Irfan Dhalla

Dr. Dhalla is a general internist at St. Michael's Hospital and a Scientist in the Keenan Research Centre of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital. Dr. Dhalla holds faculty appointments in the Departments of Medicine and Health Policy, Management & Evaulation and the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto. After completing his clinical training at the University of Toronto, he received a Commonwealth Scholarship, which he used to complete a master's degree in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His research focuses on the design and evaluation of new models of care for individuals with chronic diseases. Dr. Dhalla serves on the Committee to Evaluate Drugs, an advisory committee to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and on the board of Canadian Doctors for Medicare. Follow Dr. Dhalla on Twitter @IrfanDhalla


Articles and Opinion Pieces by this author

The sky is not falling

If you came here from another country and opened a newspaper, you might well come to the conclusion that Ontario’s health care system is falling apart. It seems that every day there is a headline about a scandal in one part of the health care system or another. An Auditor General’s report is released criticizing…

Shouldice Hospital sale should be rejected

Last week, the family that owns Shouldice Hospital announced that it would like to sell its facility to Centric Health, a for-profit company traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Shouldice, a facility renowned for its care of patients with hernias, was founded by a surgeon in the 1940s and allowed to continue as a private…

Thanks for paying to have my teeth cleaned

So far this year, I’ve visited my dentist and optometrist once each for routine checkups. As most people know, the Ontario government does not pay for routine dentistry and optometry for most people. Or at least this is what we think. Indirectly, the government shoulders a significant portion of the cost. In other words, most…

Punishing all self-referral is not the solution

If I were a respirologist, I would receive many referrals from family doctors asking me to determine whether patients with shortness of breath have asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. I would take a history from each patient and conduct a physical examination. Depending on the situation, I might occasionally order some blood tests or…