Michael Sgro

MD, FRCPC

Investigator

Biography

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. Li, X, Vanderloo, LM, Maguire, JL, Keown-Stoneman, CDG, Aglipay, M, Anderson, LN et al.. Public health preventive measures and child health behaviours during COVID-19: a cohort study. Can J Public Health. 2021; :. doi: 10.17269/s41997-021-00549-w. PubMed PMID:34232489 PubMed Central PMC8261798.
  2. Jegathesan, T, Campbell, DM, Ray, JG, Shah, V, Berger, H, Hayeems, RZ et al.. Transcutaneous versus Total Serum Bilirubin Measurements in Preterm Infants. Neonatology. 2021; :1-11. doi: 10.1159/000516648. PubMed PMID:34139689 .
  3. Gupta, S, Longmore, A, Drake, M, Han, R, Sgro, M, Hollamby, K et al.. The Development of a Simulated Umbilical Line Insertion Model and Curriculum in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Cureus. 2021;13 (2):e13418. doi: 10.7759/cureus.13418. PubMed PMID:33763314 PubMed Central PMC7980722.
  4. Parkin, PC, Borkhoff, CM, Macarthur, C, Abdullah, K, Birken, CS, Fehlings, D et al.. Randomized Trial of Oral Iron and Diet Advice versus Diet Advice Alone in Young Children with Nonanemic Iron Deficiency. J Pediatr. 2021;233 :233-240.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2021.01.073. PubMed PMID:33548262 .
  5. Li, X, Keown-Stoneman, CDG, Lebovic, G, Maguire, JL, Omand, JA, Sievenpiper, JL et al.. Body Mass Index Mediates the Association between Growth Trajectories and Cardiometabolic Risk in Children. Child Obes. 2021;17 (1):36-42. doi: 10.1089/chi.2020.0143. PubMed PMID:33252262 .
  6. Griffiths, S, Campbell, DM, Caudarella, A, Guimond, T, Lamba, W, Lurie, E et al.. Use of Injectable Opioid Agonist Therapy in a In-Patient Setting for a Pregnant Patient With Opioid Use Disorder: A Case Report. J Addict Med. 2020; :. doi: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000776. PubMed PMID:33234803 .
  7. Hignell, A, Carlyle, K, Bishop, C, Murphy, M, Valenzano, T, Turner, S et al.. The Infant Cuddler Study: Evaluating the effectiveness of volunteer cuddling in infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome. Paediatr Child Health. 2020;25 (7):414-418. doi: 10.1093/pch/pxz127. PubMed PMID:33173551 PubMed Central PMC7606161.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Baker, JM, Campbell, DM, Pavenski, K, Gnanalingam, A, Hollamby, K, Jegathesan, T et al.. Infants affected by Rh sensitization: A 2-year Canadian National Surveillance Study. Paediatr Child Health. 2021;26 (3):159-165. doi: 10.1093/pch/pxaa025. PubMed PMID:33936335 PubMed Central PMC8077204.
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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
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