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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Our goal is to help our patients achieve long-term weight loss and improve their quality of life and day-to-day functioning through surgery and sustained lifestyle changes. Our comprehensive program offers medical and surgical care, nutritional education and counseling and psychological and social support.
Patients who are interested in and may be eligible for bariatric surgery attend a series of assessment and education sessions to help our team determine if the patient will be a suitable candidate for bariatric surgery. Patients who undergo bariatric surgery also receive close follow-up care over a period of at least 1 year after their surgery. All services are covered by OHIP.
All patients referred to our clinic by the Ontario Bariatric Registry come to
Toronto Western Hospital for assessment and education appointments.
We perform both of these procedures using laparoscopic or minimally invasive surgery that involves small incisions in the abdomen.
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what you can expect when you have a clinic appointment.
At UHN, we are always looking to improve patient care. We have partnered with Vivify Health to make a web and mobile app available to UHN patients who will be having surgery. Learn more about MyCareConnection and talk to your care team about using it.
Eating Before and After Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric Surgery Pre-operative Orientation Patient Education Video
Bariatric Surgery Program's Post-Op Education Series
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To achieve long-term weight-loss success, patients may require help in several areas of their life. For this reason, our team is interdisciplinary, including surgeons, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, registered dietitians, social workers, psychologists, psychometrists, psychiatrists, and research and administrative staff. Each team member has unique expertise that may be beneficial to your recovery and health.
Surgical Director: Dr. Tim Jackson
Psychosocial Program Director: Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam
Clinical Director: Silvi Groe
Medical Director: Dr. Satya Dash
Program Manager: Sandra Robinson
Psychometrist & Psychotherapist:
Data Support: Doreen LeBlanc, HBSc, MSc
Data Entry Clerks:
Administrative Assistant: Sharon Douglas
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.