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Dr. Shoo Lee Receives Prestigious International Award

Mount Sinai Hospital’s own Pediatrician-in-Chief, Dr. Shoo Lee has just returned from Shanghai, where he received the Magnolia Award from the Shanghai government. The Magnolia Award is the highest honor awarded to a foreigner in recognition of his or her contributions to the social and economic development of Shanghai.
Dr. Lee established International Training Programs in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Neonatal Nursing, based at the Children's Hospital of Fudan University, which has trained over 100 doctors and nurses from 24 provinces in the People’s Republic of China. Through a CIHR-funded China-Canada Joint Research Initiative, he established a national program to reduce infant mortality and morbidity in rural China by training rural health professionals to care of sick newborn infants. In partnership with Chinese researchers, he introduced the concept of rural maternal-child health clinics and the use of evidence-based quality improvement programs, which have reduced hospital acquired infections by 65% in Chinese hospitals.
Under Dr. Lee’s extraordinary leadership at Mount Sinai Hospital, he has been instrumental in creating innovative programs that improve outcomes for infants across Ontario. He is the leader in developing the Rogers Hixon Ontario Human Milk Bank that will provide pasteurized donated breastmilk to medically fragile babies beginning early 2013. Dr. Lee also created North America’s first family integrated care initiative, giving parents the ability to provide hands-on care for their baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Dr. Lee has a long list of appointments, including professor of paediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology and public health at the University of Toronto, Head of the Division of Neonatology at The Hospital for Sick Children, Paediatrician-in-Chief at Sunnybrook Health Sciences and scientific director of the Institute of Human Development, Child & Youth Health of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.