Unni Narayanan is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at the Hospital for Sick Children (Sickkids) and Professor in the Departments of Surgery and the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto. A graduate of Madras Medical College, India, he completed his orthopaedic residency at the University of Minnesota, USA and a pediatric orthopaedic fellowship at Sickkids, following which he completed an MSc in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Toronto, where he was the recipient of the Claire Bombardier Award. He is a Senior Associate Scientist in the Child Health Evaluative Sciences Program of the Research Institute at SickKids.
His clinical practice is focused on the care of children with cerebral palsy (CP), complex lower limb deformity and pediatric trauma. His research program (http://lab.research.sickkids.ca/pscoreprogram/), explores patient priorities to inform the development of meaningful patient reported outcome measures (PROMs); and applying these in clinical trials to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions for pediatric musculoskeletal and other disorders. The PROMs developed by his team have been translated widely and used worldwide. He leads the CHOP study, a large international cohort study of hip outcomes in CP. He has won numerous research awards and is funded by the CIHR and other agencies.
He has served in leadership positions with International professional societies, including as President of the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy & Developmental Medicine; on the Boards of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, including as Chair of the Research Council; the CP Research Network (CPRN) and the CP Foundation (CPF). He currently serves as a Scientific Officer for the CIHR College of Reviewers, and is on the Editorial Boards of journals in his field. Unni has won many teaching awards and has traveled widely as visiting professor to present his work on PROMs, outcomes research, CP, pediatric orthopaedics and trauma.