Department of Medicine

Joanne Frances Liutkus


Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct), Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine






Education and Professional Standing

Dr. Liutkus graduated from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia before completing a Masters Degree in Social Work at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. Her area of research was attitudes towards feminism. She worked at Catholic Family Services, the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic and with the Metro Police Domestic Response team, all in Toronto, Ontario in the area of violence against women and children. After 6 years in the field, she went on to complete medical school and her residency in Internal Medicine at McMaster University. Her area of interest and research included gender inclusive language.  She then completed a Fellowship in Obstetric and Consultative Medicine from Brown University in Providence Road Island, USA.  Her research was in the area of thrombosis during pregnancy.

Dr. Liutkus returned to Canada in 1997 and established a private practice in Cambridge, Ontario. She runs a Vascular Risk Modification Clinic focusing on the prevention and treatment of vascular disease.  This clinic affords patients with risk factors for vascular disease as well as established vascular disease the opportunity to be managed by a team including a dietician, nurse and cardiovascular technologist. She also runs a Diabetes and Pregnancy Clinic.

Her areas of research include clinical trials in cardiology, diabetes prevention and management, and weight loss. Her other areas of interest include epigenetics and the developmental origins of health and disease, the role of women in science and promotion of a healthy society through health promotion during pregnancy.

Selected Publications

  1. Hart G and Liutkus JF- Wife abuse.  Ontario Association of Professional Social Workers Newsmagazine, Vol. 10, No.4, August – September 1984
  2. Liutkus JF- Wife Assault:  An issue for women’s health. Internal Medicine, Vol.15, No. 4, April 1994.
  3. Liutkus JF and Rosene-Montella K. - History of women’s health.  Rhode Island Medicine, Vol. 77, No. 12, Dec 1994.
  4. Cook DJ, Liutkus JF, Risdon C, Griffith L, Guyatt GH, Walter SD.-  Residents’ experiences of abuse, discrimination and sexual harassment during residency training,  Canadian Medical Association Journal, 154(11), June 1st, 1996
  5. Guyatt GH, Cook DJ, Griffith L, Walter S, Risdon C, Liutkus J,-Attitudes towards a the use of gender-inclusive language among residency trainees.  Canadian Medical Association Journal, 156(9), May 1st, 1997
  6. Priscilla Hollander, MD, Katarina Raslova, MD, Trine Skjoth, MD, Jacob Raastam, BSc, Joanne Liutkus, MD-Efficacy and safety of insulin Detemir once-daily in combination with sitagliptin and metformin: The Transition™ randomized controlled trial. Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism. 2011 March; 13 (3): 268-75.
  7. J. Liutkus1, J. Rosas Guzman2, P. Norwood3, L. Pop4, J. Northrup5, D. Cao5, M. Trautmann5 "A placebo-controlled trial of exenatide twice-daily added to thiazolidinediones alone or in combination with metformin". Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism. Volume 12, Issue 12, Pages 1058-1065, December 2010.
  8. Norwood P, Liutkus, JF, Haber H, Pintilei E, Boardman MK, Trautmann M. Safety of exenatide once weekly in patients with type 2 diabetes treated with a thiazolidinedione alone or in combination with metformin for two years. Clinical Therapeutics. Vol 34, Issue 10, Pages 2082-2090, October 2012.           
  9. J. F. Liutkus, K. Fujioka, A. Astrup, F. Greenway, A. Halpern, M. Krempf, D. C. W.  Lau, C. W. le Roux, R V Ortiz, J. Wilding, M.L. Wolden, D. Boras, X. Pi-Sunyer. Liraglutide 3.0 mg reduces body weight and improves health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in overweight or obese adults without diabetes: the SCALE Obesity and Prediabetes Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled, 56-week Trial.

Contribution to books

September, 1987
Ontario Association of Professional Social Worker’s Action Committee on Violence against Women and Children “Handbook on Counseling Battered Women and Their Families”

She is an active educator of medical students and residents.