Annual general meeting
Dr. Sandy Buchman is a palliative care physician and an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Division of Palliative Care at the University of Toronto and McMaster University. He is the Freeman Family Chair in Palliative Care and Medical Director of The Freeman Centre for the Advancement of Palliative Care at North York General. From 2019 - 2020, he served as President of the Canadian Medical Association and is also a past president of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario College of Family Physicians. From 2005 - 2019, he provided home-based palliative and end-of-life care with the Sinai Health System’s Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care and with the Palliative Care and Education for the Homeless (PEACH) Program of Inner City Health Associates in Toronto. Sandy is a founder and medical lead of a new residential hospice, Neshama Hospice, currently being built in the Toronto Area. He is the 2020 recipient of the W. Victor Johnston Award by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. This award recognizes a renowned Canadian or international family medicine leader for continuous and enduring contributions to the specialty of family medicine in Canada or abroad.
Born and raised in Toronto, Dr. Sandy Buchman has made an indelible mark on the city he calls home. As Dr. Buchman’s career has blossomed and grown, so has his family. Married to Gail Baker, they have three sons, three daughter-in-laws and six grandchildren. Dr. Buchman’s wife Gail Baker, is a founder and was principal of the Toronto Heschel School for 18 years. This dedication to family values is, in part, what has propelled Dr. Buchman professionally. Dr. Buchman’s passion for end of life and palliative care has burgeoned with the care of his and Gail’s elderly parents. Dr. Buchman demonstrates indefatigable commitment to both the Jewish and broader Toronto community. His dedication shines through his exemplary practice of medicine, but also in his lived display of dedication to the very values echoed by JF&CS; holistic and individual centred care driven with empathy and respect that places the person before their situation.