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Lisa Robinson

Dr. Lisa Robinson

Vice Dean, Strategy & Operations, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Dr. Lisa Robinson is Vice Dean, Strategy & Operations, and Professor, Department of Paediatrics and Institute of Medical Science, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.  She is a Staff Physician and former Head, Division of Nephrology, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). Dr. Robinson is Senior Scientist in the Program in Cell Biology at the SickKids Research Institute and holder of a Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier 1 in Vascular Inflammation and Kidney Injury. 

Dr. Robinson attended medical school at the University of Toronto, trained in Internal Medicine at Toronto General Hospital, and completed her residency in Paediatrics at the University of Western Ontario. She received her Paediatric Nephrology training at Duke University and during this time she pursued basic research training in the Departments of Immunology and Medicine, focused on exploring the mechanisms by which the immune system contributes to progressive kidney disease and to cardiovascular disease.  Her research program integrates molecular biology, cell biology, advanced microscopic, and biochemical approaches with experimental models of inflammation, cardiovascular disease, and kidney injury. 

Dr. Robinson is the founder and director of Kids Science, a SickKids Research Institute program which provides opportunities for middle- and high-school students from underserved communities to improve their understanding of science and technology, and to make positive educational and career choices. In 2014, she launched the Student Advancement Research (StAR) Program, a SickKids summer research program for high school students from underserved communities.

Dr. Robinson has served on many scientific, career advancement, and advocacy committees committed to child health and kidney health. These include the Society for Pediatric Research Council, the Research and Career Development Committees of the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology (ASPN), and Scientific Program Committees of ASPN and the International Pediatric Nephrology Association. As a member of the American Society of Nephrology, she served on the Innovation and Discovery Taskforce, the Career Advancement Committee, and most recently the Health Equity and Justice Committee. She is President of the American Pediatric Society.

As Vice Dean, Strategy & Operations, Dr. Robinson leads the Faculty’s academic strategic planning, oversees academic affairs, and serves as the Vice Dean lead for the Faculty’s Offices of Inclusion and Diversity, Indigenous Health, and Access and Outreach.