What We Do

The Medical Day Unit (MDU) at Toronto General Hospital assists outpatients with a wide variety of medical conditions.

The majority of our patients require:

  • Transfusions for Thalassemia or Sickle Cell Disease – two of the most prevalent hemoglobin disorders around the world. Due to poor function of the red blood cells in these patients, they require monthly blood transfusions as a life sustaining measure
  • Infusion therapy (i.e., medications and blood transfusions)
  • Minor medical procedures, such as paracentesis, liver biopsy, muscle biopsy, therapeutic phlebotomy)
  • Post ECT recovery​​

LifeLabs Patient Service Centres (PSCs)

We recommend blood transfusion patients enrol into the LifeLab Project. There are five LifeLabs Patient Service Centres (PSCs) in the GTA chosen as community partners where you can get your blood samples collected up to 72 hours before your transfusion appointment at TGH. UHN and LifeLabs have been working together to incorporate each patient’s hospital identification number into the collection process. This securely links each blood sample to the correct patient. Learn more about LifeLabs.​​​​​

How to Prepare

Please note: we don't accept walk-ins. All patients must have an appointment. Scheduled appointments allow us to provide safe quality care in a timely manner; ensure that you receive most of your care when most of the staff nurses are on duty; and prevent and reduce patient backlog accumulation. As a result, you will spend less time waiting and will be able to plan your day better.

Learn more about what you can expect when you have a clinic appointment.​

 Materials and Resources to Help You

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​​Visit our Health Information section and find dedicated resources to help you understand your condition. Find the information​ you're looking for.​​​​​​​​​​

 Meet Our Team

Nurse Manager: Ina Cherepaha-Kantorovich

Advance Practice Nurse Educator: Anna Pamaong

Admin Assistants:

  • Danielle Sammy
  • Anneliesse Justiniano

Nursing Staff

  • Hagar Arkhurst
  • Marcia Gaynor
  • Maria Kolotilenko
  • Pauline Lambert
  • Katrina Lopena
  • Emily Susan Nelson
  • Jennifer Palmer
  • Mitshuka Patel
  • Shamim Patel
  • Ruth Patriquin
  • Pauline Petterson
  • Donna Pilon
  • Aliane St. Louis
  • Kimberly Stahlbaum
  • Theresa Zamora

Physician Members

General Hematology program

Red Blood Cell program

GI Program

  • Peter Rossos
  • Stephen Wolman

Hepatology Program

Infectious Diseases/Tropical Disease

Neurology Program

  • Hans Katzberg

Nephrology Program

 Information for Our Sickle Cell/Thalassemia Group Members

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I have a pain episode that I can’t manage from home?

  • Call the nurse practitioners at 416 340 4882 and press 3 to leave a message. This voicemail is checked at least every 2 hours Monday to Friday during the hours of 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.
  • Please seek medical attention by seeing your family doctor or healthcare provider.
  • Go to your nearest hospital.

Communication Board

Red Blood Cell Disorders Quarterly Newsletter

​​​Red Blood Cell Disorders Quarterly Newsletter Spring 2018
​​​Spring​ 2018​​​

Upcoming Events


For more information on these events, contact the Thalassemia Foundation of Canada​.

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