In this edition, our experts talk about the need for better oversight of surrogates, share findings on the impact of American politics on sex ratios at birth, contribute their insights on the COVID-19 situation in Canada, and talk about caring for pregnant patients with heart disease.

Dr. John KingdomPressure to have multiple babies putting surrogates ‘at risk’
Dr. John Kingdom, Obstetrician at Mount Sinai Hospital spoke to CBC. Dr. Kingdom shared his thoughts on surrogacies and the dangers of having back to back babies. He stressed the need for better oversight and pre-pregnancy counseling for surrogates. Learn more here.  

Dr. Samir SinhaShould you stop visiting elderly loved ones because of coronavirus?
Dr. Samir Sinha, Director of Geriatrics at Sinai Health appeared on both CTV News and CityNews. Dr. Sinha discussed the impact of COVID-19 on long-term care homes and why it’s important to still visit elderly loved ones despite the risks. Watch more here and here.

Headshot of Ravi RetnakaranFewer boys were born in Ontario after Trump was elected president: study
Dr. Ravi Retnakaran, Endocrinologist at Mount Sinai Hospital discussed his recently published research paper in several news outlets. Dr. Retnakaran spoke about how the United States election results in 2016 resulted in fewer boys being born in Ontario. Read more at CBC or the Globe and Mail.

Jennie Johnstone headshotWhat can early Canadian experience screening for COVID-19 teach us about how to prepare for a pandemic?
Dr. Jennie Johnstone, Physician Lead, Infection Prevention and Control at Sinai Health contributed to a new article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal discussing the COVID-19 situation in Canada. The paper highlights how analyzing cases from the early stages of the outbreak helps inform policies for future handling of the virus. Learn more here.

Pregnancy in Adult Congenital Heart Disease
Dr. Candice Silversides, Cardiologist at Mount Sinai Hospital appeared on the podcast AP Cardiology. Dr. Silversides shared her insights on caring for pregnant patients with congenital heart disease. Listen or read a transcript here.