Dr. Joshua Tepper appointed President and CEO

An accomplished leader passionate about building on
NYGH's successes  

Dr. Joshua Tepper
Samuel Elfassy, Chair of the North York General Hospital Board of Governors, has announced the appointment of Dr. Joshua Tepper as the hospital's new President and CEO.  Dr. Tepper is a family physician and is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Health Quality Ontario.

"North York General is a remarkable organization that I have been honoured to work with over many years in different roles, including as a physician. We have a tremendous culture and a commitment to our patients and our community, all of which I hold as deeply important," Dr. Tepper says. 

Profile: Ingrid Ambus, Cancer Genetic Counsellor

Ingrid Ambus is a Cancer Genetic Counsellor at North York General Hospital.
In the Charlotte and Lewis Steinberg Familial Breast and Ovarian Cancer Clinic, Ingrid Ambus provides genetic assessment and counselling to individuals and families at increased risk for inherited cancer. 

"Whether it's the decision to undergo more genetic testing or what to do with a positive result, my role is to give patients all the necessary information  so they can make an informed decision."

Every season is tick season

Adult deer tick
Many believe the menacing "bites" of summer are over once cooler temperatures arrive in the fall. However, did you know that ticks are active as long as temperatures remain above freezing?

Deer ticks can carry Lyme disease. Infection Control Practitioner Zoran Pikula gives us important information to avoid getting sick from ticks. 

Behind the Scenes: Outdoor oasis  

North York General Hospital has a beautiful healing garden and nearby are the Don Valley River trails.
Our latest Behind the Scenes video explores North York General Hospital's outdoor healing garden and nearby Don River Valley trails. The healing garden is a perfect spot for patients and their loved ones to relax, reflect or take a walk.  

Lupus: Signs and symptoms to watch for

Common symptoms of lupus
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that affects 1 in 1,000 Canadians.  The disease mistakes the body's healthy tissues for intruders. When the immune system fights the healthy tissues, it causes inflammation and creates the symptoms of lupus.  

Dr. Lianne Butterfill, a physician in our Family and Community Medicine Program, discusses key aspects of this disease. 

When medical terms are confusing  

The goal of the Choosing Wisely Canada campaign is to help clinicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests and treatments and make smart and effective choices to ensure high-quality care.
Many people may not be familiar with certain medical words, especially if you are hearing them for the first time in a doctor's office.

"Patients and their families need to be empowered to make the best decisions they can, and that means fully understanding what is being communicated to them by their health care providers," says Family Physician  Dr. Karen Hershenfield


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