Dr. Darius Bägli is a senior attending pediatric urologic surgeon and the Associate Surgeon-in-Chief at The Hospital For Sick Children, and Senior Associate Scientist in the Division of Developmental and Stem Cell Biology at Sickkids’ Peter Gilgan Center for Research and Learning, home of the Hospital’s Research Institute.
For nearly 20 years, in addition to a busy surgical practice he has led translational peer-review funded basic research on the extracellular microenvironments regulating smooth muscle mechano-transduction and cell signalling. His lab is currently focused on epigenetic mechanisms underlying cell interactions with the extracellular matrix in non-neoplastic bladder disease and regeneration, urinary tract infection, and genital maldevelopment. Dr. Bägli is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Royal College of Surgeons (Canada), American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Pediatric Urology, Professor of Surgery & Physiology at the University of Toronto, and a full member of the Graduate School’s Institute for Medical Science. Dr. Bägli obtained his MDCM from McGill Unviersity and completed an NIH Research Fellowship and Urology Residency training at Harvard Medical School, and Pediatric Urology Fellowship training at the Univeristy of Washington.
Darius has numerous academic interests in medical education and teaching including medical ethics, surgical skills, simulation, mobile technologies, and innovation. He is a founding member of both Sickkids’ Innovation Strategy and Steering Group, as well as its Innovation Acceleration Team—a dragon’s (think ‘Barney’) den pitch mechanism to explore and support promising innovation ideas from any member of the hospital community. Also a concert pianist who represented Canada in the 2002 International Van Cliburn Outstanding Amateurs Piano Competition, Darius’ creativity and iconoclastic approaches in nurturing a burgeoning culture of innovation and ‘why-not?’ thinking at a grass-roots level have been recognized and sought after throughout the institution. In 2012, Dr. Bägli was the first Canadian urologist and the first ever paediatric urologist to be named Distinguished Mentor by the American Urological Association Foundation in recognition of his lifetime contributions to urology teaching and research.