Michael Sgro




Dr. Michael Sgro is the Chief of Pediatrics at St. Michael’s Hospital. In April 1989, he joined The Hospital for Sick Children as a Pediatric Resident, and became a staff member in the Department of General Pediatrics with a cross-appointment to the Department of Neonatology in 1993. He joined St. Michael’s Hospital as a Staff Physician in 2002. He is a General Consultant Pediatrician with an interest in children with chronic illnesses. His clinical work focuses on children with physical and developmental disabilities, and he acts as the medical consultant Pediatrician to the Cleft Lip and Palate Program at The Hospital for Sick Children.

Dr. Sgro has a research interest in neonatal hyperbilirubinemia, particularly looking at severe hyperbilirubinemia and the incidence of acute bilirubin encephalopathy and chronic bilirubin encephalopathy. He has developed a reputation both nationally and internationally as an expert in the field  of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, sepsis and prenatal exposures. This is supported by the number of publications, presentations, successful grant applications and committee memberships.

Recent Publications

  1. Freeman, SJ, Nisenbaum, R, Jegathesan, T, Sgro, MD. Healthcare visits for new neurodevelopmental problems before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pediatr Res. 2024; :. doi: 10.1038/s41390-024-03279-0. PubMed PMID:38796534 .
  2. Leps, C, Monteiro, J, Barozzino, T, Bowry, A, Rashid, M, Sgro, M et al.. Interim Federal Health Program: Survey of use of supplemental benefits by paediatric health care providers. Paediatr Child Health. 2023;28 (6):344-348. doi: 10.1093/pch/pxad011. PubMed PMID:37744757 PubMed Central PMC10517246.
  3. Rasiah, S, Jegathesan, T, Campbell, DM, Shah, PS, Sgro, MD. Intravenous immunoglobulin G therapy for neonatal hyperbilirubinemia. Pediatr Res. 2023;94 (6):2092-2097. doi: 10.1038/s41390-023-02712-0. PubMed PMID:37491586 PubMed Central PMC10665189.
  4. Badewy, R, Cardoso, E, Glogauer, M, Sgro, M, Connor, KL, Lai, JY et al.. Oral health-related quality of life among women early postpartum: A cross-sectional study. J Periodontol. 2023;94 (12):1475-1484. doi: 10.1002/JPER.23-0236. PubMed PMID:37326008 .
  5. Rasiah, S, Jüni, P, Sgro, MD, Thorpe, KE, Maguire, J, Freeman, SJ et al.. School-based health care: improving academic outcomes for inner-city children-a prospective cohort quasi-experimental study. Pediatr Res. 2023;94 (4):1488-1495. doi: 10.1038/s41390-023-02473-w. PubMed PMID:36755187 PubMed Central PMC9907190.
  6. Badewy, R, Azarpazhooh, A, Tenenbaum, H, Connor, KL, Lai, JY, Sgro, M et al.. The Association between Maternal Oral Inflammation and Neutrophil Phenotypes and Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids Composition in Human Milk: A Prospective Cohort Study. Cells. 2022;11 (24):. doi: 10.3390/cells11244110. PubMed PMID:36552874 PubMed Central PMC9777263.
  7. Casalino, M, Jegathesan, T, Sgro, M, Rea, E, Muller, M, Campbell, DM et al.. Tuberculosis Exposure from a Healthcare Worker to Patients in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Can J Infect Dis Med Microbiol. 2022;2022 :2659883. doi: 10.1155/2022/2659883. PubMed PMID:35812013 PubMed Central PMC9259362.
  8. Jegathesan, T, Mistry, N, Bonifacio, HJ, Florence, M, Roth, M, Sgro, M et al.. Increasing clinical attendance among adolescents and young adults: a simple and novel method. BMJ Open Qual. 2022;11 (3):. doi: 10.1136/bmjoq-2021-001805. PubMed PMID:35790314 PubMed Central PMC9258479.
  9. Jegathesan, T, Ray, JG, Keown-Stoneman, CDG, Campbell, DM, Shah, V, Berger, H et al.. Pre-phototherapy total serum bilirubin levels in extremely preterm infants. Pediatr Res. 2023;93 (1):226-232. doi: 10.1038/s41390-022-02065-0. PubMed PMID:35523883 .
  10. Leps, C, Monteiro, J, Barozzino, T, Bowry, A, Rashid, M, Sgro, M et al.. Interim Federal Health Program: Survey of access and utilization by paediatric health care providers. Paediatr Child Health. 2022;27 (1):19-24. doi: 10.1093/pch/pxab045. PubMed PMID:35273668 PubMed Central PMC8900698.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Chief, Department of Pediatrics, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Toronto