Sloane Freeman


Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


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. 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.
  2. 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 .
  3. 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.
  4. Sypes, EE, Parkin, PC, Birken, CS, Carsley, S, MacArthur, C, Maguire, JL et al.. Higher Body Mass Index Is Associated with Iron Deficiency in Children 1 to 3 Years of Age. J. Pediatr. 2019;207 :198-204.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2018.11.035. PubMed PMID:30630632 .
  5. 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 .
  6. 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 .
  7. 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 .
  8. 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 .
  9. 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 .
  10. 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 .
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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