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Daina Kalnins

Title: Director, Department of Clinical Dietetics
Designations: M.Sc., RD
Phone: 416-813-6613
Alternate Contact Name: Harjeet Kaur
Alternate Phone: 416-813-6522
Alternate Email:


Daina Kalnins works with the team of dietitians and lactation consultants who bring their dedication and expertise to support patients, prescribing the ideal intravenous or enteral feeding formulations, ensuring a supportive environment for breastfeeding and provision of breast milk, and guiding on appropriate nutritional plans for infants and children with acute and chronic conditions.

Daina is co-author of the SickKids series of nutrition books; "Better Baby Food", "Better Food for Kids", "Better Food for Pregnancy" and "Better Breastfeeding" and authored a book on nutrition for children (aged 8 to ~15 years) called "YUM, Your Ultimate Manual for good nutrition."

Her main research interests and clinical experiences are in Cystic Fibrosis; enzyme therapy, nutrition and lung transplant.

Education and experience

  • 2003: M.Sc. Nutrition, U Of T, Ontario
  • 1982: B.Sc. Food Science, McGill University, QUebec


  • 2012: Nominee, SickKids Present's Award
  • 2016: CF Dietitian Achievement Award, North American Dietitian Social Work Consortium Group


  1. Abu-El-Haija M, Uc A, Werlin S, Freeman A, Jay G, Miglena P, Danijela J, Kalnins D, Kochavi B, Koot B, Van Biervliet S Walkowiak J, Wilschanski M, Morinville V. Nutritional Considerations in Pediatric Pancreatitis: A Position Paper from the NASPGHAN Pancreas Committee, ESPGHAN Pancreas Working Group. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr: 2018 July;67(1):131-143
  2. Kalnins D., Pencharz PB, Grasemann H, Solomon M. Energy Expenditure and Nutritional Status in Pediatric Patients Before and After Lung Transplantation. J Pediatr, 2013 163:1500-2
  3. Kalnins D, Wilschanski M. Maintenance of Nutritional Status in Patients with Cystic Fibrosis: New and Emerging Therapies. Drug Design, Development and Therapy, Dove Medical Press,;6:151-61. Epub 2012 Jun 20.
  4. Kalnins D, Pencharz PB, Durie PR. Nutritional Management of Cystic Fibrosis Patients. Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care, 2007 May;10(3):348-354
  5. Kalnins D, Ellis L, Corey M, Pencharz PB, Stewart C, Tullis E, Durie PR. An enteric-coated enzyme preparation containing bicarbonate is no different to a conventional enteric-coated product for treating patients with cystic fibrosis. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr, 2006 42:256-261
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