Dr. Hillary Steinhart, Marilyn Finkelstein,  Dr. Geoffrey Nguyen, Indira Naidoo-Harris, Mina Mawani, Rachel Chisholm

Toronto Centre: Mount Sinai Hospital

 Area of Focus: Servicing Remote Communities

  • Mount Sinai will be leading a project to identify geographic regions in which Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis patients are underserviced. Telemedicine will provide outreach to underserved and remote communities.
  • Mount Sinai Hospital IBD Centre of Excellence (MSH IBD COE) program will focus on increasing access of IBD healthcare services to underserved regions in Ontario through telemedicine-based consultation and follow-up care. This will be done in conjunction with a research program that will evaluate the benefits and value of such a program on IBD patient care and outcomes of disease burden.
  • The program will connect remote communities to clinicians at Mount Sinai Hospital’s IBD program, an interdisciplinary team dedicated to providing the best care to individuals living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Rachel Meehan

Crohn's Disease Patient, Sudbury, ON

PACE is a significant announcment for Crohn's and colitis patients. The network's goal to standardize patient care and expand access to specialist care particuarly resonates with me


  • This project has secured funding for the next four years, with the goal of continuing well beyond 2020. Mount Sinai will participate in quarterly reports with all centres under the leadership of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.
  • Mount Sinai Hospital will focus on servicing remote communities for the next two years and will then begin adopting the specialties of the other centres in years three and four.

Leadership: Geoffrey Nguyen, M.D. Ph.D., F.R.C.P.(C)

  • Nguyen is the project leader for the entire PACE program. He is also leading a telemedicine component of the PACE research at Mount Sinai Hospital, part of Sinai Health System.
  • Nguyen has worked as an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and the Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation; Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto.
  • Nguyen is currently appointed as a Clinician Scientist at Mount Sinai Hospital and Lunenfeld Tanenbaum Research Institute, both, part of Sinai Health System and is affiliated with the Zane Centre for Digestive Diseases, also part of Sinai Health System.
  • He is the recipient of an AGA Research Scholar Award and two consecutive New Investigator Awards from CIHR.
  • Nguyen’s expertise lies in understanding the impact of IBD specialty care on health outcomes at the population level. Dr. Nguyen's research focuses on using administrative health data to monitor patterns of IBD-related healthcare utilization, its determinants, effect on health quality of life and morbidity, and economic impact.

Dr. Geoff Nguyen

Clinician Scientist, Mount Sinai Hospital & LuftenfieldTenenbaum Research Institute, part of Sinai Health System

Our center is leveraging the Ontario Telemedicine Network's infrastructure and resources to access remote communities and extend the reach of our specialized care. We see ourselves pioneering this novel technology in the IBD field. Our centre is leveraging the Ontario Telemedicine Network's infrastructure and resources to access remote communities and extend the reach of our specialized team.

PACE Centre: Mount Sinai Hospital’s Centre for Inflammatory Bowel Disease Centre of Excellence

  • The Centre is an international leader in delivering excellence in patient care, education and research for patients with disorders of the gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, small intestine and colon), in particular, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, the two main forms of IBD.
  • The Centre brings together one of Canada’s largest, most comprehensive multidisciplinary team of IBD clinicians including gastroenterologists, colorectal surgeons, nurses, allied health, enterostomal therapists, investigators and research staff.
  • The Centre provides both outpatient care and inpatient services to more than 4,700 patients annually, many who come from outside of Toronto and Ontario.

Read the News Release here

Questions? Contact: Katy Devitt

  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 150 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.

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