Dr. Sandy Buchman received his medical degree from McMaster University in 1981 and completed his family medicine residency training at the University of Toronto in 1983.
He is an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and from 2005–2019, provided home-based palliative and end-of-life care through the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, Sinai Health System, in Toronto. He most recently practised palliative care with the Palliative Education and Care for the Homeless (PEACH) program under the auspices of Inner City Health Associates and St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. He now serves as the Freeman Family Chair in Palliative Medicine and Medical Director of Palliative Care at the North York General Hospital in Toronto as well as the medical lead of a new residential hospice in Toronto.
He practised comprehensive family medicine for 22 years with a special interest in primary care cancer care, palliative care, HIV/AIDS, global health and social accountability. He recently chaired the Primary Care Committee of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and the Social Accountability Working Group of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He was president of the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 2011–2012 and the Ontario College of Family Physicians in 2005–2006.
Dr. Buchman has received several awards for his work as a family physician and teacher, including the Award of Excellence from the College of Family Physicians of Canada for his work as regional primary care lead for the Toronto Regional Cancer Program at Cancer Care Ontario and Excellence in Continuing Education from the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. He was also recognized as Family Physician of the Year for Southern Ontario by the Ontario College of Family Physicians.
Outside of his medical practice, Dr. Buchman has devoted many volunteer hours to helping provide hospice care for the homeless and has also participated in medical missions to Africa and South America. He relaxes at his cottage in Haliburton, Ontario whenever possible, where he is an avid windsurfer.
He is married to Gail Baker, with whom he has three sons, three daughters-in-law and five (almost six) grandchildren.