Toronto Medical Officer of Health takes leave of absence – Toronto

Toronto’s medical officer of health said she was taking time off as she was scheduled for surgery on Wednesday.

Dr. Eileen de Villa said in a statement on Tuesday that she underwent a routine screening mammogram during the summer months and follow-up tests which identified precancerous cells.

“These cells need to be removed through surgery, which I have to undergo tomorrow. Any further treatment will be determined after the surgery,” De Villa said.

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“My story is not unique. Women in Toronto receive news like this every day. I want you to know that I am receiving excellent care and that Toronto Public Health is in good hands with our Deputy Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Na-Koshie Lamptey, who will be the Acting Medical Officer of Health for me. absence.

De Villa said she plans to return to work on December 20.

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She called on Torontonians to participate in recommended screening programs.

“I am grateful that I took the time to get tested because it allowed me to have early detection and treatment,” she said.

Toronto Mayor John Tory released a statement on Twitter, wishing De Villa “all the best” as she undergoes her surgery.

“I have no doubt that she will recover quickly and I look forward to continuing to work with her when she returns,” Tory said.

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