Michael Sgro




Dr. Michael Sgro is the Chief of Pediatrics and the Director of Research in the Department 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. 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; :1-8. doi: 10.1038/s41390-023-02473-w. PubMed PMID:36755187 PubMed Central PMC9907190.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 .
  6. 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.
  7. Jegathesan, T, Ray, JG, Bhutani, VK, Keown-Stoneman, CDG, Campbell, DM, Shah, V et al.. Hour-Specific Total Serum Bilirubin Percentiles for Infants Born at 29-35 Weeks' Gestation. Neonatology. 2021;118 (6):710-719. doi: 10.1159/000519496. PubMed PMID:34710869 .
  8. Yaseen, W, Steckle, V, Sgro, M, Barozzino, T, Suleman, S. Exploring Stakeholder Service Navigation Needs for Children with Developmental and Mental Health Diagnoses. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2021;42 (7):553-560. doi: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000924. PubMed PMID:34518497 .
  9. Jegathesan, T, Campbell, DM, Ray, JG, Shah, V, Berger, H, Hayeems, RZ et al.. Transcutaneous versus Total Serum Bilirubin Measurements in Preterm Infants. Neonatology. 2021;118 (4):443-453. doi: 10.1159/000516648. PubMed PMID:34139689 .
  10. Gupta, S, Longmore, A, Drake, M, Han, R, Sgro, M, Hollamby, K et al.. The Development of a Simulated Umbilical Line Insertion Model and Curriculum in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Cureus. 2021;13 (2):e13418. doi: 10.7759/cureus.13418. PubMed PMID:33763314 PubMed Central PMC7980722.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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