Department of Family & Community Medicine

Recent Faculty Announcements

Dec 4, 2018

The University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) is pleased to announce the following faculty appointments. Please join us in celebrating the outstanding achievements of our faculty members. 

David MakaryDr. David Makary

Dr. David Makary has been appointed Chief, Family & Community Medicine at Southlake Regional Health Centre. Dr. Makary is a practicing family physician at the Southlake Academic Family Health Team and a Lecturer for the University of Toronto’s Department of Family and Community Medicine.

For the last five years his clinical time has been devoted to providing Hospitalist and Family Medicine to his patients and community, as well as establishing and growing the Quality Improvement Program at the Southlake Academic FHT.

Dr. Makary now hopes to bring his skill and dedication to help guide the Southlake community through our health care’s changing tides, ensure the family medicine teaching unit continues to provide academic excellence, and help to integrate hospital and family medicine.


Photograph of Dr. John MaxtedDr. John Maxted

Dr. John Maxted has been appointed Academic Chief, Family Medicine at Markham Stouffville Hospital. John is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Toronto. John is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.

John earned his Certification from The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and is also a Fellow of the College. With expertise in patient safety and significant event analysis, he is a primary care leader and advocates for patient safety locally and nationally. John practices and teaches comprehensive family medicine at Health for All Family Health Team/Markham Family Medicine Teaching Unit which he helped to establish.

He has been Interim Chief of the Department of Family Medicine at Markham Stouffville Hospital and Academic Chief of the Teaching Unit since January 2018. He currently serves as a Director of the Board for each of Health Standards Organization/Accreditation Canada, CFPC and Health for All Family Health Team 


Dr. Allan Grill

Dr. Allan Grill

Dr. Grill has been appointed Chief, Department of Family Medicine at Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH). Allan completed his M.D. and family medicine training at the University of Toronto where he is currently an assistant professor at DFCM. He also has a Master of Public Health Degree from Harvard University. Dr. Grill is the Lead Physician of the Markham Family Health Team where he has an active clinical practice.

Dr. Grill serves in several professional leadership roles, including Chair of the Committee to Evaluate Drugs (CED), an expert advisory committee to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care on drug policy issues, and part-time Physician Advisor for the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). Until recently, he was the Provincial Medical Lead, Primary Care, for the CCO-Ontario Renal Network, focusing on innovative ways to improve early detection and prevention of progression of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), as well as safe medication prescribing for patients with impaired kidney function.

Dr. Grill is credited with co-creating the KidneyWise Clinical Toolkit to help support primary care providers in the management of CKD. For these efforts, he received the Canadian Certified Physician Executive (CCPE) credential in 2016 from the Canadian Medical Association and Canadian Society of Physician Leaders, recognizing competency and excellence in physician leadership


Dr. Julia Alleyne

The Physician Assistant Professional Degree (BScPA) Program within DFCM welcomes Dr. Julia Alleyne to the position of Course Director, Health Promotion and Education course. Dr. Alleyne’s two-year appointment began on November 1st, 2018.

Dr. Alleyne is an Associate Professor at DFCM with a cross-appointment to the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, School of Graduate Studies. She is the Out-Patient Clinical Lead at University Health Network, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI), as well as DFCM’s Associate Program Director, Graduate Studies and Fellowship. She is the former Program Director for DFCM’s Enhanced Skills Residency. Clinically, Dr. Alleyne works at both TRI and in the Sports Clinic at the University of Toronto, Mississauga Campus.

Along with teaching undergraduate medical students at the Mississauga Academy of Medicine in the Portfolio course and the Clinical Skills course, Dr. Alleyne has guest facilitated in Clinical Skills courses for the BScPA Program.


Dr. Tania Tajirian

Dr. Tania Tajirian has accepted the position of Chief Medical Information Officer at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) effective December 1, 2018. As an inaugural Chief Medical Information Officer, Dr. Tajirian will be responsible for advancing the use of technology in medical practice as well as for overseeing the evolution of our I-CARE system.

Dr. Tania Tajirian joined CAMH 11 years ago, first as a locum and later as the Medical Lead for the Village Family Health Team. For the past four years, as the Medical Head of the Hospitalist Service, she has undertaken many initiatives to advance the medical care of CAMH’s patients. Dr. Tajirian helped to revamp all policies related to the medical care of inpatients’ entire journey from admission to discharge, as well as code blue policies and protocols. She currently holds the rank of Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and has a fellowship designation from the College of Family Physicians of Canada.


Dr. Aisha Lofters

An expert in cancer screening, immigrant health and health equity, Dr. Aisha Lofters was recently named Provincial Primary Care Lead for Cancer Care Ontario’s Cancer Screening Portfolio. The role entails providing guidance on the design and implementation of Ontario’s organized cancer screening programs from the primary care perspective, advising on gaps in care and issues of concern to primary care physicians as they relate to cancer screening, and providing strategic leadership to the evolution of the cancer screening program.

Dr. Lofters is an Assistant Professor and Clinician Scientist at the University of Toronto in the Department of Family & Community Medicine and an Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. She is a Family Physician with the St. Michael’s Hospital Academic Family Health Team and Scientist with the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital.