Division of Infectious Diseases
The Hospital for Sick Children
Upton D. Allen, MBBS, MSc, FAAP, FRCPC, Hon FRCP (UK), FIDSA, is a Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. He is Co-Lead for the SCI Research and Evaluation Working Group. Dr. Allen holds the Bastable-Potts Chair in Infectious Diseases Research and is Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases and Interim Director, Transplant and Regenerative Medicine Centre, Hospital for Sick Children.
Dr. Allen is a Senior Associate Scientist in the Research Institute, Hospital for Sick Children. In addition to his primary appointment in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Paediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children, he is cross-appointed as a professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto.
Dr. Allen received his medical degree from the University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica. He received Pediatric training at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. He obtained further research training leading to a degree in Clinical Epidemiology (MSc) from McMaster University. Dr. Allen is a past Director of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and Fellow of the Society. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (UK). He is a former council member of the International Pediatric Transplant Association.
Dr. Allen is involved in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of infectious diseases in children and is actively involved in clinical and research activities relating to patients who have undergone organ and stem cell transplantation. His specific area or research targets diseases associated with the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), notably post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD). This is a lymphoma-like disorder that is potentially one of the most devastating complications after organ transplantation. He is national co-lead for the pediatric component of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research-funded Canadian National Transplant Research Program.
Dr. Allen has had many academic and professional accomplishments. Most recently, Dr. Allen has been appointed to the Order of Ontario for 2018; this is the provinces highest honor which recognizes individuals whose exceptional achievements in their fields have left a lasting legacy in the province, in Canada and beyond. He has had numerous invited lectures internationally, visiting professorships, greater than 200 scientific publications, book chapters, more than 175 scientific abstracts and several peer-reviewed research grants. Past awards include the Clinical Science Established Investigator Award from the American Society of Transplantation, the Harry Jerome Award, the African Canadian Achievement Award of Excellence in the Health Sciences and the University of The West Indies Vice-Chancellors Award.