Naveen Poonai obtained his medical degree from the University of Toronto and completed his residency training in paediatrics at Western University.

He remained at Western to complete his fellowship training in paediatric emergency medicine. He also completed his Masters degree in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University.

Professional and Academic Experience

Naveen Poonai is an Assistant Professor of Paediatrics and Internal Medicine at Western University, an Attending Physician in the Children’s Emergency Department, and the Research Director of the Division of Paediatric Emergency Medicine.

He is a member of Western University’s Health Sciences Research Ethics board, a Community of Practice pain management lead at the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC), and the Paediatrics Section lead at Best Evidence in Emergency Medicine (BEEM).


Attending Physician


Assistant Professor Paediatrics, Western University, London, ON
Associate Scientist, Children’s Health Research Institute (CHRI)
Research Director, Division of Paediatric Emergency Medicine

Research Group

Research Interest Area 

Pain management/treatment
Genitourinary system
Musculoskeletal disorders

Research Overview

Naveen Poonai’s primary research focus is pain management for children in the acute care setting, specifically procedure-related pain, abdominal pain, and musculoskeletal pain. His work seeks to identify barriers for managing pain from both the caregiver and clinician’s perspective.

He is also involved in developing novel approaches for the provision of analgesia to children both in the emergency department and following discharge. These include therapeutics and educational tools for caregivers.



Pain, Morphine, Fracture, Education, Analgesia