Dr. Upton Allen

Professor of Paediatrics

Upton D. Allen, MBBS, MSc, FAAP, FRCPC, FRCP (UK), FIDSA, is a Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. He is Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Allen is a Senior Associate Scientist in the Research Institute, Hospital for Sick Children. His primary appointment is with the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Paediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children. He is also a professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto.

Dr. Allen was born in Jamaica and grew up in the parish of Portland. He received his medical degree from the University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica. He received pediatric training at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. His subspecialty training in Infectious Diseases was also done at The Hospital for Sick Children. He obtained further research training leading to an MSc degree in Clinical Epidemiology from McMaster University. Prior to the start of his pediatric training in Canada, he worked on the Infectious Diseases service at the Princess Margaret Hospital, Nassau, Bahamas.

Dr. Allen is a Director of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and Fellow of the Society. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (UK). He is a past Chair of the Infectious Diseases Specialty Training Committee, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). He is a member of the Specialty Standards Review Committee, RCPSC. He is a council member of the International Pediatric Transplant Association.

He is actively involved in clinical and research activities relating to immunocompromised patients, including children with cancers and those who have undergone organ transplantation. He is co-chair of the Caribbean-SickKids Paediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Project. This is a collaborative initiative between The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and 6 Caribbean countries, aimed at improving outcomes from childhood cancers in these countries (Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, The Bahamas, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and St. Lucia).

Dr. Allen has had many other academic and professional accomplishments. He has had numerous invited lectures internationally, visiting professorships, greater than 200 scientific publications, several book chapters, more than 150 scientific abstracts and several peer-reviewed research grants. He is a past recipient of the Harry Jerome Award and the African Canadian Achievement Award of Excellence in the Health Sciences.