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ANNOUNCEMENTS

IN MEMORIAM - DR. WILLIAM R. N. LINDSAY

Hugh G. Thomson
William R. N. Lindsay

Dr. William R. N. Lindsay (Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) passed away on November 3, 2013 at the age of 87. Dr. Lindsay graduated from the University of Alberta and pursued his postgraduate training in Toronto and the UK. Dr. Lindsay became the first Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at the Wellesley Hospital in 1966 and was one of the first to develop the Rosedale Medical Clinic, a free-standing Surgi-Centre with Dr. Leith Douglas. The Wellesley rotation was one of the best opportunities for surgical residents to access great pathology and fascinating cases. He was also one of the pioneers in trans-gender surgery and had a busy aesthetic practice. He was one of the founding members of MANUS Canada and under his direction developed the Wellesley Hospital Aesthetic Surgery Symposium. This event continues as the UofT Annual Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Symposium which held its 43rd event earlier this year. A lecture is named in honor of Dr. Lindsay and delivered yearly.


MAURICE BLITZ APPOINTED THE DIRECTOR OF THE SURGICAL FOUNDATIONS SEMINARS

Maurice Blitz
Maurice Blitz

I would like to take this opportunity to inform you that Maurice Blitz has taken over as the Director of the Surgical Foundations Seminars. Dr. Blitz is a thoracic surgeon at St. Joseph’s Health Centre and he will be bringing many new initiatives to these seminars.

Ronald Levine, Director,
Postgraduate Education
Department of Surgery,
University of Toronto


LLOYD C. SMITH APPOINTED CHIEF OF SURGERY AT NORTH YORK GENERAL

Lloyd Smith
Lloyd Smith

Lloyd C. Smith has been appointed as Chief of Surgery at North York General Hospital effective September 16, 2013. Dr. Smith attended Medical School at the University of Saskatchewan and then did his general surgery residency at the University of Toronto. He then did fellowship training in Toronto, Pennsylvania, and London, England. Following completion of his training, Dr. Smith joined the staff at St. Joseph’s Health Centre. Ten years later, he was recruited to the University Health Network to be Head of Minimally Invasive Surgery and Head of General Surgery at Toronto Western Hospital. He returned to St Joseph’s Health Centre to become Surgeon-in-Chief and Medical Director of the Surgical Program. He is an Associate Professor in the Dept of Surgery. Dr. Smith’s clinical interests are in Minimally Invasive Surgery and more recently Bariatric Surgery.


APPOINTMENT OF DIVISION HEAD, GENERAL SURGERY AT UHN

Ralph Gilbert
Allan Okrainec

Dr. Allan Okrainec has been appointed as the new Head of General Surgery at UHN effective December 1, 2013. He is following Dr. Lorne Rotstein in this leadership position. Lorne held the position from November 2005. Special thanks are given to Lorne for his superb leadership in this role over the past 8 years.

Dr. Okrainec went to medical school at McGill University and then did his general surgery training at McMaster University followed by a fellowship at McGill University. He then became a staff member at the Toronto Western Hospital where he is presently Deputy Head of General Surgery. His research interest is in the use of simulation for the teaching and assessment of laparoscopic skills. His educational research lab at the Toronto Western Hospital is primarily dedicated to the development and use of telesimulation, teaching surgical skills in remote areas and resource-restricted countries (http://www.surgicalspotlight.ca/Article.aspx ?ver=Winter_2009&f=AfricaSurgerySkype) . His work is supported by numerous research grants, including the Colon Cancer Canada Foundation, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the Ministry of Health Innovation Fund.


JARLEY KOO RETIRES FROM ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL

Jarley Koo
Jarley Koo

Jarley Koo retired from St. Michael’s Hospital on Oct 1, 2013 after 22 years on faculty at St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto. Jarley completed his medical school training at the University of Sheffield in England and then his surgical training at the University of Alberta. He was briefly at the University of Hong Kong as an Assistant Professor before being recruited back to the University of Alberta as a faculty member from 1982 to 1991. Dr. Koo joined St. Michael’s Hospital as the Division Head of General Surgery in 1991. In 1996, he took over as the Director of the Breast Centre. Since that time, he has dedicated his efforts on improving breast cancer care at St. Michael’s Hospital. He did this in a number of ways. He was the primary author of the business plan in 2000 that lead to the expansion of the Breast Centre and its current naming as the CIBC Breast Centre. He attracted the Ontario Breast Screening Program to the hospital where it was the first academic hospital in Toronto to house this program. Jarley also was pivotal in securing and sustaining our involvement as a clinical research of the international renowned NSABP. Over the years, he has always advocated for state-of-the-art care for our breast cancer patients. He initiated our sentinel node biopsy program and has been an advocate for the use of diagnostic ultrasound in the breast centre. At a recent Retirement Celebration hosted by Dr. Nancy Baxter and the Division of General Surgery, Dr. Ralph George, our current Director of the CIBC Breast Centre, commented on Dr. Koo’s excellence as a surgeon and his compassion as a physician. We will all miss Jarley and wish him the best as he embarks his second career as the Manager of his family catering company.

Ori Rotstein,
Surgeon-in-Chief, St Michael’s Hospital


PEDIATRIC BURN PROGRAM RECEIVES FULL ACCREDITATION BY THE AMERICAN BURN ASSOCIATION

Joel Fish
Joel Fish

The Pediatric Burn Program at the Hospital for Sick Children is the first Canadian pediatric program to receive full accreditation by the American Burn Association. Congratulations to Dr. Joel Fish and the entire Pediatric Burn Program team at the Hospital for Sick Children!






SPINE PROGRAM UNDERGOES SUCCESSFUL REVIEW

Spine Program Logo

As many of you know, the Department of Surgery houses several programs that are typically multi-disciplinary groups that may cross different Divisions and Departments. Some of these include the Hand Program, the Trauma Program, the Orthopaedics Sports Medicine Program, the Bariatric Surgery Program, and the Spine Program.

I am pleased to inform you that the Spine Program recently underwent a review at approximately 5 years since its inception. The Reviewers were Drs Allan Levi, Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Miami, and Gunnar Andersson, Professor and Chair Emeritus, Orthopedic Surgery, Rush University Medical Center. They concentrated their review efforts on the three key areas of the Spine Program: 1) Education and training; 2) Clinical Care; and 3) Research.

On the whole, the reviewers were very complimentary of the leadership of Co-Directors Albert Yee and Michael Fehlings in the Spine Program. In the past 5 years, numerous accomplishments are attributed to the newly formed Spine Program including an internationally recognized fellowship program within four hospitals; visiting professorships by known experts in spine surgery and research; the initiation of clinical trials with shared patients from different hospitals; and the creation of SpineFEST, the annual Spine Surgery Symposium which showcases the breadth and talent of clinical and basic science research in spine surgery. The Reviewers did have some recommendations for the Spine Program. These included the creation of spine focused fellowships in neuro-oncology, trauma and deformity; the streamlining of research ethics board (REB) approvals across different institutions; the development of a central registry for spine cases for all diagnostic spine groups; and the bolstering of support for spine surgery at each institution given resource allocations and restrictions that affect the operating rooms.

from left to right- Michael Fehlings and Albert Yee

from left to right- Michael Fehlings and Albert Yee

Please join me in congratulating Albert and Michael for the very successful review of the Spine Program. I have met with both of them following this review to ensure that we address the recommendations of the reviewers going forward.

JTR


ANDRES LOZANO DELIVERS TED TALK ON THE NEW FRONTIER OF DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION

Andres Lozano
Andres Lozano

Andres Lozano, Chair of the Division of Neurosurgery, was honoured by giving a TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talk on June 27th, 2013. In his talk, Andres shares the fascinating ways in which deep brain stimulation can correct the effects of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

From the video’s description:
"Deep brain stimulation is becoming very precise. This technique allows surgeons to place electrodes in almost any area of the brain, and turn them up or down — like a radio dial or thermostat — to correct dysfunction. Andres Lozano offers a dramatic look at emerging techniques, in which a woman with Parkinson’s instantly stops shaking and brain areas eroded by Alzheimer’s are brought back to life."

(Link to Ted Talk)

As of May 2013, more than 1,500 TED talks are available free online. As of June 2011, more than 500 million viewers have accessed the library of informative talks. I should like to extend my most sincere congratulations to Andres for bringing such great credit and exposure to the Department of Surgery.

James T. Rutka


TORONTO ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEON TIMOTHY DANIELS TO SERVE LEADING FOOT AND ANKLE SOCIETY

Timothy Daniels of St. Michael’s Hospital has been named board member-at-large for the 2,027-member American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS). Timothy will focus his two-year term on supporting the global research and educational efforts of the Society, whose members specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal system of the foot and ankle.

“As a world-leading organization, the AOFAS will continue to educate and foster essential advancements in foot and ankle care, as well as wield a significant influence on the science and care of foot and ankle pathology,” said Daniels. “I welcome the opportunity to contribute my utmost toward cutting-edge research and education on a world stage.”

Tim earned his medical degree from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He performed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Royal University Hospital, also in Saskatoon, and completed an orthopaedic foot and ankle surgery fellowship at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. In addition, Daniels completed a research fellowship in foot and ankle biomechanics at the Milwaukee County Medical Complex in Milwaukee.

In addition to serving on and chairing AOFAS committees, Daniels is a founding member of the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Outcomes Research (OFAR) Network. He has received the distinguished AOFAS Roger A. Mann Award for Best Clinical Paper twice, in 2007 and 2012.

Jennifer Hicks
Public Education Manager, AOFAS


1ST ANNUAL CANADIAN BURN SYMPOSIUM

Marc Jeschke and his team at the University of Toronto and the Ross Tilley Burn Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre will be holding the 1st Annual Canadian Burn Symposium on May 26th & 27th, 2014 at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto. This will be a fully accredited event.

Keynote speakers include Dr. David N Herndon, University of Texas Medical Branch and Shriners Hospital for Children, Galveston Texas USA.

Please register now at: http://www.cepd.utoronto.ca/cdnburnsymposium/

For more information: http://www.cepd.utoronto.ca/cdnburnsymposium/

Continuing Education & Professional Development,
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Phone: 416.978.2719/1.888.512.8173
Email: info-SUR1401@cepdtoronto.ca


PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST

Burn Team Pumpkin

Pumpkin Carving Contest 1

Craniofacial Pumpkin
Pumpkin Carving Contest 2
Cleft Lip Pumpkin
Pumpkin Carving Contest 3









The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery came top of the heap in a highly competitive Pumpkin Carving Contest held at the Hospital for Sick Children as part of SickKids Halloween celebrations. Congratulations to Dr. Matt Plant (PGY-5) for his interpretation of a Le Fort III midface advancement, SickKids fellow Mark Fisher for channeling John Phillips as inspiration, SickKids fellow Sammi Alisa and Emily Ho for the cleft lip pumpkin as well as Karen Cross and Sandy Davies for the burninspired montage. Great work everyone.

Disclaimer: No flexor tendons were harmed in the creation of these works of art

Christopher R. Forrest,
Chair, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery


PAPER IN SCIENCE TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE

Keith Jarvi’s paper on semen markers for the detection of sperm was published November 20th in Science Translational Medicine. It was reported on CTV, Winnipeg Free Press, BBC, German Public Radio.



54TH ANNUAL UPDATE IN GENERAL SURGERY

update event

update event

The 53rd Annual Update in General Surgery was held April 18th to 20th, 2013 at the Hilton Hotel in Toronto.

8 Plenary sessions were held on topics including The Robot and other technology, Wound care and complex stomas, Billing Corner, Laparoscopic Video, ERAS: In depth discussion and practical tips - Top Papers, Breast Cases, Thyroid and other Head and Neck. Additionally, the Saturday workshops continue to be favourites for the attendees. The course has served as a great opportunity for staff to interact with practising surgeons from around the Province.

from left to right- Andy Smith, Dr. Zane Cohen and Paul E. Bernick

This course remains the largest General Surgery course in Canada and is garnering international attention. A number of very exciting ideas were introduced such as an Internet Café and “Speakers Corner” to allow attendees to provide immediate feedback. In addition, Twitter was abuzz with feeds before during and after each presentation. This course continues to have the very strong record of excellence that has been characteristic of it for so many years. The evaluations received from the 2013 event indicate it was, once again, a huge success in terms of both attendance and quality of presentations. The move to the Hilton afforded the course a more updated venue as well as increased and better space for both the attendees and exhibitors.

The Planning Committee is eagerly planning a very interesting, educational and enlightening program for the 54th Annual Update in General Surgery which will be held April 10th to 12th, 2014 once again at the Hilton. Dr. Pat Borgen, a renowned expert in breast cancer from Maimonides Cancer Centre in New York, will be one of our keynote speakers. Additionally, Dr. Brian Jacobs, also from New York, will discuss Social Media in General Surgery and will also present on “Undiagnosed Groin Pain”.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Andy Smith
Chair, Division of General Surgery,
University of Toronto



Hand and Upper Extremity Update
February 8, 2014
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
For more information:
http://www.cepd.utoronto.ca/upperextremity/
Continuing Education & Professional Development,
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Phone: 416.978.2719/1.888.512.8173
Email: info-SUR1403@cepdtoronto.ca


14th Annual Breast Surgery Symposium:
April 3, 2014

Toronto Hilton
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
For more information: http://www.torontoaestheticmeeting.ca/
Continuing Education & Professional Development,
Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto
Phone: 416.978.2719/1.888.512.8173
Email: info-sur1402@cepdtoronto.ca


44th Annual Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Symposium:
April 4-5, 2014

Toronto Hilton
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
For more information: http://www.torontoaestheticmeeting.ca/
Continuing Education & Professional Development,
Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto
Phone: 416.978.2719/1.888.512.8173
Email: info-sur1413@cepdtoronto.ca


11th Biennial Canadian Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Symposium:
April 11-12, 2014

Eaton Chelsea, Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
For more information: http://www.cepd.utoronto.ca/footankle/
Continuing Education & Professional Development,
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Phone: 416.978.2719/1.888.512.8173
Email: info-SUR1405@cepdtoronto.ca


Competency Based Training Program Workshop:
April 25, 2014

MaRS Discovery District
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
For more information:
http://www.competency-basedtraining.com/
Continuing Education & Professional Development,
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Phone: 416.978.2719/1.888.512.8173
Email: info-SUR1406@cepdtoronto.ca


1st Annual Canadian Burn Symposium:
May 26-27, 2014

Toronto Westin Harbour Castle
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
For more information: http://www.cepd.utoronto.ca/cdnburnsymposium/
Continuing Education & Professional Development,
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Phone: 416.978.2719/1.888.512.8173
Email: info-SUR1401@cepdtoronto.ca

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