Toronto's top doc taking leave of absence, deputy medical officer to fill the role

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Toronto's top doctor says she's taking a brief leave of absence to undergo surgery to remove precancerous cells.

Dr. Eileen de Villa, who has become a familiar figure in the city since the pandemic hit, shared the news in a written statement Tuesday.

De Villa says she had a routine screening mammogram this summer, which identified precancerous cells.

She says she is scheduled to undergo surgery to remove the cells Wednesday and that any further treatment will be determined after the surgery.

De Villa says she's planning to return to work on Dec. 20 and urged others to not put off recommended screening programs.

The city's deputy medical officer of health, Dr. Na-Koshie Lamptey, will be acting medical officer of health in de Villa's absence.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 7, 2021.

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This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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