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Our First Hybrid Radiology/Surgery Residency

Eran Shlomovitz
Eran Shlomovitz
Eran Shlomovitz is our Department's first "hybrid resident," combining formal training in both General Surgery and Radiology. Eran began to see the need and possibilities for applying imaging techniques to surgery while an undergrad working at the Hospital for Sick Children with then Chief of Interventional Radiology Peter Chait. Together they wrote a review paper exploring the concept of a hybrid residency.(1) Eran had been accepted into the General Surgery Program when the paper was published. An application was then headed by Richard Reznick and the University of Toronto Chief of Radiology Walter Kucharczyk to the Royal College to set up a combined residency in General Surgery and Radiology. Eran has completed one year of General Surgery. He will next complete four years of Radiology, while continuing two nights a month on General Surgery call at the Toronto Western Hospital to maintain his surgical skills. The first two months of Radiology have focused on "call preparation" comprising two weeks each of chest, ultrasound, CT and neuroimaging. After four years of Radiology, Eran will spend two more years in General Surgery. He expects to follow that with a surgery fellowship applying interventional radiology techniques to hepatobiliary surgery.

Eran was born in Israel and lived there until he was fifteen, in what he describes as "a quieter time". He is a dual Israeli-Canadian citizen. He earned his Undergraduate Degree at York University and his MD at the University of Western Ontario. He is the first MD in his family. His father is an x-ray technician, his mother a secretary and his sister is doing a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy at Western. Eran and his girlfriend Adi Aviram enjoy salsa dancing, something he got into while on vacation in Cuba. He has competed in the meds Olympics in Montreal. The salsa scene is hot in Toronto, particularly in Yorkville where clubs offer lessons then give participants the opportunity to dance. Eran thanks his role models and mentors Peter Chait, Richard Reznick, Walter Kucharczyk, Lorne Rotstein, and Walter Montanera.



(1) Shlomovitz E. Amaral JG. Chait PG. Image-guided therapy and minimally invasive surgery in children: a merging future. Pediatric Radiology. May 2006;36(5):398-404.

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