Elizabeth Lee Ford-Jones

Dr. Elizabeth Lee Ford-Jones is a Professor of Paediatrics at The Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto. Since June 2007, Dr. Ford-Jones has led a new educational initiative in Social Pediatrics addressing disadvantaged children and youth, recognizing that conditions with social causes and social consequences require special consideration in prevention and management. In this role, she has developed a clinical elective in Social Pediatrics for Medical Students and through community links is providing new project opportunities for Pediatric Residents.

Dr. Ford-Jones spearheaded the production of the first edition of the Canadian Paediatric Society book Well Beings – a guide to promote the physical, health, safety and emotional well-being of children in child care centers and family day care homes. As well as research into the prevention of infection in child care centers, her other academic interests have included hospital acquired infections, vaccine preventable diseases and vaccine safety, encephalitis and infections in pregnancy and infancy. She is a Graduate of Queens’ Medical School and undertook her Pediatric Residency and ID Fellowship at Montreal Children’s (1974-1981).

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Commentaries by Dr. Elizabeth Lee Ford-Jones:

Some of the most complex needs of my patients stem from poverty and not disease alone
What I didn’t learn in medical school
What I learned as a medical student working with low-income families in Toronto
Child poverty a Canadian problem
Social policies must catch up with science // Il faut que les politiques sociales rattrapent la science
A vision for kids’ eye tests
Childhood hunger is a Canadian public health crisis // Une nouvelle crise en matière de santé publique?
The kids aren’t all right

Videos by Dr. Elizabeth Lee Ford-Jones:

The latest public health crisis? Canadian kids going hungry

Podcasts with Dr. Elizabeth Lee Ford-Jones

Should Eye Examination Be a School Entry Requirement in Canada?

Posters by Dr. Elizabeth Lee Ford-Jones:


“The environment we are in turns our genes off or on. Epigenetics, the study of changes to our genes that our children, and their children, could inherit, shows us that genes capture information from environmental exposures.”

Read the commentary: Social policies must catch up with science





“Canada invests too many health resources into complex care  treating people once they’re already sick  and too few into factors that keep Canadians healthy in the first place, starting in the early years of their lives.”

Read the commentary: Social policies must catch up with science






“When a child’s vision impairment goes unchecked it becomes a kind of invisible disability, affecting literacy, numeracy and skill development, and even social exclusion.”

Read the commentary: A vision for kids’ eye tests






“Comprehensive eye health needs to be part of our accessible and affordable healthcare system. To do otherwise would lack real vision.”

Read the commentary: A vision for kids’ eye tests







“We care whether kids can hear, we care if they can walk, and we care that they can speak. Why on earth do we not care that they can see? There are just too many children not succeeding in school and we have to make sure it’s not the vision problem that’s uncorrected.”

Read the commentaries: Should eye exams be mandatory for school-age kids?, A vision for kids’ eye tests

Listen to the podcast: Should eye examination be a school entry requirement in Canada?


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