November 2014


Profile: David Eisen, Chief of Family and Community Medicine
 

Dr. David Eisen with new mom Eugeniya  and baby Ivan


Dr. David Eisen
thrives on being busy.


This seems fair to say when describing someone who has medical and law degrees, and a Master's in Business Administration. His interests don't stop there. In the 24 years he's been with North York General Hospital, including his residency, he has delivered over 1,400 babies. He also plays drums and performs at hospital events with the Docs Who Rock.

Read the interview with Dr. Eisen on his top priorities as chief and what he loves about practicing family medicine.
 

Ask the Expert: What you need to know about seasonal affective disorder 
The hallmark of seasonal affective disorder is a distinct onset of depressive symptoms in the fall which then lifts in the spring.


Are you feeling tired and finding it hard to concentrate at work lately? Are you oversleeping and eating too many carbs? These are just some of the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) that you might experience as winter starts to roll in and the sun starts to roll out.


North York General Hospital's Dr. Stephen Gelber, staff psychiatrist and Medical Director, Adult Mental Health Outpatient Clinic, helps answer your questions about SAD. 


New model of care supports advanced heart failure patients

North York General Hospital has launched a new Supportive Cardiology Pilot Program for patients with advanced heart failure. North York General Hospital has launched a new Supportive Cardiology Pilot Program that provides patients with advanced heart failure a well-rounded support system to increase quality of life in hospital and at home. 

"We believe this model of care is unique in Toronto and offers patients with advanced heart failure a holistic approach to their care that includes a focus on physical, physiological, emotional and existential support," says 
Dr. Warren Lewin, Adult Palliative Care Physician at North York General and physician lead for this new pilot program. 
 

Read about the Supportive Cardiology Program.

 

Aspirin may lower breast cancer mortality: Study
 
A study published in the British Journal of Cancer found that low doses of aspirin could reduce the risk of death in women diagnosed with breast cancer by half.

A study published in the British Journal of Cancer found that low doses of aspirin could reduce the risk of death in women diagnosed with breast cancer by half.
 

"While it's a promising finding, it's important to clarify that this study is observational," says
Dr. Frank Sullivan, one of the study's authors and North York General Hospital's Gordon F. Cheesbrough Research Chair in Family and Community Medicine. "The mechanism by which aspirin use may lower the risk of death needs to be examined. It could say something about the lifestyle patterns of people who also take aspirin."


Learn more on this study.

 


How a culture of patient- and family-centred care impacts you
 

The patients and families we care for every day are at the heart of our hospital.


In only two short years, North York General Hospital has made incredible strides to grow the culture of patient- and family-centred care. This culture is rooted in respect and dignity, information sharing, participation and collaboration.

Our hospital 
has introduced new initiatives to make the experience of patients and families the best it can be. 

 

New CT scanners at NYGH
Each year, more than 200,000 patients rely on the comprehensive range of imaging services offered at North York General Hospital.

 

Each year, more than 200,000 patients rely on the comprehensive range of imaging services offered at North York General Hospital. Thanks to the generous ongoing support of Gulshan and Pyarali G. Nanji, we are even better equipped to deliver the highest quality care. 


Three new CT scanners are now in full operation and capable of producing 3D images faster and with up to 50% lower radiation than the hospital's previous machines. Particularly exciting is our new Siemens Somatom Flash scanner, the only CT scanner of its kind in Ontario and one of only six across Canada.


Learn about our three new CT scanners. 


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