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Dr. Michelle Hladunewich honoured by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario

December 5, 2019


The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario presented the final 2019 Council Award to Dr. Michelle Hladunewich earlier today. Through her consultative practice, research and training of new nephrologists, Dr. Hladunewich has transformed the management of patients with pregnancy-related kidney disorders and glomerular disease.

Dr. Hladunewich, physician-in-chief at Sunnybrook, is fondly known as “Dr. Michelle” to her patients. She is the medical lead, glomerulonephritis and specialty clinics, with the Ontario Renal Network, and a professor at the University of Toronto.

Here at Sunnybrook, she is the founder and lead at Sunnybrook’s Pregnancy and Kidney Disease Clinic, the largest specialty renal clinic for high-risk pregnancies in the Ontario, where she has helped hundreds of women living with renal disease have children. The clinic also serves as a training program for medical students and nephrology specialists, many of whom travel from around the globe to learn how to set up similar programs in their communities.

Dr. Hladunewich’s prolific research in women’s health seeks to better understand the physiological mechanisms underlying pregnancies complicated by renal disease. She has been the principal or co-investigator in over 40 peer-reviewed research studies and her work has helped set new worldwide standards for the care of pregnant hemodialysis patients and changed the options for women who previously would have been told to avoid or terminate pregnancies.

A warm congratulations to her on this recent award.

Read more in this CityNews profile of Dr. Hladunewich »