Dr. Karen McAssey joined the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University and McMaster Children's Hospital in 2005. Upon completion of her MD at Queen's University in Kingston, she completed her Pediatric Residency at McMaster University followed by a Clinical Fellowship in Endocrinology at Th...
Dr. Karen McAssey joined the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University and McMaster Children's Hospital in 2005. Upon completion of her MD at Queen's University in Kingston, she completed her Pediatric Residency at McMaster University followed by a Clinical Fellowship in Endocrinology at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario. In 2005 she obtained Specialty Certification from the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism.
Along with her unique skills and expertise in the field of Pediatric Endocrinology, Dr. McAssey is also recognized as an excellent clinician and accomplished teacher. She is the Pediatric Clerkship Director for the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University. In this role, she oversees the pediatric training of medical students in the MD program. She represents McMaster University at the Council for Medical School Education in Pediatrics, the official organization of North American educators having administrative responsibilities for medical undergraduates in this specialty. She is chair of the Pediatric Undergraduate Clerkship Committee at McMaster University.
The desire to optimize care and improve outcome for children with diabetes has always been at the forefront of Dr. McAssey's work. This is demonstrated through her ongoing work in initiating new clinical protocols to improve patient care, the written educational materials she has produced for patients and their families and her involvement in research. She has been invited to participate as a member of the Provincial Task Force regarding provincial guidelines for diabetes care and has participated in outreach clinics, providing expertise within the Network of Ontario Diabetes Programs. In her current role as the Principle Investigator for the Hamilton Health Sciences Site of the TrialNet Study, Dr. McAssey ensures the patients and families served will benefit from the opportunity to participate in leading clinical research aimed at the prevention and early treatment of type 1 diabetes.
Dr. McAssey's provides clinical care for children with Endocrine disorders including timing or regulation of puberty, excess or delayed growth, thyroid and adrenal over activity or under activity. She directs the Pediatric Calcium and Bone Disorders clinic at McMaster Children's Hospital. In the Clinic she evaluates and manages osteoporosis and low bone density in children as well as inherited disorders of calcium metabolism. This clinic attracts referral for children with syndromic calcium and bone disorders including Osteogenesis Imperfecta, DiGeorge syndrome, and William's syndrome.