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Women’s College Hospital launches two new programs within the Gynecology Program

February 10, 2014

Dr. Lisa Allen
Dr. Lisa Allen,
gynecology site chief at WCH

As part of its commitment to offer innovative and modern programs that respond to women’s health needs, the Gynecology Program at Women’s College Hospital (WCH) recently announced the addition of two new programs: the Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI) Clinic and the Abnormal Uterine Bleeding (AUB) Program.

“We established these programs at Women’s College to address areas of women’s health that are best housed in an ambulatory environment,” said Dr. Lisa Allen, gynecology site chief at WCH.

The POI Clinic, a partnership with endocrinology, is a specialized and multidisciplinary clinic for women with Turner syndrome. Turner syndrome is a genetic disorder that can cause several medical and reproductive health issues including premature ovarian insufficiency. This clinic is the only one of its kind in Toronto to offer care from gynecologists and endocrinologists in one location for women with Turner syndrome. Providing multidisciplinary care to women with Turner syndrome has been demonstrated to impact future health through health surveillance and detection of health conditions.

The AUB Program includes an ambulatory, or outpatient, clinic as well as an Advanced Ambulatory Procedure Program. The AUB Clinic provides investigation, diagnosis and treatment of abnormal uterine bleeding, a condition that affects an estimated 10 to 30 per cent of women in their reproductive age. The Advanced Ambulatory Procedure Program offers a multitude of ambulatory procedures, often performed under sedation rather than a general anesthetic, to allow easier recovery. Some of the procedures offered include global endometrial ablation to treat heavy menstrual bleeding and advanced hysteroscopic procedures for the treatment of endometrial polyps, leiomyoma (fibroids) and uterine adhesions (scars). In addition, hysteroscopic tubal occlusion is available as a permanent contraceptive choice.

“We are a resource for the city in an area that no one else is taking on,” said Dr. Allen. “We now have residents coming to WCH from the University of Toronto’s department of obstetrics and gynecology to learn how to do these procedures so that we’ll also be disseminating the knowledge and be able to expand the number of providers who will be able to do this for women in the future.” 

The Abnormal Uterine Bleeding and Advanced Ambulatory Procedure programs that are led by WCH have participating providers with appointments at other academic hospitals: Dr. Abheha Satkunaratnam, St. Michaels’s Hospital; Dr. Lisa Allen and Dr. Ally Murji, Mount Sinai Hospital; and Dr. Jamie Kroft, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. This ensures that the programs are a resource available to women across the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network.

These programs are a continuation of the Gynecology Program’s work to build programs that bridge health system gaps, build on strengths and forge collaborations with other areas of expertise within WCH.

To learn more about the Gynecology Program at WCH, click here.

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