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World Organization of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy recognizes St. Michael’s centre

Toronto, August 8, 2014

By Leslie Shepherd

Dr. Gary May performs an endoscopy
Dr. Gary May performs an endoscopy at St. Michael’s Hospital. (Photo by Yuri Markarov)

The World Organization of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy has extended its recognition of St. Michael’s as a centre of excellence in therapeutic endoscopy education for another five years.

The hospital’s Advanced Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy Centre is the only centre in Canada to earn this designation and one of only a handful in North America.

“This is a great honor as we are included in an elite group of endoscopy units providing the best in advanced therapeutic endoscopy patient care and education,” said Dr. Gary May, acting head of gastroenterology.

St. Michael’s is one of the largest and most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy centres in Canada, treating more than 15,000 patients a year. It also has an international reputation for training, education and innovation.

The centre is world renowned for its annual International Course on Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy. The 27th annual course, which is considered to be the most sophisticated live educational program of its kind, will be held in Toronto this year Oct. 1-3. Each year international experts demonstrate and teach the latest therapeutic endoscopy techniques, treatments and assessments, which are transmitted via video in real time to remote locations.

About St. Michael's Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael's Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.