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Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism

Department of Medicine
Women's College Hospital

The Endocrine Division of women’s College Hospital is a leader in Academic Ambulatory Endocrinology, delivering patient-centered care in an evidenced-based framework that has a focus on quality. Consistent with the WCH priorities, we aim to provide innovative care delivery models working with our allied health professionals to improve care, reduce emergency room visits, and transition patients back to their primary care provider.

Endocrinology plays a leading role in the hospital’s Diabetes Care Program and at the Women’s College Research Institute (WCRI). The Diabetes Program is currently providing innovative programs including: the Emerging Adult Diabetes Program (ages 18 to 29), the Centre for Integrated Diabetes Care (CIDC) for complex patients with type 2 diabetes, programs for women at risk for diabetes who previously had gestational diabetes and may have difficulty accessing care, young women with type 1 diabetes needing pregnancy care and planning. We have a link with Mental Health Program for women with postpartum depression, or women with diabetes and disordered eating. We have a program with UHN to assist with diabetes and insulin management post discharge from hospital and improve these transitions of care. We also have a program for polycystic ovarian syndrome that interacts and collaborates with the gynecology program and the infertility program.

 We have a unique expertise in reproductive endocrinology, including programs for adult women with Turner’s Syndrome and Premature Ovarian Insufficiency in collaboration with gynecology.

 We have a strong Thyroid Program dealing with thyroid disorders across the lifespan, including pregnancy and the postpartum period. We have a significant Thyroid Cancer Program, in conjunction with Endocrine Surgery, and we are working towards comprehensive care with improved access to definitive treatment. We are partners with the Toronto Central LHIN in trying to harmonize the treatment of thyroid cancer and improve quality of care.

The Endocrine Division is a key participant in the WCH Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Program, from both a clinical and research perspective. This program collaborates closely with Osteoporosis Canada in disseminating important information.


  • Thyroid Program: This groundbreaking Thyroid Program is a rapid access program that works like a one-stop shop for patients with all forms of thyroid dysfunction and thyroid cancer. The result is a patient centered model of care with the potential to cut wait times in half. This program is also the program in Ontario doing total thyroidectomies within an ambulatory surgery model.
  • Centre for Integrated Diabetes Care: This program offers a multidisciplinary, integrated care approach for patients with Type 1 Diabetes, emerging adults with Type 1 diabetes (ages 18-29) and complex patients with Type 2 Diabetes.  The program has lead an insulin pump program providing resources and support for patients on insulin.
  • Centre for Osteoporosis & Bone Health: Multidisciplinary program providing expertise in osteoporosis care and metabolic bone disease.  Through collaboration with family physicians and   other health care providers in rural/remote Ontario, the program also delivers clinical care to complex patients in the community through the Ontario Telemedicine Network.
  • Women's Reproductive Health:  A unique expertise in reproductive endocrinology, including programs in Turner's Syndrome, Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI) and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).  Our programs take a broad-based and comprehensive approach to these conditions. In PCOS, we use an interdisciplinary approach in collaboration with the Gynecology Program. The Women's Reproductive Health program includes:
    • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Clinic
    • Premature Ovarian Insufficiency Clinic for Women with Turners Syndrome
    • Premature Ovarian Failure Clinic
    • Endocrine Preconception and Pregnancy Program

Making an appointment:

Patients are seen only by referral from a physician. Please see each clinic for specific referral requirements.

Referring a patient:

Please fax your referral along with recent laboratory and/or radiology results to the Endocrine Program at Women’s College Hospital at 416-323-6534.  Your referral will be triaged by the endocrinologist and the referring physician will be contacted with the appointment details.  Referrals to the Centre for Osteoporosis & Bone Health can be faxed to 416-323-6484.


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Location & Contact Information

Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism
Women's College Hospital
76 Grenville Street
4th floor
Toronto, ON M5S 1B2

Phone: 416-323-6013

Fax: 416-323-6534 (Endocrinology)

Fax: 416-323-6484 (Osteoporosis)

The hospital is fully accessible. All clinics have wheelchair accessible washrooms.

Division Head: Dr. Afshan Zahedi

Manager: Pat DiRaimo

Clinic Coordinator: Victor Cipriano

Our Publications

  • Fully affiliated with:
  • University of Toronto

  • A member of:
  • Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario (CAHO)