Charisse Kwan

Program Director, Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Program
Emergency Physician, Paediatric Emergency Medicine

Dr. Kwan earned her BSc with distinction at the University of Western Ontario and received her medical degree at McMaster University.  She completed her paediatric residency and was Chief Resident at Queen’s University. Following the completion of a paediatric emergency medicine fellowship and then a paediatric point of care ultrasound fellowship, she joined the faculty in the Pediatric Emergency Department at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. She has an interest in point of care ultrasound in medical education and is also involved in clinical and medical education research.


  • Fellowship, Paediatric Point-of-Care Ultrasound, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON
  • Fellowship, Paediatric Emergency Medicine(RCPSC-PEM), The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON
  • Pediatrics Residency (FRCPC), Queen’s University, Kingston, ON


Kwan CW, Fischer JW. Emergency Ultrasound Diagnosis of Hematocolpometra and Imperforate Hymen. Pediatric Emergency Care Feb 2014;30(2):128-30 

Kwan CW, Doan Q, Oliviera JP, Ouyang M, Howard A, Boutis K. Do Obese Children SufferMore Severe Fractures than Non-Obese Children?: A Cross-sectional Study form a Paediatric Emergency DepartmentPaediatr Child Health, Dec 2013

Kuzik, BA, Flavin MP, Kent S, Zielinski D, Kwan CW, Adeleye A, Vegsund BC, Rossi C.  Effect of inhaled hypertonic saline on hospital admission rate in children with viral bronchiolitis: a randomized trial. Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine 2010;12(6):477-84

Kwan CW, Onyett H. Community Acquired Urinary Tract Pathogens And Their Resistance Patterns In Hospitalized Children In South-Eastern Ontario From 2002-2006. Paediatr Child Health. 2008 Nov;13(9):759-762

Matsui D, Kwan C, Steer E, Rieder MJ. The trials and tribulations of doing drug research in children. CMAJ, Nov. 11, 2003; 169 (10)

Berant R, Kwan C, Fischer JW. Emergency point-of-care ultrasound assessment of the white out lung in the Pediatric Emergency Department..Pediatric Emergency Care, June 2014

Yeh B, Weerdenburg K, Kwan CW, Fischer JW. Point-of-care ultrasound diagnosis of bilateral retinal detachment associated with Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease in the Pediatric Emergency Department, Pediatric Emergency Care, Oct 2014


Fischer JW, Kwan C. Lumbar Puncture. In: Case Studies in Paediatric Emergency and Critical Care Ultrasound. (McLario and Kendall, ed.) Cambridge University Press. 2012. CA


Dr. Kwanʼs research focuses on the use of emergency ultrasound technology in Paediatric Emergency Medicine. Areas of emphasis include: novel clinical application design and use, learning curves, education and simulation.

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Charisse Kwan, MD, FRCPC, RCPSC (PEM)
Staff Physician, Paediatric Emergency Medicine
Program Director, Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Program
Division of Emergency Medicine
The Hospital for Sick Children

Phone: 416-813-7654