Dr. Christine Derzko, an associate professor at the University of Toronto, is a clinician in active practice, academic, researcher and educator, with a special interest in reproductive endocrinology, notably mature women’s health. She completed undergraduate medical studies and a residency in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Toronto and subspecialty training in reproductive endocrinology, pediatric endocrinology and pediatric gynecology at U of T and UCLA. In 1976 she returned to U of T's Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Reproductive Biology Division, and to St. Michael's Hospital, and from 1986 to 2004 headed the hospital's Division of Reproductive Endocrinology, Infertility and Menopause. In 1986 she established a unique Clinic and Program dedicated to the investigation and care of midlife/menopausal women, and from 1987–92 chaired the Multidisciplinary Menopause Study Group. From 1994–96 she was Medical Director of the Women’s Health Centre. Over the years she has served on many university, hospital and departmental committees. An Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 1996, she was cross-appointed at U of T, in 2000 also at the rank of Associate Professor, to the Department of Medicine (Division of Endocrinology). She was the SMH nominee and finalist for the Toronto Sun's "Woman on the Move Millennium Award," and for her work in Women's Heath Programs also received the Distinguished SMH Physician Award in June 2000.
Dr. Derzko has been a long-time consultant to the OCI/Bone Marrow Transplant Service and a member of U of T's Bone and Mineral Group and of the Scientific Advisory Board of Osteoporosis Canada. For many years she was on the OMA Section of Reproductive Biology executive. At the request of the federal government, she served on the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. She is a consultant to the Ontario Ministry of Health, Drug Program Branch/Drug Quality and Therapeutics Committee (DQTC).
Her major research interests are in menopause and the perimenopausal transition, premature ovarian failure, osteoporosis, sexuality and the gynecological consequences of cancer and cancer therapies.
Dr. Derzko is author of more than 70 publications including peer reviewed articles, abstracts, reviews and book chapters. She has been a member, author, co-chair and senior editor of a number of Guidelines Development and Consensus Committees, including SOGC Canadian Consensus Conference on Menopause and Osteoporosis (1998 and 2001); Consensus Committee to Determine the Level of Evidence Required for Regulatory Approval of New Hormonal Therapies for the Adjuvant Treatment of Early Breast Cancer in Canada (2003); and National Consensus Guidelines for the Obstetrical and Gynecological Management of Women with Inherited Bleeding Disorders (2005).
Notable milestones recognizing her interest in education include a 1994 invitation as OSVITA Visiting Professor to Kiev, Ukraine; receipt of the U of T Faculty of Medicine's Colin Woolf Award for Course Development and CME; and the 1997–98 U of T Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Undergraduate Teaching Award for St. Michael's Hospital. In 2004 she was cited as an outstanding teacher in the IMG (International Medical Graduate) Program, and in 2007 in the Internal Medical Residency Program. In 2006 she was the first OB/Gyn to be awarded a Certificate in Medical Education by the U of T Faculty of Medicine Faculty Development Program.
Dr. Derzko is a nationally recognized and respected speaker, lecturer and television presenter on women's health topics, and has been a member of numerous national and international advisory boards, panels, committees and editorial boards. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Toronto Genesis Research Foundation, and is proud to be a founding member of SIGMA/CMS, of which she is vice-president.