Hospital for Sick Children
The Division of Infectious Diseases provides inpatient consultation and ambulatory interdisciplinary family centered care to patients requiring secondary/tertiary/quaternary paediatric services. The Division and its affiliated programs provide care to the children of Metropolitan Toronto, the Greater Toronto Area and indeed the Province of Ontario. The Division works closely with the Hospital Infection Prevention and Control Service. The Division has two in-patient consultation services that address infections in previously healthy children and immunocompromised children, respectively.
Ambulatory services include, but are not limited to the following:
1. General Infectious Diseases
2. Congenital Infectious Diseases
3. Human Immunodeficiency Virus
The division is fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as a training program in paediatric infectious diseases and is one of the oldest and largest training programs in North America. The members of the Division are actively involved in teaching at undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels at the University of Toronto.
Our research initiatives are structured around themes that include host susceptibility and related factors and innovative antimicrobial and associated therapies. Specific research initiatives include multi-centred paediatric HIV studies related to maternal-to-child transmission and studies on new anti-retrovirals, vaccine studies and research into the mechanisms of host susceptibility to infections. These infections include viral myocarditis, HIV and EBV-related post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease (PTLD) and encephalitis. Multi-centered trials related to the diagnosis and prevention of infections in transplant patients are ongoing, as well as participation in national surveillance studies and national collaborative paediatric studies through the Paediatric Investigators Collaborative Network on Infections in Canada (PICNIC). Our research in pediatric infection control includes the clinical and molecular epidemiology of paediatric nosocomial infections.
What we do
There are two clinical inpatient services, general infectious disease and immunocompromised, that are staffed by separate teams of fellows and ID consultants. These teams can be contacted through the hospital locating at 416-813-7500.
Our ambulatory service is structured around the following disease categories:
Bone/joint and soft tissue infections
International communicable diseases
Miscellaneous general ID
Central nervous system infections
To contact the ID clinic, please phone 413-813-5141
To make a referral:
Send your referral via ARMS, our on-line Ambulatory Referral Management System or
Learn more about the ARM system.
HIV Clinic Monday and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Congenital Infections Clinic Tuesday 1 to 4 p.m.
TB Clinic Wednesdays 9 a.m. to Noon Thursdays 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
General ID Clinic Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.