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Dr. James Aw

Dr. James Aw is the chief medical officer at Medcan, a wellness clinic in downtown Toronto.

Dr. Aw is the Chief Medical Officer of the Medcan Clinic. He oversees the physician team, clinical protocols, medical programs and is involved with strategic research and business development at Medcan. His interests are in occupational, preventive and travel medicine. Dr. Aw is Part Time Faculty in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA. He has over 20 years experience in corporate health and occupational medicine including disability management, critical incident planning, infectious diseases in the workplace, industrial hygiene, wellness and disease management programs. He is currently the medical director for one of North America's largest international financial institutions and previously a senior corporate physician for several large cap companies in the mining, manufacturing, aviation, food and distribution and financial sectors. He is a regular bi-weekly columnist for the National Post and a member of the National Corporate Medical Associates of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Dr. Aw is also interested in global health initiatives for disadvantaged communities and non-communicable chronic disease prevention programs in rural Kenya.
How To Become A 'Superager': A Guide To Aging

How To Become A 'Superager': A Guide To Aging Well

As a primary-care physician with more than 25 years of experience, one of the most frequent concerns people mention during their appointments with me involves memory. The age of the patient doesn't matter much. I've had people in their 30s ask me, just like I've heard it from people in their 60s and beyond.
03/30/2017 11:34 EDT
A Step-By-Step Method To Employ The Power Of Patient

A Step-By-Step Method To Employ The Power Of Patient Activation

One of the buzzwords in the medical profession is something called "patient activation." That's the challenge of enlisting regular people in health maintenance. To state it more plainly, it's all about trying to get people interested in saving their own lives. Which seems like it should be pretty easy, doesn't it?
11/03/2016 06:24 EDT
How Canadian Doctors Fight Cervical Cancer In

How Canadian Doctors Fight Cervical Cancer In Kenya

The disparity in cervical cancer mortality is even more stark, according to the database. The disease causes 2.9 deaths per year per 100,000 people here in Canada. The figure is an astonishing seven times that in Kenya, at 21.7 deaths per year per 100,000 people. In fact, in Kenya, cervical cancer is the most frequent cancer among women; in Canada, it's the 13th.
01/20/2016 05:46 EST
A New Option for Heart Disease

A New Option for Heart Disease Prevention

If your cholesterol score is proving tricky to lower, and you've tried other methods, then it's possible these drugs can help you. And the next trick? Cutting the costs for these drugs as effectively as the drugs cut cholesterol levels -- solve that, and we'll be that much closer to a revolution in cardiac care.
10/19/2015 05:39 EDT
Exercise Can Save You a Grand in Healthcare

Exercise Can Save You a Grand in Healthcare Expenses

A thousand dollars per person is a lot of money, and if we all exercised, the potential cost savings to the public system would be enormous. So over the next few weeks, while super-fit people are all over Toronto, and coverage of the Pan Am Games blankets the country, perhaps we can take it all, and Dr. Burton's study, as inspiration -- to get outside, to become a little more active. Because in a country like Canada, where most of our healthcare is provided by government-run insurers, exercise is something we can do to benefit all of us.
07/15/2015 05:32 EDT
How the way We Fight Cancer Is

How the way We Fight Cancer Is Changing

Oncology, or the branch of medicine that deals with tumours and cancer, is leading the profession's charge toward precision medicine -- a new approach that places the focus on the individual patient and all the ways that patient is unique.
06/25/2015 06:20 EDT