Clinics & Inpatient Care Units

Rheumatology

Staff

Dr. Louise Perlin – division head

Dr. Perlin is a staff physician, department of Medicine at St. Michael's, and associate professor of Medicine, University of Toronto. She is a clinician-teacher, recognized for her outstanding teaching skills in the clinic and on the consultation service. She is a member of the Department of Medicine and Division of Rheumatology executive committees. Dr. Perlin's practice encompasses the broad spectrum of rheumatic disease with a strong emphasis on inflammatory disorders and juvenile idiopathic arthritis patients transitioning from the Hospital for Sick Children.

Dr. Dharini Mahendira

Dr. Mahendira is staff physician, Department of Medicine at St. Michael's, and assistant professor of Medicine, University of Toronto. She is a clinician-teacher practicing general rheumatology with a special interest in managing rheumatic diseases in pregnancy. She is involved in medical education of trainees at all levels, with a focus on rheumatology curriculum design in post-graduate medical education. She completed a master's in Health Practitioner Teacher Education at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Erin Norris

Dr. Norris is a staff physician, Department of Medicine at St. Michael's, and assistant professor of Medicine, University of Toronto. She is a clinician-teacher with an interest in metabolic bone diseases and collaborative models of care. Her clinical practice includes general rheumatology, with a focus on inflammatory disorders and metabolic bone diseases. She also runs specialty clinics in the cystic fibrosis and hemophilia programs and is involved in medical education of trainees at all levels and across disciplines.

Dr. Robert Rottapel

Dr. Rottapel is a staff physician, Department of Medicine at St. Michael's, and professor of Medicine, University of Toronto. He is a clinician-scientist and a senior scientist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, holding the Amgen Chair for Cancer Research. He is a professor of Medicine, Immunology and Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto and is a director at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research for the Innovations in Target Validation Program. He serves as the head of the Ontario node of the Terry Fox Research Institute and on its national executive counsel. His research focuses on the overlap between inflammation and cancer.

Dr. Laurence Rubin

Dr. Rubin is a staff physician, Department of Medicine at St. Michael's, and professor of Medicine, University of Toronto. He is clinician-investigator with an expertise and interest in the genetic basis of metabolic bone disease/osteoporosis and autoimmune inflammatory disorders. He heads a multidisciplinary program in osteoarthritis, an early rheumatoid arthritis program (CATCH Cohort), a monthly spondyloarthritis clinic and weekly metabolic bone disease and osteoporosis clinic. Dr. Rubin has also been an attending rheumatologist at the Timmins and District Hospital since 1987 with a clinical program focused on inflammatory joint disease.

Dr. Rachel Shupak 

Dr. Shupak is a staff physician, Department of Medicine at St. Michael's, and associate professor of Medicine, University of Toronto. She is a clinician-educator with interests spanning a range of inflammatory rheumatologic conditions, with a focus on inflammatory myopathies. She has expertise in continuing education program development and is a founder and medical director of the Advanced Clinician Practitioner in Arthritis Care and Prescription for Education programs. She has won many outstanding teaching awards as well as the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Dr. Ophir Vinik

Dr. Vinik is a staff physician, Department of Medicine at St. Michael's, and assistant professor of Medicine, University of Toronto. He is a clinician-teacher practising general rheumatology with a special interest in inflammatory myopathies. He is involved in medical education of trainees at all levels and is a Director of the St. Michael’s annual Arthritis Day for Primary-Care Clinicians. He is a referral source for adolescents with juvenile idiopathic myopathies in transition from the Hospital for Sick Children.

Dr. Ron Laxer

Dr. Laxer is a staff physician at the Hospital for Sick Children, cross appointed to the Department of Medicine at St. Michael's. He is a professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, University of Toronto. Dr. Laxer holds administrative and clinical positions at SickKids and is a valued and awarded clinician and teacher. His area of interest and international expertise is in the auto-inflammatory disorders. He brings this expertise to St. Michael's, where he provides consultation to adults with these conditions and teaching to the rheumatology residents in attendance.

Dr. Doreen Campbell

Dr. Campbell is a staff physician, Department of Medicine, St. Michael's, and lecturer, University of Toronto. She practises general rheumatology with a special interest in rehabilitation medicine. She is involved in medical education and supervises trainees at all levels and from different disciplines.

Contact us

Martin Family Centre
B1 (Ground Floor) Donnelly Wing South
St. Michael's Hospital
30 Bond Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5B 1W8

Phone: 416-864-5280 (Booking Office)