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Marko Culjat

Title: Staff Neonatologist, Division of Neonatology
Designations: MD, M.Sc., PhD, FAAP, FRCPC
Phone: 416-813-5773 x205773
Fax: 416-813-5245
Alternate Contact Name: Erika Molina
Alternate Phone: 416-813-6345
Alternate Email:
U of T Positions: Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics

Hospital Positions

Associate Director for Neonatal Transport, Acute Care Transport Services (ACTS)


Dr. Marko Culjat joined The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) as a staff physician in 2022.

Dr. Culjat was a transport fellow in the Acute Care Transport Services at SickKids. Prior to joining SickKids, he completed his neonatal-perinatal fellowship at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington D.C., and his paediatric residency at Kapi'olani Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawai'i. He graduated from School of Medicine, University of Zagreb, Croatia.

Dr. Culjat obtained his M.Sc. degree in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety from Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. He obtained his PhD in Neuroscience from the Croatian Institute for Brain Research, University of Zagreb, with a focus on normal human fetal brain development.


Dr. Culjat's current interests lie in quality improvement science, with a focus on transport and NICU settings. His portfolios include implementation of point-of-care ultrasound and telemedicine in transport and NICU settings. His previous research focused on human fetal brain development, and animal models of epilepsy.

Education and experience

  • 2020–2021: Master in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, Dalla Lana School of Public Heath, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 2005–2012: Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience, Croatian Institute for Brain Research, University of Zagreb School of Medicine, Zagreb, Croatia.
  • 1998–2004: Doctor of Medicine, University of Zagreb School of Medicine, Zagreb, Croatia.


  • 2021: SickKids Trainee Quality and Safety Award, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON
  • 2021: CHNC Trainee Travel Award, CHNC Annual Symposium, Houston, Texas, USA
  • 2018: Neonatal Fellows' Research Endowment Fund, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Washington DC, USA
  • 2017: Marshall Klaus Perinatal of Pediatrics, American Academy of Pediatrics, Itasca, Illinois, USA
  • 2016: Most Outstanding Resident Research Award, Hawai'i Pediatric Association Research and Education Foundation, Honolulu, Hawai'i, USA
  • 2016: Pediatric Infectious Diseases Excellence Award, University of Hawai'i Pediatric Residency Program, Honolulu, Hawai'i, USA
  • 2010: PhD Student Scholarship, Croatian Science Foundation, Zagreb, Croatia


  1. Culjat M (Co-Author), Huizenga MN, Forcelli PA. Age-dependent anticonvulsant actions of perampanel and brivaracetam in the methyl-6,7-dimethoxy-4-ethyl-beta-carboline-3-carboxylate (DMCM) model of seizures in developing rats. Pharmacol Rep. 2021 Feb;73(1):296-302. doi:10.1007/s43440-020-00189.
  2. Culjat M (Co-Author), Milošević NJ. Callosal septa express guidance cues and are paramedian guideposts for human corpus callosum development. J Anat. 2019 Sep;235(3):670-686. doi: 10.1111/joa.13011
  3. Culjat M (Co-Author), Razak J, Saadeh-Haddad R, Driggers R, Kamholz K, Timofeev J. Perinatal findings in a patient with a novel large chromosome 19p deletion. Clin Case Rep. 2018 Jun 21;6(8):1525-1530. doi: 10.1002/ccr3.1615.
  4. Culjat M (Co-Author), Darling SE, Nerurkar VR, Ching N, Kumar M, Min SK, Wong R, Grant L, Melish ME. Clinical and Imaging Findings in an Infant With Zika Embryopathy. Clin Infect Dis. 2016 Sep 15;63(6):805-11. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciw324
  5. Kostović I, Jovanov-Milošević N, Radoš M, Sedmak G, Benjak V, Kostović-Srzentić M, Vasung L, Čuljat M (Co-Author), Radoš M, Hüppi P, Judaš M. Perinatal and early postnatal reorganization of the subplate and related cellular compartments in the human cerebral wall as revealed by histological and MRI approaches. Brain Struct Funct. 2014 Jan;219(1):231-53. doi: 10.1007/s00429-012-0496-0

  • 2022: Development of customized task trainers and educational videos for an ultrasound-guided peripheral vascular access educational program, Pediatric Consultants Educational Grant, Co-applicant, Principal Applicant: Lee, KS., $5,000 CAD (Operating Grant).
  • 2018: Analysis of neuronal cell death in the developing rodwent brain after exposure to therapeutic doses of perampanel and brivaracetam, Neonatal Fellows' Research Endowment Fund, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Fellow applicant, $5,000 USD.
  • 2017: Effects of brivaracetam, a novel anti-convulsant drug, on cell apoptosis in the developing rodent brain, Marshall Klaus Award, American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow applicant, $5,000 USD.
  • 2010: Analysis of the number and size of axons within the corpus callosum during normal perinatal development and after hypoxic-ischemic injury, PhD Student Scholarship, Croatian Science Foundation, $10,000 USD.
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