Joel Fish

Joel Fish


Medical Director, HSC Burn Program
Professor, University of Toronto


Dr. Joel Fish is a full-time pediatric Plastic Surgeon at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He assumed the role as Medical Director of the Pediatric Burn Program in 2009, after having spent considerable time as the Medical Director of the adult burn unit at the Sunnybrook Hospital. Dr. Fish graduated as a plastic surgeon from the University of Toronto obtaining his Royal College Certification in 1994 as well as having completed the Surgical Scientist Program under the leadership of Dr. Nancy McKee. Dr. Fish’s current clinical interests are pediatric burns and complex pediatric wound problems.

As the former Research Director for the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Fish devoted his time to ensuring that clinical research projects, at the level of the residency program, were completed and presented. As a member of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Fish has served on the Residency Program Committee in various roles over the past 18 years and is interested in the process of education and selection of residents for the surgical scientist program. Current research in the area of burn depth and optical technology, which is done in conjunction with Dr. Karen Cross, has produced many manuscripts through collaboration with the National Research Council in Winnipeg. The current pediatric clinical research program includes introduction of a new model of care for pediatric burns involving a closed-dressing technique. Additionally, the introduction of laser technology for hypertrophic burn scars and research related to improving the modulation of scarring. Dr. Fish is published in many peer-reviewed journals and is a reviewer on the editorial board for the Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation as well as the Journal of Burns and regularly reviews for the Journal of Trauma as well as the World Journal of Surgery. Dr Fish has served in many administrative roles over the past ten years including Medical Director of the Burn Programs at both Sunnybrook and SickKids Hospital, Medical director of the Worker Compensation Burn Rehabilitation Program at the St. John’s Rehabilitation Hospital as well as the Chief Medical Officer of the St John’s Hospital. Dr. Fish’s current goal is to develop the pediatric burn program as a model of care that can be used for other pediatric burn centers around the world.

Areas of Specialty

Complex wounds and pediatric burns

Practice Hospital

Hospital for Sick Children




Sandy Davies

Practice Location

Hospital for Sick Children
555 University Ave. # A5429
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 1X8


(416) 813-7654 ext. 228198


(416) 813-8502

Referral Instructions

Burn surgery

Research Interests

Burn hypertrophic scar, burn depth assessment, pediatric burn pain, scar modulation