Dr. Jiwon Oh named Clinic Director of the BARLO MS Centre at St. Michael’s

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Dr. Jiwon Oh named Clinic Director of the BARLO MS Centre at St. Michael’s

Toronto, December 17, 2020

Dr. Jiwon Oh
Dr. Jiwon Oh

We are pleased to announce Dr. Jiwon Oh is the new director of the BARLO MS Centre, where she will continue to drive our incredible momentum of providing world-class specialty care for patients with Multiple Sclerosis.

Dr. Oh joined St. Michael’s in 2014 and is a world-renowned researcher with a national and international reputation for her work within MS, an autoimmune disease of the neurological system that impacts nearly 100,000 Canadians – one of the highest prevalence rates in the world. She has established the MRI research program at St. Michael’s which is one of the few centers in the world evaluating multiple advanced imaging techniques to look at the impact of MS on spinal cord tissue in the hopes of finding biomarkers that will help clinicians monitor and more accurately predict how MS will progress in individual patients. She also leads the innovative Canadian Prospective Cohort Study to Understand Progression in MS, seeking detailed understanding of how progression in MS begins and why it takes place more rapidly in some people than others.

Dr. Oh has led the MS clinic and its team since becoming its interim director in May, challenging this life-impacting disease through research and academic excellence while providing stellar person-centred care.

Our world-class MS research and care and the construction of our new BARLO MS Centre continues unabated. Unity Health Toronto’s leadership and the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation’s lead donors congratulate Dr. Oh as she steps into this important role.

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 more than 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.

About Unity Health Toronto

Unity Health Toronto, comprised of Providence Healthcare, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and St. Michael’s Hospital, works to advance the health of everyone in our urban communities and beyond. Our health network serves patients, residents and clients across the full spectrum of care, spanning primary care, secondary community care, tertiary and quaternary care services to post-acute through rehabilitation, palliative care and long-term care, while investing in world-class research and education. For more information, visit www.unityhealth.to.

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