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Gerald Thomas Cook

Born in Herbert, Saskatchewan March 6, 1929, Dr. Gerald Thomas Cook passed away unexpectedly on January 13, 2014. Gerry will be remembered for his medical career spanning five decades. He opened the first hospital in Lac La Ronge, Saskatchewan, then went on to a residency at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Centre and the Medical College of Virginia. For more than 20 years until TW and TG merged, Dr. Gerry Cook did renal transplant surgery at Toronto Western, including the first in Toronto, done with longtime colleague and friend, nephrologist Dr. Gear Deveber. He had very good surgical credentials after training with Dr. David Hume at the University of Virginia, one of the transplant pioneers. Dr. Cook prided himself on excellent technical surgery and emulated his mentor, Dr. Victor Marshall at Cornell New York Hospital. Dr. Marshal ran what was arguably the most prestigious urology training program in the US at that time. Dr. Cook was an energetic surgical teacher who was always his own man and vigorously interrogated new techniques to ensure that they exceeded the standards set by the conventional procedures. He saw the role of the academic surgeon as one who would inculcate future generations with a desire to be technically precise, yet fast to obtain the best results. He was a surgeon’s surgeon. He retired at age 65 soon after the merger of the TW and TG to enjoy a very long retirement in the country north of Toronto keeping a pied a terre in town. Donations in his honour may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada. (Bryce Taylor & Globe and Mail)


Dr. J.F. Ross Fleming

Dr. J.F. Ross Fleming
Dr. J.F. Ross Fleming

On December 1, Dr. J.F. Ross Fleming, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS, past Professor Emeritus in our Division of Neurosurgery, passed away at the age of 88. Dr. Fleming was a graduate of the University of Toronto medical school (1947) and neurosurgery residency program (1956), during which time he completed additional training in Oxford, England and Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 1956 he joined the neurosurgical staff at Toronto Western Hospital, where he served as Division Head of Neurosurgery from 1965 to 1984. Dr. Fleming was a wonderful mentor to our Faculty and residents. He also served as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, impacting very positively on the lives of many medical students. The Fleming Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit at Toronto General Hospital and the Ross Fleming Surgical Educator Award at the University of Toronto were named in his honor in 1990 and 1992, respectively. Dr. Fleming retired from neurosurgical practice in 1997, after a long and distinguished career as a leader in all aspects of our profession. Dr. Fleming was preceded in death by his wife Patricia and is survived by his children Jim, Sheila, Ian and Anne and his grandchildren Patrick, Daniel, Tim, Meredith, George, Cynthia, Brian, Erin, Jamie and Kate. Please join me in extending condolences to the extended Fleming family.

Andres Lozano


Dr. N. Barry Rewcastle
Dr. N. Barry Rewcastle

Dr. N. Barry Rewcastle

It is with sadness we remember Dr. N. Barry Rewcastle, past Faculty at the University of Toronto and University of Calgary, who passed away peacefully on Jan. 7 at Lion’s Gate Hospital, North Vancouver. Dr. Rewcastle had a long and distinguished career in the field of medicine and academics, until his retirement from the University of Calgary in 2003.
(link to Calgary Herald obituary)


Dr. William Feindel
Dr. William Feindel

Dr. William Feindel

With sadness we also reflect on the passing away of Dr. William Feindel, O.C., G.O.Q., MDCM, D. Phil. (1918-2014). Dr. Feindel, one of Canada’s most distinguished neurosurgeons and third Director of the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro) of McGill University and the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), passed away quietly at The Neuro on Jan. 12 following a brief illness. Details of his remarkable and distinguished career in neurosurgery can be accessed at:
(link to Montreal Gazette obituary)

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Left to Right: Dr Richard Leblanc Professor of Neurosurgery at McGill, Dr. William Feindel (seated) and Dr. Andres Lozano, Montreal, November 2013).

Andres Lozano, who trained with Dr. Feindel as a junior resident at McGill and learned epilepsy surgery from him, had the honor of serving as the most recent Feindel Lecturer in Montreal on December 17, 2013, just a few days before Dr Feindel’s death. As a mentor to a generation of McGill trained neurosurgeons, Dr. Feindel is remembered as a great man, a builder, someone who was widely admired and looked up to. He made enduring contributions to neurosurgery, to brain imaging and to putting Canadian Neurosurgery at the forefront of the world.


Dr. Raymond Heimbecker
Dr. Raymond Heimbecker

Dr. Raymond Heimbecker

Dr. Raymond Heimbecker (Cardiac Surgery) passed away on February 13, 2014 in his 92nd year. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Toronto in 1947. In 1962, he became a cardiovascular consultant to the Wellesley Hospital. In 1974, Dr. Heimbecker was named the first Professor and Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at the new University Hospital in London, Ontario. He performed the world’s first complete heart valve transplant in 1962 and Canada’s first modern heart transplant in 1981.



Allan Okrainec
Allan Okrainec

I am pleased to announce that Allan Okrainec has been appointed as the Head of the Division of General Surgery at UHN.

Allan joined the Division of General Surgery at UHN in 2006 and has served as deputy head of the division since 2009. He completed medical school at McGill University and residency in general surgery at McMaster University. He went on to complete a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at McGill University. His clinical practice specializes in minimally invasive gastrointestinal and bariatric surgery. He is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, and Director of the Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery Fellowship Program at the University of Toronto. He is the director of the Temerty/Chang International Centre for Telesimulation and Innovation in Medical Education at UHN.

Allan completed a Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research interests include the use of simulation and telesimulation for teaching and assessment of laparoscopic skills in remote areas and resource-restricted countries, and the assessment of clinical outcomes and enhanced recovery programs after surgery. Dr. Okrainec has leadership roles in several national and international surgical societies. He has published widely and is a highly sought after speaker both nationally and internationally. His work is supported by several research grants, including the Center for Excellence in Surgical Education, Research and Training, and Grand Challenges Canada Stars in Global Health.

Please join me in congratulating Allan on his achievements and on taking on this important leadership role in the Sprott Department of Surgery at UHN.

I would also like to announce that Allan has been officially appointed as the Peter A. Crossgrove Chair in General Surgery. This is a University Health Network and University of Toronto named chair. This appointment has been effective December 1st, 2013 in conjunction with the Division Head of General Surgery appointment.

Please join me in congratulating Allan on this additional achievement and wonderful opportunity for ongoing academic advancement of our Division of General Surgery.

Shaf Keshavjee, Surgeon-in-Chief,
Sprott Department of Surgery, UHN



Michael Fehlings
Michael Fehlings

After an extensive and comprehensive search process, it is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Dr. Michael G. Fehlings as the new Vice Chair Research in the Department of Surgery. Michael graduated from medical school at the University of Toronto (UofT), and was one of the first residents to enter the Surgeon Scientist Training Program (SSTP), supervised by Dr. Charles Tator. Michael received his PhD in Dr Tator’s laboratory in 1989 and his FRCS in Neurosurgery in 1990. He did a postdoctoral research fellowship under Dr. Wise Young at New York University in 1991, and a clinical spine fellowship at that same institution in 1992. Michael joined the Division of Neurosurgery at the UofT as a staff neurosurgeon at the Toronto Western Hospital in 1992. He is currently Professor of Neurosurgery, the Gerald and Tootsie Halbert Chair in Neural Repair and Regeneration, past Director of the Collaborative Program in Neuroscience at UofT, Co-Chairman of the Spinal Program in the Department of Surgery at UofT, and Medical Director of the Krembil Neuroscience Centre at the Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network.

Michael has received numerous international and national awards and accolades. He has over 400 peerreview publications. He continues to supervise trainees in the SSTP. His research laboratory is well supported by grants from the CIHR and Christopher Reeve Foundation. Michael has served in numerous leadership positions in organized neurosurgery and spine surgery including Chair of the Joint Section of Neurotrauma and Critical Care of the AANS/CNS, Chair of the Scientific Committee of AO Spine North America, Grants Panel Reviewer for CIHR, and President of the Cervical Spine Research Society.

Please help me welcome Michael Fehlings as the new Vice Chair Research in the Department of Surgery. We thank Benjamin Alman for his tremendous work as Vice Chair Research since November 2004 and wish him much success in his new role as Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

James T. Rutka,
RS McLaughlin Professor and Chair
Department of Surgery, University of Toronto



John Hagen
John Hagen

It is a great pleasure to announce that John Hagen has accepted the position of Chief/ Physician Director of Surgery at Humber River Hospital effective January 1, 2014.

Dr. Hagen is well known to the Humber community and by his colleagues at the national and international levels. He obtained his MD from the University of Alberta and completed Surgical Residency at the University of Toronto. He had additional training in Surgery in New Zealand and England before joining the staff of Northwestern Hospital.

For many years he was the Chief of Surgery at Northwestern, and after the amalgamation, was the first combined Head of General Surgery for Humber River Regional Hospital.

John was one of the earliest adopters of minimally invasive surgery and taught the techniques to many others, both junior and senior surgeons. He was also instrumental in the development of Bariatric surgery and his input led to Humber River being recognized as a provincial Center of Excellence.

Dr. Hagen is also recognized as an outstanding teacher and his efforts have contributed to the expanding academic profile of Humber River.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Hagen to his new role at this important time in the history of our hospital.

Ray Martin, VP, Medical Affairs,
Humber River Hospital



I am delighted to announce the appointment of Steven Gallinger as the inaugural Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Chair in Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Surgery at University Health Network.

Dr. Gallinger is a Hepatobiliary/pancreatic (HPB) surgical oncologist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre at University Health Network. He is Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto, Head of the HPB Surgical Oncology Program at UHN and MSH, and Chair of the Cancer Care Ontario HPB Community of Practice. His research interests are primarily in the area of GI cancer genetics. He is co-Director of the Centre for Cancer Genetics at the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, and co-PI of the Zane Cohen Familial Gastrointestinal Cancer Registry at MSH. He is PI of the Ontario Familial Colorectal Cancer Registry, an NIH supported international consortium studying multidisciplinary aspects of sporadic and familial colorectal cancer. He is also PI of the Ontario Pancreas Cancer Study, a member of the NIH funded Pancreas Cancer Genetic Epidemiology consortium, a population-based registry of pancreas cancer cases and their families which is now integrated with the International Cancer Genome Consortium at the OICR where he was recently appointed as Lead of the Translational Research Initiative in pancreas cancer. Dr. Gallinger also co-leads with Dr. Malcolm Moore the McCain Centre for Pancreas Cancer which is fostering the development of a rapid treatment program at UHN.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Gallinger on this prestigious milestone in his stellar career as an exemplary surgeon scientist at University Health Network.

Shaf Keshavjee, Surgeon-in-Chief,
Sprott Department of Surgery, UHN



Peter Stotland joined North York General Hospital in 2008. Prior to that, he completed residency and fellowship training in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Surgical Oncology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Stotland has been very active within our Department of Surgery and the University of Toronto. He has been recognized locally and nationally as an outstanding surgical teacher.



I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Fred Gentili as the Alan and Susan Hudson Chair in Neuro- Oncology at University Health Network.

Dr. Gentili joined the Neurosurgical staff at University Health Network in 1982 and is currently Professor in the Division of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto. Dr. Gentili is a founding member of the North American Skull Base Society and a member of the Skull Base Surgery Committee of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies as well as a member of the WFNS Neuro-Endoscopy Committee. He helped establish the first interdisciplinary Skull Base Surgery Group in Canada at the University of Toronto. Dr. Gentili’s primary interests are Skull Base Surgery using both open and minimally invasive endoscopic techniques, pituitary surgery, and radiosurgery.

Dr. Gentili has been a dedicated teacher and educator, having received numerous teaching awards. He is a member of both local, national and international committees on education. He is currently the Director of Undergraduate Surgical Education at University Health Network.

Please join me in congratulating Fred Gentili on this prestigious appointment.

Shaf Keshavjee, Surgeon- in -Chief,
Sprott Department of Surgery, UHN



Gillian Hawker has been appointed as Chair of the University of Toronto Department of Medicine for a 5-year term effective July 1, 2014. She is Physician-in- Chief of Medicine at Women’s College Hospital, where she holds the F.M. Hill Chair in Academic Women’s Medicine. Dr. Hawker will be taking over this position from Dr. Wendy Levinson who has held the position for the past ten years.



Fuad Moussa (CardSurg) has recently had his simulation- based beating heart surgery curriculum highlighted as their cover story in MedSim Magazine
[link to MedSim Magazine]

Nancy Baxter (GenSurg) was in the press (Toronto Star) for one of her research grants
[link to TorontoStar]

Andrea Covelli (GenSurg) was interviewed by Oncology Times for the work presented at ASCO breast cancer symposium - Taking control of cancer: Why women are choosing mastectomy. The story was subsequently picked up by other sites, including the AmericanCollege of Surgeons
[link to Oncology Times]
[link to American College of Surgeons]

Andrea’s work presented at the American Society of Breast Surgeons (Increasing Mastectomy Rates: The role of the health-care milieu. A comparative analysis between Canada & the United States – 05/2014) was selected for a press release through the society. St. Michael’s also released a press statement which has since been picked up by many sites including UofT
[link to Society of Breast Surgeons]
[St. Michael's article]

[UofT article]

Mark Bernstein (NeurSurg), the Greg Wilkins-Barick Chair in International Surgery, was featured in a piece entitled “Transferring Knowledge” for his ongoing work in training neurosurgeons from developing countries.
[link to article]

Michael Cusimano (NeurSurg) discussed banning fighting in hockey in the NHL in the Globe and Mail February 11, 2014.

Michael was also interviewed by The Ottawa Citizen for his opinion on head injury risk in the National Hockey League.
[link to article]

Leo Da Costa (NeurSurg) was featured in CTV News piece entitled “Miracle babies: Woman has brain surgery while delivering”.
[view video on CTV]
[view video on Sunnybrook website]

Leo also appeared in a Global News piece entitled “Emergency Brain Surgery” for his role in operating on pregnant patient requiring emergency surgery for a brain blood clot.
[link to story and video]

The work of Andres Lozano (NeurSurg) on deep brain stimulation for Alzheimer’s disease was featured on The Nature of Things on CBC television. The episode is entitled “Untangling Alzheimer’s”
[link to episode]

Andres was also featured by CBC Radio program The Current about his research on new treatments for dementia.
[link to interview]

Tom Schweizer (NeurSurg)’s study on the effect of “heading the ball” in soccer was featured in the Star,February 10, 2014.

Michael Tymianski’s work (NeurSurg) on developing the potential stroke drug NA-1 was the subject of a major feature by The Globe and Mail.
[link to article]

Marc Jeschke (PlasSurg) was recently interviewed on Canada AM for his work on a novel skin printer to better serve burn patients.
[link to video]

Steve McCabe

Steve McCabe

Toronto Star article entitled “Need a hand?” spotlights the Toronto Western Hand and Upper Extremity Unit with Steve McCabe (PlasSurg) in his mission to develop and perform Canada’s first upper limb transplant. Ron Zuker and the pediatric program are also featured.
[link to article]

Shaf Keshavjee (ThorSurg) made a cameo appearance in the show “Saving Hope” on February 13th. He saves a life delivering the ex vivo lung perfusion system in time!

Dean Elterman (Urol) contributed to Globe and Mail in the section Health Advisor.
[link to article]

Rob Nam (Urol) and colleagues publish new findings on complications after radical prostatectomy in Lancet Oncology. The full report can be found online at:
[LancetOncology, January 17, 2014]


Anand Ghanekar (GenSurg) has been appointed Co-Director of the Renal Transplant Program at the University Health Network, along with S. Joseph Kim (Nephrology).

Bernie Goldman (CardSurg) launched his book “Mending Hearts, Building Bridges: the Story of Save a Child’s Heart” at Indigo Manulife, May 13 - with SACH doctors from Ethiopia, the Palestine Authority, Israel and Canada. As part of their commitment to international humanitarian work they are sending 3 medical students to SACH for 2 week electives in pediatric cardiology and surgery (one each from U of T, McMaster and the Northern Ontario Medical School) and one student pursuing an MA in Global Health (1 month) from McMaster.

Hugh Scully (CardSurg) has been appointed as Chairman at Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame.

Subodh Verma (CardSurg) and Samuel Siu published their work on the management of aortic dilatation in patients with bicuspid aortic valves in the New England Journal of Medicine. The full reference is found at: N Engl J Med. 2014; 370:1920-9.

Sherif Hanna
Sherif Hanna

Sherif Hanna (GenSurg) has retired from the Division of General Surgery at Sunnybrook as of January 2014. He joined the staff of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in January 1980 where his practice focused on HPB surgical oncology. He was Head of the Division of General Surgery for 10 years and Head of the Surgical Oncology Program at the Odette Cancer Centre at SHSC for 11 years.

Rob Mackenzie (Gen Surg) practiced community general and vascular surgery and served as hospital medical director until 2003, when he became President/CEO of Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, NY. Recently retired after ten years in administration, he and Maggie just completed an eight-month RV tour of the US and Canada. Colleagues traveling through Finger Lakes wine country are welcome to stop by.

Jim Drake (NeurSurg) has been appointed Secretary of The American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery.

Michael Taylor (NeurSurg) and his team recently had a lead article on paediatric ependymoma in Nature (Impact Factor 31.434). He and his team also had press coverage in the Toronto Star. This should create tremendous interest amongst clinical trials groups as a novel drug treatment has been identified that could benefit patients with this devastating disease: Epigenomic alterations define lethal CIMP-positive ependymomas of infancy. Mack SC, Witt H, Piro RM, Taylor MD, et al. Nature 506, 445–450 (27 February 2014) doi:10.1038/ nature13108.



Congratulations to the 7 surgical divisions who participate in CaRMS. All spots were filled in the 1st iteration. The Department of Surgery has 33 CMG and 7 IMG positions for 2014-2015.

Neurosurgery at St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto have recently established a Joint Term Chair in Cerebrovascular and Brain Tumor Surgery.

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Department of Surgery Soccer Team

The 2014 Department of Surgery Soccer Team won their league championship cup and the golden boot for highest number of goals scored!



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From left to right: front row: Amira Dan, Michael Dan, Marie Slegr. Back row: Darina Landa, Menno Germans, Jim Rutka, Mari Rutka, Amancio Guerrero Maldonado, Andres Lozano.

A great evening celebrating the second annual Michael and Amira Dan Neurosurgery Fellowships. Dr. Menno Germans, from the Netherlands, has had a great year here in Toronto and is completing his fellowship at St Mike’s with Dr. Loch Macdonald. Dr. Amancio Guerrero Maldonado is soon heading home to Mexico after completing his fellowship at UHN with Drs. Michael Tymianski and Ivan Radovanovic. Congratulations to both – we wish you much success in the future!



AOSpine North America received a research grant from The Rick Hansen Institute to develop a set of MRI based biomarkers in patients with acute spinal cord injury.

Michael Fehlings hosted a Research Town Hall Meeting of scientists, surgeon investigators, surgeon scientists, surgeon scientist trainees and key stakeholders on April 1st at the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning. Over 50 attendees learned about key issues related to research, and expressed their pride in working at the University of Toronto. Researchers noted that recent changes at CIHR have made it more of a challenge to receive funding. Some next steps arising from the Town Hall meeting included:


a) focused effort to advance fund raising for research in the Department of Surgery with the assistance of the UofT Advancement office.

b) Meetings with surgeon scientist trainees and junior residents considering research as career options in the next several months.

c) A comprehensive synopsis of research activities by surgeon scientists, surgeon investigators and scientists in the Department of Surgery.

d) A retreat to discuss research directions and priorities in the Department of Surgery in early 2015.



Dr. Andres Lozano has been appointed as a 2014 University Professor at the University of Toronto. He is the first neurosurgeon to receive this prestigious appointment where U. of T. recognizes its most outstanding scholars with this designation.

Andres Lozano
Andres Lozano

Professor Andres Lozano is a world leader in Functional Neurosurgery. He is renowned for his pioneering work in the (1) identification and mapping of new brain areas and circuits underlying neurological and psychiatric diseases; and (2) translation of these discoveries into the clinical application of deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease, treatment- resistant depression and Alzheimer’s disease. He is recognized for his pace-setting creativity and innovation in developing new surgical treatments for patients whose disorders have no adequate alternatives for therapy. He and his team are acknowledged as the pioneers that have mapped out the activity of single neurons in several deep brain structures for the first time in man, including the subthalamic nucleus, pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN) and subcallosal cingulate gyrus. His team is widely recognized for conducting the first ever trials of deep brain stimulation for depression, anorexia and Alzheimer’s disease. His research has led to new surgical interventions for Parkinson’s disease (PPN stimulation), dystonia, Huntington’s disease, depression (area 25 stimulation) Anorexia and Alzheimer’s disease (fornix stimulation).

Professor Lozano’s work and contributions to the field have been recognized with some of the most prestigious awards in his discipline. He has received the Olivecrona Medal—often regarded as the “Nobel Prize in Neurosurgery”—from the Karolinska Institute in 2012. He was awarded the Winn Prize from the Society of Neurological Surgeons—the most senior and prestigious society in neurosurgery - in recognition of outstanding, continuous commitment to research in the neurosciences by a neurological surgeon in 2010. He is the first neurosurgeon-scientist to receive the Innovation Award from the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology (2014) and has also received the inaugural Tasker Award from the World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (2013), the Margolese National Brain Prize (2013), the Pioneer in Medicine Award from the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (2012) and the Jonas Salk Award (2008).

Professor Lozano was elected to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2012 and to the Royal Society of Canada in 2009. He has been made an honorary member of distinguished societies in four continents around the world, including the German Academy of Neurosurgery, the Neurosurgical Society of Para, Brazil and the Japanese Neurological Society. He has also been recognized by his native country, receiving the Order of Spain in 2007, and he was elected to “100 Espanoles” (100 People of Spanish Origin) in 2013. He has served as President of the World Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (2005) and the American Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (2004).

Professor Lozano has published over 425 papers that have been cited over 32,500 times, making him the most highly cited neurosurgeon in the history of Canadian neurosurgery. He is also the single most cited scientist in the field of deep brain stimulation and ranks among the top five most cited scientists globally in the field of Parkinson’s disease. Seventeen of his papers have attained “Citation Classic” status, having been cited over 400 times (Google Scholar, as Feb. 26, 2014). He has published 85 book chapters and has edited five books in neurosurgery and neuroscience, including the seminal textbook used in functional neurosurgical training. He currently serves on the editorial board of eighteen journals. Over the course of his career, he has delivered 40 named international lectures, in addition to nearly 500 other presentations.

Professor Lozano has mentored students, residents, young faculty and graduate neurosurgeons, and personally trained 50 fellows in functional neurosurgery— more than any other neurosurgeon worldwide. He is committed to developing the field of academic functional neurosurgery, and those he has mentored have obtained some of the most prestigious training awards in their discipline and have gone on to academic surgeonscientist positions at leading academic centres in Canada and around the world.

Professor Lozano received his MD degree at the University of Ottawa (1983) and his neurosurgical training and PhD degree in Neurobiology at McGill University (1989). He completed postdoctoral training in movement disorders at Queen Square, London, UK and in cell and molecular biology at Toronto Western Hospital. He was recruited to Faculty of the University of Toronto in 1991, where in eight years, at 39, he would become the youngest individual to be appointed in the Department of Surgery as a Full Professor. He currently holds the Dan Family Chair in Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto, the R.R. Tasker Chair in Functional Neurosurgery at University Health Network, and a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Neuroscience.

Please join me in congratulating Andres on this incredible achievement!

James T. Rutka
RS McLaughlin Professor and Chair
Department of Surgery, University of Toronto



The Surgical Exploration and Discovery (SEAD) Program is a 2-week summer program for medical students looking to learn about the art and science of surgery. Created and coordinated by UofT medical students, it is the first program of its kind in Canada, pioneering a unique combination of observerships across all surgical specialties, informal discussions on surgical lifestyle and career options, as well as hands-on surgical skills development through simulation workshops. Having just completed a successful 3rd year, the SEAD Program is now being adopted by medical schools in Chicago and Ottawa.

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First year medical students participating in the 2014 SEAD program observe Dr. Dimitrios Tsirigotis, Cardiac Surgery resident, demonstrating an aortic valve replacement on a pig heart.

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Mark Wheatcroft, Department of Surgery Assistant Professor and Vascular Surgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital, teaches a vascular bypass to SEAD participants

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SEAD participants Graeme Hoit and Lebei Pi perform a patient assesment in the trauma simulation workshop.

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Plastic surgeon and Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, Dr. Kyle Wanzel shares his expertise on microsuturing techniques as part of the 2014 SEAD program.

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A SEAD participant practices a tendon repair during the plastic surgery workshop.

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