Naveen Poonai

Children's Health & Therapeutics Dr. Naveen Poonai
Associate Scientist


Associate Scientist, Division of Children's Health & Therapeutics, Children's Health Research Institute
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, Department of Paediatrics, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University

How does my research help children?

My research helps clinicians provide effective analgesia for children in the emergency department.  It also gives parents the tools to recognize and manage pain in their children following discharge.


Current Research

My research interests focus on seeking the novel approaches for the provision of analgesia to children both in the emergency department and following discharge.  These include parental educational interventions as well as therapeutics.  I'm also interested in the clinical presentation and management of paediatric appendicitis, particularly in the role of ultrasound in diagnosis.

Awards & Grants


Schulich Research Opportunities Program (SROP) funding - Awarded by Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University

Department of Paediatrics Resident Research Grant - Awarded by Department of Paediatrics, Western University

Recent Publications


Atypical presentation of right ventricular outflow tract ventricular tachycardia
Landreville J, Joubert G, Welisch E, Helleman K, Poonai N
In press Journal of Emergency Medicine

Acute appendicitis: investigating an optimal outer appendiceal diameter cut-point in a pediatric population
Prendergast P, Poonai N, Lynch T, McKillop S, Lim R
Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2014; 46(2):157-164

Is pelvic ultrasound associated with an increased time to appendectomy in pediatric appendicitis? Poonai N, Gregory J, Thompson G, Lim R, Van Osch S, Andrusiak T, Mekhaiel S, Sangha G, Seabrook J, Joubert G
Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2014; 47(1):51-58

Determinants of oral corticosteroid responsiveness in wheezing asthmatic youth (DOORWAY): protocol for a prospective multicentre cohort study of children with acute moderate-to-severe asthma exacerbations
Ducharme FM, Zemek R, Gravel J, Chalut D, Poonai N, Laberge S, Quach C, Krajinovic M, Guimont C, Lemière C, Guertin MC
BMJ Open. 2014 Apr 7; 4(4):e004699. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004699



Phone:  (519) 685-8500, x58134
Fax:  (519) 667-6769
Email:  naveen [dot] poonai [at] lhsc [dot] on [dot] ca

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