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Dr. Yvonne de Buda fonds

Media Type: 
Textual record
Call Number / Archival Reference Number: 
WCH-BUD
STEM Field: 
Medicine
Description: 

The fonds consists of the professional correspondence of Dr. Yvonne de Buda. Much of the correspondence has to do with issues Dr. de Buda had with accessing patient records. Other topics of the correspondence include medical equipment, Women's College Hospital's admission policy, responses to requests for medical records, and concerns regarding Dr. de Buda's position at Women's College Hospital and status at the University of Toronto. The fonds also includes a copy of the Public Health Act dated June 1979.

Biography/Administrative History: 

Dr. Yvonne de Buda was born in Vienna, Austria on April 13, 1924. She attended the University of Vienna from 1944-1948, graduating with a medical degree. From 1948-1951, she completed several internships at the University and City Hospital in Vienna. During this time, she also completed postgraduate training at the University of Vienna (1949-1951), specialising in psychology. Dr. de Buda came to Canada in 1951. In order to obtain a Canadian medical license, she had to complete a year's internship in a Canadian hospital, which she did at Toronto Western Hospital (1952-1953) and Women's College Hospital (1954). She received her Canadian medical licence in 1954. Throughout her career, Dr. de Buda mentored other foreign-trained doctors and worked to change the medical licensing procedure for foreign-trained doctors: with strict quotas on internship spaces for foreign-trained doctors, it was difficult for them to fulfil the requirements to obtain Canadian credentials. In 1955, Dr. Yvonne de Buda joined the staff of Women's College Hospital as an associate staff member in the Department of General Practice. In 1960, she became an active outdoor staff member in the Department of General Practice. This department was renamed the Department of Family and Community Medicine in 1969. Dr. de Buda was appointed Chief of Family and Community Medicine in 1972, and she held this position until 1982. After stepping down as Chief, she remained in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, first as active staff (1982-1984), then as courtesy staff (1988-1995), consultant staff (1995-1998), senior staff (1998-1999), and courtesy (visiting) staff (1999-2008). In August 2008, Dr. de Buda officially retired from Women's College Hospital. Dr. Yvonne de Buda received many awards over her career. She was a fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and was named Family Physician of the Year in 1980, the first woman to receive this award. She was elected to the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Ontario in 1988 and she was the recipient of the Hippocrates Medal in 1989. She received the Colin R. Woolf Award for Excellence in Continuing Medical Education from the University of Toronto in 1995. In 2001, she was made the first female honorary member of the Medical Legal Society of Toronto. Dr. Yvonne de Buda died on May 25, 2012, at the age of 88.

Date(s): 
1979, 1982-1986
Extent: 
4 cm of textual records
Province: 
ON
Hosting Institution: 
Women's College Hospital
Collection Contact: 
wch.archives@wchospital.ca
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