Justyna Wolinska

Investigator, CHEO Research Institute

Dr. Wolinska finished her General Surgery training at the University of Toronto. She completed clinical fellowships at the Hospital for Sick Children in the Surgical NICU, Intestinal Failure and Pediatric Surgery training programs. She joined the surgical faculty at the Hospital for Sick Children in 2018 where she also served as Assistant Program Director to the fellowship program. In 2021, she obtained her Masters of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and joined the surgical faculty at CHEO. Passionate about surgical education, she is also a Pediatric Surgery Exam Board member at the Royal College and is the sub-specialty committee representative for Ontario and Nunavut. Dr. Wolinska’s clinical interests include congenital anomalies and minimally invasive surgery. Her academic interests include clinical outcomes research with a specific interest in social determinants of health. She is also active in quality improvement initiatives.

Research Projects

  1. Findings in percutaneous trans-hepatic cholecysto-cholangiography in neonates and infants presenting with conjugated hyperbilirubinemia: emphasis on differential diagnosis and cholangiographic patterns


    PTCC is a minimally invasive study in the diagnostic work-up of infants presenting with conjugated hyperbilirubinemia (suspected BA). Further invasive investigations or surgery can be avoided when results are normal.

  2. Predictors of Social-Emotional Development and Adaptive Functioning in School-Age Children with Intestinal Failure


    The group displayed social-emotional and adaptive functioning concerns. Identifying medical and demographic risks can allow for screening and intervention.

  3. I-PASS enhances effectiveness and accuracy of hand-off for pediatric general surgery patients


    Implementing I-PASS on a pediatric surgery service with modifications catered to surgical patients, improved the effectiveness and accuracy of written and verbal patient hand-offs and increased provider satisfaction and preparedness.