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Choosing St. Michael’s Obstetrics Department

Patients choose the team at St. Michael’s because they are confident they will receive care from highly trained medical staff, and value the community support they receive from the whole team.

Integrated Care

Service at St. Michael’s is designed to deliver care all in one location. Any specialists you may need are available on site. They work closely together to support your care, and all your appointments can be completed in one place.


People and Community

When patients enter the doors of St. Michael’s, they experience how professionals work as a team and foster a sense of community amongst patients.




Patient-Centred

The team at St. Michael’s works hard to ensure your wellness is at the heart of everything they do.




Updated Health Standards

Health and Safety protocols are always updated to meet current standards. You can feel confident the health and safety of you and your baby are a priority.


Meet the obstetrics team.

Learn more about our highly qualified obstetricians and how they can help you along your pregnancy journey.


Lead with Experience

Dr. Howard Berger

Head of the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine and Obstetric Ultrasound at St. Michael’s Hospital

Area of Specialization:
Howard specializes in high-risk pregnancies and fetal complications. He also has a focus on diabetes in pregnancy and perinatal research. In addition to this Howard manages the Obstetrics Ultrasound Unit.

Patient Care Philosophy:
His approach to care is all about teamwork. Howard says confidently that you cannot find a better team than the one he works with at St. Michael s.

Education:
Dr. Howard Berger completed medical school and his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Israel. Following his residency, he completed a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Nirmala Chandrasekaran

OBGYN, Maternal Fetal Medicine

Area of Specialization:
Nirmala specializes in high-risk obstetrics and fetal complications. She also has a focus on obstetrics simulations.

Patient Care Philosophy:
Her approach to care revolves around putting patient wellbeing at the heart of every decision. In regards to her colleagues, Nirmala says that having traversed two continents, she can confidently say that St. Michael’s has the best team ever!

Education:
Dr. Nirmala Chandrasekaran completed medical school at the Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University and her residency at the London Deanery-UK, Obstetrics & Gynecology training rotation. Following her residency, she completed a two-year fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Tatiana Freire-Lizama

OBGYN, Maternal Fetal Medicine

Area of Specialization:
Tatiana specializes in high risk obstetrics and fetal complications. She also has a focus on quality assurance and simulation in medical education.

Patient Care Philosophy:
Her approach to care revolves around putting all patients’ wellbeing first. She has a particular focus on working with refugee and underserved populations.

Education:
Dr. Tatiana Freire-Lizama completed her medical school at McMaster University and her residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Toronto. Following her residency, she completed a two-year Maternal Fetal Medicine fellowship at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Stephen Im

OBGYN, Core Obstetrics & Gynecology

Area of Specialization:
Stephen specializes in low-risk obstetrics, colposcopy and general gynecology. He has a specific focus on caring for patients within the Korean community.

Patient Care Philosophy:
He enjoys meeting new patients and participating in medical education. His favourite part about being an OBGYN at St. Michael’s Hospital is teaching our medical students and residents from the University of Toronto.

Education:
Dr. Stephen Im completed his medical school and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Sari Kives

OBGYN, Deputy Chief of Gynecology at St. Michael’s Hospital

Area of Specialization:
Sari specializes in low-risk obstetrics, minimally invasive gynecology, robotic surgery and pediatric/adolescent gynecology. In addition to this, she is also a member of the Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS) Team.

Patient Care Philosophy:
She focuses on ensuring all individuals, including those with an increased BMI, can have the surgery they need. Her favourite part about being an OBGYN is that she looks after patients throughout the circle of life, from the very youngest to the oldest.

Education:
Dr. Sari Kives completed medical school at the University of Toronto and her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of British Columbia. Following her residency, she completed three 1-year fellowships in family planning, pediatric gynecology and advanced minimally invasive surgery at the University of Louisville and Queen’s University in Kingston.

Dr. Andrea Lausman

OBGYN, Maternal Fetal Medicine

Area of Specialization:
Andrea specializes in high-risk pregnancies and fetal complications. She also has a focus on preventing anemia in pregnancy and, with her team, created the IronMOM app to raise awareness and help keep patients healthy during pregnancy.

Patient Care Philosophy:
She loves to get to know her patients and delivering their babies is her favourite part of her job. She loves working at St. Michael’s because of how close-knit the department is; her colleagues are also some of her greatest friends.

Education:
Dr. Andrea Lausman completed medical school at the University of Western Ontario and her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto. Following her residency, she completed a two-year fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Carmen McCaffrey

OBGYN, Core Obstetrics & Gynecology

Area of Specialization:
Carmen specializes in low-risk obstetrics, colposcopy and Minimally-Invasive gynecology. In addition to this, she is also a member of the Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery (MIGS) team.

Patient Care Philosophy:
She loves getting to know her patients throughout their pregnancies and thinks getting to deliver babies is one of the best parts of her job. She specializes in advanced-stage endometriosis. She also enjoys working with the University of Toronto OBGYN medical students, residents and fellows to provide the best care for patients.

Education:
Dr. Carmen McCaffrey completed her medical school at the University of Calgary and her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto. Following her residency, she completed a two-year AAGL-accredited fellowship in minimally invasive gynecological surgery at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Filomena Meffe

Chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Co-Director of the Multidisciplinary Clinic for Women with Bleeding Disorders

Area of Specialization:
Filomena specializes in low-risk obstetrics and gynecology and has a focus on women with bleeding disorders. She is the Chief of the Ob/Gyn department. Filomena prides herself on ensuring that all patients receive the highest quality of care in the safest environment.

Patient Care Philosophy:
She says that her favourite part of being an OBGYN at St. Michael’s is working together with her colleagues from different disciplines to deliver high quality and safe care to her patients - that’s a win-win for everyone!

Education:
Dr. Filomena Meffe attended medical school and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Eva Mocarski

OBGYN, Core Obstetrics & Gynecology

Area of Specialization:
Eva specializes in low-risk obstetrics and diseases of the lower genital tract.

Patient Care Philosophy:
She became an OBGYN because she loved delivering babies. After many years on the job that has never changed - it is still her favourite part of being an OBGYN. She truly loves working at St. Michael’s Hospital.

Education:
Dr. Eva Mocarski completed her medical school and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Deborah Robertson

OBGYN, Core Obstetrics & Gynecology

Area of Specialization:
Deborah specializes in minimally invasive gynecology, robotic surgery, obstetrics, colposcopy and vulvar health. She is also a member of the Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS) team and acting program director of the fellowship at St. Michael’s Hospital.

Patient Care Philosophy:
She loves being able to provide a range of care to patients. She will often see patients in colposcopy, deliver their baby, then later down the road perform their surgery. She says it is wonderful to be able to build that trusting doctor-patient relationship over time.

Education:
Dr. Deborah Robertson completed medical school and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at McGill University. After residency, she completed a two-year fellowship in minimally invasive gynecological surgery at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Andrea Simpson

OBGYN, Core Obstetrics & Gynecology

Area of Specialization:
Andrea specializes in low-risk obstetrics, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, robotic surgery, colposcopy, and the management of early endometrial cancer. She is also a member of the Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS) Team.

Patient Care Philosophy:
She says that one of the most enjoyable aspects of being an OBGYN is getting to know her patients throughout their pregnancies. On the gynecology side of her practice, she believes that improving her patients’ quality of life through surgical or medical therapy is the most rewarding part of her job.

Education:
Dr. Andrea Simpson completed her medical school and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto. After residency, she completed a two-year fellowship in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Rajiv Shah

OBGYN, Core Obstetrics & Gynecology

Area of Specialization:
Rajiv specializes in low-risk obstetrics and gynecology, early pregnancy management, with a particular interest in the care of vulnerable and marginalized populations including trans healthcare. He also focuses on advancing the teaching and training of medical students and residents.

Patient Care Philosophy:
He thoroughly enjoys meeting new patients all the time and is fluent in French and Gujarati. His favourite part about being an OBGYN at St. Michael's Hospital is interacting with diverse groups of patients and staff.

Education:
Dr. Rajiv Shah completed his medical school at the University of Western Ontario and his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Eliane Shore

OBGYN, Core Obstetrics & Gynecology

Area of Specialization:
Eliane specializes in minimally invasive surgery, low-risk obstetrics, and colposcopy. She focuses on teaching all learners using modern methods of hands-on training for laparoscopic surgery. She is also a member of the Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS) Team.

Patient Care Philosophy:
She loves connecting with patients and getting to know them better. She especially loves it when she gets to see patients again for second, third, and fourth pregnancies!

Education:
Dr. Eliane Shore received her medical degree and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto. After residency, she completed a two-year fellowship in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Dana Soroka

OBGYN, Core Obstetrics & Gynecology

Area of Specialization:
Dana specializes in urogynecology and low-risk obstetrics, with a particular focus on pelvic reconstructive surgery and bladder issues. She is also a member of the Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS) team.

Patient Care Philosophy:
Her favourite part about being an OBGYN at St. Michael's Hospital is working with a multidisciplinary team to provide the best treatment option and the most appropriate procedure for each patient.

Education:
Dr. Dana Soroka completed her medical school at McGill University and her residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Ottawa. Following her residency, she completed a two-year urogynecology and pelvic reconstruction surgery fellowship at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Donna Steele

OBGYN, Core Obstetrics & Gynecology

Area of Specialization:
Donna specializes in low-risk obstetrics and gynecology. She has a focus on resident wellness and is the Chair of the Competence Committee at the University of Toronto for Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Patient Care Philosophy:
One of her favourite parts of working at St. Michael’s Hospital is being part of a team. She feels that even during challenging times, St. Michael’s Hospital is always able to provide safe, effective and compassionate care.

Education:
Dr. Donna Steele completed her medical school and her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Karen Tessler

OBGYN, Core Obstetrics & Gynecology

Area of Specialization:
Karen specializes in low-risk obstetrics.

Patient Care Philosophy:
She enjoys being part of a multidisciplinary team and is very excited about all the new and innovative things happening in the department.

Education:
Dr. Karen Tessler completed her medical school at the University of Manitoba and her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Mark Yudin

OBGYN, Core Obstetrics & Gynecology

Area of Specialization:
Mark specializes in low-risk obstetrics and gynecology and colposcopy. He has a focus on reproductive infectious diseases.

Patient Care Philosophy:
He loves working at St. Michael’s Hospital because of the great staff in the department as well as the incredible and diverse patient population he gets to meet.

Education:
Dr. Mark Yudin completed medical school and his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Toronto. After residency, he completed a two-year clinical and research fellowship in reproductive infectious diseases at the University of Pittsburgh.

We are here to help you every step of the way.

On-site Ultrasound

All pregnancy ultrasounds are done in our clinic. Generally, your ultrasounds are done at a prenatal visit, and you will get the results immediately. Learn more

Early Pregnancy Management Clinic

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Michael’s has a clinic for patients with early pregnancy concerns. Learn more

Medical Complications

You may be referred to the Medical Complications clinic if you have any of these health conditions: high blood pressure, auto-immune disorders, thyroid disease or other health conditions. Learn more

High Risk Pregnancy Clinic

This clinic is for patients who may have found a problem early in their pregnancy or have a possible genetic condition. Learn more

Prenatal Diagnosis Clinic

Our team of professionals works together to help you manage diabetes in pregnancy. Learn more

Diabetes Clinic

St Michael's Hospital offers a multidisciplinary approach to the management of diabetes in pregnancy Learn more

Breastfeeding Supports

We offer breastfeeding support, counselling and education. Our lactation consultants will work with you to develop a breastfeeding plan so you can achieve your breastfeeding goals. Learn more

Bleeding Disorders of Pregnancy Clinic

This clinic works with patients to make labour and birth care plans based on their bleeding disorder. Learn more

Perinatal Mental Health Clinic

This clinic is for women with mental health concerns before the pregnancy or that develop during the pregnancy. Learn more

Pediatric Consultations During Pregnancy

We provide consultations with a pediatrician for special concerns found during pregnancy that need attention before birth. If needed, a pediatrician will become a part of your team to discuss the care needs of your newborn. Learn more

Anesthesia Consults

We provide anesthesia consultations for certain concerns where anesthetic input would be of benefit. Learn more

Fetal Echocardiography Clinic

At this clinic, patients are seen by a pediatric cardiologist (baby/child heart specialist). You will get your results immediately. Learn more

Kind words from our new mothers.

"St. Michael’s showed me how important community was…being introduced to all of their social media initiatives, prenatal classes, and really friendly staff…"
"Delivering at St. Michael’s really feels like you’re part of a big family…"
"Everyone here is amazing, I felt super cared for, It was it’s a pandemic, but I don’t feel like it. The team here is great, they are not hesitant to answer any of my questions and they spend lots of time making sure that I feel reassured…"

Have a question?

How does the referral process work?

There are two options for getting referred to the St. Michael’s Obstetrics team. If you have a family doctor you can ask that they refer you to one of our Obstetricians by filling out this form.

If you do not have a family doctor you can call our clinic at 416-867-7421 or email us at obreferral@smh.ca and get instantly referred to one of our obstetricians.

At what point in my pregnancy journey should I consider speaking with my OBGYN?

If you are considering a pregnancy or have recently become pregnant we recommend seeking the guidance of an obstetrician as a great first step. They’ll be able to walk you through what to expect, helpful pointers, and assess any risks based on your personal and family health history.

Alternately, your family doctor may manage your early pregnancy visits, and then refer you to see an obstetrician at around 12 weeks.

Is it possible to get a tour of the facilities and meet the doctors I’ll be working with?

It’s possible to book a tour of St. Michael’s by calling the Prenatal Clinic at 416-867-7421.

How often will I have to come in and visit?

Pregnancy is measured in weeks. A normal pregnancy is about 40 weeks. Generally, the first visit takes place 12 weeks from your last period. You can come sooner if you have concerns.

  • From 12-28 weeks, your visits are generally every 4 weeks.
  • From 28-36 weeks, your visits are generally every 2 weeks.
  • From 36 weeks until you deliver, your visits are weekly.

Due to the frequency of visits at the tail end of the pregnancy it's important to consider your proximity to the hospital, and whether you’ll be able to complete all of your appointments in one location.



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