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New Staff

The Department of Surgery warmly welcomes the following individuals who have joined our Department.

Claudio Cinà
Claudio Cinà
It is a pleasure to announce the recruitment of Claudio Cinà as Division Head of Vascular Surgery and Professor of Surgery at St Michael's Hospital, the University of Toronto.

Dr. Cinà was born in Italy where he completed classic studies in Italian, Latin and Greek literature, and graduated summa cum laude from medical school from the University of Catania. After completing his training in general surgery, he decided to pursue an academic career in vascular surgery. After one year as research and clinical fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Claudio completed his fellowship training in vascular surgery at the University of Toronto, and undertook additional training in cardiovascular surgery at Baylor University with Michael DeBakey and Stanley Crawford where he trained in surgical repair of diseases of the thoracoabdominal aorta. In 2004 Claudio was granted a sabbatical to learn endovascular surgery and completed a fellowship in the Netherlands with Dr. E. Verhoeven, a leader in endovascular surgery, including the deployment of fenestrated and branched endografts.

Dr. Cinà's two greatest clinical contributions to health care are the development of the Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm (TAAA) Surgery Programme, and of the Institute for Support, Investigation and Technological Evolution (InSITE) of Endovascular Therapies at McMaster University.

Ori D. Rotstein
Surgeon-in-Chief, St. Michael's Hospital

Kazuhiro Yasufuku
Kazuhiro Yasufuku
Kazuhiro Yasufuku has been appointed to the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Thoracic Surgery at the University Health Network as of September 2008. Kazuhiro trained in general surgery and thoracic surgery at Chiba University School of Medicine in Japan. He subsequently obtained a PhD from the Graduate School of Medicine, Chiba University and Indiana University, USA. He subsequently completed a Lung Transplant Clinical Fellowship in the Toronto Lung Transplant Program at the Toronto General Hospital. Kazuhiro has worked as an attending surgeon at Chiba University since 2003.

Kazuhiro is an internationally known thoracic surgeon with specific expertise in minimally invasive thoracic surgery and minimally invasive diagnostic procedures. Over the years, he has been a leader in the field of endobronchial ultrasound. He developed the Convex Probe Endobronchial Ultrasound in collaboration with Olympus and has successfully introduced the clinical application of Endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) in the management of lung cancer.

Dr. Yasufuku has published numerous peer-reviewed journals and has lectured throughout the world on a variety of topics related to minimal invasive thoracic surgery and interventional pulmonology. His clinical areas of activity will be in thoracic surgery and lung transplantation. Currently Dr. Yasufuku is exploring the utility of minimally invasive techniques for molecular staging and therapies in Thoracic Oncology. He will also lead the Thoracic Interventional Suite at UHN, which will be a unique teaching and technology development centre, providing leading edge thoracic diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

Shaf Keshavjee
University Division Chair, Thoracic Surgery

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