Our UHN programs and services are among the most advanced in the world. We have grouped our physicians, staff, services and resources into 10 medical programs to meet the needs of our patients and help us make the most of our resources.
University Health Network is a health care and medical research organization in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The scope of research and complexity of cases at UHN has made us a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care.
Our 10 medical programs are spread across eight hospital sites – Princess Margaret, Toronto General, Toronto Rehab’s five sites, Toronto Western – as well as our education programs through the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. Learn more about the services, programs and amenities offered at each location.
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Each year, thousands of Canadians suffer spinal cord injuries. Injuries like this can happen from accidents or conditions that damage the spinal cord, and the tragic result is sensory and motor disabilities that affect how a person moves and their control of muscles, as well as the function of their organs.
They’re robbed of movement and physical sensation. Rehab often helps them become more independent, but it can’t reverse the damage.
Krembil Brain Institute, we're trying to give them back what they’ve lost – through breakthroughs in stem cell research, tissue engineering, drug therapies and nanotechnology.
What does all this mean? There’s good potential for actual nerve cell regeneration using stem cell therapy.
Krembil Brain Institute was the main site for an international trial of a drug that was effective in bringing back some sensation and physical movement for 31% of patients.
The spine provides support for the human body and allows us to stand erect. It consists of a series of bones called vertebrae, and there are 33 vertebrae in total.
The vertebrae are divided into sections called the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral and coccygeal areas. Between each of these vertebrae are discs, and the centre of the vertebrae provides an opening through which the spinal cord travels.
Nerves exit from the spinal cord at each vertebral level. The spinal cord and spinal nerves carry messages between the brain and the rest of the body. Injury to the spinal cord can happen because of accidents or from many other different conditions (for example, tumours, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis), and that means sensory and motor disabilities.
Your first appointment can take 2 hours or more. Follow-up appointments usually take 30 minutes to one hour.
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Our mission is to provide comprehensive medical care to our patients and to develop exciting new treatment strategies for disorders of the spine and for spinal cord injury through clinical and basic science research.
You will be contacted with information about your first appointment.
Please bring the following to your appointment. Not all of these items may be needed for your appointment. Our clinic or your referring doctor will let you know what you must bring.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment.
When you arrive, you will sign in with the receptionist. You will need your health card (OHIP card) to sign-in. If you do not have an OHIP card, please bring another form of government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.
You may be given a Measuring Health Equity Questionnaire to fill out. This form contains questions about your background. We collect this information to find out who we serve and what unique needs you may have. The form is voluntary and you can choose ‘prefer not to answer’ to any or all questions. However, the information you choose to give us will help us improve the quality of care for you and others.
First appointments take longer than follow-up appointments. Your first appointment can take 2 hours or more. Follow-up appointments usually take 15 to 30 minutes. We do everything we can to stay on time but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may delay your appointment.
At the end of your first appointment, the nurse or doctor will give you a contact list for your health care team. If you don’t get a contact list, feel free to ask for it.
After every appointment, a member of your health care team will tell you about your next visit. Be sure you understand what is going to happen next. For example, know the time and place of your next visit or if someone will call you with this information.
If you are unsure about what your next steps are, don’t be afraid to ask a member of your team. We are here to help you.
We understand that reaching us by phone can sometimes be difficult. Often our phone lines are busy or are turned over to the message centre so our staff can prepare for clinic visits or help other patients. We make every effort to return your call within 24 hours. Our staff will try to reach you 2 times. If we are not able to reach you directly you may need to call us again.