Featuring Dr. Frank Ianni

Dr. Ianni and AGC Team

After an accomplished 40-year career of caring for generations of families in our community, Dr. Frank Ianni, Family Physician, is retiring this month.

Dr. Ianni attended medical school at the University of Toronto, graduated in 1975 and then completed a two-year family practice internship. He returned to the Sault in 1977 to begin his practice and has remained in our community ever since. In addition to having a family practice at the Group Health Centre, Dr. Ianni has held many medical leadership positions at SAH including Medical Director of Long Term Care, President of Medical Staff, Chief of Family Medicine and SAH Board Member. He was also the Medical Director and attending physician at the FJ Davey Home from 1996 until 2014.

Dr. Ianni spent much of his career caring for the elderly. He was instrumental in the development of the Algoma Geriatric Clinic (AGC) in 2013 and has been providing care for geriatric patients in this setting since its inception. “One of the most valuable commodities we offer in the AGC is time,” he says. “We provide a thorough assessment and look at all aspects of a patient’s care and functioning.” In 2015, Dr. Ianni completed his Certificate of Added Competency in Care of the Elderly and has maintained a positive partnership with the Alzheimer Society, presenting on topics of interest to the public on their behalf.

Over the years, Dr. Ianni has embraced the role of teacher and mentor, both with medical students (before the establishment of the Northern Ontario Medical School and after) and with the hospital’s Nurse Practitioners. “I think that the most important type of teaching occurs at the bedside with the physical examination and the interaction we have with our patients,” he explains. “Bedside manner, clinical assessment, listening to the patient and critical thinking are important in arriving at a diagnosis.” According to Dr. Ianni, he has enjoyed working with the hospital’s Nurse Practitioners. “Our NPs are competent practitioners, providing compassionate and holistic care and they work well with both our patients and their families.”

His plans for retirement include travelling, spending time with his 8 grandchildren and gardening. “My wife and I love travelling and riverboat cruises. I also plan to spend more time getting to know my grandchildren. My other passion is gardening – mostly tomatoes and herbs.”

We extend a heartfelt thanks to Dr. Ianni for his many years of dedicated service in providing compassionate care to our families and friends. We wish him a well-deserved, happy and healthy retirement!

(photo: Dr. Ianni with some team members from the Algoma Geriatric Clinic)