Sloane Freeman

MD, FRCPC, MSc

Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute

Biography

Dr. Sloane Freeman is a full-time pediatrician at St. Michael’s Hospital’s Inner City Health Program and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She has worked as a General Pediatrician in downtown Toronto since 2008 with particular expertise in social pediatrics, developmental/school issues and care of the medically complex child. Dr. Freeman is the founder and lead for the Model Schools Pediatric Health Initiative (MSPHI), 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 it’s kind in Canada. Dr. Freeman is also the primary investigator for the Feasibility Study on the Model Schools Pediatric Health Initiative, the first study published in Canada to evaluate school based health care. Dr. Freeman is currently leading the first randomized controlled study examining school based health care in Canada. Dr. Freeman’s administrative leadership has resulted in a program that now serves 40 inner city schools. Her groundbreaking work and research in the area of school based health care has made her a Canadian leader in this field.

Recent Publications

  1. Wong, PD, Anderson, LN, Dai, DDW, Parkin, PC, Maguire, JL, Birken, CS et al.. The Association of Breastfeeding Duration and Early Childhood Cardiometabolic Risk. J. Pediatr. 2018;192 :80-85.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2017.09.071. PubMed PMID:29246362 .
  2. Sharp, JR, Maguire, JL, Carsley, S, Abdullah, K, Chen, Y, Perrin, EM et al.. Temperament Is Associated With Outdoor Free Play in Young Children: A TARGet Kids! Study. Acad Pediatr. ;18 (4):445-451. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2017.08.006. PubMed PMID:28842293 .
  3. Wong, PD, Birken, CS, Parkin, PC, Venu, I, Chen, Y, Schroth, RJ et al.. Total Breast-Feeding Duration and Dental Caries in Healthy Urban Children. Acad Pediatr. 2017;17 (3):310-315. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2016.10.021. PubMed PMID:28385327 .
  4. Cox, KA, Parkin, PC, Anderson, LN, Chen, Y, Birken, CS, Maguire, JL et al.. Association Between Meat and Meat-Alternative Consumption and Iron Stores in Early Childhood. Acad Pediatr. ;16 (8):783-791. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2016.01.003. PubMed PMID:26804490 .
  5. Saunders, NR, Parkin, PC, Birken, CS, Maguire, JL, Borkhoff, CM, TARGet Kids! Collaboration et al.. Iron status of young children from immigrant families. Arch. Dis. Child. 2016;101 (12):1130-1136. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2015-309398. PubMed PMID:27582457 .
  6. Cohen-Silver, J, Laher, N, Freeman, S, Mistry, N, Sgro, M. Family fIRST, an Interactive Risk Screening Tool for Families in a School-Based Pediatric Clinic. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2017;56 (3):217-225. doi: 10.1177/0009922816657152. PubMed PMID:27380792 .
  7. van den Heuvel, M, Barozzino, T, Milligan, K, Ford-Jones, E, Freeman, S. We need psychologists!. Paediatr Child Health. ;21 (1):e1-3. . PubMed PMID:26941561 PubMed Central PMC4758434.
  8. Anderson, LN, Lebovic, G, Hamilton, J, Hanley, AJ, McCrindle, BW, Maguire, JL et al.. Body Mass Index, Waist Circumference, and the Clustering of Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in Early Childhood. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2016;30 (2):160-70. doi: 10.1111/ppe.12268. PubMed PMID:26645704 .
  9. Sarker, H, Anderson, LN, Borkhoff, CM, Abreo, K, Tremblay, MS, Lebovic, G et al.. Validation of parent-reported physical activity and sedentary time by accelerometry in young children. BMC Res Notes. 2015;8 :735. doi: 10.1186/s13104-015-1648-0. PubMed PMID:26621253 PubMed Central PMC4666154.
  10. Borkhoff, CM, Heale, LD, Anderson, LN, Tremblay, MS, Maguire, JL, Parkin, PC et al.. Objectively measured physical activity of young Canadian children using accelerometry. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2015;40 (12):1302-8. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2015-0164. PubMed PMID:26573442 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Staff Pediatrician, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Toronto,
  • Lead, Model Schools Pediatric Health Initiative
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