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The clinic is still operating with regular hours and accepting new and returning drop-in patients.

Patients may also have the option of being seen via telephone or video call instead of in-person – please call 416 726 5052 or email the clinic for any further enquiries.​

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 What We Do

The Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM) Clinic provides low barrier access for patients seeking treatment for any substance use disorder. This clinic will provide brief counselling, prescribe medications (including anti-craving medications for alcohol and buprenorphine/naloxone for opiate use disorder) and connect patients with community treatment programs. Please note, this clinic is not for patients suffering strictly from chronic pain, or patients who require acute care/monitoring (this is not meant to facilitate early discharge from the emergency department). This clinic is part of a broader network of RAAM clinics throughout Toronto, as part of META:PHI (Mentoring, Education and Clinical Tools for Addiction: Primary Care – Hospital Integration).

Patients who are interested in longer and more intensive psychotherapy can self-refer to the Addictions Outpatient Services.

How to Prepare

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

 Meet Our Team

Program Manager

  • James Skembaris, MSW, RSW

Staff Physicians

Dr. Josée Lynch 
Dr. Josée Lynch, MD, CM, FRCPC
Dr. Josée Lynch received her MD from McGill University and completed residency training in psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She graduated from the Yale University addiction psychiatry fellowship in 2016 and subsequently returned to the University of Toronto where she is now on faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. Her clinical and research interests include improving outcomes for patients with alcohol-associated liver disease requiring liver transplantation, development of novel postgraduate addiction curricula and improving access to treatment for patients with substance use disorders. Dr. Lynch provides clinical care at UHN's Ajmera Transplant Centre as well as at the Rapid Access Addiction Medicine clinic.

Dr. Hasan Sheikh 
Dr. Hasan Sheikh, MD, CCFP-EM
Dr. Hasan Sheikh is an emergency and addictions physician at UHN, and an assistant professor at the University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine. He helped create the Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM) clinic in 2018, which provides low-barrier care for people who use substances.
Dr. Sheikh has led a number of initiatives to improve the care of people who use drugs in the emergency department, including the initiation of opiate agonist therapy, the distribution of take-home naloxone kits, and the initiation of anti-craving medications for people with alcohol use disorder. His research has likewise focused on improving care of people who use substances, and has included studies on the high mortality rate of people who repeatedly visit the ED for alcohol-related reasons, the barriers to prescribing opiate agonist therapy in the emergency department, and the outcomes of patients attending the RAAM clinic. Dr. Sheikh is also an educator who has presented on substance use disorders locally, nationally, and internationally.

Physicians

  • Dr. Abigail Anne Arnold
  • Dr. Shiyang Ding
  • Dr. Jennifer Hulme
  • Dr. Marcela Jones
  • Dr. Jonathan Mong
  • Dr. Kirstie Peden
  • Dr. Nena Rae Watson

Nurse Clinicians

  • Tara Lightfoot, RN
  • Stefanie Lys, RN
  • Alexandra Machacek, RN

Social Worker

  • Ewa Konart

Administrative Assistants

  • Noushig Bakjajian
  • Vita Garisto​