• Wong, Jonathan


    Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
    Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia

    Degrees / Designations
    BHSc (Hons.), MD
    Primary Area of Research
    Evidence to Innovation
    Secondary Area(s) of Research
    604-875-2345 Ext.7348
    Lab Phone
    Twinky Ip
    Assistant Phone
    604-875-2345 ext. 7348
    Mailing Address

    BC Children's Hospital
    1R11, 4480 Oak Street
    Vancouver, BC   V6H 3N1

    Affiliate Websites
    Research Areas

    Simulation for quality improvement and medication education.
    Neonatal respiratory physiology. 


    My research uses simulation to help improve the care that we provide to our tiny patients in the neonatal intensive care unit. Through simulation, we are able to find new or safer ways to do our work and  provide the best care possible. Related to this is using simulation as a tool for teaching. Much like pilots learn through flight simulators, we can use simulated patients. My work focuses on how we can best use simulation for teaching the next generation of healthcare professionals.

    Current Projects

    Simulation to improve quality of care during neonatal MRI intramural transport.

    Our sickest patients often require transport from the NICU to different parts of the hospital for investigations that help guide their care. The transport process is complex with the potential for latent safety threats to be present. This project uses simulation to recreate that process of going from the NICU to receive an MRI in order those safety threats. By doing this, we are working to make change to how we perform transports in order to prevent errors from happening and better understand how we can safely conduct neonatal intramural transports.

    Use of simulation in Canadian neonatal-perinatal medicine training programs.

    Simulation is being increasingly used in medical education. It is effective in improving knowledge and in many fields has been associated with improved performance. Simulation is being considered not only for delivery of education but also for assessment. Before such a tool is used routinely in neonatal training across Canada, it is important to understand its current usage by accredited training programs. Therefore, we are conducting a survey  to program directors and fellows across all neonatal training programs in Canada.

    The effect of CPAP versus non-invasive high frequency ventilation on the electrical activity of the diaphragm.

    Non-invasive ventilation is being used commonly amongst preterm infants, and there is increasing use of non-invasive high frequency ventilation. We are conducting a study to better understand how this mode of ventilation helps infants as compared to another commonly used mode, which is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). We are able to do this through measuring the electrical activity of the diaphragm, and by this method better understand how these different modes of ventilation affect how a baby breaths.

    Selected Publications
    • Wong J, Shah P, Yoon W, Yee W, Lee S, Dow K, and The Canadian Neonatal Network. Inotrope use among extremely preterm infants in Canadian NICUs: Variations and outcomes. Am J Perinatol. 2015, 32(1):9-14.

    • Wong J, Dow K, Shah P, Andrews W, Lee S, and The Canadian Neonatal Network. Percutaneously placed central venous catheter related sepsis in Canadian NICUs: Impact on outcomes and variations. Am J Perinatol. 2012, 29(8):629-34.
    • Creative Professional Research Grant, Hospital for Sick Children- 2016
    Honours & Awards
    • Mallinckrodt Young Investigator Research Fund Award - 2015

    • Physicians’ Services Incorporated Foundation Resident Research Prize, Queen’s University, Postgraduate Medical Education - 2012

    • Resident Research Competition Award, Queen’s University, Department of Pediatrics - 2010, 2011, 2012
    Research Group Members