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Gail M. Annich

Title: Staff Physician, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
Designations: MD, MS
Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 201835
Alternate Contact Name: Kathy Boyko
Alternate Phone: 416-813-6860
Alternate Email:
U of T Positions: Professor of Paediatrics, Interdepartmental Division of Critical Care Medicine

Hospital Positions

Department of Critical Care

Director of Quality and Safety
Director of Emergency Preparedness
Director of Critical Care Response Team

Other hospital titles

Director of Resuscitation Oversight
Director of Code Blue/Resuscitation Team
Medical Lead for Code Orange
Medical Lead for Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infections (CLABSI)

Research Positions

Project Investigator
SickKids Research Institute


Dr. Gail Annich started at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) as a fellow of paediatric critical care. Following a fellowship in Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), she went on to hold various roles at CS Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan. From 1997 to 2014 her roles included Director of Paediatric ECMO, Medical Director of PICU, Chair of Paediatric CPR/RRT, and Principal Investigator/Director of the ECLS Coagulation Lab. She returned to SickKids In September 2014 as Staff Physician in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Professor of Pediatrics, University of Toronto.

Dr. Annich holds many roles SickKids, both within the Department of Critical Care Medicine and at a hospital level. For the Department of Critical Care Medicine, she is Director of Quality and Safety, is Critical Care Lead for Trauma, CLABSI, and Emergency Preparedness. At a hospital level, she is Director of the Code Blue and Critical Care Response Teams, Medical Lead for CLABSI, Code Orange and Mass Casualty, and Medical Director for the Resuscitation Oversight Committee.


Dr. Annich is also a Project Investigator with SickKids Research Institute and continues to pursue research focusing in coagulation, resuscitation, extracorporeal life support (ECLS), biomaterials/compatibility and COVID-19. She is on the editorial board for several journals and is considered expert in the field of ECLS.

Education and Experience


  • 1995 Sep–1997 May: M.Sc., Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
  • 1984 Aug–1988 Jun: MD, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 1982 Aug–1986 Apr: Bachelor of Medical Science, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Postgraduate, Research and Specialty Training

  • 1995 Jul–1997 Dec: Research Fellow, Extracorporeal Life Support Laboratory, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
  • 1994 Jul–1995 Jun: Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship, Chief Fellow, University of Toronto, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 1993 Jul–1994 Jun: Paediatric Critical Care Fellowship, University of British Columbia, British Columbia Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1990 Jul–1993 Jun: Paediatric Residency, University of British Columbia, British Columbia Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1989 Jul–1990 Jun: Pediatric Residency, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 1988 Jun–1989 Jun: Rotating Internship, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


  • 2020 Feb: Excellence in Teaching Award, Professional Association of Residents in Ontario (PARO) Award, Nominee.
  • 2019 Dec: The President’s Award – Acute Care Transport Services (ACTS) Team, SickKids, for championing the evolution of health systems (Hospital-wide recognition). Toronto, Canada.
  • 2019 Jun: POWER Award, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto – The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada.
  • 2018 – Present: Co-Chair of Protocols and Chair of Grants for the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO).


  • 2020 Mar–2022 Mar: Co-Investigator. New strategies to improve blood management in ECMO patients (PSI Foundation). PI: Dr. D Ratano, Co-PI: Dr. E Fan.
    $196,000 CAD


  1. Sniderman, J, Monagle P, Annich G, MacLaren G. Hematologic Concerns in Extracorporeal Mechanical Oxygenation. Research and Practice in Thrombosis and Haemostasis (RPTH). 2020 May 15;4(4):455-468. Mar 2020 Accepted. Co-Author.
  2. Annich GM, Ratano D, Edwards L. Bleeding and Thrombosis in the Future of Pediatric Extracorporeal Life Support: A Roadmap From the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 20(11):1089–1091, Nov 2019. Co-Principal Author.
  3. Di Nardo M, Dalle Ore A, Testa G, Annich GM, Piervincenzi E, Zampini G, Bottari G, Cecchetti C, Amodeo A, Lorusso R, Del Sorbo L, Kirsch R. Principlism and Personalism. Comparing Two Ethical Models Applied Clinically in Neonates Undergoing Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Support. Front Pediatr. 2019 Jul 30;7:312. Co-author.
  4. Barbaro RP, Boonstra PS, Kuo KW, Selewski DT, Bailly DK, Stone CL, Chow CY, Annich GM, Moler FW, Paden ML. Evaluating Mortality Risk Adjustment Among Children Receiving Extracorporeal Support for Respiratory Failure. ASAIO J. 2019 Mar/Apr;65(3):277-284. Epub ahead of print 2018 May. Senior Responsible Author.
  5. Annich, Gail M. Extracorporeal Life Support: The Precarious Balance of Haemostasis. Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis. 2015; 13 Suppl 1:S336-42.  Principal Author.

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Acute Care Transport Services

ACTS provides 24-hour medical advice, stabilization and inter-hospital transport for critically ill and injured children.

Critical Care Medicine

We manage critical illness through all modes of mechanical ventilation, mechanical support of the circulation and support of organ systems.

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