Stanley Zlotkin

Chief, Global Child Health, Hospital for Sick Children, Canada

Stanley Zlotkin MD, PhD is a professor of Paediatrics, Public Health Sciences and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto. He graduated from the University of Toronto with an undergraduate degree in Ecology in 1971 and received his MD degree from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario in 1974. He completed his paediatric training at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and received his paediatric Fellowship (FRCPC) in Paediatrics from McGill University in 1978. He moved from Montreal back to Toronto and completed his PhD in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto in 1981. He joined the Division of Clinical Nutrition at the Hospital for Sick Children in 1980 and became Division Head of the combined Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition in 1998. He remained Division Head until June 2008. In 1980 he was appointed to the Research Institute at the Hospital for Sick Children as a Senior Scientist and continues to hold that position today.

Dr. Zlotkin and his Program, the Sprinkles Global Health Initiative has focused on research and advocacy to control micronutrient malnutrition in children. Micronutrient malnutrition was ranked as the second highest priority, after HIV/AIDS, by the Copenhagen Consensus in 2004, and the highest priority in 2008. UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) had a goal to reduce micronutrient malnutrition by one third by 2010. It is estimated that as many as 750 million in developing countries suffer from micronutrient malnutrition. Challenged by UNICEF to come up with a viable and reproducible solution to the problem of micronutrient malnutrition, Zlotkin and his research team developed the concept of micronutrient powders for ‘home-fortification’ of complementary foods. With support from USAID, CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) and private foundations, he has completed stable isotope studies and RCTs in more than 8 developing countries to ‘prove’ the efficacy and effectiveness of ‘home-fortification’ to control micronutrient deficiencies. He has advocated for and helped implement national and international guidelines to combat micronutrient deficiencies in some of the world’s most needy countries; facilitated replication of its model; and, forged strong, sustainable partnerships to facilitate sustainability at the national level.

Dr. Zlotkin is past Chair of the Canadian Paediatric Society Nutrition Committee, participated in the Institute of Medicine’s DRI process for establishing RDAs for minerals and vitamins, and is a frequent consultant to governments and United Nations agencies on issues related to paediatric nutrition. His advocacy work was recognized by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) in 2006 with his receipt of the prestigious ‘CIHR National Knowledge Translation Award’ for “outstanding contributions to the health of children worldwide”. He was awarded the HJ Heinz Humanitarian Award in 2001 for his international contribution to the health of children globally, and he was recently awarded the Order of Canada, the highest civilian honour in Canada, for his contributions to improving the lives of children globally. He is known internationally as a successful social entrepreneur for his work on home fortification and was awarded an International Ashoka Fellowship in 2007. Today, Dr. Zlotkin continues to head the Sprinkles Global Health Initiative at the Hospital for Sick Children, is a physician nutritionist in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and is an active researcher with support from the NIH and other granting agencies. He was appointed to the position of VP Medical and Academic Affairs in July 2010.
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