Chief, Department of Newborn and Developmental Paediatrics

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Chief, Department of Newborn and Developmental Paediatrics

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, in Toronto, Canada, a fully affiliated academic Health Sciences facility of the University of Toronto, is inviting applications for its new Chief of Department of Newborn and Developmental Paediatrics.  The anticipated start date is July 1, 2023, or as mutually agreed upon.

Sunnybrook has an ambitious vision to Invent the Future of Health Care. Sunnybrook’s Strategic Plan 2021-25 emphasizes the essential role that Sunnybrook plays, not only through its tertiary regional and provincial programs, but also supporting the community needs of the North Toronto Ontario Health Team.  Our strategic plan identifies four strategic directions that include personalized and precise treatments; integrated and sustainable models of care across the health system; improving quality and creating a better care experience; and building high performing teams.   To learn more about our strategic plan, please visit: https://sunnybrook.ca/content/?page=strategic-plan-2021-25&rr=strategicplan

The Department of Newborn and Developmental Paediatrics is an integral part of the DAN Women and Babies Program at Sunnybrook.  The Department of Newborn and Developmental Paediatrics provides full-spectrum, quality care to high-risk pregnant women and the smallest, sickest newborns at their most critical times.  The 47 bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is one of the largest centers in North America to provide care to very low birth weight preterm infants (with a birth weight < 1500 gram). The NICU currently admits about 550 patients per year of which 49% have a very low birth weight. The NICU and the Neonatal Follow-up Program have some of the most integrated inter-professional clinical teams working closely to provide comprehensive care to newborns and their families, from antenatal care, acute intensive care, to developmental follow up until school age.  The department is recognized nationally and internationally for their work in quality improvement, care of micro-premature newborns, leadership in clinical trials and neonatal respiratory physiology. The department has helped to achieve excellent patient outcomes including having one of the lowest rates of neonatal morbidities for premature infants.   The department shares the Neonatal-Perinatal (NP) Training Program with Sick Kids and Sinai Health.

As a premier academic health sciences centre, Sunnybrook is committed to high quality inter-professional education. It provides unique educational experiences for more than 4,000 trainees each year and is the home of one of the University’s four Academies for undergraduate medical education in addition to providing superb postgraduate and fellowship training in virtually all disciplines.

Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI) is one of the fastest growing Canadian research enterprises with internationally acclaimed programs in basic and applied research, conducting $100 million in research each year, developing innovations in care for more than one million patients annually, and passionate about providing rewarding research experiences for trainees.  For more information about SRI, please visit www.sunnybrook.ca/research

The successful candidate will be a transformational leader with outstanding interpersonal skills.  The candidate will have the vision to advance integration with Sunnybrook strategic priorities as well as with the broader community;  commitment to forging partnerships with other institutions, community agencies and our North Toronto OHT to support the development of integrated delivery systems; experience working in diverse populations; values inclusiveness, equity and diversity, and in nurturing an ethos of culturally-sensitive care; strong leadership capabilities, commitment to interprofessional and family integrated care, significant experience as an effective and generous mentor to trainees and faculty at all stages of their careers; a record of peer-reviewed research; leadership in undergraduate, postgraduate, fellowship, continuing medical education or patient education; and/or leadership in model service delivery as a creative professional academic activity.

Candidates must hold an MD and have certification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Paediatrics (or equivalent qualifications), and specialized training in Neonatology (including fellowship).  The candidate should be eligible to hold an academic appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. Candidate would complement the existing group of neonatologist for clinical service at mutually agreeable workload to allow time for the leadership aspect of the job.

Estimated remuneration (combination of clinical earnings and administrative stipend) will be in the range of $250,000-$400,000 annually commensurate with academic rank, qualifications and experience.

To apply:

Applications will be accepted until March 3, 2023, however the position will remain open until filled or recruitment is closed.  Review of applications will begin immediately.  Interested candidates must submit (1) letter of interest, (2) statement on contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) [300-words maximum], (3) up-to-date curriculum vitae and (4) names and contact information of three referees.  Examples of contributions to EDI include faculty and/or leadership development initiatives; development of inclusive pedagogies; research, scholarship and/or teaching with a focus on underrepresented and historically marginalized communities; public engagement activities that reach out to marginalized communities; mentoring of students, staff and/or faculty from underrepresented groups. 

Application package should be submitted to: 

Ms. Linda Mantia, Chair, Search Committee, c/o Ms. Rajni Sandhu, Office of Medical Professional Practice, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Room DG29, Toronto, Ontario, M4N 3M5 Canada. Email:  rajni.sandhu@sunnybrook.ca

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the University of Toronto are strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Accessibility Statement

Sunnybrook and the University strive to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

Sunnybrook and the University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact uoft.careers@utoronto.ca