Thiviya Selvanathan

Degrees / Credentials

MD (McMaster), PhD (University of Toronto)


Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Investigator, BC Children's Hospital Research Institute
Affiliate Member, Women's Health Research Institute
Member, Academy of Translational Medicine
Faculty Member, UBC Neuroscience Graduate Program
Staff Physician, The Hospital for Sick Children


Full member

Dr. Thiviya Selvanathan is a pediatric neurologist and clinician scientist at BC Children’s Hospital with specialized training in neonatal neurology. She is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Selvanathan completed her residency and fellowship training at the Hospital for Sick Children. She completed her PhD in neonatal neuroscience at the University of Toronto. Dr. Selvanathan is passionate about investigating early brain development using advanced neuroimaging techniques. Her research focuses on understanding how early-life brain injury and NICU clinical care impact brain development in infants at high risk for developmental disabilities including preterm infants or newborns with hypoxicischemic encephalopathy. Her research work extends to investigating long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes in children who have experienced neonatal brain injury, with an emphasis on identifying strategies to promote lifelong brain health.

Contact Info

604-875-2345 x 5320
Lab Manager
Isha Sekhon
Lab Email
Mailing Address
BC Children's Hospital Research Institute<938 W 28th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4H4r>

Research Information

My research uses new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and brain monitoring techniques to identify how early-life brain injury, clinical illness, and social determinants of health impact neurodevelopment in newborns at high risk for developmental disabilities. I am also interested in understanding long-term developmental trajectories in children with early-life brain injury. Understanding what factors impact brain development may point to new strategies for promoting long-term brain health in high-risk infants.



  • neonatal neurology
  • newborn
  • hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy
  • hypoxic ischemic brain injury
  • prematurity
  • white matter injury
  • neurodevelopment
  • child development
  • neuroimaging
  • MRI
  • connectome