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St. Michael's Hospital

Andrew Advani, MD PhD

Active Staff, Clinician Scientist [80% protected research time]. 

Major research interests: Dr. Advani’s research program is focused on the discovery and development of new treatments for diabetic kidney disease and related conditions.  The three research strands within the program are:  epigenetic mechanisms and post-translational modifications; podocyte dysfunction and podocyte-endothelial communication; and re-purposing of existing therapies and exploration of the glucose-independent effects of diabetes treatments.  Administrative activities include membership of grant committees of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian Diabetes Association and the Kidney Foundation of Canada.  Clinical activities: Two half-day diabetes clinics each week.

Telephone:

 

416-864-6060 Ext. 8413

Fax:

 

416 867 3696

E-mail: 

 

advania@smh.ca


Gillian Booth, MD

Active Staff, Clinician Scientist [80% protected research time]

Major research interests: Models of care and health outcomes related to diabetes, with a focus on socioeconomic disparities in outcomes, and the impact of the built environment (neighborhood walkability and retail food environment) on the risk of diabetes and related diseases. Dr. Booth serves as advisor to the Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System, run by the Public Health Agency of Canada, and has played leadership roles in the development of both the 2008 and 2013 Canadian Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Guidelines, as Methodology Chair. Clinical activities: Two half-day clinics each week focusing on diabetes and pituitary disease.

Telephone:

 

416-867-3719

Fax:

 

416-867-3724

E-mail: 

 

boothg@smh.ca


Alice Cheng

Courtesy Staff, Clinician Teacher

Administrative responsibilities: Chair, Guidelines Committee of the Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism; Co-Subgroup Chair, Management Section, Canadian Diabetes Association 2018 Clinical Practice Guidelines; Chair, Canadian Diabetes Association 2013 Clinical Practice Guidelines.

Telephone:

 

905-828-7622

Fax:

 

905-828-7769

E-mail: 

 

chenga@smh.ca


Philip W. Connelly PhD

Staff Scientist, Keenan Research Centre & Director of the J. Alick Little Lipid Research Laboratory.The laboratory carries out a routine lipoprotein and apolipoprotein (apoB, apo AI,apo (a)) analyses for patients at St. Michael’s Hospital and samples referred in by hospitals in –common laboratory.  Clinical research projects currently focus on adiponectin and biomarkers for diabetes risk in collaboration with Dr. Ravi Retnakaran and biomarkers for cardiovascular disease and diabetes (eg. Adiponectin, cystatin C) in renal transplant recipients in collaboration with Dr. Ramesh Prasad. Current basic research projects include the study of red blood cell metabolism of aldehydes formed from the oxidation of fatty acids in mouse models of atherosclerosis and diabetes. The laboratory continues to maintain standardization of lipid measurements with the NHLBI-CDC Lipid Standardization Program.

Telephone:

 

416-864-6023

Fax:

 

416-864-5870

E-mail: 

 

connellyp@smh.ca


Christine M. Derzko MD

Active Staff, Primary appointment in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology with a cross-appointment to the Division of Endocrinology

Major clinical and research interests in reproductive endocrinology & infertility particularly in the areas of menopause, osteoporosis, premature ovarian failure, sexual dysfunction.  Also appointed  to the Ontario Cancer Institute/Princess Margaret Hospital Actively involved in undergraduate and resident teaching and in CME presentations and program development.  Administrative responsibilities: Member of several  committees involved in development of consensus statements notably Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada major document on Menopause & Osteoporosis (1998 & 2001)  (Senior Editor 2001) and the Expert Panel of the SOGC   and   Heart & Stoke Canada   in preparation of their joint statement on HRT and  Cardiovascular Disease. (2002)

Telephone:

 

416-867-7447

Fax:

 

416-867-3693

E-mail: 

 

derzkoc@smh.toronto.ca


Richard Gilbert MD PhD

Active Staff, Clinician Scientist

Head, Division of Endocrinology St. Michael's Hospital, Canada Research Chair in Diabetes Complications, Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto. The key objective of Dr. Gilbert’s laboratory is translational research, testing the potential efficacy of new therapeutic strategies in animal models, and then progressing them to early phase clinical trials in patients.  Major disease areas of interest are diabetic nephropathy, diabetic cardiomyopathy and diabetic retinopathy using stem cell and small molecule based-therapies.

Telephone:

 

416-867-3747

Fax:

 

416-867-3696

E-mail: 

 

richard.gilbert@utoronto.ca


Jeannette Goguen MD

Active Staff, Clinician Educator

Major administrative activities; Director of Postgraduate Programs, Department of Medicine; Endocrinology Program Director, University of Toronto; Research interests: teaching medical trainees about MD-Pharmaceutical company interactions; Assessing a QI Co-learning experience; Web-based Pituitary Patient Education; DKA treatment.

Telephone:

 

416-867-3714

Fax:

 

416-867-3724

E-mail: 

 

goguenj@smh.ca


Amir K. Hanna MD

Senior Active Staff, Clinician Teacher

Professor Emeritus, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Administrative responsibilities: Director, Diabetes Clinics. SMH.  Member, Point of Care Committee, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto. Member, research ethics board, SMH. Member, Steering Committee, Clinical Practice Guidelines, Canadian Diabetes Association, 2008-2015. Clinical research: treatment of type 2 diabetes.  CME: local & national. 

Telephone:

 

416-867-3721

Fax:

 

416-867-3724

E-mail: 

 

hannaa@smh.ca


David J A Jenkins MD PhD

Clinician Scientist

Dr Jenkins’ primary appointment is in the University of Toronto Department of Nutritional Sciences but is geographically located at SMH.  He is the Director of the Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Center at SMH.  His research area is the use of diet in the prevention and treatment of hyperlipidemia and diabetes.  He has over 300 original publications on these and related topics.  His team was the first to define and explore the concept of the glycemic index of foods and demonstrate the breadth of metabolic effects of viscous soluble fiber.  He currently holds a Canada Research Chair in Metabolism and Nutrition and has received National and International awards in recognition of his contribution to nutrition research.  

Telephone:

 

416-867-7475

Fax:

 

416-867-7495

E-mail: 

 

david.jenkins@utoronto.ca  / NutritionProject@smh.ca



R.G. Josse, MD

Active Staff, Clinician Researcher [50% Patient Care and Teaching, 40% Research, 10% Administration]

Professor, Departments of Medicine and Nutritional Sciences. Major administrative responsibilities:  Director, Osteoporosis Centre;  Past President, Canadian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism.  Primary Research Interests: In two areas of Endocrinology and Metabolism: a) calcium disorders and metabolic bone disease, b) diabetes, clinical nutrition.  Grant funding is both peer and non-peer-reviewed.  Heavily involved in CME at all levels (city-wide, nationally and internationally).

Telephone:

 

416-867-7455

Fax:

 

416-867-3696

E-mail: 

 

josser@smh.toronto.on.ca


Lawrence A Leiter MD

Active Staff, Clinical Investigator (50% Patient Care and Teaching, 40% Research, 10% Administration)

Major administrative responsibilities: Director, Lipid Clinic; Scientific Director, SMH Cardiometabolic Risk Initiative; Past President, Canadian Society of Endocrinology & Metabolism; Past Chair, Clinical & Scientific Section, Canadian Diabetes Association. Research interests: Large outcome studies on prevention of atherosclerosis, especially in diabetes and on Steering Committees of a number of large CV outcome studies in lipid and diabetes areas; Clinical research into dietary and pharmacologic treatment of dyslipidemia, obesity and diabetes and its complications.  Heavily involved in CME at regional, national and international levels.

Telephone:

 

416-867-7441

Fax:

 

416-867-3696

E-mail: 

 

leiterl@smh.ca


Dominic S. Ng MD PhD 

Active Staff, Clinician Scientist (80% protected research time)

Main research activities utilize genetically modified mouse models to study the relationship between dyslipidemia, glucose and energy homeostasis as well as vascular biology pertaining to atherosclerosis, diabetes and obesity with a particular focus on high density lipoprotein metabolism. Other research activities include participating in clinical trials on lipid lowering drugs. Clinical activities include a ½ day per week attending at the Lipid Clinic and ½ day week of a private general endocrine office practice. Administrative responsibilities: Member, Canadian Diabetes Association National Research Council Executive Committee, Vice chair, Canadian Diabetes Association Peer review research committee IIB; Panel member, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Cardiovascular Disease External Advisory Panel, 2006-2013.

Telephone:

 

416-864-5197

Fax:

 

416-864-5870

E-mail: 

 

ngd@smh.toronto.on.ca


Leticia G. Rao, PhD

Staff Scientist and Director, Calcium Research Laboratory at St. Michael’s Hospital; Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine and Full Member, Institute of Medical Science Graduate Department, University of Toronto, 90% research.

My research interests are as follows:  1. Studies on the role of stage of differentiation on hormonal action in human osteoblasts; 2. Clinical studies on the role of oxidative stress and antioxidants lycopene and polyphenols  in the development of risk for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women; 3. Effect of microgravity due to space flight on bone formation; and 4. Studies on the mechanisms of action of PTH, estrogen and the selective estrogen modulator (SERM) raloxifene and its analog on bone formation in osteoblasts cells in culture.

Telephone:

 

416-864-5838

Fax:

 

416-864-5434

E-mail: 

 

leticia.rao@utoronto.ca


Joel Ray, MD MSc

Clinician-Scientist, 75% protected time, Main appointment Division of General Internal, with cross-appointments to the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, and the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Health Policy Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto medicine

Clinical work includes Obstetrical Medicine, Diabetes in pregnancy, Thrombosis medicine and General Internal Medicine.  Research interests include most maternal medical disorders in pregnancy, the relationship between both ethnicity and obesity in pregnancy and adverse maternal and perinatal outcomes, as the metabolic syndrome and diabetes in pregnancy

Telephone:

 

416-864-6752

E-mail: 

 

rayj@smh.toronto.on.ca


Vladimir Vuksan, Ph.D.

Staff Research Scientist

Professor, Department of Medicine and Nutritional Sciences and the Associate Director of the Clinical Nutrition & Risk Factor Modification Centre at SMH. His research is in clinical and epidemiological investigations of diet and dietary supplement in diabetes management and hypertension.  He is internationally recognized and awarded for his original work for exploring the area of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in developing novel multifaceted therapies for people with diabetes. Some of these include American and Korean ginseng sp., a proprietary fibre blend, ω-3 rich Salba/Chia seeds taken individually or in combination.  Epidemiological interventions focus primarily on risk factor-clustering in ethnic populations in Canada.  He has over 150 extensively cited publications in high impact journals (H factor of 35).

Telephone:

416-864-5525

 

E-mail: 

v.vuksan@utoronto.ca

 


Qinghua Wang MD PhD

Staff Scientist

Research has been focused on islet function and, in particular, to identify the factors that determine B-cell mass under physiologic conditions or in response to insulin resistance. Also interested in the intra-pancreatic hormonal regulation and how this regulation contributing to glucose homeostasis and currently investigating the mechanism of hyperglycemia-induced suppression of glucagon secretion.

Telephone:

 

416-864-6060 Ext.77610

Fax:

 

416-864-6043

E-mail: 

 

qinghua.wang@utoronto.ca 


Thomas MS Wolever MD PhD

Clinician Scientist

Dr Wolever’s primary appointment is as Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, where he is geographically located.  Research interests: Dietary carbohydrates in health and disease. Administrative responsibilities: Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Nutritional Sciences, Associate Editor of the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, National Consultant Editor for the Canadian Journal of Diabetes, President, Medical Director and part owner of Glycemic Index Laboratories, Inc..  Clinical work consists of one morning per week at the Lipid Clinic.

Telephone:

 

416-978-5556

Fax:

 

416-978-5882

E-mail: 

 

thomas.wolever@utoronto.ca


Maria Wolfs MD, MHSc, FRCPC

Active Staff, Clinician Teacher

Major administrative duties: Postgraduate Medical Education Committee St. Michael’s Hospital; Endocrine Postgraduate Education Training Program Committee; Point-of-care testing committee St. Michael's Hospital, Chair; City-Wide Working Group - Innovations in Education and Knowledge Translation; Core Internal Medicine Academic Half-day Advisory Committee; Coordinator Postgraduate Endocrine Academic Half-day Coordinator; Bioethics Education Coordinator Research interests: Diabetes in pregnancy

Telephone:

 

416-867-3711

Fax:

 

416-867-3724

E-mail: 

 

wolfsm@smh.ca

 

Catherine Yu, MD, MHSc, FRCPC

Active staff, Clinician Educator

Education: Involved in pre-clerkship, clerkship, and post-graduate training of medical trainees, continuing professional development of health care professionals as well as interprofessional education; Administrative/Leadership: Chair of the CDA Guidelines Dissemination and Implementation Committee; Research: Role of innovative health informatics tools in education and behaviour change of patients and providers in chronic disease management, patient-centered card, shared decision-making, knowledge translation, interprofessional care.

Fax:

 

416-363-9338

E-mail: 

 

yuca@smh.ca

 

Loren D. Grossman, MD, FRCPC, FACP

Courtesy Staff, Clinician and Clinical Researcher

Assistant Professor of Medicine (adjunct), University of Toronto

Member of Expert Committee and Lead Chapter Author for Canadian Diabetes Association 2018 Clinical Practice Guidelines.

Past-President, Toronto Diabetes Association, past member of Institute Advisory Board of Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes, CIHR, Past Physician-in–Chief, Scarborough Grace Hospital.

Telephone:

 

416-645-2929

Fax:

 

416-645-2930

E-mail: 

 

loren.grossman@lmc.ca


Julie Gilmour, MBChB, MSc(HQ) Candidate, FRCPC
 
Clinical Associate, Interest in Quality Improvement & Patient Safety
Education: Involved in pre-clerkship PBL teaching and post-graduate training of residents rotating through Endocrinology.
Research Interests: resource stewardship, Cystic Fibrosis Related Diabetes, metabolic bone disease
Administrative/Leadership: BBDC Quality, Education & Safety (QuESt) Committee, Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) Early Career Diabetes Physicians of Canada (ECDPC) Committee
 
Telephone:        416-867-3654 
 Fax:      416-867-7424
 E-mail:    gilmourj@smh.ca
 
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