Associate Professor Pediatrics and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Chair Indigenous Health Conference, North American Refugee Health Conference, University of Toronto

Anna Banerji O.Ont MD MPH FRCPC DTM&H
Dr. Anna Banerji is a pediatric infectious and tropical disease specialist. She has trained in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Harvard University, where she completed her MPH in International Health. She is currently the Continuing Professional Development Chair for Indigenous and Refugee Health, for the Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Toronto. She is the co-chair of the Indigenous Health Conference. She has been studying lower respiratory infections in Inuit children for about 25 years where her research has led to changes to the national guidelines for the prevention of RSV. Dr. Banerji is a past member of the CPS First Nations, Inuit and Metis committee, and has traveled to Indigenous communities across Canada.

Dr. Banerji is also very involved in refugee health where she currently chairs the North American Refugee Health Conference the largest refugee conference globally, and her clinical work primarily focuses on refugee children. In 2014, she created the COSTI Pediatric Clinic, where she screens all the newly arrived Government Assisted Refugee Children coming to Toronto. In 2016 she screened over 700 Syrian children. She uses a human rights framework for her work, research and education and is often an advocate for vulnerable populations. Dr. Banerji has traveled extensively around the world including work in Haiti after the earthquake. She has won several awards including the “promising graduate” for Harvard School of Public Health in 2003, In January 2012, she was inducted into the Order of Ontario and is the 2019 recipient for the Peter Henderson Bryce Award for her advocacy for Indigenous children.

Experience

  • 2004–2020
    Consulting Pediatrician, St. Joseph's Health Centre, Toronto
  • 2017–2020
    Advisory Committee member, Diversity Advisory Committee, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • 2008–2020
    Researcher, Infectious Disease, Li Ka Shing, Keenan Research Institute
  • 2017–2020
    Tropical Disease Consultant, University Health Network
  • 2014–2020
    Director, COSTI Pediatric Clinic, COSTI Settlement Centre
  • 2013–2020
    CPD Chair, Indigenous and Refugee Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • 2006–2017
    Consulting Pediatrician, Refugee Health, St. Michael's Hospital

Honours

Order of Ontario, 2019 Recipient of Dr. Peter Bryce Henderson Award