Sherri Katz

Senior Scientist, CHEO Research Institute

Dr. Sherri Katz is the Division Chief of Pediatric Respirology at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa and holds a cross-appointment at the School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventative Medicine. She is also a Senior Scientist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Her clinical research focuses on the use of assistive respiratory technologies for children with chronic diseases, particularly neuromuscular disease and obesity. She has undertaken multicentre cohort studies evaluating cardiometabolic, neurocognitive and quality of life outcomes of positive airway pressure therapy in children with obesity. She has recently led and completed a nine-centre Canadian randomized controlled therapy of lung volume recruitment exercises in boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Her research also evaluates predictors and novel diagnostic modalities for pediatric sleep-disordered breathing, pediatric home mechanical ventilation and long-term outcomes of chronic lung disease.

Dr. Katz’s research pursuits are informed by her clinical practice, which includes pediatric sleep medicine, complex respiratory care and home mechanical ventilation. She also holds leadership roles on national and international committees related to Pediatric Respirology and Home Mechanical Ventilation including the Home Mechanical Ventilation and Neuromuscular Disease Network Steering Committee of the American College of Chest Physicians.

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Research Projects

  1. Target oxygen saturation and development of pulmonary hypertension and increased pulmonary vascular resistance in preterm infants


    Higher targeted oxygen saturation was associated with reduced risk of PH or elevated PVR in extremely preterm infants compared to lower oxygen saturation target.

  2. Sensitivity, specificity, and reliability of the Get Active Questionnaire for identifying children with medically necessary special considerations for physical activity


    The sensitivity, specificity, and reliability of the Get Active Questionnaire (GAQ) for identifying children needing special considerations during physical activity was evaluated among parents of 207 children aged 3 to 14 years

  3. Insulin Resistance and Hypertension in Obese Youth With Sleep-Disordered Breathing Treated With Positive Airway Pressure: A Prospective Multicenter Study


    In youth with obesity and SDB, metabolic dysfunction and hypertension were highly prevalent. Larger, longer-term studies are needed to determine whether PAP improves cardiometabolic outcomes in obese youth.

  4. Long-Term Effects of Lung Volume Recruitment on Maximal Inspiratory Capacity and Vital Capacity in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy


    With lung volume recruitment therapy, MIC–VC differences were stable over time, indicating that respiratory system compliance remains stable, despite a loss in VC, in individuals with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

  5. Does Neck-to-Waist Ratio Predict Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children?


    Neck-to-waist ratio, an index of body fat distribution, predicts OSA in older children and youth, especially in those who were overweight/obese.