Dora StinsonMD, FRCPC, FAAP

Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Associate Professor


Phone: 902-470-6679
Mailing Address: 
Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
IWK Health Centre, Room G2174
5850/5980 University Avenue
P.O. Box 9700
Halifax, NS B3K 6R8
Research Topics:
  • Neonatal respiratory disease
  • Neonatal outcome (mortality and morbidity)
  • Neonatal resuscitation
  • Causes of prematurity
  • Neonatal infection


  • MD (University of Western Ontario)
  • Residency in medicine (Montreal General Hospital)
  • Research fellow in neonatology (University of Pittsburgh and Magee Women’s Hospital)


  • Associate professor of pediatrics (post-retirement reappointment)
  • Associate professor of obstetrics & gynaecology (post-retirement reappointment)
  • Active staff, IWK Health Centre

Research study

Dr. Stinson is the local principal investigator for the Canadian RSV Evaluation Study of Synagis (CARESS) at the IWK Health Centre. Study discontinued in August, 2016


  • Vincer MJ, Armson BA, Allen VM, Allen AC, Stinson DA, Whyte R, Dodds L.  An Algorithm for Predicting Neonatal Mortality in Threatened Very Preterm Birth.  Journal Obstetrics Gynecology Canada. J Obstet Gynaecol Can 2015;37(11):958–965
  • Tagin M, Woolcott CG, Vincer MJ, Whyte RK and Stinson DA. Hypothermia for hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis.  Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine 2012; 166(6):558-566
  • MacDonald TM, Langley JM, Mailman T, Allain K, Nelson G, Hatton L, Sanford T, George K, Hancock D, Stinson DA, Mulvey M,: Serratia Marcescens (SM) Outbreak in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Related to the Exit Port of High Frequency Oscillator (HFO).  Pediatric Critical Care Med. 2011 Nov:12 (6): e 282-6
  • Allen VM, Horne SG, Penney LS, Rapchuk IL, Brock JA, Thompson DL, Stinson DA:  Successful outcome in pregnancy with arterial tortuosity syndrome: a multidisciplinary approach to high risk connective tissue disorders with vascular involvement.  Obstet Gynecol 2009;114(2 Pt 2):494-8
  • Vincer MJ, Allen AC, Joseph KS, Stinson, DA, Scott H, Wood E:  Increasing prevalence of cerebral palsy among very preterm infants: A population based study.  Pediatr 2006; 118(6):e1621-6.  Epub 2006 Oct 30


  • IWK Foundation John Lindsay Humanitarian Award, 2012
  • Canadian Medical Association, Honorary Membership, 2012
  • Faculty of Medicine, Community of Scholars Award of Excellence in Clinical Practice, 2009
  • Honorary Life Membership, IWK Health Centre, Board of Directors, 2001     


  • Member, Advisory Committee, Nova Scotia Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP)
  • Regional instructor, Nova Scotia Neonatal Resuscitation Program
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Canadian Medical Association
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Atlantic Provinces Association of Neonatologists
  • Atlantic Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • Atlantic Provinces Paediatric Society
  • Doctors Nova Scotia
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia
  • Fellow, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Canadian Paediatric Society
  • Emeritus member, Midwest Society for Pediatric Research


  • NRP instructor
  • NPM Academic Half Day Sessions - Teaching with NPM Fellows
  • Med III Pediatric Teaching - "Newborn Health"