Doctors Making A Difference

They're talented, caring, professional, and committed. They're the physicians of William Osler Health System, and we have to admit that at Osler Foundation, we're big fans. It seems their patients are, too, because every day you trust them with your health and that of the ones you love. But what makes these "Doc Stars" really tick? Find out more about them below –they've answered our questions about why they became doctors, what inspires them, how they feel about the community in which they work and the hospital they love.

Dr. Marc Ossip

Chief of Diagnostic Imaging

“Since I was a kid, it was my dream to be in medicine. I also was, and still am, the type of person who wants to help other people. I started as a radiologist at Etobicoke General over 14 years ago. Coming to Etobicoke General was more of an emotional choice because of the feeling; it has a real team-oriented, family atmosphere. I work with a really great group of health care providers who have their hearts in the right place.”

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Dr. Vivek Panchapakesan

Site Lead of Plastic Surgery

“I have always known that my place in this world was to help people. As I grew up, I gravitated towards the sciences, which eventually led to me to medicine. It is a great honour to be able to help in a way that has a tremendous impact—to the patients personally, but also to the people they love, and the community around them. The one-to-one, human-to-human interaction I have with my patients gives me a sense of gratification that I couldn’t get in another profession.”

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Dr. Mahin Baqi

Physician for Infectious Diseases & Infection Control

“I think one of the things that people don’t know about Etobicoke General is the spectrum of diseases we see because we are the hospital for Canada’s largest airport. Treating a variety of tropical diseases are regular occurrences for us, and uncommon for a community hospital.”

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Dr. Roberta Minna

Corporate Chief of Surgery & Co-Medical Director, Surgical Program

“I’m an immigrant child, and very proud of my parents who taught me to work hard and be good. That philosophy has guided me through my life and my career. I wanted to be a surgeon ever since I can remember. Today, I have a busy practice, I’m able to take care of patients, I’m a parent and I feel very proud that I am able to accomplish all of that.”

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Dr. John Morrell

Urologist

“Etobicoke is my home, where I grew up. My mother has volunteered at Etobicoke General for years, and as a kid I must have put in 200 hours volunteering here. The hospital’s size makes it spectacularly efficient. I know most of the people at the hospital on a first name basis. If you need something done you just talk to somebody and things happen. It’s like family, and everybody’s in it for the same reason.”

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Dr. Sameer D’Souza

Dr. Sameer D’Souza

Site Chief of Emergency

“In the Emergency Department you see a lot of humanity, sickness and vulnerability. Emergency Medicine is a vocation that comes with an awesome responsibility. The sickest and most vulnerable people in our community implicitly trust us to help them in their time of need - this is an honour and incredibly motivating.”

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Dr. Brian Klar

Dr. Brian Klar

Family Medicine, Emergency Physician

"I’ve always been someone who cares about relationships, particularly helping people one on one or in small groups, so I knew growing up that I wanted to do something to help others. Becoming a physician afforded me that opportunity. If I knew then what I know now I’d have wanted to be a physician even more. It’s so fulfilling in so many ways. With experience, I better understand what medicine, and family medicine in particular, does and I realize what a great choice it was now more than ever."

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Dr. Karen Dang

Dr. Karen Dang

Site Division Head, Hospital Medicine

"I want to make a positive difference in people’s lives. There are times when patients feel uncertain about what will happen when they are in the hospital. This is where, we, as health care providers can do our part to make them feel better in our own way, whether that is to provide a treatment with compassion or to listen with empathy. I take this to heart and bring this into my practice every day."

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Dr. Kamil Haider

Dr. Kamil Haider

Emergency Physician & Director, Medical Trainee Program

“As a physician donor, I certainly believe in the concept of paying it forward. We’re excited about the new emergency department, which will be larger and brighter. But the space will not be effective without the appropriate equipment and resources to help treat patients. We all have a collective responsibility to support the hospital, and to further the well-being of our community, our patients, and our families.”

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