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Women's Health

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Dr. Howard Berger

Dr. Howard Berger completed medical School and Obstetric and Gynecology residency in Israel. Following his residency, he completed a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital, Toronto. Read more.

In 2006 Dr. Berger joined the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Michael’s Hospital, and leads the division of Maternal Fetal Medicine and Obstetric Ultrasound. Dr. Berger is director of the Advanced High Risk Obstetric Fellowship Program at St Michael's Hospital.

He is an associate professor in the University of Toronto Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, adjunct staff at Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute and is cross appointed at the Department of Health Policy Management and Evaluation.

Research interests include diabetes in pregnancy, prenatal ultrasound and obesity.

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Dr. Marie Christakis

Dr. Marie Christakis received her medical degree from McMaster University and completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto. Read more.

She then completed a fellowship in Menopause and Mature Women’s Health. Her clinical interests include menopause, premature ovarian insufficiency, and vulvar diseases. 

During her fellowship, she also completed a Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, with a focus in population-level data analysis. Her research interests include the interactions between menopause and obesity, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular risk.

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Dr. Tatiana Freire-Lizama

Dr. Freire-Lizama completed her medical school at McMaster University and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto. Read more.

Following her residency she completed a two year Maternal Fetal Medicine fellowship at the University of Toronto.

Following her fellowship, she joined the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Michael’s Hospital in 2005.

In 2005 Dr. Freire-Lizama founded the High Risk Obstetrical Clinic at St Michael’s Hospital. As one of four staff perinatologists, she sees both high and low risk patients in her clinic.

She is active in both postgraduate and undergraduate medical education and has won a number of teaching awards. She has chaired the Obstetric Local Quality of Care Committee for St. Michael’s Hospital for many years and is co-Lead of the hospital’s More OB Program. Dr. Freire-Lizama is Director of the Transition to Clerkship Undergraduate Course and Co-Director of the Transition to Residency Course at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Freire-Lizama has particular interests in quality assurance, simulation in medical education and in working with refugee and underserved populations.

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Dr. Stephen Im

Dr. Stephen Im received his medical degree and completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto. Read more.

Stephen has also completed training in Microsurgery and Endoscopic surgery.  Stephen joined the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Michael’s Hospital in 1983 and is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. He has a general obstetrics practice serving patients within the Korean community.

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Dr. Sari Kives

Dr. Sari Kives joined the section of Pediatric Gynecology in 2003, after completing a fellowship at the University of Louisville in pediatric gynecology and advanced minimally invasive surgery. Read more

Dr. Kives received her medical degree from the University of Toronto, and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of British Columbia.  She is currently on staff at The Hospital for Sick Kids and at St. Michael’s Hospital. She is an associate professor at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Kives is involved in the medical and surgical care of children and adolescents with general Pediatric Gynecology disorders. She has an interest in advanced Gynecological surgery including robotic surgery.  She participates in surgery for young women with congenital anomalies of the mullerian system.

Dr. Kives conducts clinical research in a variety of areas in pediatric and adolescent gynecology including ovarian pathology, mullerian anomalies and contraception. She has also published extensively in the area of pediatric gynecology.

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Dr. Andrea Lausman

Dr. Andrea Lausman graduated from the University of Western Ontario Medical School and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a two-year fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Toronto. Read more

She is currently appointed at St. Michael’s Hospital as a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, and head of Labour and Delivery. She is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. Her current clinical practice is varied, but includes a focus on maternal complications of pregnancy, and critical care in obstetrics.

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Dr. Carmen McCaffrey

Dr. Carmen McCaffrey completed her medical school at the University of Calgary and her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto. Read more

Following residency, she completed a two year AAGL-accredited fellowship in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto.

She is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto.

Her current clinical practice specializes in low-risk obstetrics and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, including surgical management of advanced endometriosis.

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Dr. Filomena Meffe

Dr. Filomena Meffe joined the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, St. Michael’s Hospital, in 1989 after completing a five-year residency training program in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto. Read more.

She is an associate professor at U of T, clinician educator at St. Michael’s Hospital and director of Faculty Development for the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at U of T.  She has a master's degree in Clinical Epidemiology from U of T and was director of undergraduate medical education, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, U of T, from 2001 to 2013. She continues her contributions to undergraduate medical education by chairing the subcommittee on faculty development for the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship program.

To further her interest in medical education leadership, she completed the two-year Education Scholars Program (2004-06) and the New and Emerging Academic Leadership program (2014-15) with the Centre for Faculty Development at the University of Toronto.  Her prior research activities focused on interprofessional education and collaboration in the maternity care setting, both at the undergraduate student and licensed maternity care provider level, with funding support from: the Dean’s Excellence Fund, University of Toronto; the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Toronto; HealthForceOntario (2007-2008, 2009-2010); Ryerson University; and the Canadian Medical Protective Association.

In collaboration with others, she pursues her interests in the role of faculty development to enhance the quality of medical education and faculty wellness and mentorship. Her clinical practice is focused on obstetrical care, gynecologic surgery and the care of women with heavy menstrual bleeding in the context of hematologic bleeding disorders (Multidisciplinary Clinic for Women with Bleeding Disorders, St. Michael’s Hospital).   She chairs the Incidence Analysis Team for obstetrics, St. Michael’s Hospital, which is committed to quality improvement and patient safety in maternity care.

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Dr. Eva Mocarski

Dr. Eva Mocarski completed her medical and specialty training at the University of Toronto. Read more.

She has a general practice in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and has been in practice for 25 years. She also has a special interest in diseases of the lower genital tract.

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Dr. Alysha Nensi

Dr. Alysha Nensi completed medical school at Western University and her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University. Read more.

Following residency, she pursued a two-year fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at St. Michael's Hospital while concurrently completing her master's of science in Healthcare Quality at Queen's University.

Alysha specializes in minimally invasive gynecology, robotic surgery, colposcopy and the treatment of vulvar disorders. In addition to this, she is also a member of the Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS) Team.

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Dr. Deborah Robertson

Deborah Robertson is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto and a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist at St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto. Read more.

She is the Director of the Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery Fellowship at St. Michael's hospital.

Deborah underwent medical school and residency training at McGill University in Montreal. Deborah then pursued further training in minimally invasive gynecological surgery and pelvic floor reconstruction at St. Michael's Hospital while completing a Masters in Studies in Law at the University of Toronto. She also does robotic surgery and has an interest in benign vulvar diseases and vulvar health.

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Dr. Eliane Mia Shore

Dr. Eliane Shore joined the division of Gynecologic Surgery and Pelvic Medicine in 2015, after completing a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at St Michael’s Hospital. Read more.

During her fellowship, she completed a Master’s of Science at the University of Toronto with a focus on surgical education and simulation. Dr. Shore completed her medical degree and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Shore has a diverse practice including low risk obstetrics, advanced gynecological surgery, colposcopy and management of vulvar disorders. Dr. Shore’s research interests include surgical simulation, surgical education, resident selection and clinical gynecology. She is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto and actively involved in the Residency Program.

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Dr. Andrea Simpson

Dr. Andrea Simpson graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School where she also completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Read more.

Andrea completed a two-year fellowship in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery at St. Michael's Hospital.

Dr. Simpson is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Simpson's research interests include improving clinical care pathways and access to health services.

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Dr. Dana Soroka

Dr. Dana Soroka completed her medical school at McGill University and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Ottawa. Read more.

Dr. Dana Soroka completed her medical school at McGill University and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Ottawa. Following her residency she completed a two year Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstruction surgery fellowship at the University of Toronto, followed by a fellowship in Laparoscopic training at the University of Western Ontario. In 2005 Dr. Soroka joined the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Michael’s Hospital. She is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. She is the site co-coordinator for the third year medical students at the University of Toronto.

Her current clinical practice focuses on assessment and management of pelvic floor disorders, including pelvic organ prolapse and urinary dysfunction.

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Dr. Donna Steele

Donna Steele received her medical degree from the University of Toronto and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at U of T. Read more.

She has been on staff at St. Michael’s Hospital since 1991. She has a general Obstetrics and Gynecology practice.

Dr. Steele is the Residency Program Director in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto. She organizes the training of future Obstetricians and Gynecologists at the University of Toronto.

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Dr. Wilfred Steinberg

Dr. Wilfred Steinberg is Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Read more

In 1971 Dr. Steinberg received his fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynaecology as well as joined the faculty of the University of Toronto. Since that time, Dr. Steinberg has been an active member of the teaching department at the undergraduate, postgraduate, community and academic level. In addition, his teaching in women’s health has spanned the local, regional, national and international level.

During the 1970's and 1980's, Dr. Steinberg served as member, and subsequently as director of Reproductive Care and Maternal Health for the Ontario Medical Association (OMA). During that time, Dr. Steinberg championed the development of safe obstetrical practices and advocated at the federal legislature for the introduction of safe and effective contraception for women.

For the past 15 years, Dr. Steinberg has focused his clinical and academic work in Gynaecology with a special interest in contraception and mature women's health issues.

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Dr. Karen Tessler

Dr. Karen Tessler completed her medical school at the University of Manitoba and graduated as a Medical Doctor in 1977. Read more

She completed her residency at University of Toronto in 1982. Following her residency, she was appointed full-time staff at St. Michael’s Hospital Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology a generalist in 1984.

Dr. Tessler is currently working at the Women’s Health Care Centre at St. Michael’s Hospital doing primarily general obstetrics care.

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Dr. Mark Yudin

Dr. Mark Yudin is currently an associate professor at the University of Toronto, an active staff physician in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Michael's Hospital, and the director of clinical research for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto.  Read more

He completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto. He then completed a two-year combined clinical and research fellowship in Reproductive Infectious Diseases at Magee-Women’s Hospital and the University of Pittsburgh .

He also received a master's degree in clinical research from the Graduate School of Public Health and the University of Pittsburgh. He started on active staff at St. Michael's Hospital in 2003, and his clinical and research interests include general obstetrics and gynecology, colposcopy, and infectious diseases in women. 

He co-founded the Positive Pregnancy Program, a comprehensive and multidisciplinary program for the care of HIV-positive pregnant women, in 2006. He is the current chair of the Infectious Diseases Committee of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC), and he has lectured and published in the area of infectious diseases in women.

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