Zulfiqar Bhutta

SickKids Centre for Global Child Health & Professor. University of Toronto. Canada.


Biography

Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta is the Inaugural Robert Harding Chair in Global Child Health at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Co-Director of the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health, and the Founding Director of the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health at the Aga Khan University – unique joint appointments. He also holds adjunct professorships at several leading Universities including Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore), Tufts University (Boston), Boston University, University of Alberta, and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Dr. Bhutta is a Distinguished National Professor of the Government of Pakistan and was the Founding Chair of the National Research Ethics Committee of the Government of Pakistan from 2003-2014. He is the co-Chair of the Global Countdown for 2015 and 2030 Initiative, co-Chair of the Maternal and Child Health oversight committee of World Health Organization Eastern Mediterranean Region, and Chairman of The Coalition of Centres in Global Child Health with its secretariat based at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. He is the past-President of the Commonwealth Association of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition and the Federation of Asia-Oceania Perinatal Societies and, as the current President of the International Pediatric Association, is a leading voice for health professionals supporting integrated maternal, newborn and child health globally.
Dr. Bhutta leads large research groups based in Toronto, Karachi and Nairobi with a special interest in research synthesis, scaling up evidence-based interventions in community settings and implementation research in health systems. In particular, his work with community health workers and outreach services has influenced integrated maternal and newborn outreach programs for marginalized populations all over the world. His group’s work with the WHO and PMNCH in developing consensus-based essential interventions for women, children and adolescents is guiding global policy.
In addition to serving on boards and committees with the Global Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations, the WHO, and the UN, Dr. Bhutta is on several international editorial advisory boards including the Lancet, BMJ, PLoS Medicine, PLoS ONE, BMC Public Health and the Cochrane CDPLG and ARI groups. He has published 8 books, 88 chapters, and 750+ indexed publications to date. He is one of the most cited academics in global health (H index 107, i10 index 480). He has been a leading member of major Lancet series on Child Survival (2003), Newborn Survival (2005 & 2014), Undernutrition (2008 & 2013), Primary Care (2008) Stillbirths (2011 & 2016), Pakistan (2013), Childhood Diarrhea and Pneumonia (2013), Early Child Development (2016) as well as Lancet Commissions on Education for Health Professionals for the 21st century (2010), Women & Health (2015), Indigenous Health (2016) and Adolescent Health (2016).
Dr. Bhutta has won several awards including the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Medal of Excellence) by the President of Pakistan for contributions towards education and research (2000), the President of Pakistan Gold Medal for contributions to Child Health in Pakistan (2004) and the Outstanding Pediatrician of Asia award by the Asia Pacific Pediatric Association (2006). He is the first dual recipient of the Aga Khan University Distinguished Faculty Award for Research (2005) and Award of Distinction (2012). Dr Bhutta was awarded the inaugural Programme for Global Pediatric Research Award for Outstanding Contributions to Global Child Health (2009) and the Kenneth Warren prize for the best systematic review of community based interventions by the Cochrane collaboration in 2011. Dr. Bhutta was awarded the Global Advocacy Prize by the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health in 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Sam Fomon Award for lifetime contributions to Nutrition Research (2014), the WHO Ihsan Dogramaci Family Health award (2014), the inaugural TUBA Academy of Sciences Award for global contributions to Health and Life Sciences (2015), University of Toledo Medical Missions Hall of Fame Award (2016) and the Geneva Forum for Health award for contributions to maternal and child health globally (2016). In August 2016, Dr. Bhutta was recognized with the President of Pakistan Pride of Performance Award for contributions towards Education and Health. In November 2016 the World Academy of Sciences (Trieste) awarded Dr. Bhutta the TWAS Prize in Medical Sciences for his contributions to newborn and child health in Pakistan and globally.
Professor Bhutta obtained his MBBS from the University of Peshawar and his PhD from the Karolinska Institute. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Pakistan Academy of Sciences.