Dr. Shazhan Amed is a pediatric doctor who works at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver and cares for children and youth with diabetes. She is particularly interested in improving the quality of care provided to children with diabetes, and preventing childhood obesity and childhood onset type 2 diabetes. Dr. Amed leads the SCOPE initiative - a community-based initiative that aims to create environments which support child and familial health by making the healthy choice the easy choice. She also leads quality improvement research designed to better understand how to optimize pediatric diabetes care by directly responding to the needs of patients, families, and health care providers. The overall goal of Dr. Amed's work is to prevent children and youth from developing serious chronic diseases in young adulthood.
Industry Expertise (4)
Health and Wellness
Areas of Expertise (5)
Chronic Disease Prevention
Chronic Illness in Children
Rookie of the Year (professional)
Awarded by the BC Children's Hospital, Department of Pediatrics.
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: M.Sc., Public Health and Health Promotion 2008
University of Toronto: RCPSC., Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism 2008
University of Manitoba: FRCPC., Pediatrics 2004
The University of Calgary: MD., Medicine 2001
McGill University: B.Sc., Human Physiology 1997
- SCOPE : Project Leader
- CFRI : Associate Clinician Scientist
- University of British Columbia, Department of Pediatrics : Clinical Assistant Professor
Media Appearances (2)
Nike Commits $50 Million to Make Kids Active
Business of Fashion online
According to childhood obesity expert Dr. Shazhan Amed of the British Columbia Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, only one in three American children is active on a daily basis, an alarming fact considering that lack of exercise is a key contributor to childhood obesity, which, in turn, can lead to serious medical conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and even cancer. As a result, for the first time ever, today’s children may live shorter lives than their parents.
31.5% of Canadian kids overweight or obese: StatsCan
Toronto Sun online
Dr. Shazhan Amed, a pediatric endocrinologist at the B.C. Children's Hospital in Vancouver, says more research is required to explain the differences in obesity rates between boys and girls. She speculates that screen time - video games for 5- to 11-year-olds especially - likely affects boys more than girls.
Type 1 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes among children, however, the proportion of cases of childhood type 2 diabetes is increasing. In Canada, the National Diabetes Surveillance System (NDSS) uses administrative health data to describe trends.
Compared to children with type 2 diabetes, children with medication-induced diabetes were more likely to be Caucasian (P < .0001) and less likely to be obese (P < .0001), to have a positive family history of type 2 diabetes (P = .0001), and to have acanthosis nigricans (P < .0001) on clinical examination.
To describe adherence to clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of childhood type 1 diabetes and identify associated patient and system level factors.
This is the first prospective national surveillance study in Canada to report the incidence of type 2 diabetes in children and also the first in the world to report the incidence of medication-induced and monogenic diabetes. Rates of type 2 diabetes were higher than expected with important regional variation. These results support recommendations that screening for comorbidity should occur at diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.
Youth with T2D are not receiving high quality care, and older youth and young adults are particularly at risk. Future research is needed to understand the effectiveness of care in the context of poor adherence as well as patient, physician, and health system factors that might improve adherence.