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Livingston, 2021


Mike Livingston is a pediatric surgeon and Assistant Professor of Surgery at McMaster University. He graduated from the Arts and Science Program at McMaster University followed by medical school at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University. His clinical training included residency in General Surgery at Western and McMaster, followed by a fellowship in Pediatric Surgery.

During residency, Dr. Livingston completed a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology and the Clinician Investigator Program from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Faculty of Health Sciences for his work as a graduate student, Resident Teaching Award from the Canadian Association of General Surgeons during residency, and Resident Mentor Award from Postgraduate Medical Education at McMaster University as a fellow.

After finishing his clinical training in 2019, Dr. Livingston spent two years working as a pediatric surgeon and Assistant Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York. He returned to McMaster in 2021 to continue his practice as a pediatric surgeon with an interest in pectus anomalies, inflammatory bowel disease, and bowel management.

Dr. Livingston’s academic interests include medical student education and outcomes research. His research includes retrospective studies, systematic reviews, and prospective studies on a variety of surgical conditions in children. His other activities include serving on the Education Committee for the American Pediatric Surgical Association and the Pediatric Surgery Examination Committee for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Research Interests

  • Colorectal conditions in children
  • Feeding in neonates with surgical conditions
  • Evidence-based surgery
  • Surgical education


  • Postgraduate Medical Education Resident Mentor Award
    McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario (2019)
  • Award for Teaching Excellence
    Canadian Association of General Surgeons, Toronto, Ontario (2016)
  • Best Research Presentation (1st Prize)
    Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgeons, Vancouver, British Columbia (2016)
  • Best Research Presentation (1st Prize)
    Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgeons, Niagara Falls, Ontario (2015)
  • Best Research Presentation (1st Prize)
    Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgeons, Montreal, Quebec (2014)
  • Top Oral Presentation, Faculty of Health Sciences Research Plenary
    McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario (2015)
  • Outstanding Achievement Award, Faculty of Health Sciences
    McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario (2015)
  • Regional Medical Associates Scholarship
    McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario (2014)


  • Active Staff - McMaster Children’s Hospital, Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation, Department of Surgery, Hamilton Ontario

Featured Publications

  • Livingston MH, Walton JM, Cohen E, Arca MJ. (2021) Re: Pediatric empyema – Has the pendulum swung too far? Journal of Pediatric Surgery 56:1258-9.
  • Livingston MH, Walton JM, Cohen E. (2021) Surgery for children with disabilities: Not without risk. Dev Med Child Neurol 63:130.
  • Livingston MH, Elliot T, Williams C, Rosenbaum P, Jones S, Walton JM. (2020) Glycerin Suppositories Used Prophylactically in Premature infants (SUPP): A pilot study for a multicenter randomized controlled trial. Journal of Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine 13:495-505.
  • Livingston MH, Mahant S, Ratjen F, Hoch J, Connolly B, Thorpe K, Mamdani M, Maclusky I, Laberge S, Giglia L, Walton JM, Yang CL, Roberts A, Shawyer AC, Brindle M, Cohen E. (2020) Intrapleural DNase and Tissue Plasminogen Activator in Pediatric Empyema (DTPA): a multicenter randomized clinical trial. JAMA Pediatrics 174:332-40.​


  • MD, Western University
  • General Surgery Residency, McMaster University 
  • Pediatric Surgery Fellowship, McMaster University ​
  • Clinician Investigator Program, McMaster University 




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