Chair's Message

Dr Victor Han standing near an incubator

Excellence in education and research, while providing world-class evidence-based clinical care in a compassionate, collaborative and collegial environment, is the hallmark of our Division. We have a robust Royal College accredited subspecialty Fellowship program, as well as an excellent academic training environment for Paediatric, Obstetrics and Anesthesia residents. With just over 800 admissions a year to our NICU from our Southwest Ontario region of 1.8 million, our trainees are exposed to a wide variety of cases in neonatology including surgery.

We are closely linked to the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division and different Sections within the Department of Paediatrics. This allows our trainees to be involved in consultations and care of the high risk fetus with perinatal problems, as well as those with genetic and other congenital anomalies. This continuity of care from pregnancy to birth to newborn provides a comprehensive learning experience for our trainees as they prepare for their own careers. Our teaching philosophy is based on fundamentals in basic sciences and up-to-date information, in order that fellows and residents will be well-trained as independent subspecialists and specialists.

Our clinical care is based on family-centred care philosophy and is provided by a multidisciplinary team of compassionate professionals to achieve the best outcomes for the sick newborns. Our clinical care providers actively participate in the Canadian Neonatal Network and Canadian Neonatal Follow-up Network to ensure that we learn and share evidence-based best practices to improve quality of care.

Our Fellows conduct research on different aspects of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine from basic biomedical sciences to clinical, population health and ethics. They also have an opportunity to conduct research with basic biomedical scientists at the Children’s Health Research Institute, Lawson Health Research Institute and the Robarts Research Institute. With the advent of new exciting and affordable technologies in imaging, genomics, epigenomics and metabolomics, we are perfectly positioned to ensure the best outcomes of the newborns we care for.

Dr. Victor Han
Division Chair, Neonatologist, Professor