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At North York General Hospital, our approach to childbirth involves using only necessary interventions to achieve a healthy and natural pregnancy and birth. We guide our patients through the natural process of birth, while providing the skills and expertise to deal with emergencies that can arise.
 
Our physicians are part of an interdisciplinary team that includes nurses, anaesthesiologists, obstetricians, social workers and lactation consultants. We also work with your primary care provider/family doctor to ensure that comprehensive care for you and your baby is provided before, during and after your pregnancy.

Referrals
Referrals are welcome. To book an appointment with one of our Family Practice Obstetrics providers, have your family doctor fax our referral form to Family Medicine Obstetrics at 416-756-6822.
Letter for physicians
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Meet some of our physicians
Dr. Dahlia BalibanDr. Janis BrowneDr. Rebecca Cohen; Dr. Elizabeth Dawe; Dr. Josephine Dunston;
Dr. David Eisen; Dr. Tiffany Florindo; Dr. Terry Goldenberg; Dr. Karen Hershenfield; Dr. David Kaplan;
Dr. Katherine Ker; Dr. Eva Knifed; Dr. Kim Lazare; Dr. Lara Rosenberg; Dr. Karen Stel; Dr. Eric Stutz;
Dr. Kimberly Wintemute

Need prenatal classes?
Take a look at the prenatal classes and education offered by North York General Hospital.
Visit Ontario Prenatal Education to learn about classes close to your home.  

NoteFor contact information on any of our physicians, see the Family Medicine Obstetrics List

Dr. Dahlia Balaban
Dr. Dahlia Balaban- Family Medicine Obstetrics, North York General Hospital
Dr. Dahlia Balaban is an academic Family Physician who is affiliated with NYGH and the University of Toronto. Her medical office is located at Bayview and Finch. She completed her medical training and residency through the University of Toronto, and her fellowship in low-risk obstetrics at NYGH. In her office, she enjoys teaching medical trainees and practicing comprehensive family medicine with a special focus on pregnant women and newborns. She also spends one day a week assisting a plastic surgeon in the operating room at NYGH and she sits on various hospital and academic committees. Outside of the GTA, she has previously worked in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Northern Ontario. She loves to read fiction and has a passion for travel and photography.

Dr. Janis Browne
Dr. Janis Browne, Family Medicine Obstetrics, North York General Hospital

Dr. Janis Browne is a family physician who has specialized in obstetrical and newborn care for over 30 years. Her passion is to provide family-centred care to mothers throughout their pregnancy, delivery and newborn experience. She has a special interest in supporting breast feeding and its many challenges. As a family physician, she enjoys the unique opportunity of providing comprehensive care to both mother and baby including their medical, nutritional, emotional and social needs. She looks forward to working with women and their families in sharing this special moment in their lives.

Dr. Rebecca Cohen
Dr. Rebecca Cohen is a Family Physician in the North York community. She has a dynamic practice where she enjoys caring for patients and their families. This is woven in with her passion for obstetrics and, having completed a fellowship in low-risk obstetrics, Dr. Cohen provides comprehensive prenatal care in affiliation with North York General Hospital. She is a Lecturer at the University of Toronto and actively involved in teaching medical students and residents. Dr. Cohen enjoys spending time with her family, participating in sports, and staying active in her community.

Dr. Elizabeth Dawe
Dr. Elizabeth Dawe, Family Medicine Obstetrics, North York General Hospital
Dr. Elizabeth Dawe has practised compassionate and patient-centred obstetrical care for almost 30 years. Her passion for obstetrics was sparked by her experiences working in West Africa and the Caribbean, where she was fortunate to be trained by midwives. She is a past chair of Family Medicine Obstetrics at NYGH. She is a fellow of the Canadian College of Family Physicians and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. She did her medical training at McMaster University and her residency at the University of Toronto. Her office is located in the Bayview and Finch area.

Dr. Josephine Dunston
Dr. Josephine Dunston is a family physician at the North York Family Health Team, who has a special interest in obstetrics and paediatrics. She attended McMaster University’s School of Medicine, and subsequently completed her Family Medicine residency and fellowship in low risk obstetrics at the University of Toronto. She is a member of North York General Hospital’s Newborn Patient Care and Quality Committee. She is also a faculty member at the University of Toronto and is involved with teaching both medical students and residents. She enjoys providing comprehensive, patient-centred care and welcomes referrals for prenatal care and delivery.

Dr. David Eisen
Dr. David Eisen, Family Medicine Obstetrics, North York General Hospital
David Eisen is a practicing Family Physician with active clinical and teaching interests in Obstetrics, Newborn Care and Women's Health. He has an academic practice in association with North York General Hospital and the University of Toronto. He teaches students from other programs including the Ryerson University Midwifery Education Program. He chaired the Family Medicine Obstetrics Division at NYGH, and served on all of the Maternal Newborn committees there. He serves NYGH as Chief, Department of Family and Community Medicine. He has served the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario in several capacities. He is married with three children and enjoys playing drums, yoga and skiing.

Dr. Tiffany Florindo
Dr. Tiffany Florindo, Family Medicine Obstetrics, North York General Hospital
Dr. Tiffany Florindo graduated from McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. She completed her Family Medicine residency at the University of Toronto based out of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, where she won the Steve Kandell Award for excellence in Family Medicine. After residency, she completed her fellowship in low-risk obstetrical care at the University of Toronto. She currently holds the academic appointment of Lecturer at the University of Toronto and is involved with teaching medical students and residents out of her office in the NYGH Family Medicine Teaching Unit. She is a member in good standing with the College of Family Physicians Canada, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and the Ontario Medical Association. Dr. Florindo has a special interest in women’s health and is currently accepting new obstetrical patients.

Dr. Terry Goldenberg
Dr. Terry Goldenberg, Family Medicine Obstetrics, North York General Hospital
I completed my medical training at McGill University in Montreal. After working in Oakville for 19 years, I moved to North York in 2004 and have a full family practice including newborn babies and children. I have been doing low-risk obstetrics for 32 years. I attend annual updates in obstetrics and have completed the Advances in Labour and Risk Management (ALARM) course, Neonatal Resuscitation Program course, and MoreOB. I have sat on quality committees in the Maternal and Newborn Program at NYGH, participated in quality-based procedures for hyperbilirubinemia in 2015, and sat on the Provincial Standards Committee for Postpartum Care in 2016. I perform newborn circumcisions in my office and am happy to take on pregnant women who do not have a family doctor into my family practice.

Dr. Karen Hershenfield
I graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School in 2007. I completed my residency and low-risk obstetrical fellowship training in Toronto. I am involved in teaching medical students and residents both in my office and at North York General Hospital. I enjoy delivering babies as part of my practice and feel humbled to be able to participate in this special time in patients' lives. Outside of work, I take great joy in spending time with my own family (including my two young kids and dog) and have interests in fitness and travel.

Dr. David Kaplan
Dr. David Kaplan, Family Medicine Obstetrics, North York General Hospital
Dr. David M. Kaplan has been a Family Physician practicing in obstetrics at North York General since 2003. He currently is the Primary Care Lead at Health Quality Ontario, the province’s advisor on health care quality. Prior to his medical training, he completed his graduate work in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto where he teaches in the medical school and residency programs. In 2013, he was awarded the inaugural Integrated Medical Education Award from the Faculty of Medicine.

Dr. Katherine Ker
Dr. Katie Ker, Family Medicine Obstetrics, North York General Hospital
I graduated from the University of Toronto medical school, completed my residency at McMaster University, and returned to Toronto for my fellowship in low-risk obstetrics at North York General Hospital. I joined the NYGH Family Medicine Teaching Unit in 2011 after my fellowship, and have been the Physician Lead of the unit since 2013. The Family Medicine Teaching Unit is conveniently located within the hospital, two floors up from Labour and Delivery. When I'm not delivering babies or seeing patients in clinic, I like to unwind by running, practising hot yoga, spending time with my son and bingeing on Netflix.

Dr. Eva Knifed
Dr. Eva Knifed, Family Medicine Obstetrics, North York General Hospital
Dr. Eva Knifed ("Dr.K" to her patients) practices comprehensive family medicine at Discovery Family Health, one block from North York General Hospital. Her special interest in obstetrics and women's health has fostered a practice of young families. In 2016 she completed her Master's degree in Bioethics, and has an interest in bioethics research. An active member of the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) at the University of Toronto, Dr. Knifed is involved in the development of the novel ethics curriculum at the postgraduate level. She is part of the team that won the coveted Physician Services Incorporated Foundation grant to fund their research and evaluation of the new postgraduate curriculum. An enthusiastic teacher, she received the DFCM Resident Teaching Award and was recently nominated for the DFCM teaching award as a faculty member. When not in the office or classroom, Dr. Knifed enjoys the outdoors while chasing her young children. You can also catch her reading a good book or knitting while watching a movie.

Dr. Kim Lazare
Dr. Kim Lazare, Family Medicine Obstetrics, North York General Hospital
Dr. Kim Lazare practises in the Family Medicine Teaching Unit located within North York General Hospital, which makes it super convenient for her to pop downstairs for deliveries! She prides herself in trying to attend as many of her patients’ deliveries as possible, and takes a patient-centred approach when it comes to pregnancy care. She teaches medical students and residents both Family Medicine and Obstetrics, and has a number of academic and research interests outside of her clinical practice. Outside of her work, she loves running, pilates, spending times with friends and family, and her dog. She would be delighted to meet you to discuss your pregnancy care needs.

Dr. Lara Rosenberg
Dr. Lara Rosenberg, Family Medicine Obstetrics, North York General Hospital
Dr. Lara Rosenberg practises comprehensive family medicine as part of the North York Family Health Team with a special interest in obstetrics and newborn care. She loves providing care for her patients, promoting health and guiding them throughout their pregnancies and deliveries. She is Chair of the Family Medicine Obstetrics Division at North York General Hospital and is on the leadership team for the Maternal, Newborn and Paediatric Care Program at the hospital. She earned her medical degree from the University of Ottawa and completed her Family Medicine residency and low-risk obstetrics fellowship at the University of Toronto. She is married with two children and enjoys running, cycling, exploring the coffee and restaurant scene citywide and sharing an enthusiasm for sports with her family. She welcomes referrals for maternity care and participates in as many of her patient deliveries as possible.

Dr. Karen Stel
Dr. Karen Stel, Family Medicine Obstetrics, North York General Hospital
I have served as a family doctor at International Medical Services since 2014. My practice currently encompasses the full spectrum of family practice, including obstetrical and well-baby care. Another special interest of mine is travel medicine, which originates from my work overseas in Africa — namely Mali, Kenya and Gabon — where I practised prior to my current role. I can communicate also in French and Dutch. A passion for family care, however, transcends any language, and so I look forward to continuing to serve my patients in any capacity that I can, even if it is a midnight call!

Dr. Eric Stutz
Dr. Eric Stutz, Family Medicine Obstetrics, North York General Hospital
Dr. Eric Stutz has been in practice as a family physician and obstetrical provider since 2010. He completed medical school and family medicine residency training at the University of Toronto, as well as an enhanced skills program in obstetrics at St Joseph's Health Centre. He is a faculty member in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at North York General Hospital. His academic activities involve both clinical and seminar-based teaching of medical students and residents. He has lead seminars on prenatal care, prenatal genetic testing, and safe use of oxytocin during labour.

Dr. Kimberly Wintemute
Dr. Kimberly Wintemute, Family Medicine Obstetrics, North York General Hospital
Kimberly Wintemute is a Family Doctor and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. She teaches medical students, residents and physician assistant students. She is Primary Care Co-Lead of the Choosing Wisely Canada national campaign. From 2008 to 2016, she served as Medical Director of North York Family Health Team. In 2014, she was named Regional Family Physician of the Year by the Ontario College of Family Physicians.