Hand Program

We provide exemplary care for patients with all conditions, diseases and trauma affecting the hands.

  • Dr. Jamil Ahmad
  • Dr. Herbert Von Schroeder

  • Hand Therapists (Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists)
  • Orthopedic Technicians

Orthopedic Program

The clinical expertise of our members includes hip and knee replacements, minimally invasive spinal decompression, sports medicine and arthroscopic reconstructive surgery, arthritis surgery (including ankle replacements and joint transplants) and rheumatoid foot and ankle reconstruction.

Osteoporosis Program

Osteoporosis is most prevalent in postmenopausal women, and we screen many women over the age of

50. However, we also serve groups who may be at high risk for developing osteoporosis, including older men, individuals of Caucasian or Asian descent and individuals with a family history of the disease.

The Osteoporosis and Bone Density Program includes:

  • A Bone Density Lab equipped with a DEXA (Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) machine used to measure bone mineral density.
  • The Osteoporosis Clinic, specializing in
    • General internal medicine
    • Endocrinology
    • Rheumatology
    • Obstetrics/Gynecology
    • Orthopedic surgery
  • A research team, including
    • A physician investigator
    • Research nurses
    • Epidemiologists
    • Graduate/medical students

Rheumatology Division

Arthritis and related disorders include various rheumatic diseases causing joint and musculoskeletal pain. A wide range of disorders and symptoms make up this grouping, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Sjögren’s syndrome, polymyositis, vasculitis, scleroderma, gout, fibromyalgia, back pain and regional pain disorders.

The Arthritis and Related Disorders Program at UHN is the largest of its kind in Canada. Our 11 rheumatologists work with a team of nurses, a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist, a pharmacist, a dietitian and a social worker.

Our team provides diagnosis and multidisciplinary management to patients in several clinics, including:

  • General clinic
  • Specialty rheumatology clinics:
    • Systemic lupus erythematosus
    • Psoriatic arthritis
    • Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome
    • Sjögren’s syndrome
    • Ankylosing spondylitis
    • Reactive arthritis
  • Weekly “STAT” clinic for emergent rheumatology patients who need to be seen within a 2-week period from referral

In addition, our inpatient unit provides multidisciplinary care to patients from across Ontario with complex and often life-threatening rheumatic diseases.

The Rheumatology Division is home to the Centre for Prognosis Studies in the Rheumatic Diseases. The centre is internationally known for its expertise and contributions in the fields of systemic lupus erythematosus and psoriatic arthritis. Over the past 25 years, physicians in the centre have followed, on a regular basis, thousands of patients with these conditions.

Helping to lead the way in lupus research and treatment, UHN is also the coordinating centre for the Canadian Network for Improved Outcome in System Lupus Erythematosus (CaNIOS). This network is collaborating to learn more about lupus and how to improve the quality of life of those affected with the disease across Canada.

The Rheumatology Division is the flagship program of the National Network of Rheumatic Disease Units. With 8 clinical fellows and 3 research fellows, our program is the largest rheumatology training program in the country.

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