image of Neonatologist Dr. Shoo

Toronto, ON, December 27, 2019 – Dr. Shoo Lee, neonatologist and former Paediatrician-in-Chief at Mount Sinai Hospital has been named to the Order of Canada, the country’s highest honour for lifetime achievement.  

Dr. Lee has been recognized for “his contributions to the field of neonatal medicine in Canada, which have helped improve outcomes for ailing infants and their families.”

“This is a well-deserved testament to Dr. Lee’s pursuit of excellence in paediatics research, clinical care and training,” said Dr. Gary Newton, President and CEO of Sinai Health. “While recognized for his work globally, his impact is especially felt by the more than 1,000 babies and their families each year that receive care in Mount Sinai’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.”

During his two terms as Mount Sinai’s Paediatrician-in-Chief, Dr. Lee oversaw transformative change including a new NICU and the introduction of the first human milk bank ensuring fragile babies province-wide would benefit from donated breast milk.  Dr. Lee also established the Maternal-Infant Care Research Centre to support neonatal research at Sinai Health which is now recognized as a global centre for the coordination of research in more than 500 hospitals in 25 countries.

“Shoo’s commitment to improving quality of care, patient outcomes and health care services delivery makes him a true visionary in the neonatal space. We are proud to have him as a mentor and colleague,” said Dr. Prakesh Shah, Sinai Health’s Interim Chief of Paediatrics.

Dr. Lee, is the outgoing Scientific Director of the Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR); a Professor of Paediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Public Health at the University of Toronto; and has championed research innovation through the Canadian Neonatal Network, a collaboration between 30 hospitals and 17 universities.

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Sinai Health is comprised of Mount Sinai Hospital, Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute and system partner Circle of Care. As an integrated health system, it delivers exceptional care from healthy beginnings to healthy aging, especially for people with specialized and complex health needs, in hospital, community and home. Sinai Health discovers and translates scientific breakthroughs, develops practical health solutions, educates future clinical and scientific leaders and leads efforts to eliminate health inequities. Its Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute ranks in the top ten biomedical research institutes in the world. Sinai Health is an academic, teaching institution, affiliated with the University of Toronto.

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