Dr. Yaron Avitzur is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto and the Medical Director of Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at The Hospital for Sick Children. He is also the Medical Director of the joint program in Intestinal Transplantation, University Health network and Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. Dr. Avitzur graduated in medicine from Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel-Aviv University, Israel and completed Paediatric residency in Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel. He was licensed as a Pediatric Gastroenterologist in 2005 after a dual fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Pediatric Academic Multi-Organ Transplantation (PAMOT) at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto.
Upon the completion of his fellowship he returned to Israel and joined the Institute of Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Liver Diseases at Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel as a senior Pediatric Gastroenterologist. While in Israel he led the performance of the first pediatric intestine transplantation in Israel. Dr. Avitzur joined the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition in SickKids as a staff Gastroenterologist in 2009. He was appointed as the Division’s Training Program Director in 2014.
His areas of specialty and clinical work include paediatric liver and intestinal transplantation, intestinal failure and rehabilitation and congenital diarrheas.
In addition to his clinical work Dr. Avitzur is involved and leads the development of medical policies, clinical guidelines and position statements in organ transplantation at provincial, national and international organizations. Dr. Avitzur is also involved in charity work as a member of the Board of directors of the Ronald McDonald House charities in Toronto.