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Lisa Robinson

Dr. Lisa Robinson

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

Dr. Lisa Robinson is a Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto, Vice Dean, Strategy & Operations, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Staff Physician, Division of Nephrology, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), 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 to improve their understanding of science and technology, and to make positive educational and career choices. Kids Science targets “at-risk” youth who do not have equal exposure to science and technology awareness experiences, including patients with chronic illnesses at SickKids, students from Northeastern Ontario, and students from Toronto inner-city schools. In 2014, she launched the Student Advancement Research (StAR) Program, a SickKids summer research program for under-represented minority high school students, particularly Black and Indigenous students. 

As Vice Dean, Strategy & Operations, Dr. Robinson will lead the Faculty’s academic strategic planning, oversee academic affairs (including all UTQAP and non-UTQAP reviews) and department chair searches, and will continue as academic lead for the Faculty’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity.