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General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics Team

The Division of General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics is comprised of two groups of physician specialists: Internal Medicine (IM) physicians and geriatricians. We have 68 full-time faculty across three sites: Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto General Hospital and Sinai Health System. Our specialists are leaders at the local, national and international level. Not only do we provide in our inpatient Clinical Teaching Units, but our faculty are renowned researchers in fields such as quality improvement, innovation, health equity and health services research.

Clinically, Internal Medicine specialists are the "Swiss Army Knife" of medicine – a nimble team of problem solvers who diagnose and care for patients with complex multisystem medical conditions. They are experts at the diagnosis and management of both acute and chronic multisystem diseases. During the height of the pandemic, this included leading the hospital's COVID-19 physicians alongside colleagues in critical care and emergency medicine – 70 per cent of inpatient COVID-19 care was provided by our division.


 Inpatient Clinical Care

Patients often have complex medical conditions and need an extensive level of care with admission to hospital on our General Internal Medicine inpatient wards. Patients may need a diagnosis for a challenging set of symptoms, or have multiple complex medical conditions that involve more than one organ. They may require coordinated care with multiple physicians and healthcare team members such as social workers, occupational and physical therapists.

The typical internal medicine patient has 4-5 chronic medical conditions and is taking upwards of 10+ medications.

 

Internal Medicine patients are often frail, elderly and economically disadvantaged, and a significant percentage do not speak English.


Our Internal Medicine patient wards are the largest inpatient units UHN and are located at both Toronto General Hospital (~100 beds) and Toronto Western Hospital sites (~100 beds). Together, the Internal Medicine service is responsible for over 50 per cent of all patients hospitalized at UHN, including those who come through our two Emergency Departments.

Embedded within these wards are our Clinical Teaching Units, where our Faculty physicians provide foundational training to medical students and resident education for our inpatients. We also have our Acute Inpatient Medicine (AIM) Service, where patients are cared for directly by physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners with specific expertise in hospital medicine.

Our division also provides on-call specialty consult advice to other programs in the hospital with our Medical Consults Service and our Geriatrics Consult Service – where our team provides medical and geriatric expertise to patients admitted to other wards in the hospital, including programs such as surgical services, psychiatry and oncology.

Contact our Inpatient Wards

Toronto General Hospital General Internal Medicine Inpatient Unit

13 Eaton South | Phone: 416 340 4800 ext. 3860
14 Eaton South | Phone: 416 340 4800 ext. 4023

Toronto Western Hospital General Internal Medicine Inpatient Unit

Fell Pavilion | Phone: 416 603 5797
4B Fell Pavilion | Phone: 416 603 5740
8A Fell Pavilion | Phone: 416 603 5194
8B Fell | Phone: 416 603 5167

 Outpatient Clinical Care

Our Division members in Internal Medicine work in a variety of outpatient settings and clinical expertise, including, not only geriatric medicine and internal medicine but also: long COVID-19, perioperative medicine, thrombosis, addiction medicine and hypertension.

Contact Our Clinics

Toronto Western Hospital Ambulatory General Internal Medicine Clinic

The G. Raymond Chang Complex Medicine Teaching Clinic

8th floor East Wing
Toronto Western Hospital
399 Bathurst St
Toronto ON
M5T 2S8

Email: twhgimclinics@uhn.ca
Phone: 416 603 5853
Fax: 416 603 5987


Toronto General Post Discharge General Internal Medicine Clinic

Toronto General Hospital, 12NU
Phone: 416 340 4852
*This clinic is closed to external referrals

 Meet Our Team

General Internal Medicine & Geriatrics Executive Leadership Team


Dr. Jessica Liu 

Dr. Jessica Liu

Division Head, General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, University Health Network (UHN) and Sinai Health System (SHS)
Assistant Professor, Clinician Investigator (Quality Improvement and Innovation), Department of Medicine, University of Toronto


Dr. Samir Sinha 

Dr. Samir Sinha

Director of Geriatrics, UHN/SHS
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto



Dr. Luke Devine 

Dr. Luke Devine

Sinai Hospital System Site Lead/CTU Director, GIM
Staff Physician, General Internal Medicine, Sinai Health System
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto


Dr. Tarek Abdelhalim 

Dr. Tarek Abdelhalim

Toronto Western Hospital Site Lead/CTU Site Director, GIM
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto



Dr. Richard Dunbar-Yaffe 

Dr. Richard Dunbar-Yaffe

Toronto Western Hospital Site Lead/CTU Site Director, GIM
Assistant Professor, Clinician in Quality Improvement and Innovation, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto


Dr. Mustafa Turabi 

Dr. Mustafa Turabi

Acute Inpatient Medicine (AIM) Team Co-Lead
Lecturer and Academic Clinician, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto



Dr. Tony Chan 

Dr. Tony Chan

Acute Inpatient Medicine (AIM) Team Co-Lead
Lecturer and Academic Clinician, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto


Dr. Hedieh Ghanbari  

Dr. Hedieh Ghanbari

Hospital Fellowship Lead (Operations)
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto



Dr. Rupal Shah 

Dr. Rupal Shah

Hospital Fellowship Lead (Education)
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto


TGH General Internal Medicine Teaching Faculty

  • Jessica Liu
  • Richard Dunbar-Yaffe
  • Anna Goulding
  • Marissa Hang
  • Moira Kapral
  • Alexander Kumachev
  • Lauren Lapointe-Shaw
  • Ryan Luther
  • Jonathan Mong
  • Lisa Richardson
  • Mohammad Shafiee
  • Robert Wu
  • Peter Wu

TWH General Internal Medicine Teaching Faculty

  • Tarek Abdelhalim
  • Nadine Abdullah
  • Rodrigo Cavalcanti
  • David Frost
  • Alison Lai
  • Bohdan Laluck
  • Thomas MacMilan
  • Lindsay Melvin
  • Karen Okrainec
  • Daniel Panisko
  • Shail Rawal
  • Rupal Shah
  • Kevin Venus
  • Venessa Zannella
  • Laura Rodger

The UHN Acute Inpatient Medicine (AIM) Team

Formally launched in July 2023, the AIM Team is our newest GIM physician team. This team is comprised of physicians with training in both Family Medicine and General Internal Medicine. They provide exemplary at-the-bedside patient care, often alongside our nurse practitioners and physician assistants that is independent of residents and medical students.

  • David Fox
  • Sherif Youssef
  • Mustafa Turabi
  • Rebecca Rajakaruna
  • Tony Chan
  • Caroline Cheung
  • Christena Rakus
  • David Bitonti
  • Jacqueline Hayworth
  • Roomana Khan
  • Simmran Gohal

Internal Medicine at UHN: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Because of the complex, multisystem nature of our specialty, our team is particularly mindful of the need for a coordinated, patient-centred, multidisciplinary approach to care. Many of our patients are frail, elderly and/or economically disadvantaged, and we advocate for personalized care for our patients – who all have unique needs. Internal Medicine Members of your healthcare team include:

  • Attending Physicians
  • Medical Residents & Students
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Personal Support Workers
  • Allied Health, including Dietitians, Occupational Therapists, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists, Recreation Therapists, Registered Respiratory Therapists, Social Workers, Speech Language Pathologists, Wound Care specialists and Spiritual Care​
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