TORONTO'S TOP MEDICAL OFFICIAL ON MEDICAL LEAVE

Dec 07, 2021

By Christine Ross

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Toronto’s top doctor is undergoing surgery to remove pre-cancerous cells that were identified during a recent routine mammogram.

Dr. Eileen De Villa is scheduled to undergo surgery tomorrow and plans to return to work December 20th.

Dr. Na-Koshie Lamptey will be Acting Medical Officer of Health in her absence.

Saying her story is not unique, 52-year-old Dr. de Villa has a message for Toronto residents when it comes to their health during the pandemic “take the time to participate in screening programs as recommended.”

Mayor John Tory released the following statement: “On behalf of all Toronto residents, I wish her all the best as she undergoes surgery tomorrow. I have no doubt she will make a speedy recovery and I look forward to continuing to work with her upon her return. Her professionalism and balance have been key to Toronto’s progress in fighting COVID-19. I also want to thank Dr. de Villa for stressing the importance of routine checkups and visits with your family doctor.”

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