Northern Medical Clinics Continues to Expand


March of Dimes Canada’s Northern Medical Clinics program offers Northern Ontario patients medical consultations with prominent visiting specialists from the Toronto area. Last year, over 1300 patients came through the clinics, saving them the time, expense and burden of travelling to Toronto to receive specialized medical care.

The program has significantly expanded over the past three years and March of Dimes is pleased to announce that the clinics now offer nine areas of care which includes 16 prominent specialists in the fields of Rheumatology, Osteoporosis, Orthopedic surgery for Hips/Knees, Spine, Paediatrics, Upper Extremities, Hands & Wrists, Feet & Ankles and Sports Medicine.

Since 2013, we have acquired the participation of the following surgeons:
Dr. Guido Hockmann, Upper Extremities Surgeon from Brampton Civic Hospital 
Dr. Shawn Garbedian, Hips & Knees Surgeon from North York General Hospital
Dr. Jihad Abouali, Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy Surgeon from Toronto East General Hospital
Dr. Harsha Malempati, from Pinnacle Health Sciences – Richmond Hospital 
Dr. Sharon Kim, Hand & Wrist, Plastic & Reconstruction Surgeon from Brampton Civic Hospital 

“I volunteer for the clinic because I realize that although most patients in Toronto have fairly reasonable access to specialized health care providers, most northern patients serviced by March of Dimes would otherwise have little to no access to specialists. Providing only a few days of my time and my expertise to these patients is the least I can do for this under-serviced area. Their incredible gratitude keeps me coming back,” says Dr. Frank Mastrogiacomo, Hip & Knee Specialist from Toronto East General Hospital.

The program has 14 clinics scheduled for 2015 through March, 2016, which includes 12 in Cochrane and two in Kirkland Lake. Please visit marchofdimes.ca/clinics to view the tentative clinic schedule.

Patients must be referred by their family physicians and all surgeries are performed in the Toronto area. Follow- ups are generally arranged through the Northern Medical Clinics.

For more information, please contact Annie Janson, Medical Clinic Supervisor at (705) 272-2499, toll-free (866) 672-2499 or by email at ajanson@marchofdimes.ca.​

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