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Christopher Forrest Appointed as Interim Chair Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Christopher Forrest
Christopher Forrest

As many of you know, Dimitri Anastakis has been appointed Interim Vice Dean of Continuing Education and Professional Development (CEPD) in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dimitri will hold this position until June 30, 2012 or until such time as a new Vice Dean is appointed. With the time commitment and responsibilities of this new position, Dimitri has determined that while he is Interim Vice Dean CEPD, he will not be able to serve as Division Chair of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (PRS).

Accordingly, I am delighted to inform you that Chris Forrest has been appointed to the position of interim Chair of the Division of PRS. Chris is currently the Head of the Division of Plastic Surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children, and is an internationally acclaimed craniofacial surgeon. Chris received his MD from the University of Toronto in 1983, and his Royal College subspecialty certification in plastic surgery

at the University of Toronto in 1990. He also earned a Masters degree from the Institute of Medical Science under the supervision of Cho Pang in 1990. Following fellowship training, including a pediatric craniomaxillofacial surgery fellowship at Wayne State University in Michigan in 1992, Chris began his faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto in 1993. He became full Professor in 2006. Chris has served as the Medical Director of the Craniofacial Centre at the Hospital for Sick Children since 1999.

Chris has published over 100 peer reviewed articles and over 30 book chapters. Over the years he has received numerous peer reviewed grants for his research on the impact of radiation on the developing craniofacial skeleton. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards including the WK Lindsay Research Supervisor award and the Operation Herbie Doctor of the Year Award. He has been invited to numerous visiting Professorships across Canada, the United States and worldwide.

Please help me welcome Chris Forrest into his new role as Interim Chair in the Division of PRS.

James T. Rutka, MD, PhD, FRCSC
RS McLaughlin Professor and Chair,
Department of Surgery

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