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Pediatrics

Biographies

Dr. Joey Bonifacio, Active Primary
Adolescent Medicine, Neonatology

Joey Bonifacio is a staff physician and adolescent medicine specialist at St. Michael’s Hospital.

His outpatient clinical care at St. Michael’s includes a general adolescent medicine clinic involving eating disorders, sexual and reproductive health, and basic pediatric and adolescent gynecology. He has a strong interest working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) children and adolescents. He also provides cognitive behavioral therapy and medical management for teens with mood disorders.

His outreach through St. Michael’s involves providing medical care for street-involved and homeless youth at Evergreen, the medical clinic affiliated with the Yonge Street Mission, and therapy and counseling services for mood disorders at Covenant House, Canada’s largest youth shelter. He is also physician-in-chief of Youthdale Treatment Centres, a community mental health agency funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and oversees the medical care of their outpatient consultation, residential treatment, and psychiatric units.

Research

His current research includes a qualitative photovoice study on homeless and street-involved youth, the effects of the provision of baby boxes to underserved new parents, and quantitative measures regarding the efficacy of hormone-blocker and cross-sex hormone treatment to transgender youth.

Education

Joey completed an AB in linguistics (Cornell) and MD (UBC). He completed his general pediatrics residency at the Montreal Children’s Hospital where he was also chief resident. He completed his adolescent medicine fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children. Joey has completed an MSc in Bioethics (McGill), an MPH in Clinical Effectiveness (Harvard), and an MA in medical anthropology (UofT). He is currently completing his MTS at Regis College (UofT) looking at the intersection of religion, gender, and medicine.