Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Dr. Michael Bernstein graduated from University of Western Ontario medical school in 2002 and completed his Internal Medicine as well as his Gastroenterology residency at the University of Toronto. He joined the Division of Gastroenterology as a Clinician -Teacher in 2009. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of Toronto.
His clinical interests include hereditary colon cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. He has completed further training in patient safety and quality improvement. His research interests are related to hereditary colon cancer as well as endoscopic quality of care.
Dr. Lawrence B. Cohen is past Director of the Division of Gastroenterology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is a consultant gastroenterologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Cleveland Clinic Canada, Kensington Endoscopy Centre, and Ontario Endoscopy Clinic.
Dr. Cohen received his Master of Science in Pharmacology (University of Toronto) 1976 and his Doctor of Medicine from McMaster University in 1979. He completed his Internal Medicine Fellowship in 1984 (University of Toronto) and subspecialty training in Gastroenterology (University of Toronto) and Therapeutic Endoscopy in 1985 (Wellesley Hospital, Toronto).
Dr. Cohen is an active member of many medical associations, including the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology, Ontario Association of Gastroenterology, Canadian Medical Association, American College of Physicians and American Gastroenterology Association. He is a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology.
Dr. Cohen has received a number of awards including; the Award in Therapeutics from McMaster University; the Young Clinicians Teacher Award from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; the Continuing Education award from the Boyd Academy, University of Toronto; and the Ambulatory Teaching Award, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
Over the past twenty-five years, Dr. Cohen has been well published in peer-reviewed journals, and he has participated in numerous clinical trials in gastroenterology and hepatology. Current clinical research interests are focused on endoscopic bariatrics; biologics for inflammatory bowel disease and innovative antiviral agents for Hepatitis C liver disease.
Dr. Linda Rabeneck is a gastroenterologist, clinician scientist and healthcare executive who is Vice President, Prevention and Cancer Control at Cancer Care Ontario. She is Professor of Medicine, Professor of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and Senior Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) in Toronto.
Dr. Rabeneck received her medical degree from the University of British Columbia (UBC). She completed post-graduate training in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UBC and the University of Toronto. She received her Master’s degree in Public Health from Yale University, where she trained as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. Dr. Rabeneck previously served as Director of the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Toronto, and Regional Vice President, Cancer Care Ontario and Chief of the Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
Dr. Rabeneck is a leader in health services research and evidence-based health policy. She played a leadership role in launching ColonCancerCheck in Ontario, Canada’s first organized, province-wide colorectal cancer screening program. She leads an active research program focusing on the quality and effectiveness of colorectal cancer screening, and has authored greater than 200 peer reviewed publications. Dr. Rabeneck is an Associate Editor, GASTROENTEROLOGY, and Global Chair of the World Endoscopy Organization (WEO) Colorectal Cancer Screening Committee, which holds international fora to discuss and promote the implementation of colorectal cancer screening. She is a Master of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), recipient of the ACG's Berk/Fise Clinical Achievement Award and recipient of UBC's Medical Alumni Association Wallace Wilson Leadership Award. Dr. Rabeneck is a Director, Council of Canadian Academies and a Fellow and President-Elect of the Canadian Academy of Health Science.
Dr. Saibil's areas of clinical expertise include inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), colorectal cancer prevention, transfer dysphagia and nutritional support. He is well known across Canada for his activities in education of the general public on medical topics via the media and through public lectures. His best-selling book, Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, available in many countries and online, was written for patients and their families, but has proven valuable to many physicians as well. The third edition (2011) includes a new chapter devoted to self-management strategies; a discussion of the hygiene hypothesis; effects of diet; advances in diagnostic testing, including use of capsule endoscopy, magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography scans; the latest information on drug treatments and other treatment options, including specialized liquid diets and probiotics. Dr. Saibil’s current research interests include self-management strategies for people with IBD, and the use of email in the management of chronic diseases.
Dr. Jill Tinmouth is a Gastroenterologist and a Clinical Epidemiologist. She attended New York University School of Medicine (1995) and completed her fellowships in Internal Medicine (1999) and Gastroenterology (2000) at the University of Toronto. Subsequently, she pursued further study in Clinical Epidemiology, receiving her PhD in 2004 from the University of Toronto. She is currently appointed as a Staff Physician at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, as Scientist at the Sunnybrook Research Institute Inc., as an Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto and is cross-appointed to the Department of Health Policy Management and Evaluation. She was appointed as the Lead Scientist for Ontario’s colorectal cancer screening program, ColonCancerCheck, in May 2011.
Her research focuses on gastrointestinal cancers, including cancers of the colon, esophagus and anus, as well as on quality improvement and health service utilization of gastrointestinal services in Ontario. She has received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute, Canadian Association of Gastroenterology, the Canadian HIV Trials Network, the Ontario Institute of Cancer Research and the Ontario HIV Treatment Network.
Dr. Elaine Yong completed her Gastroenterology residency at the University of Toronto in 2004. In addition, she trained as a fellow in therapeutic endoscopy at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, and subsequently in endoscopic ultrasonography at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
Dr. Yong joined the Division of Gastroenterology as a Clinician-Teacher in 2007. She is on staff at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre where she is currently the interim Head of the Division of Gastroenterology and the Director of Endoscopy. She leads the Therapeutic Endoscopy program with a clinical interest in endoscopic oncology. She is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, and remains a Visiting Assistant Professor with the Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Yong is the current Postgraduate Fellowship Director for GI.