Division Directors


Dr. Paul Dorian

Dr. Dorian

Dr. Paul Dorian is the Department Division Director, Division of Cardiology, and a staff cardiac electrophysiologist at St. Michael's Hospital. He is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology and in the Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Toronto, and a staff scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. 

Dr. Dorian received his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal in 1976. He continued training in internal medicine and cardiology at the University of Toronto, and received certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in internal medicine in 1983 and certification in cardiology in 1984. He completed training in clinical pharmacology at the University of Toronto in 1982, and received an MSc in pharmacology from the University of Toronto in 1982. From 1983 to 1985, he completed a fellowship in cardiac electrophysiology at Stanford University Medical Centre in California.

His research interests include basic science research in advanced cardiac life support and atrial fibrillation, the clinical pharmacology of antiarrhythmic drugs, and clinical research on implanted devices, antiarrhythmic drugs, and quality of life in patients with arrhythmias. 

He is the immediate past-president of the Canadian Heart Rhythm Society, chair of the Cardiac Arrest Committee, St. Michael’s Hospital, co-PI on the NIH funded Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium, and serves on the steering committee of multiple multicentre clinical trials in arrhythmia care. He is the chair of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Quality Committee.

He has published over 370 peer reviewed papers and is associate editor of the textbook Electrophysiological Disorders of the Heart.

Clinical Immunology and Allergy

Dr. Peter Vadas (Acting)

Dr. Vadas

Dr. Peter Vadas is Head of the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and Medical Director of the Regional Anaphylaxis Clinic at St. Michael’s Hospital, and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is Past President of the Anaphylaxis Foundation of Canada, Past Chair of the Anaphylaxis Committee of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and Past Head, Section of Anaphylaxis and Adverse Reactions of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. He serves on the executive of the Allergy Asthma and Immunology Society of Ontario. He had served for over 10 years on the Scientific Advisory Council of the National Peanut Board. Dr. Vadas was an examiner in Allergy and Clinical Immunology for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and served as head of the Section of Allergy and Clinical Immunology of the Ontario Medical Association. He has published more than 130 scientific articles and over 20 book chapters on allergies and anaphylaxis, including peer-reviewed articles in Nature, Journal of the American Medical Association and the New England Journal of Medicine.

His areas of research include risk factors for severe anaphylaxis, systemic mastocytosis and mast cell activation syndrome and the roles of platelet activating factor and platelet activating factor acetylhydrolase in severe and fatal anaphylaxis.

Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology

Dr. David Juurlink

Dr. Juurlink

Dr. David Juurlink is an internist and head of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. He is also a medical toxicologist at the Ontario Poison Centre at the Hospital for Sick Children and a scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.

He received degrees in pharmacy and medicine from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and completed postgraduate training in internal medicine followed by residency in clinical pharmacology, a fellowship in medical toxicology, and a PhD in clinical epidemiology, all at the University of Toronto. He received certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Clinical Pharmacology, and the American Board of Emergency Medicine (Medical Toxicology.)

He is presently the principal consultant and Sunnybrook site director for the program in clinical pharmacology and vice-chair of the Examination Board of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons program in clinical pharmacology and toxicology. In addition to his clinical, teaching and administrative activities, he maintains an active research program in the field of drug safety. His areas of particular interest include adverse drug events, the clinical consequences of drug-drug interactions in real-world practice, and the epidemiology of suicide and para-suicide.

Critical Care

Dr. Laurent Brochard

Brochard, Laurent 2017-06

Dr. Laurent Brochard is the Interdepartmental Division Director, Critical Care, at the University of Toronto. He is a full professor and clinician-scientist in the Division of Critical Care at St. Michael’s Hospital. He was previously working in Geneva as head of the Intensive Care Unit of the Geneva University Hospital, in Switzerland for three years. Most of his career took place at Henri Mondor Hospital, Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris, and at Paris EST University, France. He has a strong involvement in research, and especially clinical research about mechanical ventilation. He has been editor-in-chief of the journal, Intensive Care Medicine, from 2001 to 2007 and is currently serving as deputy editor for the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. He is leading a European Research Network dedicated to clinical studies in mechanical ventilation called REVA.


Dr. Vincent Piguet

Piguet, Vincent

Dr. Vincent Piguet trained at the School of Medicine, University of Geneva, graduating in 1995. He spent two years doing research in virology and immunology at the Salk Institute in San Diego, USA before obtaining his MD and PhD in 2000/2001 and specialist certification in dermatology and venereology in 2004 from the Swiss Medical Association. He received a prestigious fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation in 2003 and was subsequently promoted to assistant and then associate professor at the University of Geneva.

In 2010, Dr. Piguet joined Cardiff University in the UK as Professor and Chair of the Department of Dermatology and Wound Healing. He was also appointed consultant dermatologist at the University Hospital of Wales. In 2011, he obtained UK certification in dermatology and in 2014 became a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. In 2011, he was appointed director of the School of Medicine Institute of Infection and Immunity and in 2015, director of the School of Medicine Division of Infection and Immunity. In 2017, he was appointed as full professor and Department Division Director, Dermatology, in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and Division Head, Division of Dermatology, Women’s College Hospital.

Dr. Piguet has authored more than 145 publications in the fields of dermatology, dendritic cells, HIV, immunology and vaccination in a range of highly cited peer review journals such as Cell, Immunity, The Lancet, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Investigative Dermatology, Blood, and Nature Medicine. He has received numerous grants (including as principal investigator from the Human Frontier Science Program and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) to further his research including in the areas of HIV and mucosal transmission, psoriasis and melanoma.

Dr. Piguet’s laboratory will be housed in the Medical Sciences Building and his clinical and administrative offices will be based at Women’s College Hospital.

Emergency Medicine

Dr. Anil Chopra

Anil Chopra

Dr. Anil Chopra completed his fellowship in emergency medicine at the University of Toronto and has been active staff at the University Health Network (UHN) since 1994. He has been the chief of the Emergency Department at the UHN for the last ten years and is associate professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Chopra has also been an active member of the Department of Medicine’s Continuing Faculty Appointment Review Committee.

Dr. Chopra is a very well regarded administrator and clinician who has a passion for quality improvement and innovation. He has received several teaching awards including the W.A. Anderson Teaching Award for Undergraduate Teaching and the Anna Jarvis Award for Postgraduate Teaching Excellence. His clinical and research interests are in the area of arterial and venous thromboembolism and he is an executive member of Thrombosis Canada. Dr. Chopra has numerous publications focused on the assessment, prevention and management of thromboembolism.

Endocrinology and Metabolism

Dr. Jacqueline James

James, Jackie

Dr. Jacqueline James completed her MD in internal medicine, subspecialty training in endocrinology and metabolism, and Master’s of Education at the University of Toronto. She is a clinician-educator and associate professor in the Department of Medicine and has been a proud member of the community of clinical teachers and educators at the University of Toronto since joining the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism in 1995. 
Dr. James has made excellent and sustained contributions to the Faculty of Medicine through a variety of educational leadership roles throughout her career and she has provided outstanding academic service in support of the MD program, postgraduate, continuing professional development and interprofessional education.  She was the recipient of University of Toronto Colin R. Woolf Award for Excellence in Course Coordination in 2005, for her work with the Banting and Best Diabetes Centre, the Department of Medicine Teacher of the Year Award in 2014 in recognition of her contributions to the Department’s educational mission, and the Faculty of Medicine  W. T. Aikins Award for Course or Program Development and Coordination in 2017 in recognition of outstanding contributions to the MD Program.

Dr. James was director of the Faculty of Medicine Wightman-Berris Academy from 2006 to 2017, and has been  Vice-President, Education, Sinai Health System since 2011. As past chair of the Banting and Best Diabetes Centre, Care and Education Committee, she led the development and funding of educational and research programs for health professionals throughout the Toronto region. She is passionate about bringing individuals across all health professional disciplines, clinical and academic sites with a common goal of improving healthcare delivery through providing outstanding educational and research experiences for the next generation of  clinicians and investigators.  

Her goal as division director will be to continue to nurture and support the already highly successful diabetes and metabolic research programs across the university, while building on existing strengths in endocrinology and endocrine oncology to grow research endeavours in these areas. She will also aim to strengthen the quality of person-centred care through innovation and collaboration across all affiliated university sites.

Her general endocrinology practice is based at Mount Sinai Hospital and she has a special interest in caring for people with Type 1 diabetes transitioning to adult care. 


Dr. Flavio Habal (Acting)

Dr. Flavio Habal

Dr. Habal received his MD and his PhD in Pathology from the University of Toronto (1975). He subsequently trained in Internal Medicine and in Gastroenterology at the University of Toronto, following which he joined the full-time faculty. Dr. Habal is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine and staff physician at the Toronto General Hospital. Dr. Habal's clinical interests are in the areas of acid related disorders and inflammatory bowel disease in pregnancy. He also has interest in hepatitis C and liver disease.

Since 1990 Dr. Habal has served as a member of the drug review board of the United state Pharmacopere (USP). Since 1999, Dr. Habal has served as Chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee at the University Hospital Network. Dr Habal is presently the Education Chair of the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation.

General Internal Medicine

Dr. Moira Kapral

Moira Kapral

Dr. Moira Kapral is a professor in the Department of Medicine and holds the Mr. Mak Pak Chiu and Mrs. Mak-Soo Lai Hing Chair in General Internal Medicine. She is a staff physician in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University Health Network (UHN)/Mount Sinai Hospital. She served as internal medicine clerkship coordinator (1998-2004) and site director for the Internal Medicine Postgraduate Program (2005-2008) at the Toronto General Hospital. She has received prestigious University of Toronto awards including the Mary Hollington Award for Teaching, the Aikens Award for Teaching and the Wightman-Berris Academy Award for Teaching. She also received numerous UHN awards including the Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, the J.G. Scott Teacher of the Year Award, the W.H. Anderson Award for Individual Teaching Excellence, and the Young Attending Teacher Award.
Her research focus is on stroke health services research and she is a senior scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and the Toronto General Research Institute. She has held almost $14 million in grant funding as well as national career awards from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (2006-2011) and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (2011-2016). Dr. Kapral was the co-principal investigator of the Registry of the Canadian Stroke Network/Ontario Stroke Registry.

Geriatric Medicine

Dr. Sharon Straus

Dr. Straus

Dr. Sharon Straus is a full professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Translation and Quality of Care and more than $30 million in peer reviewed research grants as a principle investigator. She also holds the Mary Trimmer Chair in Geriatric Medicine.

She has >300 publications, and has supervised >25 graduate students from different disciplines including clinical epidemiology, health informatics and human factors engineering. She is co-PI of KT Canada, a CIHR and CFI funded national, Clinical Research Initiative, PI of KT Canada’s CIHR-funded Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research and PI of a network meta-analysis team grant for the Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network. She is division director of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Toronto and director of the KT Program at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital.

She has authored three books: Evidence-based medicine: How to practice and teach it is in its fourth edition and has been published in nine languages; Knowledge Translation in Health Care is now in its second edition; and the first edition of Mentorship in Academic Medicine.


Dr. Isaac Odame

Dr. Odame

Dr. Isaac Odame is a staff physician in the Division of Hematology/Oncology and the Centre for Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada. He is a full professor and director of the combined Division of Adult and Pediatric Hematology in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. He holds the Alexandra Yeo Chair in Hematology at the University of Toronto.

The focus of Dr. Odame’s academic work and clinical care are patients with sickle cell disease, and thalassemias and other hematological disorders. Currently, Dr. Odame is the director of the Global Sickle Cell Disease Network based at the Hospital for Sick Children and Centre for Global Child Health that is committed to building enduring collaborations between clinicians and scientists worldwide. Under his leadership sickle cell disease clinicians and scientists across Africa, the Middle East, India, Europe and North and South America are working more collaboratively in research initiatives aimed at delivering interventions that are evidence-based, cost-effective and sustainable over the long-term, particularly in low-income countries with the highest disease burden.

Dr. Odame was previously an associate professor at McMaster University where he was also the director of the residency program in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. He is a medical graduate of the University of Ghana and undertook his specialty training in pediatrics and hematology/hematopathology in the UK.

Infectious Diseases

Dr. Rupert Kaul

Dr. Kaul

Dr. Rupert Kaul is a full professor and Division Director, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Toronto, and division head, Infectious Diseases, at the University Health Network/Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Kaul became interested in HIV research soon after completing his infectious disease clinical training. For his initial research exposure, Dr. Kaul travelled to Nairobi where he studied a population of HIV resistant sex workers in Nairobi under the supervision of Dr. Frank Plummer from Winnipeg, and the linkage between sexually transmitted disease prevention and HIV in a separate cohort with Dr. Stephen Moses. Today, Dr. Kaul's research investigates the immune correlates of HIV susceptibility and transmission in cohorts of people from Canada, Uganda and Kenya.

Medical Oncology

Dr. Monika Krzyzanowska

Dr. Monika Krzyzanowska


Dr. Krzyzanowska is a medical oncologist and health services researcher at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and a Professor of Medicine at U of T. Her research focuses on the interplay between the science and practice of healthcare quality as it relates to the delivery of cancer care. By combining patient-level studies with population-based research, she is able to look at quality issues from different but complementary perspectives, which have impact at both the micro (institution) as well as macro (population) level and close the loop between quality measurement and improvement.
Dr. Krzyzanowska has held a number of leadership roles related to quality at Cancer Care Ontario, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University of Toronto and with the American Society of Clinical Oncology. She is an Associate Editor at the Journal of Oncology Practice and the Chair of the 2018 ASCO Quality Care Symposium. Dr. Krzyzanowska obtained her medical degree and clinical training at the University of Toronto then completed a research fellowship at the Centre for Outcomes and Policy Research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. 

At the 2018 Annual Day, Dr. Krzyzanowska was promoted to Professor and received the Department of Medicine Award in Quality and Innovation.


Dr. Philip Marsden

Dr. MarsdenPhoto courtesy of St. Michael's Hospital

Dr. Philip A. Marsden is a clinician-scientist and nephrologist at the University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital. He is a full professor in the Department of Medicine. His research is aimed at understanding the contribution of important endothelial genes to disease processes and novel aspects of how these endothelial genes are regulated. His 130 peer reviewed papers have over 9000 literature citations in high-impact journals and address the molecular basis for serious diseases of the cardiovascular and renal systems. For instance, Dr. Marsden’s laboratory and collaborators described in 1992 the cloning, characterization and functional expression of the NO synthase that produces nitric oxide within endothelial cells. His work often targets cutting edge processes or molecular pathways regulating gene expression. He has recently focused on identifying epigenetic or chromatin-based pathways that are relevant to how the endothelial phenotype is regulated in health and disease.

Dr. Marsden has received several awards for his research from the Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF), the Kidney Foundation of Canada, the Canadian Society of Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology and the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is a member of prestigious societies, such as the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI)(1999), the American Association of Physicians (AAP)(2013), the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2013), and the Royal Society of Canada (2014). He has served on a number of editorial boards and research advisory committees. He served as the only Canadian representative on the editorial board of the New England Journal of Medicine (2002-2014). He co-edits the major textbook in nephrology. He is the Lisa Hofmann Chair in Translational Medicine at the University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital.

Dr. Marsden has held a number of leadership roles. He presently serves as the University of Toronto Department Division Director, Division of Nephrology.He has contributed his research expertise to three Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) operating grant panels as well as the Kidney Foundation of Canada. He is currently funded by CIHR and NIH. Over his career he has always championed group scientific interactions in order to enhance science at the interface of clinical and basic concepts, and the value of scientific collaborations.



Dr. Xavier Montalban

Montalban, Xavier

Dr. Xavier Montalban is Professor of Medicine and the Department Division Director, Neurology, at the University of Toronto and Director of the MS Centre at St Michael’s Hospital. He is also the chair of the Department of Neurology-Neuroimmunology and director of the Multiple Sclerosis Centre of Catalonia at the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona, where he is former director of the Department of Neuroscience, as well as the chief of the Neuroimmunology Research Group at the Vall d’Hebron Research Institute. He is Professor of Neurology at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Dr. Montalban is the President of the Cemcat Foundation. He is the chairman of the International Medical and Scientific Board of the MSIF and former President of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS). Dr. Montalban is a member of the International Panel on Multiple Sclerosis Diagnostic Criteria and Clinical Trials and editor for clinical cases of the Multiple Sclerosis Journal. He is a member of the Board of the European Charcot Foundation.

Dr. Montalban received his medical license, trained as a neurology specialist and completed his PhD in neuroimmunology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He went on to undertake a postdoctoral fellowship at the Lupus Research Institute, Guy’s & St. Thomas’ Hospital with additional clinical training at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square in London, United Kingdom. For the past 25 years, Dr. Montalban has been in the inception phases and on steering committees of many clinical trials related to multiple sclerosis. He has authored over 500 original and revision publications in international peer-reviewed journals plus several book chapters. Recently, he co-directed the development of the first ECTRIMS-EAN Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Guidelines. His research interests include clinical trials, clinical aspects of MS, MR and biological prognostic factors of disease evolution and treatment response, immunological mechanisms of the disease and other aspects of clinical management of MS. Of note in medical education is the UAB postgraduate online master’s degree in neuroimmunology, of which he is the director and professor.

In 2012 Dr. Montalban saw the culmination of over 20 years of constant strive to make MS management truly a continuous care process through the MS Centre of Catalonia: a purpose built, 2000 square metre building for diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, research and teaching. More than 70 healthcare, research and other professionals power the centre; together they cater for the needs of over 5,000 persons with MS and their families. Dr. Montalban will also lead a city-wide Multiple Sclerosis Program based at St. Michael’s Hospital.

Occupational Medicine

Dr. Linn Holness

Dr. Linn Holness

Dr. Linn Holness graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, in 1977 and has a MHSc from the University of Toronto. She is certified in Occupational Medicine by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and is an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of London, UK.

Dr. Holness is a full professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and Department Division Director, Occupational Medicine, in the Department of Medicine. She is the chief of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at St Michael’s Hospital and holds an appointment in the Centre for Urban Health Solutions. She has served in leadership positions in professional organizations in occupational medicine and contact dermatitis.  

Dr. Holness is the director of the Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease, which focuses on the prevention of common non-malignant occupational diseases. The centre has an applied research focus and works closely with provincial occupational health and safety system partners. Her research interests in occupational health are broad, covering a variety of topics including occupational disease and its prevention, recognition and reporting of occupational disease, occupational health services and occupational health and safety in the context of specific populations such as vulnerable workers. Her research focus has been on prevention, healthcare utilization, diagnosis, return to work and outcomes related to occupational skin disease. 

Palliative Medicine

Dr. Camilla Zimmermann

Dr. Camilla Zimmermann


Dr. Camilla Zimmermann is Professor of Medicine and holds the Rose Family Chair in Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care at the University of Toronto. She is also Head of the Division of Palliative Care at the University Health Network, a staff palliative care physician at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and a Senior Scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Research Institute.

Dr. Zimmermann completed her training in General Internal Medicine at McGill and at Women’s College Hospital, and passed her American Board exams in both Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She also completed a Master’s degree in Public Health (Social Science and Health) and a PhD (Institute of Medical Sciences) at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Zimmermann is internationally known for her research on palliative and supportive care, particularly in the area of early integration of palliative care for patients with cancer. She has published extensively, including in the Lancet, JAMA and Journal of Clinical Oncology, is co-editor of the textbook Supportive Oncology, and received the William E. Rawls prize from the Canadian Cancer Society for excellence in cancer research. Her research program on early palliative care in patients with solid tumours and leukemia is funded by the Canadian Cancer Society and by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Larry Robinson

Dr. Robinson

Originally from Boston, Dr. Larry Robinson completed his physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) residency at Northwestern University/Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in 1985, and after a few years on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh moved to the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle in 1989. Over 25 years at UW, he took on a variety of administrative roles: service chief at Harborview (a Seattle hospital not unlike Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre); department chair; and vice dean for Graduate Medical Education (known as PGME in Canada) and for Clinical Affairs. He moved to the University of Toronto in 2014.

Dr. Robinson has been involved in a number of national activities in PM&R in the US. He serves as a director for the American Board of PM&R and is a member of the exam committee for the neuromuscular board certification exam. He has also served as chair of the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM) and has been active in the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM).  He has served as a board member of the Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) and the AAP liaison to the AAMC. Dr. Robinson serves as an editorial board member for the American Journal of PM&R. 

Dr. Robinson has more than 100 journal articles in the peer reviewed medical literature. These are primarily related to electrodiagnosis and electrophysiology. They cover diagnosis and prognosis of entrapment neuropathies, traumatic neuropathy, hypoxic ischemic coma, and statistical approaches to interpretation of multiple data points.


Dr. Douglas Bradley

Dr. Bradley

Dr. Douglas Bradley is Professor of Medicine and Department Division Director, Respirology, at the University of Toronto, the Cardiopulmonary Sleep Disorders and Research Centre at the Toronto General Hospital/University Health Network, and the Sleep Research Laboratory at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. He also holds the Cliff Nordal Chair in Sleep Apnea and Rehabilitation Research at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the Godfrey S. Pettit Chair in Respiratory Medicine.

Dr. Bradley completed his MD degree at the University of Alberta in Edmonton in 1978. Subsequently, he completed specialty training at the University of Toronto in internal medicine in 1982 and respirology in 1985. Following completion of clinical training he went on to complete three years of research training in sleep apnea and respiratory muscle physiology at the University of Toronto and McGill University, respectively. He has been on staff at the Toronto General Hospital and at the University of Toronto since 1985.

His clinical and research work focuses on the relationship between sleep apnea and cardiovascular diseases, with a particular focus on the pathophysiology and treatment of sleep apnea in patients with heart failure. He holds several peer reviewed grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Ontario Centres of Excellence and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. He has published over 200 papers and book chapters on sleep apnea and related topics.


Dr. Heather McDonald-Blumer

Heather McDonald-Blumer


Dr. Heather McDonald-Blumer completed her internal medicine and rheumatology training at the University of Toronto. Following initial community rheumatology practice she transitioned to a full-time academic appointment in the Department of Medicine in 2004.

For the past 12 years, Dr. McDonald-Blumer has been a member of the Division of Rheumatology at Mount Sinai Hospital/University Health Network. Her clinical interests include osteoporosis and inflammatory joint disease. She is the associate director of the Osteoporosis Program at University Health Network, and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee and chair of the Guidelines Committee for Osteoporosis Canada.

She has been an active member of the rheumatology community locally and nationally, having served as the University of Toronto program director for rheumatology as well as chair of the Specialty Committee in Rheumatology and chair of the Examination Board for rheumatology for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Her work has advanced rheumatology training across the country through curricular innovations. In recognition of these contributions, Dr. McDonald-Blumer was awarded the Royal College Program Director of the Year Award as well as the inaugural Canadian Rheumatology Association Teacher/Educator of the Year Award.

From 2009-2016, Dr. McDonald-Blumer was the program director for the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program in the Department of Medicine. She has been awarded the William Goldie Travel Prize and Award for medical education and the Teacher of the Year Award to recognize the impact of her work and leadership within the internal medicine program. Complementing her local role, she was the vice-chair of the Canadian Association of Internal Medicine Program Directors during 2015-2016, a group working to share best educational practices in internal medicine training and work with the Royal College to define the internal medicine standards for the incoming competency-based curriculum.


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