Dr. Stanley Zlotkin is a professor of Paediatrics, Public Health Sciences and Nutrition Sciences at the University of Toronto. In 2012, he was named the inaugural Chief of the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health, a position he still holds today. He is an active researcher with more than 150 peer-reviewed publications and is a frequent consultant to governments and United Nations agencies on issues related to paediatric nutrition.
In 1998, at the request of UNICEF, Dr. Zlotkin led a research team in developing a viable and reproducible solution to the problem of micronutrient malnutrition. The result was the concept of micronutrient powders for “home-fortification” of complementary foods. With support from USAID, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and private foundations, he has since completed multi-country research to prove the benefits of home-fortification to control micronutrient deficiencies. Micronutrients are currently distributed in more than 60 countries reaching more than 15 million children per year. He continues his research and advocacy on the control of micronutrient malnutrition in children.
Dr. Zlotkin is a senior scientist at the Research Institute of the Hospital for Sick Children. From 2010 to 2012 he was Vice-President, Medical and Academic Affairs at the hospital. He is also the past Chair of the Canadian Paediatric Society Nutrition Committee.
For his international contributions to global child health, Dr. Zlotkin was awarded the HJ Heinz Humanitarian Award in 2001 and the CIHR National Knowledge and Translation Award in 2006. In 2007, he was awarded the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour and in 2016, the Order of Ontario.
Dr. Zlotkin received his medical training at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, paediatric training at McGill University in Montreal, and he obtained a PhD in nutritional sciences at the University of Toronto.