Canadian Medical Association

North York, Ont.; Semmelweis University (Hungary), 1953; internal medicine. Died Dec. 27, 2017, aged 88. Survived by her husband George and 2 children. “Veronica emerged from the war years to realize her dream of becoming a physician, graduating in medicine in Budapest in 1953. In 1957, she and her husband George, refugees from Hungary’s communist regime, settled in Toronto and made the most of the opportunities available to them. She interned at Women’s College Hospital, did a residency at St. Joseph’s Health Centre and achieved her fellowship in internal medicine at Sunnybrook Hospital. She finally began her private practice and came on as full-time staff at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in 1961. Veronica became the first female physician at the centre, where she pioneered the multidisciplinary team approach to care. She remained at St. Joseph’s until 1994, after which she spent a decade practising at several clinics in Toronto and volunteering at the North York General Hospital.”

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