Scientist profiles A-F
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Ave., Room M4 172a
Clinical ProfileShow/hide details
Research ProfileShow/hide details
- M.B.Bch., 1983, bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
- FRCOG, 1988, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, U.K.
- MD, 1992, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, U.K.
- FRCSC, 1995, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Appointments and Affiliations:
- Associate scientist, Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Women & Babies Research Program (director), Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI)
- Associate professor, department of obstetrics and gynaecology, University of Toronto
- Chief, maternal-fetal medicine, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
- Investigator, Centre for Mother, Infant and Child Research, SRI
- Director, multiple pregnancy, obstetrics and gynecology, Sunnybrook
- Head, maternal-fetal medicine, Sunnybrook
- Representative, maternal morbidity and mortality, World Health Organization
- Council member, International Society for Twin Studies
- Council member, Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC), Ontario representative
- Chair, Canadian Working Group on Maternal Mortality and Morbidity in Canada
- Committee chair, multiples committee, SOGC
- Committee member, medico-legal committee, and planning committee, SOGC
- Canadian representative, International Society for Twin Studies
- Reviewer, American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Journal of the SOGC, Twins Research and Canadian Medical Association Journal
- Member, Women's College Hospital Foundation
- Member, advisory board, Multiple Births Canada
- Multiple pregnancy
- Maternal morbidity and mortality
Dr. Barrett coordinated and published the first Canadian consensus on the management of multiple pregnancies, pioneered Canada's first specialized multiples clinic and was awarded an innovation grant by Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre worth $200,000.
He is the principal investigator of the Twin Birth Study run by the Centre for Mother, Infant and Child Research at Sunnybrook Research Institute. The Twin Birth Study is a multicentre, randomized clinical trial funded through an $8.7-million grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. More than 140 centres in 30 countries are part of this study, which has shown that planned vaginal birth is as safe as planned cesarean section for twin delivery—a finding that is changing clinical practice.
In 2009, Dr. Barrett coordinated the first Canadian consensus conference on near-miss maternal mortality.
Related News and Stories
- Maternal-fetal medicine: an inside look: Student’s research contributes to clinical practice (July 31, 2015)
- Investing in the Future of Children: Gift bestows recognition on maternal-fetal medicine research (from 2015 SRI Magazine)
- Philanthropic gift establishes chair in maternal-fetal medicine: Clinician-scientist aims to transform research and education in high-risk obstetrical care globally (Dec. 5, 2014)
- Skin-to-skin C-sections promote health, bonding: Clear benefits of immediate contact between mother and baby (May 7, 2014)
- Multiple Options: Globe-spanning trial settles question of which method of delivery is best for twins and expectant moms (SRI Magazine, 2012)
- Caesarean no safer than vaginal delivery for twins, (Globe and Mail, Feb. 25, 2013)
- A new place to call home (Sep. 22, 2010)
- Managing multiples: the quest to rewrite the rules of obstetric practice, two babies at a time (PDF from SRI Magazine, 2008)
- CV: Dr. Jon Barrett (Oct. 1, 2007)