Ripudaman S. Minhas




Dr. Ripudaman Singh Minhas is a Developmental Paediatrician with the Women’s and Children’s Health Program at St Michael’s Hospital and an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Toronto. His research interests are in the development, behaviour, disability, and rehabilitation of children in urban settings and in newcomer immigrant and refugee families. He is currently working to develop interventions to support the developmental potential of children in the unique context of their social determinants of health and inequity. His team uses Community-Based Participatory Research principles to guide the co-creation and implementation of family-based interventions and the evolution of health systems.

His current focus is in supporting parenting in communities experiencing marginalization. This includes the Maple Circle program which aims to support the parenting journey of families of refugee background, and “Our Kids Health“, a social media-based health literacy program to support families.

Dr. Minhas has conducted research on populations in Kenya, Uganda, and India, examining various aspects of early childhood development, injury and disability, and the developmental care of immigrant, refugee, and internationally adopted children in Toronto.

Dr. Minhas completed the Developmental Pediatrics subspecialty training program at the University of Toronto and the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. He was a Global Health Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, and completed his Master of Public Health and a certificate in Global Health there. Dr. Minhas completed his medical degree at the University of Toronto, with General Paediatrics residency at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Recent Publications

  1. Kaur, P, Cheung, BC, Kishibe, T, Minhas, RS, Suleman, S. Reporting of Ethno-Racial Identity and Immigration Status in Published Studies on Newcomer Children. J Immigr Minor Health. 2024;26 (1):227-242. doi: 10.1007/s10903-023-01539-5. PubMed PMID:37775677 .
  2. Jegathesan, T, Yousafzai, A, Mantel, M, Sereni, V, Armstrong, RW, Minhas, RS et al.. Informal settlements and the care of children 0-3 years of age: a qualitative study. Front Public Health. 2023;11 :1110578. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2023.1110578. PubMed PMID:37680273 PubMed Central PMC10482249.
  3. Tengkawan, J, Agnihotri, R, Minhas, RS. Creating inclusive digital health resources for marginalised culturally diverse families: a call to action. BMJ Paediatr Open. 2022;6 (1):. doi: 10.1136/bmjpo-2022-001626. PubMed PMID:36645787 PubMed Central PMC9693660.
  4. Filler, T, Benipal, PK, Minhas, RS, Suleman, S. Exploring the impact of COVID-19 on families of children with developmental disabilities: A community-based formative study. Paediatr Child Health. 2022;27 (8):476-481. doi: 10.1093/pch/pxac105. PubMed PMID:36575663 PubMed Central PMC9619773.
  5. Benipal, PK, Ho, B, Kaukab, T, Rashid, M, Bowry, A, Yousafzai, AK et al.. For the Parent, by the Parent: Creating a Program to Empower Parents of Refugee Background in Canada Using Novel Participatory Approaches. Children (Basel). 2022;9 (12):. doi: 10.3390/children9121816. PubMed PMID:36553260 PubMed Central PMC9777196.
  6. Filler, T, Benipal, PK, Torabi, N, Minhas, RS. A chair at the table: a scoping review of the participation of refugees in community-based participatory research in healthcare. Global Health. 2021;17 (1):103. doi: 10.1186/s12992-021-00756-7. PubMed PMID:34488810 PubMed Central PMC8420006.
  7. Minhas, RS, Freeman, SJ. Supporting marginalised children with school problems in the COVID-19 pandemic. BMJ Paediatr Open. 2021;5 (1):e000956. doi: 10.1136/bmjpo-2020-000956. PubMed PMID:34192191 PubMed Central PMC7804822.
  8. Minhas, RS. The elephant in the Zoom: recognizing and reconciling my internalized racism. CMAJ. 2020;192 (40):E1169-E1170. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.201737. PubMed PMID:33020126 PubMed Central PMC7546752.
  9. Minhas, RS, Suleman, S. The Paediatrician's role in understanding and supporting parenting practices through a health behaviour lens. BMJ Paediatr Open. 2019;3 (1):e000560. doi: 10.1136/bmjpo-2019-000560. PubMed PMID:31909221 PubMed Central PMC6937037.
  10. Young, E, Aiyadurai, R, Jegathesan, T, Brown, C, Bechard, N, Minhas, RS et al.. Increasing Access to Developmental Services for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: The Pediatric Developmental Passport Pilot Randomized Trial. J Autism Dev Disord. 2019;49 (12):4867-4876. doi: 10.1007/s10803-019-04199-3. PubMed PMID:31485815 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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