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Family Medicine

About the Department

The Department of Family Medicine at HHS encompasses the family doctors of the HHS sites, as well as West Lincoln Memorial Hospital. Together, the departments are comprised of approximately 200 family physicians that practice across the communities of Hamilton and West Lincoln. Our family physicians provide care within the Hamilton Family Health Team, the McMaster Family Health Team, various Community Health Centres, and community practices within the greater Hamilton Area, as well as at five distinct practice groups servicing West Lincoln. We provide active in hospital care at several HHS sites. Our physicians provide intrapartum and newborn care and assist with many aspects of end of life care.

Our department has a very strong presence within the McMaster Department of Family Medicine and many of our physicians are actively involved in the teaching of undergraduate medical students as well as Family Medicine residents. As well, the full time faculty are active members of the Department of Family Medicine at HHS/SJHH. We have recently created a collaborative community education forum with our academic partners.

Visit our McMaster University Department page.

About the Chief – Dr. Tamar Packer

Dr. Tamar Packer is the Chief, Department of Family Medicine, SJHH and HHS & Primary Care Lead for Hamilton. This is a city-wide role, making it one of the first of its kind for Primary Practice and Family Medicine at both Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH).

Tammy has been with St. Joseph’s Healthcare since 1990 and during that time has held essential roles during many recent and past transitions in the organization, including:

  • Medical Directory & Head of Service for Newborn Care
  • Quality Lead on the Medical Advisory Committee (MAC)
  • Interim Chief Medical Information Officer
  • Lead Co-Chair Common Credentials Committee
  • Assistant Chief of Staff

Actively involved within the organization, as well as a key member of the community Family Medicine group, she has shown innovation and leadership to improve access and quality of care for the patients we serve as well as worked toward building a stronger & more collaborative relationship between SJHH and community providers.

Tammy has been heavily involved in various roles with St. Joseph’s Dovetale project while continuing to sit on Quality councils within the Women & Infants’ program and maintaining an active community practice and presence. Tammy brings a rare, diverse and well-rounded skill mix in organization process, leadership and administration, combined with an esteemed clinical practice and active teaching presence in primary care. She has shown innovation in the development of several initiatives such as the Transformation of the Care Delivery Model in Newborn Care, Choosing Wisely, and the Oh Baby! program transitioning women and infants home safely.

Chief Assistant

Lisa Waite
lwaite@stjoesham.on.ca, 905-522-1155 ext. 33176