Patient Advocacy Blog

Grand Slam 2016 in Support of Michael Garron Hospital is Around the Corner

Posted on April 07, 2016

For those that know me or have visited my office it is not a surprise that the arrival of April is most welcome. It is baseball season!   Despite the current lousy weather in the Northeast, the arrival of the season inevitably signals a return to longer days and warm sunshine.  To borrow f

Sorting through a Urological Issue at Spring Training

Posted on March 31, 2016

At this time of the year most of us who enjoy baseball look daily to the storylines as they develop in Florida or Arizona. Obviously for those of us here in this city much of the focus is on the 2016 Blue Jays season. An interesting story came out of the New York Mets camp Monday. Matt Harvey who is

Introducing the Michael Garron Hospital

Posted on December 02, 2015

I cannot begin to tell you what great pleasure it gives me to write today on behalf of the physician staff as well as a member of the foundation board and perhaps most importantly as a friend of Berna and Myron Garron. This morning we announced an historic gift to Toronto East General Hospital. At $

Movember 2015 has arrived

Posted on November 01, 2015

Today is November 1. In Canada, despite an usually warm fall and the sweet distraction of the Toronto Blue Jays playoff run this date inevitably signals a quick march towards colder weather. In my practice I find this time of the year particularly stressful. With the planned two-week shutdown at Chr

Grand Slam in Support of TEGH coming soon

Posted on May 03, 2015

As the weather warms up after a particularly long winter the privilege of being able to live in Canada always comes back into focus. I would not want to miss the opportunity to experience four distinct seasons.   The annual re-emergence of the garden always strikes me as a minor miracle. (

Movember and Prostate Cancer Surgery at Toronto East General Hospital

Posted on November 09, 2014

We once again find ourselves in the middle of another Movember campaign. What started out over a few beer in Australia in 2003 has grown into the most influential and successful fundraising venture for prostate cancer and men's health in the world. Last year across 21 countries over $100million doll

A perfect trip to Thunder Bay during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on October 05, 2014

September is prostate cancer awareness month.  It is the month in which many advocacy groups including Prostate Cancer Canada attempt to educate man about assessing risk factors and understanding the nature of prostate cancer.  Leaders ranging from President Obama to many local politicians

A Father's Letter of Gratitude to His Son: The Jake Eliopoulos Story and TEGH

Posted on September 17, 2014

Last month I wrote about an upcoming event that combined two of my great passions, baseball and Toronto East General Hospital. The Grand Slam Celebrity Softball Tournament in support of TEGH runs October 17-18 and provides a great opportunity to have some fun and profile some of the great work

Reflections on baseball in support of a great institution

Posted on August 03, 2014

With a three games to two lead in the 1993 World Series, the Toronto Blue Jays headed into the bottom of the ninth inning of Game Six down 6-5 after Philadelphia had scored 5 in the seventh.  After a leadoff walk to Ricky Henderson and a one out single by Paul Molitor, Joe Carter stepped up to

The Role of Urologists in Patient Advocacy

Posted on May 16, 2014

Entering my 19th year of practice I have looked after many patients and am constantly amazed and humbled by the courage and grace with which they confront a diagnosis.  There is much to learn from our patients.  More than just caring for a man with prostate cancer or a waman who has needed

Early Prostate Cancer Detection

Posted on June 10, 2013

There is much controversy about prostate cancer with respect to an optimal strategy for detection.  With the advent of a blood test called PSA (prostate specific antigen) we have become very good at finding prostate cancer early.  A criticism is that we often find early, non aggressive can