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Dr. Lisa Robinson

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 Associate Dean, Inclusion & Diversity, Dr. Robinson provides leadership on matters of diversity and inclusion. She works collaboratively to build alliances, develop strategic partnerships, and engage internal and external partners to enhance and promote the diversity and inclusion of faculty, learners and staff across the Faculty of Medicine.