• Osiovich, Horacio


    Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
    Division Head of Neonatology – Perinatal Fellowship Program, BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre
    Neonatologist, BC Women's Hospital & Health Care Centre
    Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

    Degrees / Designations
    MD, FRCP
    Primary Area of Research
    Evidence to Innovation
    Secondary Area(s) of Research
    604-875-2000 ext. 2135
    Lab Phone
    Simar Toor
    Assistant Phone
    Mailing Address

    BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre
    Room 1R48
    4480 Oak St.
    Vancouver, BC  V6H 3V4

    Affiliate Websites
    Research Areas
    • Neonatal sepsis
    • Neonatal hemodynamics
    • Neonatal  respiratory
    • Extra Corporeal Life Support

    As a neonatologist I take care of very sick newborns and infants who suffer a great variety of clinical and surgical problems. The main focus of my research agenda covers aspects related to infection, cardiac and respiratory problems of this vulnerable population.

    As Division Head of Neonatology - Perinatal Fellowship Program I'm also interested in the training and education of future neonatologists. We have physicians coming from all over the world to receive training in our facility.

    Current Projects

    Death in Canadian Neonatal Intensive Care Units: exploring the ethical determinants
    The specific objective of this study is to determine the process and causes of death in neonates after their admission to NICUs in Canada: obtaining this information should provide insight and possible answers to the research questions posed above

    Early ACTH test and hypotension in preterm babies born at 24-30 weeks
    This is a pilot study to determine if hypoadrenalism is a contributor to hypotension in the first days of life in preterm newborns in order to identify future patients who therefore could benefit from early steroid treatment.

    Selected Publications

    Hochwald O, McFadden D, Osiovich H, Dunham C. Congenital Gliosarcoma: Detailed Clinicopathologic Documentation of a Rare Neoplasm. Pediatr and Develop Pathology 2009 ; 12:398-403.

    Khashu M, Narayanan M, Bharagava S, Osiovich H. Perinatal outcomes associated with preterm birth at 33-36 weeks gestation: a population-based cohort study. Pediatr 2009; 123: 109-113.

    Holsti L, Grunau R, Oblerlander T, Osiovich H. Is it painful or not? Discriminant validity of the Behavioral Indicators of Infant (BIIP) scale. Clin J Pain 2008;24: 83-88.

    Lavoie P, Pelligra G, Lupton B, Osiovich H. Gastrointestinal Presentation of Relative Adrenal Insufficiency in a Sick Preterm Neonate. Amer J Perinatol 2007; 24: 493-495.

    Pelligra G, Lynch N, Miller S, Sargent, M, Osiovich H. Brainstem involvement in neonatal herpes simplex virus Type 2 encephalitis. Pediatr 2007;120:e442-446.

    Khashu M, Osiovich H, Rudman, Lopez E, Langlois S. The tale of a belly button: Rieger syndrome. Clin Pediatr 2006; 45: 453- 454.

    Khashu M, Osiovich H, Henry D, Solimano S, Speert D. A new ‘syndrome’ of neonatal sepsis: persistent bacteremia and severe thrombocytopenia due to Coagulase Negative Staphylococcus. Pediatr 2006; 117: 340 – 348.

    Khashu M, Osiovich H , Kozak F, Pelligra G, Hirsh D, Smyth J. Congenital Epiglottic Cyst Presenting with Severe Airway Obstruction at Birth. J of Perinat 2006;26: 71-72.

    Khashu M, Osiovich H, Rudman D. Gastric Pneumatosis in a preterm infant. The Lancet 2005; 366:1808.

    Honours & Awards
    Research Group Members