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Scroll to the bottom for information on how to contact Dr. Jeejeebhoy’s office to make an appointment to see him as a patient. You cannot contact him through my website.
Born in Rangoon, Burma on August 26, 1935, Khursheed N. Jeejeebhoy fled seven years later with his family to India to escape the Japanese invaders. He attended medical school in Vellore, India; trained in London, England; married and had three children; and in 1967, accepted a position at the Toronto General Hospital and the University of Toronto.From the beginning of his career, he was always on the forefront of research: he was one of the first to discover lactose intolerance. In 1970, with a surgical colleague, he was experimenting with TPN on post-surgical patients when Judy Ellis Taylor came into his care.
This determined young woman intended to live and expected him to save her. He took her up on her challenge and developed first a viable, long-term form of TPN, then a version Judy could use at home.With Judy such a success, Dr. Jeejeebhoy (Jeej to his patients and colleagues) bent his efforts to saving other lives with TPN and to learning more about the nutrients that the human body needs and in what dosages, both orally and intravenously, so that he could better nourish his patients and reduce their suffering. He has written over 350 papers and 100 books and chapters; was made professor of medicine, physiology, and nutrition at the University of Toronto; has lectured in virtually every country; and has taught many graduate students from Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia, as well as the first doctor allowed to leave China to study temporarily after China started opening up to the west.
His patients are intensely loyal to him, for his understanding, listening skills, expertise. In 1990, he moved to St. Michael’s Hospital and built up a TPN program there. He entered the commercial arena when he conducted research in and developed a radical new, nutritional way to improve the function of patients with congestive heart failure. MyLife Requirements “contains a patented combination of three nutrients, which interact synergistically and are needed by the heart to maintain optimal health and to function efficiently. These nutrients are Coenzyme Q10, and the amino acids Taurine and Carnitine.” Due to the interesting regulation of L-carnitine by Health Canada, this supplement is available only in the US, not here in Canada.
At the end of 2007, he retired, sort of, a few years after becoming Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto due to mandatory retirement at age 65. He closed his university lab at the end of 2007 when his last grant ran out. That ended a 40-year run of successful research grant applications and groundbreaking research. He embarked on a new role at St. Mike’s at the beginning of 2008, teaching at a Home TPN clinic; he continues to see patients part-time at a private clinic; and he conducts hospital rounds every week. His patients and colleagues would not allow complete retirement! Besides, Jeej is far too curious and interested in exploring new ideas to completely retire either!
Dr. Jeejeebhoy In the News, a Sampling
Do Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Cause Heart Failure? 25 July 2002, Canada Free Press
Balancing Chromium. 15 May 2006, The Hindu
Is all this hype valid? 21 April 2008, Welland Tribune
Study says mood reflects what we eat. 22 March 2008, London Free Press
Get in the mood for healthy eating. 22 March 2008, Ottawa Sun
Nutrition via the veins. 10 August 2008, TheStar Online (Malaysia)
Biography of Dr. Khursheed N. Jeejeebhoy. January 2009, Vol. 43, Issue 1, Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
Myron Lewis, MD, FACP, MACG interviewed Jeejeebhoy and wrote this good biography to honour Jeejeebhoy’s innovative work in the field of gastroenterology. You must pay or subscribe to the Journal to be able to read it, unfortunately.
Dr. Jeejeebhoy continues to see patients part-time at the North York Endoscopy Centre in the Polyclinic. Please note that you cannot contact him through my website. If you wish to see him, ask your GP for a referral and have it sent to:
4646 Dufferin Street
Toronto, Ontario M3H 5S4
You may contact Dr. Jeejeebhoy through the above address as well.
Note that you can also always search for contact information on any doctor in Ontario by going to the website of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. (Use the All Physicians category for specialists as their registered specialty may not be what you expect it to be.)