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Adolescent medicine specialist named acting chair of Department of Pediatrics

Published: May 6, 2015
Sheri Findlay
Dr. Sheri Findlay has been appointed acting chair of the Department of Pediatrics.

Dr. Sheri Findlay will be acting chair of the Department of Pediatrics, beginning May 11, 2015.

In addition, Findlay becomes the interim chief of pediatrics for Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton on May 9, 2015.

Findlay joined the faculty at McMaster in March 1999 and is currently an associate professor and associate chair of clinical services for the Department of Pediatrics. She is also the medical director of the McMaster Children's Hospital Eating Disorder Program.

"I am pleased that Dr. Findlay, who has excellent, proven leadership skills at both the Faculty and the McMaster Children's Hospital, has taken on this new role," said John Kelton, dean and vice-president of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

"She has looked after complex divisions of adolescent medicine and neonatology, taken on broad clinical responsibilities, and shown national leadership at the Royal College."

Lennox Huang, outgoing chair, added: "Dr. Findlay is widely respected clinically, academically and as a leader by her colleagues, coworkers and learners in the department and in the children's hospital."

She received her medical degree from McGill University and completed a pediatric residency at Northwestern University in Chicago. This was followed by a fellowship in adolescent medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Findlay's research centres on adolescent health with a primary focus on eating disorders.

She has worked at McMaster Children's Hospital since 1999, and developed the first pediatric eating disorders program in the area. The program has grown to one of the largest in the province and now involves learners from a variety of disciplines and has active research funding and numerous publications.  She has also worked to increase exposure of medical students and post-graduate pediatric residents to adolescent health issues.

Leadership roles in the Department of Pediatrics have included five years as associate chair, clinical services. She has also had leadership roles in the ambulatory area and has been acting division head, neonatology, for the last two years. Prior to taking on the associate chair role, she was head of the Division of Adolescent Medicine for 10 years.

After establishing the adolescent medicine division at McMaster, she and others successfully advocated with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada to have adolescent medicine designated as a recognized discipline. In recognition of her role, Findlay was given the Founders Designation in Adolescent Medicine at the Royal College in 2011.

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