About 10 years ago, people began showing up at our hospital emergency department with repeated vomiting. Finally, we came across research that explained the cause: cannabis.
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ALUMNI NEWSLETTER  •  APRIL 2018
Dr. Lloyd Gordon
UofTMed Alum: A View of Cannabis in the Community
By: Dr. Lloyd Gordon

About 10 years ago, people began showing up at our hospital emergency department with repeated vomiting.

None of the standard anti-vomiting medications would work, and we couldn’t figure out what was going on. So these patients ended up getting a battery of tests — endoscopies, CT scans. I even heard of gallbladders being removed.

Finally, we came across research that explained the cause: cannabis.

What we were seeing was a recently identified diagnosis called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome — severe and continuous vomiting related to long-term use of cannabis. And we were happy to learn that there is an effective medication — especially now that we’re seeing more and more cases of this.

Whenever I tell these patients that their vomiting is related to their cannabis use, though, they typically don’t believe it.

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Dr. Lloyd Gordon, MD ’76, is a physician at the Humber River Hospital’s emergency department. The next issue of UofTMed magazine delves into the health implications of cannabis. Join the conversation by writing us your thoughts on cannabis, or coming to our June 2 UofTMed Inside the Issue panel discussion.
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OUR PLACE
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OUR PEOPLE
Alumni Awards
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Ronald Zucker, MD '69, PGME ’76
Lifetime Achievement Award (Global Impact)

Gary Levy, BSc. ’69, MD ’73
Lifetime Achievement Award (National Impact)

Donald Payne, MD '63, PGME ‘70
Humanitarian Award

Fahad Razak, BSc '02, MD '09, PGME’13
Emerging Leader Award

Vicky Lee Ng, MD '93, PGME '97
25th Anniversary Award
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Dr. Lillian Lome, MD ‘41
Remembering Dr. Lillian Lome, MD '41
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Martin Barkin
Remembering Dr. Martin Barkin, MD ’60, BSc’62, MA ’63
A leader in academia, medical administration and business, as well as a dedicated philanthropist and alumni volunteer. Dr. Barkin passed away in January 2018.
YOUR TURN
NOW IT'S YOUR TURN.
How will the legalization of cannabis influence your work?
What are your thoughts on cannabis, and the upcoming legalization of recreational use? The next issue of UofTMed magazine will delve into the health implications of cannabis. Write us, or join us at our June 2 UofTMed Inside the Issue panel discussion.
EVENTS
Alumni reunion June 1 & 2
U of T Medicine welcomes you back to campus for Alumni Reunion. Catch up with former classmates at a CPD-accredited workshop on wellness, the UofTMed Inside the Issue panel discussion on cannabis, the Dean’s Alumni Awards reception and more.
APR 14 - 15
2018
Toronto Anesthesia Symposium
This year’s theme, Anesthesia: current delusions and misconceptions, will bring together experts to discuss our current state of practice and provide clarity and guidance regarding many misconceptions.
APR 17
2018
Master's in Medical Genomics: Information Session
If you have a clinical or B.Sc. background, and are interested in pursuing a career in medical genomics, attend the information session to learn more about this Master's program.
APR 18
2018
Simulation Workshop: An Introduction to Simulation, Small Group and Video-Assisted Debriefing
An interactive workshop for educators who have no previous experience with simulation, but are interested in developing an understanding of simulation and debriefing skills.
APR 19 - 21
2018
13th Biennial Canadian Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Symposium
Join us for the 13th Biennial Canadian Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Symposium, featuring excellent speakers, dedicated participants, and enthusiastic exhibitors.
APR 20
2018
Oncology Continuing Education Rounds - Biosimilars: Oncology and Beyond
Hear about new developments in current cancer treatment, supportive care, and research by local, national, and international experts in the field.
APR 20
2018
2018 U of T Department of Family and Community Medicine Conference
Join your colleagues from Toronto and around the world, as we learn about the work we are all doing to advance family medicine.
APR 20
2018
The Future of Psychotherapy Conference
Join us for workshops, panel discussions and more featuring keynote speakers Dr. Zindel Segal and Dr. Jeff Cohn.
APR 21
2018
Toronto Breast Imaging Conference
Explore the technologies that are changing the approach to breast diseases, their diagnosis and management.
APR 25
2018
Keynote Lecture: Aging and Regeneration
Dr. Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte will give a lecture as part of the annual Training Program in Regenerative Medicine Regenerative Medicine Symposium.
APR 26
2018
Lawson Family Chair in Microbiome Nutrition Research Seminar Series
This seminar series enables researchers to share their cutting-edge work on the microbiome, its interaction with diet and its role in health and disease, with the scientific community.
APR 29
2018
UofTMed Reception at CCME
Catch up with alumni, faculty and students at a Faculty of Medicine reception at the Canadian Conference on Medical Education in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
MAY 4
2018
2018 Alzheimers Symposium: Enhancing Quality of Life Throughout the Dementia Journey
Share leading practices, novel approaches and strategies with clinicians from across our healthcare sector.
MAY 11
2018
Heart Failure Update 2018
The Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research and Canadian HF Society co-host a meeting devoted to heart failure, with a dual lens of clinical care and investigative research.
MAY 24-26
2018
Indigenous Health Conference: Walking Together
An interdisciplinary conference designed to help health care providers understand how Indigenous ways of knowing with respect to health and well-being can be utilized in health care approaches for Indigenous peoples.
MAY 25
2018
GTA Rehab Network’s Best Practices Day 2018
Clinicians, policy and management professionals, researchers, and students share the newest and best practice initiatives and research in all areas of rehabilitation.
MAY 30
2018
Making Workplace-Based Assessment Work for Trainees, Supervisors and Training Programs
During this workshop, participants will discuss how to design and implement workplace-based assessments that work for trainees, supervisors, and training programs.
MAY 31
2018
The Brian D Hodges Symposium
Join keynote speaker, André Picard, and take part in networking and brainstorming sessions with Wilson Centre scientists, researchers, fellows and other community members.
JUNE 1
2018
2018 Dean’s Alumni Awards Reception
Celebrate the achievements of five distinguished graduates with Dean Trevor Young and special keynote by Dr. Danielle Martin, as part of Alumni Reunion.
JUNE 2
2018
CPD Workshop on Wellness for Healthcare Professionals: Whose responsibility is it anyway?
Join an expert panel for this Alumni Reunion CPD-accredited event on wellness among health professionals, featuring a debate on ‘who is responsible for your health?’
JUNE 2
2018
UofTMed Inside the Issue on Cannabis
Hear from panelists at Alumni Reunion, as they delve into the health implications of cannabis, and what we can expect with the legalization of recreational use. Is the medical community adequately prepared?
JUNE 7
2018
Toronto Update on Lung Transplantation and Artificial Lung Support
This symposium will update lung transplant surgeons, physicians, trainees and other health professionals on current topics in lung transplantation and artificial lung support.
JUNE 7
2018
Endobronchial Ultrasound Conference
A one-day hands-on program for practicing thoracic surgeons or respirologists interested in learning the technique of Endobronchial Ultrasound Guided Transbronchial Needle Aspiration Biopsy (EBUS-TBNA).
JUNE 8 - 9
2018
43rd Annual Toronto Thoracic Refresher Conference
This two-day program will update practicing surgeons, postgraduate trainees and other health professionals on current topics in thoracic surgery.
JUNE 20
2018
CSPS U of T Alumni & Friends Welcome Reception
Join current faculty, fellow alumni and friends of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for a chance to network and reconnect.
JUNE 23
2018
Toronto Head and Neck Imaging Symposium
This program includes a structured review of some of the more common clinical entities that are encountered in both community and tertiary radiology practices as it pertains to head and neck disease.
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Alum and former Department Chair, Judith Friedland
Celebrating 100 years of Occupational Therapy Education at U of T
The Department’s 100th anniversary is featured in The Globe and Mail’s page-2 Moment in Time feature, thanks to the efforts of alumna and former Department Chair, Judith Friedland.
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