Evergreen Palliative Care Physicians

The Evergreen Palliative Care Physicians are an independent team of five family physicians with a special interest in providing home palliative care. We work closely with Evergreen, LHIN case managers, home visiting nurses and clinical nurse consultants to provide care and support in the home.

Referrals should be made through the clinical nurse consultant team at HPC Teams for Central LHIN. Information on how to make a referral can be found on the HPC Teams for Central LHIN Contact Us Webpage. The clinical nurse consultant team will triage the referral and either connect you with one of our team’s physicians or work with your family physician to support you at home.

About Our Physicians

Dr. Emilie Lam is the Lead Physician for the Evergreen Palliative Care Physicians. She completed family medicine residency at the University of Ottawa and has a family practice at Markham Medical Centre. In addition to family practice and home palliative care, Dr. Lam has an interest in community palliative care research and recently won a Patient’s Medical Home Caring and Compassion Grant in 2018 from the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Dr. Lam also sits on the Central LHIN Regional Palliative Care Network, the Paramedic Palliative Care Steering Committee for York Region and the OHT Eastern York Region North Durham Taskforce.

Dr. Andrew Patterson is the Palliative Care Lead at Markham Stouffville Hospital. He graduated medicine from McGill University and practiced in Montreal, rural Nova Scotia and West Germany before settling in family practice at Stouffville Medical Centre from 1984 to 2016. Dr. Patterson was the original Chief of Family Medicine at Markham Stouffville Hospital and has also served as Chief of Rehab, Palliative Care and Complex Continuing Care at the hospital. In addition to providing home palliative care, Dr. Patterson works on the inpatient palliative care unit at Markham Stouffville Hospital and is responsible for the training of family medicine residents on their palliative care rotations. Dr. Patterson also teaches palliative care to other healthcare providers and is a certified Pallium LEAP instructor.

Dr. Lydia Cheung graduated from University of Toronto and was awarded the Eva Weissberger Memorial Award for exceptional clinical skills and patient advocacy in her family medicine residency program. In addition to providing home palliative care, she has a family practice at Thornhill Medical Centre and also provides outpatient palliative care services at the Pain and Symptom Management Clinic at Markham Stouffville Hospital.

Dr. Crystal Lai was part of the first graduating class of family physicians from the Markham Family Medicine Teaching Unit affiliated with the University of Toronto. She went on to complete a Palliative Care fellowship at the University of Toronto. In addition to home palliative care, Dr. Lai has a family practice with Thornhill Family Physicians and also provides outpatient palliative care services at the Pain and Symptom Management Clinic at Markham Stouffville Hospital.

Dr. Jeanne Huo graduated from family medicine residency at the University of Toronto. In addition to family practice and providing home palliative care, Dr. Huo works in the Pain and Symptom Management Clinic and provides on-call operating room assist coverage at Markham Stouffville Hospital. Dr. Huo has an interest in teaching and has taught clinical skills workshops for first and second year medical students, winning a University of Toronto MD Program Teaching Award for Excellence in 2019.