Sinai's Impact

Why Sinai Health Foundation?

Sinai Health is a specialized health care system and biomedical research institute, discovering and delivering life-changing care. Our globally recognized experts push the boundaries of care for infants, the most complex chronic diseases, and the diseases of aging.

How Sinai Helps

Sinai Health has long been recognized as a world leader in diabetes care and research, holding the number-one spot in the world in high-impact diabetes research.

This year marks an important milestone in diabetes research. The Toronto discovery of insulin 100 years ago transformed diabetes from a death sentence to a life-limiting illness with multiple complications, such as blindness, heart attack, stroke and kidney failure. Thanks to donors like you, Sinai Health located in the heart of Toronto, is positioned to advance and revolutionize diabetes research and clinical care.. We’re proud to play a leading role in this new era of diabetes discovery as Mount Sinai Hospital nears its own 100th anniversary in 2023.

Donor support has enabled Sinai Health’s world-class scientists and investigators to play a lead role in a new series of game-changing discoveries, offering renewed hope for patients and their families around the world.

Breast Cancer

Sinai Health is working to elevate precision breast cancer treatment while focusing on women's overall well-being and quality of life. Supporting 34,000 patients each year, the Marvelle Koffler Breast Centre develops, delivers, and shares innovative programs such as SHE-CAN - a nurse-led initiative supporting sexual health in breast cancer patients and survivors. Empowering breast cancer patients to take charge of their health and reduce the risk of recurrence, the Centre's lifestyle programming leverages the discoveries of the pioneering Sinai Health experts who helped shape today's understanding of the connections between lifestyle and breast cancer. Researchers at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Sinai Health are presently leading one of the world's largest studies on the links between hereditary factors, behaviour, environment and diet, looking at how these factors influence girls' pubertal growth, in hopes of informing preventive strategies to reduce breast cancer risk in future generations.

Women & Infants

Home to Canada's largest and most comprehensive pregnancy program, Sinai Health is widely recognized for excellence in helping people start and grow families. Two-thirds of the 7,000 babies born at Mount Sinai Hospital each year are considered high-risk due to complex maternal health issues (e.g., women with autoimmune diseases, heart defects, cancer survivors, transplant recipients), fetal health issues (e.g., spina bifida, twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome), or complications arising directly from the pregnancy. Specialists and trainees come to Sinai Health from all over the world, attracted by the size and scope of this program - combined with the incredible diversity of our patient population - which provides unique insights into complications and opportunities to advance new ways to support healthy outcomes in pregnant people and their babies.

Mature Women’s Health

Sinai Health's Dr. Wendy Wolfman is an internationally celebrated trailblazer who has dedicated her career to destigmatizing menopause, improving quality of life for the 1 in 4 women who experience debilitating symptoms for up to half their lives, and supporting their complex health needs. Supported by the Carole Mitchell Chair in Menopause - one of the world's first clinical chairs in this long-overlooked field - Dr. Wolfman is training a new generation of menopause specialists from across Canada and around the world. In addition, she delivers education for gynaecologists, family physicians and other health professionals - combatting the outdated notion that menopause symptoms are something women must simply endure.

The Schwartz/Reisman Emergency Medicine Institute (SREMI) runs a specialized mental health support program, Pathway to Peers. In partnership with Stella’s Place and the RBC Foundation, the program supports young people between ages 16 and 29 who visit Mount Sinai Hospital’s Emergency Department in need of timely and inclusive mental health care.

People who are part of the LGBTQ2S+ community may face higher risks for mental health issues due to systemic discrimination and social determinants of health. To better support this program, all emergency department staff and emergency medicine trainees are receiving training in best practices when caring for LGBTQ2S+ patients. These in-department sessions simulate barriers young LGBTQ2S+ patients face prior to an emergency department visit and in the emergency department, and teach how Sinai Health’s team, including peer support workers, can ensure care in the department is inclusive and accessible.

Provide holiday warmth and help our Social Work team and give a helping hand to deserving families through the holiday season. Generous donations from our community helps ease the financial strain of oncology patients, patients receiving mental-health services, surgical patients and families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Together we can support families beyond their direct care, relieving financial stress through difficult times.

The Rebecca MacDonald Centre for Arthritis and Autoimmune Disease at Mount Sinai Hospital is a comprehensive Centre integrating clinical patient care with innovative, genetics-based research for rheumatic and autoimmune diseases. It provides a variety of specialized clinics serving more than 15,000 patients annually for treatment of any of the 115 forms of arthritis, including the most serious, potentially life-threatening forms of rheumatic and autoimmune diseases. Patients receive "personalized" care developed on-site by world leaders involved in multi-disciplinary research. Community support helps accelerate research to improve care for patients with arthritis & autoimmune diseases.

One in two individuals will receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. Mount Sinai Hospital is a Canadian leader in cancer care. The Christopher Sharp Cancer Centre is positioned as one of the largest specialized cancer programs and is the leading centre for treating sarcoma, breast and gastrointestinal cancers in Ontario. The Marvelle Koffler Breast Centre is a premiere facility specialising in breast health and disease, treating more than 34,000 women annually. We provide highly specialized and integrated care for patients — from detection to innovative treatments, highly specialized surgeries and world-leading research.

Mount Sinai Hospital is home to Canada's largest and most advanced neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Our expert medical teams deliver 7,000 babies each year and specialize in treating high risk pregnancies to care for 1 in 10 of the country’s most vulnerable infants. We’re proud to support families during this special and important time. Your support has huge impact, that is felt by the parents of our tiniest and most fragile patients.

There is no health without mental health. Sinai Health’s Department of Psychiatry has more than 100 psychiatrists and mental health professionals focused on the clinical, research, and educational components of mental health. Sinai Health teams collaborate with all departments and providers across Sinai Health to provide comprehensive mental health care and meet the needs of patients and their families.

Sinai Health has Community Mental Health Programs that improve the care and treatment of people facing mental health challenges which are comprised of the Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT), Mental Health Court Support (MHCS) program, and the Wellness Centre. The Wellness Centre, which addresses the mental health needs of seniors from the Chinese community, with an emphasis on wellness. The Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT) provides accessible, culturally-sensitive aid for people facing severe mental health challenges, with a focus on the Chinese community and other ethno-racial backgrounds. A mission of the ACTT program is to work in partnership with community members, services providers and legislators to dispel myths, alleviate fears, reduce stigma and enhance community acceptance of individuals with mental health challenges.