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Dr. Hal Siden

Dr. Harold (Hal) Siden, MD, MHSc, FRCPC, is the Medical Director of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. He oversees the physician team, research, education programs and care of over 765 children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

Specializing in pediatric palliative care, Dr. Hal Siden has been the Canuck Place Medical Director since 2001 and has played a vital role in caring for children and families for the past 20 years.

Leading innovative research, developing new clinical practices, educating medical students and residents while advocating for the care of terminally ill children are all part of his committed career. Hal’s work has made BC the nation’s leader in pediatric palliative care, which in turn, provides a unique model followed throughout the world. His efforts have undeniably improved the lives of many children and their families. A devoted educator in the specialty he pioneered, Hal continues his work as a compassionate and involved clinician.

Dr. Siden is also a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia (UBC), with a joint appointment in the Inter-Departmental Division of Palliative Medicine. Additionally, he is a Senior Associate Clinician Scientist at the Child & Family Research Institute ( and is a Principle Investigator on many research projects. He is an Attending Physician at BC Children’s Hospital. (

In 2017, Dr. Hal was presented with the Dr. Parminder Singh Award of Distinction by the BC Pediatric Society for his leading work in the field of pediatrics. In 2016, Dr. Hal was presented with the BC Community Achievement Award recognizing individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community either as volunteers or in the course of their work.

Early in his career, he realized he wanted to help the children he was caring for in a different way.

“I was a physician caring for a lot of kids that I couldn’t cure, but I realized I could still make a difference in their lives. That was really important to me as a doctor.”