Every day more than 440 physicians support our teams at St. Joe’s. In clinics, inpatient units, the emergency department, operating and procedure rooms, they make sure our patients are receiving the care they need. They also support the future of healthcare in our community, sharing their knowledge as teachers and professionals with the next generation of healthcare leaders.
This Doctors’ Day we wanted to take the opportunity to profile a few of our physicians and we encourage you to take a moment this week to help us say thank you to all of our doctors who are helping us deliver on our promise to make our community healthier.
Meet our physicians
Dr. Peter Mitoff, cardiology
There is a focus on clinical work and education at St. Joe’s which challenges us to find ways to incorporate scholarship through research. I’ve worked on four research projects since I’ve been here. It’s exciting to find new ways of doing things that contribute to the advancement of knowledge and bring people together who are interested in the same goals.
Dr. Ted Rogovein, Chief of Staff
My mom tells me that I wanted to be a doctor since I was about 5 years old. It was my paediatrician – I remember him doing a home visit and I just remember being completely mesmerized by his bedside manner and how he knew what parts of me hurt and what it meant. That was the beginning. Now, as a physician I look back to the 5 year old who had the wonder that this physician could come in and sort things out and could have such an impact on my life, and I hope that I have had the same kind of impact on the people that I work with and the patients that I care for.
Dr. Jennie Johnstone, infectious disease
I consider myself a scientist and I’ve always been drawn to science and being able to figure out methodical ways to answer questions and move science forward. With infectious disease and infection control especially there’s lots we don’t know; that’s why I did my PhD in epidemiology – so I’d have the tools to answer questions as they arise. I spend about 60-75 per cent of my time doing research to try and move science forward. It’s all about improving quality of life and health and keeping people safe.
Dr. Andrew Howlett, psychiatry
In the area of mental health there are a lot of disciplines working together – child and youth workers, nurses, social workers, physicians, OTs and so forth – so there’s a lot of team effort. It’s really important that we’re communicating well with each other – not just talking about understanding patients but also giving each other feedback and being able to feel comfortable to give both openly positive feedback and constructive feedback to enrich the work we do and for our own professional development.
Dr. Peter Jaksa, internal medicine
I became a doctor because I wanted to have an influence on what I think is the most important thing in someone’s life – their health. What drew me St. Joe’s was its goal of being the best community teaching hospital – I have a strong interest in education, so there was a larger draw to be part of shaping future physicians.
Dr. Richard Kim, emergency
My favourite part of the job is the interaction with the people that I come across at work – with the patients, nurses, consultants. Everyone has stories and everyone’s story is different whether they’re a patient who needs help or a nurse providing the care — all of those stories make life interesting.
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