• Baird, Robert


    Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
    Associate Professor, Division of Pediatric General Surgery, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
    Program Director, Pediatric General Surgery

    Degrees / Designations
    MDCM, MSc (McGill), Msc (Oxford)
    Primary Area of Research
    Evidence to Innovation
    Secondary Area(s) of Research
    Lab Phone
    Robyn Walker
    Assistant Phone
    Mailing Address

    BC Children's Hospital
    Room K0-134
    4480 Oak Street
    Vancouver, BC  V6H3V4

    Affiliate Websites
    Research Areas
    • Clinical Practice Outcomes
    • Evidence-Based Improvement in Quality
    • Global Pediatric Surgery 
    As a clinical scientist, I focus on research with direct clinical relevance to my area of practice: pediatric surgery. I engage in systematic reviews of available evidence and perform high impact single or multi-institutional clinical trials concerning congenital or acquired surgical conditions in children. A secondary goal of my research is the support of family-centered care through the design and creation of new technology tools (Apps, websites) - as an example, see myfirstsurgery.com
    Current Projects

    1. An assessment of non-operative management strategies for gastrocutaneous fistulae:
    Gastrostomy tube placement is one of the most commonly performed procedures in pediatric surgery and serves as an important adjunct to the care of many vulnerable patients. Our group has recently demonstrated that the development of a persistent gastrocutaneous fistula (GCF) after gastrostomy removal complicates 33% of patients and traditionally requires a second operative intervention. This investigation is prospectively evaluating a regimen of nonoperative interventions designed to decrease the GCF rate.

    2. Advancing Surgical Care of the Neonate with Sacrococcygeal Teratoma: Evidence, Action, and Advocacy:
    Sacrococcygeal teratoma (SCT) is a congenital disease whose treatment is dependent upon timely diagnosis, referral to an interdisciplinary pediatric surgical team within a tertiary setting, and complete surgical resection of the primary tumor and coccygectomy. Our international collaborators have observed that SCT is a rare diagnosis more commonly seen and surgically treated in Uganda than in Canada. This investigation involves a needs assessment on SCT followed by local capacity building, the creation of best care maps in low and high resource settings as well as the creation of an outcomes database.

    Selected Publications

    1. Downard CD, Calkins CM, Williams RF, Baird R, et al. Treatment of congenital pulmonary airway malformations: a systematic review from the APSA outcomes and evidence based practice committee. Pediatr Surg Int. 2017.

    2. St-Louis E, Deckelbaum DL, Baird R, Razek T. Optimizing the assessment of pediatric injury severity in low-resource settings: consensus generation through a modified Delphi analysis. Injury. 2017 Jun;48(6):1115-1119.

    3. Baird R, Poenaru D, Ganey M, et al. Partnership in fellowship: Comparative analysis of pediatric surgical training and evaluation of a fellow exchange between Canada and Kenya. J Pediatr Surg. 2016 51:1704-1710.

    4. Youssef F, Gorgy A, Arbash G, Puligandla P, Baird R. Flap versus fascial closure for gastroschisis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Pediatr Surg 2016 51(7):718-25

    5. Sun LY, Laberge JM, Baird R. The Esophageal Anastomotic Stricture Index (EASI) for the management of esophageal atresia. J Pediatr Surg. 2015;50(1):107-10.

    6. Baker L, Beres AL, Baird R. A systematic review and meta-analysis of gastrostomy insertion techniques in children. J Pediatr Surg. 2015 50(5):718-25.

    7. Baird R, Puligandla PS, Laberge JM. Congenital lung malformations: informing best practice. Semin Pediatr Surg. 2014;23(5):270-7

    8. Baird R, Laberge JM, Lévesque D. Anastomotic stricture after esophageal atresia repair: a critical review of recent literature. Eur J Pediatr Surg. 2013 Jun;23(3):204-13

    9. Beres AL, Baird R. An institutional analysis and systematic review with meta-analysis of pneumatic versus hydrostatic reduction for pediatric intussusception. Surgery. 2013 Aug; 154(2):328-34.


    2017 Rare Disease Foundation microgrant ($ 3,500): Advancing Surgical Care of the Neonate with Sacrococcygeal Teratoma: Evidence, Action, and Advocacy. Role: Contributor

    2016 CIHR Team grant: CDH Canadian Consensus Project; Role: Contributor

    2012 McGill Center for Biomedical Innovation (MCBI) Challenge Seed  Grant: $10,000 - for design and creation of a health-related application. Role: Primary Investigator
    Honours & Awards

    2011: RCPSC Personal Development Grant

    2011: McGill Tomlinson Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
    Research Group Members

    Daphne Lu, Medical Student, University of British Columbia

    Damian Duffy, Managing Director, Office of Pediatric Surgical Evaluation and Innovation