Elizabeth J Donner, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Elizabeth Donner

Dr. Elizabeth Donner is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at University of Toronto and Pediatric Neurologist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Dr. Donner graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in the Biological Basis of Behaviour from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. Following this, she received a degree in medicine from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She then completed the Residency Program in Pediatric Neurology at the University of Toronto and The Hospital for Sick Children and fellowships in Pediatric Epilepsy and Neurophysiology and Functional Neuroimaging and Epilepsy at Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard University.  Dr. Donner joined the staff of the Division of Neurology at The Hospital for Sick Children in September 2003.  Dr. Donner’s practice at SickKids involves the care of children with complex epilepsy, including medical, surgical and dietary treatments for seizures.

Dr. Donner is involved in a variety of outreach and community-based epilepsy initiatives.  She is the President of the Canadian Pediatric Epilepsy Network, a consortium of clinicians and researchers dedicated to collaborative research in childhood epilepsy and Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian League Against Epilepsy.  In 2010, Dr. Donner received a HOPE award from Epilepsy Toronto recognizing her outstanding contribution to the epilepsy community.

Dr. Donner has an established record of expertise and leadership in the field of Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP).  She published a series of 27 cases of SUDEP in children, which remains the largest reported pediatric sample to date.  Recognizing the need for a better understanding of the factors that place certain children with epilepsy at risk, she received peer review funding to establish a national registry for SUDEP in children in Canada.


Recognizing the need for increased awareness of SUDEP among health care providers and people with epilepsy and support for those affected by SUDEP, Dr. Donner co-founded SUDEP Aware in 2008.  SUDEP Aware is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization which promotes knowledge and understanding of Sudden Unexplained and Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) through education, research and support.

published may 2013
last edit jul 2013