as the medical consultant Pediatrician to the Cleft Lip and Palate Program at The Hospital for Sick Children.

Dr. Sgro has a research interest in neonatal hyperbilirubinemia, particularly looking at severe hyperbilirubinemia and the incidence of acute bilirubin encephalopathy and chronic bilirubin encephalopathy. He has developed a reputation both nationally and internationally as an expert in the field  of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, sepsis and prenatal exposures. This is supported by the number of publications, presentations, successful grant applications and committee memberships.

Recent Publications

  1. Gunaseelan, V, Parkin, PC, Wahi, G, Birken, CS, Maguire, JL, Macarthur, C et al.. Maternal ethnicity and iron status in early childhood in Toronto, Canada: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Paediatr Open. 2020;4 (1):e000635. doi: 10.1136/bmjpo-2020-000635. PubMed PMID:32509978 PubMed Central PMC7254107.
  2. Ho, K, Minhas, R, Young, E, Sgro, M, Huber, JF. Paediatric hyperthermia-related deaths while entrapped and unattended inside vehicles: The Canadian experience and anticipatory guidance for prevention. Paediatr Child Health. 2020;25 (3):143-148. doi: 10.1093/pch/pxz087. PubMed PMID:32296275 PubMed Central PMC7147705.
  3. Birken, CS, Omand, JA, Nurse, KM, Borkhoff, CM, Koroshegyi, C, Lebovic, G et al.. Fit for School Study protocol: early child growth, health behaviours, nutrition, cardiometabolic risk and developmental determinants of a child's school readiness, a prospective cohort. BMJ Open. 2019;9 (11):e030709. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-030709. PubMed PMID:31748293 PubMed Central PMC6886995.
  4. Szigiato, AA, Speckert, M, Zielonka, J, Hollamby, K, Altomare, F, Ng, E et al.. Effect of Eye Masks on Neonatal Stress Following Dilated Retinal Examination: The MASK-ROP Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2019; :. doi: 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2019.3379. PubMed PMID:31486844 PubMed Central PMC6735413.
  5. Wong, VCH, Maguire, JL, Omand, JA, Dai, DWH, Lebovic, G, Parkin, PC et al.. A Positive Association Between Dietary Intake of Higher Cow's Milk-Fat Percentage and Non-High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol in Young Children. J Pediatr. 2019;211 :105-111.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2019.03.047. PubMed PMID:31104850 .
  6. Carsley, S, Parkin, PC, Tu, K, Pullenayegum, E, Persaud, N, Maguire, JL et al.. Reliability of routinely collected anthropometric measurements in primary care. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2019;19 (1):84. doi: 10.1186/s12874-019-0726-8. PubMed PMID:31014250 PubMed Central PMC6480730.
  7. Sgro, M, Kobylianskii, A, Yudin, MH, Tran, D, Diamandakos, J, Sgro, J et al.. Population-based study of early-onset neonatal sepsis in Canada. Paediatr Child Health. 2019;24 (2):e66-e73. doi: 10.1093/pch/pxy018. PubMed PMID:30996609 PubMed Central PMC6462127.
  8. Flavin, MP, Osiovich, H, Coughlin, K, Sgro, M, Ray, J, Hu, L et al.. Hypoglycemia in unmonitored full-term newborns-a surveillance study. Paediatr Child Health. 2018;23 (8):509-514. doi: 10.1093/pch/pxy025. PubMed PMID:30842696 PubMed Central PMC6242033.
  9. Rollins, M, Milone, F, Suleman, S, Vojvoda, D, Sgro, M, Barozzino, T et al.. Patient navigators: Mapping the route toward accessibility in health care. Paediatr Child Health. 2019;24 (1):19-22. doi: 10.1093/pch/pxy057. PubMed PMID:30792595 PubMed Central PMC6376308.
  10. Selvakumaran, S, Berger, H, Sgro, M, Zipori, Y. Atypical Segmental Spinal Dysgenesis: Prenatal Diagnosis With Postpartum Short-Term Follow-Up. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2019;41 (12):1695. doi: 10.1016/j.jogc.2018.07.012. PubMed PMID:30773310 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Director of Research, Department of Pediatrics, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Chief, Department of Pediatrics, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Toronto