CORNWALL Ontario – Dr. Thomas Baitz has been practicing medicine in Cornwall for 40 years.
He arrived in our city in 1975 after training at the famed Mayo Clinic and studying in Edmonton after arriving from his native Hungary.
If you are treated via dialysis in Cornwall you probably owe some thanks to Dr. Baitz who during our interview truly highlighted why Doctors have “practices” as he focused on core issues like patient communication and the fiscal responsibilities of heath care by both the system and patients.
In early quotes he had said that he’d survived Hitler and Stalin and shared that while a young boy he saw first hand the impact of facism in Hungary only to see Communism arrive which led to his leaving with the wave of Hungarian immigration that came to Canada in the late 50’s.
Dr. Baitz has seen a lot of changes over the decades. In 1975 there were no such things as heart stents and while there are many environmental issues the average life span has increased.
He said that he has no plans to retire which is good news for his over 8,000 active patients. When asked if he’d served over 100,000 patients during his career he thoughtfully couldn’t come up with a number.
Chief of Staff of CCH, Lorne Scharf, considers Dr. Baitz a mentor who himself was chief of medicine at one point.
He still puts in a full shift at CCH and his practice at the McConnell Medical Center.