As hospitalists, we are experts in hospital care and are trained in family medicine or internal medicine. We provide day-to-day comprehensive medical care to hospitalized medical patients across multiple settings including acute care, post-acute care, and long-term care.
DFCM's Division of Hospital Medicine is a community dedicated to enhancing medical education and quality improvement and leading change at the system level. We provide unique experiences to learners in a variety of in-patient settings.
Meet the Team
Dr. Cary Fan
Dr. Cary Fan, MD (Queen’s University), CCFP, BASc (University of Waterloo),
MASc (IBBME University of Toronto)
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto
Dr. Cary Fan trained originally as a Systems Design Engineer and has a master’s degree in Clinical Engineering from the University of Toronto. He completed his medical training at Queen’s University and completed residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto. He joined UHN as a hospitalist at Toronto Rehab in 2013 and led the Code Blue Committee into the COVID-19 pandemic. He became the Academic Lead for the Family Physicians at Toronto Rehab in 2019. Working with the Division is a natural extension of his work with the Faculty Development Committee within the Department of Family and Community Medicine. His goal is to increase access of Division members to the resources of the DFCM. His professional Interests: Quality Assurance, Medical Education
Dr. Simrran Gohal
Dr. Simrran Gohal completed her Medical Degree at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry from Western University and her residency at St. Michael's Hospital. She also completed her master’s degree in Global Health both locally at McMaster University in Hamilton and internationally at Maastricht University in Maastricht, the Netherlands. She then went on to complete the Sunnybrook/UHN Hospital Medicine Clinical Fellowship Program through the department of General Internal Medicine. Dr. Gohal's hospitalist training led her to various roles but currently she is a Clinical Associate within the Department of Medical Oncology and Hematology at Princess Margaret Hospital and a member of the UHN MAID team.
Her continued medical education experience is diverse and has her well versed in both Methadone Training (CAMH & True North Addictions Clinic) and Palliative/MAID care (Bridgepoint Health/UHN). She also has worn many professional hats, which have included Resident Curriculum Advisor (St. Mike’s), MD Admission Rater (U of T) and Co-Founder of the Social Medicine Certificate Program adopted by the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS Canada). Dr. Gohal was also actively involved in research throughout her career with a number of presentations, abstracts, and publications with a focus on curriculum development and quality improvement.
Dr. Hedieh Molla Ghanbari
Dr. Hedieh Molla Ghanbari is the Mount Sinai Division of Hospitalist and UHN/Sinai Hospitalist fellowship site lead. She has been an Academic hospitalist since graduating from her fellowship at University of Toronto in 2014. She has completed a Master of Science in Community Health in Health Practitioner Teacher Education from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and a Certificate in Quality and Patient Safety. She holds a Physician Leadership Institute Certificate and has obtained her certificate in Addiction Medicine and is one of the lead physicians on the Addiction Medicine consult service at Mount Sinai Hospital. She is a Co- Lead for Systemic Bias and Racism Community of Interest at Mount Sinai Hospital based on her interest in systemic bias and racism. She is interested in women in leadership, health equity and addiction medicine. Her research interests include transitions of care, quality improvement and patient safety
Dr. Hana Thomas
Dr. Hana Thomas is a family physician based in Toronto. As part of her clinical training, she recently completed a fellowship in hospitalist medicine. She currently practices medicine in both urban and rural settings in Ontario. She received her DrPH in Leadership in Global Health and Humanitarian Systems from the Heilbrunn Department of Population & Family Health at Columbia University. Her public health pursuits have included a range of health systems and health services work including in topical areas such as maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health policy, immunization guidelines for high-risk populations, among others. In her more recent capacity as research scientist with Systems Improvement at District Hospitals and Regional Training of Emergency Care (sidHARTe) for the Acute Care & Emergency Referrals Systems (ACERS) project based in Ghana, Dr. Thomas provided technical and clinical support to the project's Implementation Research efforts aimed at improving emergency obstetric and newborn outcomes in rural Ghana. Her D.Ph. dissertation explored the quality and coverage of small and sick new newborns in LMIC settings.
Dr. Benjamin Kaasa
Dr. Benjamin Kaasa is a Family Physician and Hospitalist at Toronto Western Hospital at the University Health Network. He has a comprehensive family medicine practice at Toronto Western Family Health Team, and has specific clinical interests in hospital medicine, LTC and elder care. He is the physician lead for the Family Inpatient Service, a family medicine run Clinical Teaching Unit and is the current program director for the PGY-3 enhanced skill year in Hospital Medicine at the University of Toronto. He completed medical school at the University of Calgary in Alberta, his home province and moved to Toronto in 2007 for a residency in family medicine at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Tania Tajirian
Dr. Tania Tajirian, is the inaugural Chief Medical Information Officer and Chief of Hospital Medicine Division at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Tajirian is a physician wellness liaison, and her academic interests are quality improvement initiatives, including how to improve efficiencies of practice and reduce EHR/ technology related burden. She is the recipient of the 2022 Most Influential Women in Health IT Award from Healthcare Information Management System Society (HIMSS).