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Transitional Pain Service - Toronto General Hospital

Program Description

The Transitional Pain Service aims to provide a state-of-the art pain management program for patients at risk of chronic post-surgical pain, related disability, and excessive opioid use. Using a multidisciplinary patient-centered approach to treatment we aim to improve patient functioning to maximize quality of life and reduce the health care burden of chronic pain. Through our research we aim to create a comprehensive evidence-based program that guides the development of future pain programs and pain care policy in Canada and throughout the world.

Lead Physician(s)/Physician Team


 Dr. Hance Clarke


Dr. Alexander Huang                                               Dr. Diana Tamir                                       Dr. Rita Katznelson

Dr. Karen Mcrae

Dr. Michael Kahn

Dr. Joseph Fiorellino

Dr. Praveen Ganty                                            

Dr. Michael Kahn

Dr. Jeffrey Wieskopf

Clinical Care Team

Nathalie Cote, BScPT, CMT (Physiotherapist), Salima S.J. Ladak, NP, BScN, MN, PhD (Nurse Practitioner), Molly McCarthy PhD, CPsych 

(Clinical Psychologist), Rachel Siegal PhD, CPsych (Clinical Psychologist), Nicholas Vaccariello, MN, NP (Nurse Practitioner), Leeping Tao BScN, MN, NP (Nurse Practitioner), Michelle Flynn, PhD, CPsych (Clinical Psychologist), Dr. Max Slepian (Clinical Psychology Lead)

Clinical Fellows

Dr. Ala Mahamid

Dr. Elizabeth Woodford

Administrative & Research Staff

Zhaorong (Karen) Hong, MSc, Maria Valenzuela, Anna Lomanowska, PhD, Sarah Miles, PhD, Miki Peer, PhD, Gordon Tait, PhD, Sonalben Thaker, Aliza Weinrib, PhD, Dorothy Wong MSW, Jo Carroll (Research Manager), Dr. Joel Katz (Research Lead)

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