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Anne Agur (Anatomy) has been chosen as the 2014 recipient of the Excellence in Linking Undergraduate Life Sciences Teaching to Research Award for her leadership in creating and providing research experiences for undergraduate students, and linking to undergraduate and graduate courses.

Cindi Morshead (Anatomy) along with N. Dancause, M. Fehlings, I. Mendez, and M. Shoichet received a 5 year CIHR grant for their project “Promoting neural regeneration with stem cell based therapies: A novel source of autologous human neural stem cells for transplantation”.

Mike Wiley (Anatomy) received the Pre-Clinical Dr. Hollington Teaching Award. The award is presented to a teacher who has demonstrated excellence in pre-clinical or basic science teaching in the undergraduate medical education curriculum.

George Christakis (CardSurg) received the Dean A.L. Chute Award (The Silver Shovel) award. This award honours an undergraduate teacher who is deemed to have demonstrated excellence in overall clinical teaching in the undergraduate medical program. The winner is selected by the fourth year class.

Stephen Fremes (CardSurg) received a 2 year CIHR grant for his work on “SodiUm SeleniTe Administration IN Cardiac Surgery (SUSTAIN CSX-trial).

Fuad Moussa (CardSurg) is the recipient of a 2013 – 2014 Peters-Boyd Academy Clerkship Teaching Award.

PGY4 Hunter Cape (GenSurg) received the Highest CAGS Result award at the 2014 Annual Assembly of General Surgeons 2014

Sean Cleary (GenSurg) received the Nicolas Colapinto Teaching Award 2014 at the Annual Assembly of General Surgeons.

Andrea Covelli (GenSurg) was awarded Best Scientific Presentation at the American Society of Breast Surgeons in Las Vegas (May 2014) for an oral presentation entitled “Increasing Mastectomy Rates: The role of the health-care milieu. A comparative analysis between Canada & the United States”. She also received an oral presentation award from the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation Research day, UofT for this research in May 2014.

Andrea also received the Novartis Oncology Young Canadian Investigator Award (NOYCIA) for a poster entitled “Why women are choosing mastectomy: influences beyond the surgeon.

Andrea Covelli received also the ASCO Quality of Care Merit Award for a poster entitled “Taking control of cancer: Why women are choosing mastectomy”at the American Society of Clinical Oncology- Quality of Care Meeting –San Diego, CA, USA. She also received an oral presentation award from Li Ka Shing Research day (St. Michael’s Hospital) for the same research.

Stan Feinberg (GenSurg) has been awarded the 2014 PARO Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award. This prestigious award is given to only two Toronto physicians each year.

Stan has also received a Faculty of Medicine Integrated Medical Education Award in Community-Based Teaching (Community Hospital setting) for his dedication to excellence in clinical teaching and providing exemplary mentorship.

Steven Gallinger (GenSurg) has been named as the inaugural Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Chair in Hepato- Pancreatico-Biliary Surgery at University Health Network.

Teodor Grantcharov (GenSurg) is the recipient of the Jameel Ali Award in Continuing Education. This award is presented to a SMH surgeon who has contributed to continuing education through participation, development and dissemination of knowledge in programs locally, nationally and internationally.

Paul Grieg (GenSurg) received the Francis D Moore Excellence in Mentorship in the Field of Transplantation Surgery award at the annual American Society of Transplant Surgeons State of the Art Winter Symposium.

This award acknowledges the efforts of established surgeons for their stewardship of fellowship trainees and junior faculty.

Steve McCabe

Paul Greig with President, Dr. Alan Langnas, and Symposium Chair, Dr. Michael Englesbe

Steven Gu and Shelly Luu, (GenSurg) were the winners of the 15th Annual Laparoscopic Skills Challenge on November 26th, 2013. Shelly Luu also posted the fastest time of the day.

John Hagen (GenSurg) is the recipient of a Faculty of Medicine Integrated Medical Education Award for Community-Based Teaching Excellence (community hospital). This award recognizes excellence clinical teaching in a Community Hospital

PGY1 Jonathan Josse and Ramy Behman (GenSurg) received the 2014 Professionalism Essay award at the Annual Assembly of General Surgeons

Erin Kennedy, Robin McLeod, and Nancy Baxter (GenSurg) received a $1M grant to implement the synoptic MRI report for rectal cancer, rectal cancer MCC and Quirke pathology method across 8 Canadian centres from Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC).

PGY5 Pawan Kumar (GenSurg) received the Best Resident Mentor Award at the 2014 Annual Assembly of General Surgeons

Pawan is also the recipient of the E.W. Wight Memorial Award for 2013-2014. This award is given annually to a resident at North York General Hospital who has displayed qualities of compassion for patients with a devotion to the highest level of patient care.

Bernard Langer (Professor Emeritus, GenSurg) received an Honourary Degree from Queen’s University, May 22, 2014

Jack Langer (GenSurg) is the recipient of the 2014 Detweiler Travelling Fellowship awarded by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Robin McLeod (GenSurg) has been appointed as the new Vice President of Clinical Programs and Quality Initiatives at Cancer Care Ontario.

Robin also received the Robert Mustard Mentorship Award 2014 at the Annual Assembly of General Surgeons.

Robin McLeod won the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s 2013 Council Award. The Council Award honours outstanding physicians who have demonstrated excellence and characterize the Society’s vision of an ideal physician.

PGY2 Stephanie Mason (GenSurg) received the Highest POS Practice Exam award at the 2014 The Annual Assembly of General Surgeons.

Avery Nathens (GenSurg) is the recipient of the U of T 2014 Carolyn Tuohy Impact on Public Policy Award Avery is also the recipient of a 2013 – 2014 Peters-Boyd Academy Clerkship Teaching Award.

Fayez Quereshy (GenSurgs) is the recipient of a Wightman-Berris Academy Individual Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award.

PGY3 Chethan Sathya (GenSurg) received the Advocacy Award 2014 at the Annual Assembly of General Surgeons

Mark Bernstein
Mark Bernstein

Mark Bernstein (NeurSurg) was introduced in the Senate of Canada on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by the Speaker of the House, and a description of his global work was presented by Senator Donald Meredith (Link to the proceedings).

PGY4 David Cadotte (NeurSurg) was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II/Patty Rigby and John Wedge Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology by the University of Toronto.

David also won the Gallie-Bateman Award, 1st Place from the Department of Surgery, University of Toronto for the top paper presented by a Surgeonscientist Program trainee in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. David’s paper entitled “Visualizing Structural and Functional Plasticity of the Human Cervical Spinal Cord” was presented at the 2014 Gallie Day.

Leodante da Costa (NeurSurg) successfully completed an MSc degree based on research on bedside methods for assessment of cerebrovascular reactivity to carbon dioxide after brain insult/injury.

Leodante and his team, including Joe Fisher, Peter Howard, and Bradley MacIntosh, were successful on their grant application to the GE & National Football League $20M Head Health Challenge. They were 16 winners. The team will receive $300,000 to advance their work to speed diagnosis and improve treatment for mild traumatic brain injury. The goal of the Head Health Challenge is to improve the safety of athletes, members of the military and society overall.

Michael Cusimano (NeurSurg) has led the development of a new research program in Quality and Best Practices in Neurosurgery, including knowledge translation and implementation science, for our city-wide Division. The initial project will examine unplanned readmission after neurosurgical procedures and will be the start of a series of important quality studies that aim to improve best practices and patient outcomes.

Sunit Das (NeurSurg) is the recipient of a 2 year American College of Surgeons Franklin Martin, MD, FACS Faculty Research Fellowship for his project entitled “Elucidating the role of vascular mimicry in glioblastoma”. These highly competitive fellowships are offered to surgeons who are embarking on their career.

James Drake (NeurSurg), together with partners at the Hospital for Sick Children, Thunder Bay Regional Mark Bernstein Research Institute and Mojgan Hodaie, TWH, have been awarded a 3 year, $1.5 million Brain Canada/ Garfield Weston Foundation MIRI grant for the project entitled “Developing a non-invasive treatment of pediatric neurological disorders using MR-guided focused ultrasound”.

Karen Davis (NeurSurg) is a 2013-2014 Mayday Fellow. As part of the Mayday Pain & Society Fellowship, Professor Davis will further her training as a pain management expert by learning to more effectively communicate her work, raise awareness, and improve treatment of acute and chronic pain.

Clinical fellow Antonio Di Ieva (NeurSurg) (supervisor: Dr. Michael Cusimano) was appointed to the Editorial Board of Frontiers in Neuroanatomy

Peter Dirks (NeurSurg) is the recipient of the Garron Family Chair in Childhood Cancer Research.

Michael Fehlings (NeurSurg) received a 21st Century Grant from the Cervical Spine Research Society for his project, “Therapeutic approaches to protect against ischemia/ reperfusion injury following surgical decompression for cervical spondylotic myelopathy: A potential solution to attenuate perioperative neurological complication following decompressive surgery”.

Michael Fehlings (NeurSurg) has been appointed as Vice Chair Research in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto

Michael Fehlings and Charles Tator received a 2014 renewal grant from the Christopher Reeve Foundation to continue and commence new trials with the North American Clinical Trials Network for the Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury.

Michael Fehlings was presented with the Rick Hansen Foundation’s Difference Maker Award by Mr. Rick Hansen and the Hon. Reza Moridi, Ontario Minister of Research and Innovation. The Award is given to recognize individuals who have made a significant impact in the area of accessibility, researchers who have advanced discoveries related to spinal cord injury research, and community leaders and youth who have put “service above self ” to make an extraordinary difference in the lives of others

Michael Fehlings received research funding from Baxter to investigate “Enhancing recovery following cervical spinal cord injury by modulating inflammation with IgG.”

Michael Fehlings has entered a Clinical Trial Agreement with StemCells, Inc to conduct a “Phase I/II study of the safety and preliminary efficacy of intramedullary spinal cord transplantation of human CNS stem cells (HuCNS-SC®) in subjects with thoracic (T2-T11) spinal cord trauma”.

Michael was one of nine leaders at UHN who will receive a share of $4.8M given to the institution from Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund competition. This will help create and expand research facilities and programs in cancer, spinal cord injury, diabetes, cardiovascular, neurodegenerative and retinal diseases at UHN.

Michael received as Co-Investigator a 5-year $2,500,000 grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for the project entitled “Promoting neural regeneration with stem cell based therapies: A novel source of autologous human neural stem cells for transplantation” led by Cindy Morshead (U of T).

Fred Gentili (NeurSurg) has been appointed as the Alan and Susan Hudson Chair in Neuro-Oncology at University Health Network.

Mojgan Hodaie (NeurSurg) has been appointed as affiliated scientist with the Techna Institute at University Health Network.

Mojgan has also been selected as Chair of the scientific program for the Interim meeting of the World Society of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (WSSFN), Mumbai, India 2015.

George Ibrahim (NeurSurg) received the Kenneth Shulman Award for best paper presented at the annual meeting of the Joint Section of Pediatric Neurological Surgery by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons Pediatric Section.

Clinical fellow Ahmed Ibrahim (NeurSurg) received the best oral poster presentation prize at the North American Fellows Forum in Banff (supervisor Michael Fehlings).

PGY4 resident Nir Lipsman (NeurSurg) received the 2013 PSI Resident Research Award for his work on deep brain stimulation for anorexia nervosa published in The Lancet.

Andres Lozano (NeurSurg) received the 2013 Margolese National Prize in Brain Disorders from the University of British Columbia. The Prize is awarded to a Canadian who has transformed care in heart and brain diseases, with the expectation that the recipient will continue outstanding research to improve the lives of individuals with these disorders.

Andres Lozano, Mojgan Hodaie, Robert Chen and Ping Zhuang were awarded a three year, $225,000 grant entitled “Role of the basal ganglia in inhibiting and promoting voluntary movements” from CIHR.

Andres has been cross-appointed as a Senior Scientist at the Sunnybrook Research Institute.

Andres Lozano was selected to receive the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology (CCNP) 2014 Innovations Award, in recognition of outstanding and innovative research in the basic or clinical fields of neuropsychopharmacology.

Todd Mainprize (NeurSurg) has been included by Toronto Life magazine in a feature on the city’s Best Doctors in the “Brain Surgery” category. Selections were made by a poll of over 1,000 doctors in Toronto.

Medical student Gray Moonen won the first prize - “Best Paper Award” at the Lumbar Spine Research Society’s annual conference (supervisor: Charles Tator) PGY4 resident Teresa Purzner (NeurSurg) was awarded a Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF) fellowship for her PhD work on quantitative mass spectrometry-based proteomics applied to early Hedgehog signal transduction, supervised by Dr. Josh Elias at Stanford University.

James Rutka- Order of Ontario

James Rutka (NeurSurg) was appointed to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour.

James Rutka was recently inducted into the American Surgical Association, and received an Honorary PhD from the Faculty of Medicine, Bahcesehir, University of Istanbul, Turkey on May 2, 2014.

Mohammed F. Shamji (NeurSurg) was advanced to the Education Committee of the Lumbar Spine Research Society for a three-year term (2014-7).

Mohammed was also presented with a CPS / Pfizer Early Career Investigator Pain Research Grant at the 2014 Canadian Pain Society Annual Meeting.

Charles Tator (NeurSurg) delivered the inaugural Charles Tator Honorary Lectureship on Spinal Trauma at the Annual Scientific meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) in San Franciso. The AANS and Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care established this lecture in recognition of Dr. Tator’s contributions and impact in neurosurgery and spinal cord injury

Victor Yang (NeurSurg) was awarded as Co-Investigator a three year, $627,275 grant entitled “Controlling femtosecond laser processing: smart fibers, catheters, and lab-onfiber concepts” from NSERC.

Victor Yang received a 4 year grant from the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) (Refined Manufacturing Acceleration Process – ReMAP) for his project entitled “Optically guided laser ablation with integrated surgical navigation”.

Victor also received a 5 year grant from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council for his project “Optical coherence tomography and fluorescence guided surgical laser ablation”.

Victor Yang is the recipient of a 5 year grant ($966,245) from Canada Foundation of Innovation for work on a Biophotonic Experimental Operating Room.

Victor was awarded a four-year $236,000 sub-grant from the Networks of Centers of Excellence (NCE) for his project entitled “Refined Manufacturing Acceleration Process - ReMAP”.

Victor Yang was awarded as Co-Investigator a $150,000 Research Tools & Instruments (RTI) - Category I (2014) grant from NSERC for his project entitled “Femtosecond Laser - Tailoring extreme laser interaction physics for nano-processing”.

Gelareh Zadeh (Neursurg) was appointed as representative of International Outreach for Neuro-oncology by the Society of Neuro-oncology.

Gelareh has been cross-appointed to the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Toronto.

Gelareh has been appointed to the new role of Director of Academic Affairs for the University of Toronto Division of Neurosurgery. In this role, she will work with the University Chair in promoting and recognizing the teaching, research and clinical excellence that is characteristic of the residents, fellows and Faculty in our Division.

Gelareh received as Co-I a 5-year grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for the project entitled “Coagulation system effectors as regulators of tumour dormancy and therapeutic targets” with Janusz Rak (McGill; Lead PI).

Gelareh was awarded a one-year $50,000 Adam Coules Research Grant for her project entitled “Inhibition of MMPs in Malignant Meningiomas”.

Gelareh Zadeh won 2014 Bernard Langer Surgeon- Scientist Award, presented annually to an outstanding graduate of the Surgeon-Scientist Training Program in the Department of Surgery at University of Toronto who shows the greatest promise for a career in academic surgery.

Gelareh Zadeh won the 2014 Wightman-Berris Academy Postgraduate Education Teaching Excellence Award. The Award recognizes teachers whose outstanding skills have been personally identified by their students.

Bob Bell (OrthoSurg), stepped down as President and CEO of UHN and took on the role of Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Health, replacing Mr. Saad Rafi.

Amr ElMaraghy (OrthoSurg) received a Recognition Award from the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. These awards acknowledge individuals who have provided great learning environments, guidance, supervision and are an inspiration to physical therapy students.

Peter Ferguson and Markku Nousiainen (OrthoSurg) and colleagues in the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery are to be congratulated in successfully renewing support from the The Ministry of Health and Long term Care (MOHLTC) for the Orthopaedic Surgery Competency Based Curriculum, the first of its kind in Canada.

Jeremy Hall (OrthoSurg) is the recipient of the Donald J. Currie Undergraduate Teaching Award which recognizes an individual from SMH who displays excellence in UG education.

Oleg Safir (OrthoSurg) has been selected for the 2014 Excellence in Postgraduate Medical Education Award - Development/Innovation for his sustained commitment to postgraduate medical education.

Emil Schemitsch (OrthoSurg) is the recipient of the William Horsey Post-Graduate Teaching Award at St. Michael’s Hospital. This award recognizes an individual who displays excellence in postgraduate education.

Paul Binhammer (PlasSurg) has been appointed to the Plastic Surgery Executive – Paul is well known for his efforts in education and his dedication to improving Surgical Skills with the Boot Camp. Paul will take on the portfolio of junior resident curriculum and will work with Kyle Wanzel and Mitch Brown on enhancing the junior resident experience.

Greg Borschel

Greg Borschel (PlasSurg) was awarded the George Armstrong Peters Prize for 2014. This is awarded to a young investigator who has shown outstanding productivity during his/her initial period as an independent investigator as evidenced by research publications in peer reviewed journals, grants held, and students trained, and represents the highest level of recognition that can be bestowed by the Department of Surgery on a young surgeon.

Mitch Brown (PlasSurg) has been inducted into the membership of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons. Criteria for membership in this prominent society are robust and the candidate must show recognized contributions of quality in the field of plastic surgery as a pre-requisite to membership. They will be expected to have made outstanding contributions to the field of plastic surgery in the areas of education, research or clinical excellence.

SSP Joseph Catapano (Plas Surg) (supervisor Gregory Borschel) was awarded first prize at the Hospital for Sick Children 2014 Peri-Operative Research Symposium this year in the Basic Science category for his work entitled “Enhancement of nerve regeneration following neonatal nerve injury.

Marc Jeschke (PlasSurg) was recently inducted into the American Surgical Association.

Ron Levine (PlasSurg) is the recipient of a Faculty of Medicine Integrated Medical Education Award for Sustained Excellence in Community-Based Teaching for sustained and exemplary teaching skills, demonstrated ability to stimulate learners to think critically, analytically and independently and commitment to the enhancement of the learner experience.

Cho Pang PhD, Senior Scientist, (PlasSurg) was recognized for a lifetime of achievement and dedication to the Department of Surgery. Cho has been an active member of the Research Institute for 32 years and sat on the Department of Surgery Research Committee for 24 years. He has mentored dozens of surgeon-scientists during his time in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery including 3 chairs and has been recognized by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons for his achievements.

Rutka and Pang

James Rutka and Cho Pang

Recent graduate of the Surgeon-Scientist Training Program Jennica Platt (PlasSurg) was awarded 2nd Prize in the Gallie-Bateman Research Competition for her work “Pre-consultation educational group intervention to improve shared decision-making for post-mastectomy breast reconstruction: A pilot randomized controlled trial” (Supervisor: Toni Zhong).

John Semple (PlasSurg) received the “Cause Leadership Award” from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (Ontario Chapter). Dr. Semple was honoured for his leadership in Breast Reconstruction in Breast Cancer patients and for his outstanding clinical accomplishments and research in this area.

John Semple, SSP Katie Armstrong and co-investigators Sacha Bhatia (Dept of Medicine) and Peter Coyte PhD (HPME) were successful in receiving funding for their CIHR application, entitled “Replacing ambulatory clinic follow-up with remote home monitoring using smart phones in breast reconstruction patients: Is it cost-effective?”, submitted to the Catalyst Grant: e-Health Innovations: Supporting More Efficient Population and Individualized Healthcare program. This proposal was one of 12 approved from the 88 grants submitted to the e-Health Innovations Panel.

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From left to right: Beverly Thompson from CTV, John Semple, and Christy Teasdale, VP on the Board of Directors for CBCF

Toni Zhong (PlasSurg) recently had her manuscript “Barriers to immediate breast reconstruction in the Canadian universal healthcare system” selected for publication on a Rapid Communications basis in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Ron Zucker
Ron Zucker

Ron Zuker (PlasSurg) received the 2014 CSPS Lifetime Achievement Award Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons. This award honors members of the CSPS who have made outstanding contributions to the profession and to the Society.

Andras Kapus (Scientist) and Kati Szaszi received a 2 year NSERC grant of $150,000 for their project entitled “Long-term live fluorescent imaging system for monitoring site-specific functions in epithelia”.

Lisa Satterthwaite (Surgical Skills Lab) received the 2013 SIM Citizenship Award. This award pays tribute to Ontario simulationists who have made outstanding contributions in education, teaching and other creative professional activities. This prestigious award honours collaboration-oriented, hard-working professionals who regularly go above and beyond the expectations of their assigned roles and responsibilities.

Marcelo Cypel (ThorSurg) received the Early Research Award from the Ministry of Research and Innovation (MRI), which gives funding to new researchers working at publicly funded Ontario research centres.

Marcelo also received approval for his grant “Measurement of Extravascular Lung Water to Predict Primary Graft Dysfunction and Outcomes Following Lung Transplant” from the Ontario Lung Association Board of Directors

Gail Darling (ThorSurg) was recently inducted into the American Surgical Association.

Gail also received the 2013-2014 Gail E. Darling Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Tiago Machuca (ThorSurg) received the 2014 Pearson Day Clinical Research Award.

Martin McKneally (ThorSurg) received the Institute of Medical Science Graduate Course Director Award for the development and direction of MSC3002Y - Foundations 2: Teaching Bioethics, and course management of MSC1052H: Practical Bioethics. Dr. McKneally’s significant contributions have been recognized by both colleagues and students. They demonstrate his commitment to the MHSc in Bioethics program and the Institute of Medical Science as a whole.

Thomas Waddell (ThorSurg) received the 2013-2014 Robert J. Ginsberg Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Teaching.

Jonathan Yeung (ThorSurg) received the 2014 Pearson Day Basic Science Research Award.

Laurence Klotz (Urol) is Co-I along with Bharati Bapat on a grant received from Prostate Cancer Canada. This grant, entitled “Moving beyond discovery: validation of an integrated biomarker panel for detection of aggressive prostate cancer” is for $1.5 million dollars and will significantly move their Biobank and Biomarker project forward.

Laurence was also awarded the Society of Urologic Oncology Medal at their annual meeting in May. This medal is given to a surgeon who has made significant contributions to the field.

Ron Kodama (Urol) is the recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Postgraduate Medical Education Award - Teaching Performance, Mentorship and Advocacy for his sustained commitment to postgraduate medical education.

Ron is also the recipient of the 2013 – 2014 Peters-Boyd Academy Clerkship Teaching Award.

John Trachtenberg (Urol) has been honoured with a Doctor of Science, honoris causa by the University of Guelph in recognition of his leadership and contributions to the treatment of prostate cancer.

Alan Lossing (VascSurg) is the recipient of the Squires- Hyland Trust James Waddell Mentoring Award at St. Michael’s Hospital. This award is presented to a SMH surgeon who has demonstrated excellence in mentoring fellow faculty members.

George Oreopoulos (VascSurg) was the winner of the 2014 “University of Toronto Surgical Skills Centre at Mt. Sinai Hospital Education Award” George also received the Surgical Skills Teaching award at Gallie Day dinner.

Trisha Roy (VascSurg) received a 1 year CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarship for her project entitled: “MR Guided Revascularization of Occlusive Peripheral Vascular Disease” (Supervisors Graham Wright and co-supervisor Andrew Dueck).

Douglas Wooster (VascSurg) is the 2012-2013 recipient of the Faculty of Medicine’s David Fear Fellowship for his development of an on-line e-learning course into a national vascular ultrasound e-learning strategy.

Cale Zavitz, a third year medical student at the University of Toronto has been awarded a Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Student research fellowship, which he will put to use in the lab of Barry Rubin (VascSurg), in collaboration with Dr. Clinton Robbins, a researcher at the Toronto General Research Institute. Cale’s project, entitled “Live-cell characterization of proliferating macrophages in atherosclerosis” will use a technique he developed for isolating macrophages (the main protagonists in atherosclerosis) from atherosclerotic plaques. Cale will now analyze the gene expression of proliferating macrophages in order to identify the genes which drive this important pathologic process.



I am pleased to announce the most recent CCSRI Grant recipients from the Department of Surgery, University of Toronto. Please join me in congratulating them on their tremendous success!

Nancy Baxter. Improving the quality of oncofertility decision-making for women at risk of infertility during cancer survivorship. 3 years; $299,936

Marcelo Cypel. Development of isolated lung perfusion for the treatment of cancer metastases to the lungs. 2 years; $196,830

Peter Dirks. Wnt signaling control of glioblastoma stem cell fate. 2 years; $198,278

Steven Gallinger. Hallmarks and therapeutic implications of “BRCAness” in pancreatic cancer. 5 years; $1,229,504

Murray Krahn; Girish Kulkarni. Development of a utility weighting function for the bladder utility symptom scale (BUSS-U). 3 years; $299,900

Jeffrey Wrana; Alexandre Zlotta. Establishing a biological network strategy for personalizing prognosis in non-muscle invasive bladder cancer. 5 years. $1,249,950/p>

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



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2013 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) grant award recipients

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the most recent CIHR Grant recipients from the Department of Surgery, University of Toronto. Please join me in congratulating them on their tremendous success!

Webster F, Bhattacharyya O, David AM, Katz JD, Krueger PD, Watt-Watson JH, Wilson LM, Yee AJ. Finding the complex patient in patient-centred care: an institutional ethnography of chronic pain management in family medicine. 1 year; $100,000

Morshead CM, Danacause N, Fehlings MG, Mendez IM, Shoichet MS. Promoting neural regeneration with stem cell based therapies: A novel source of autologous human neural stem cells for transplantation. 5 years; $1,250,000

Karanicolas PJ, Guyatt GH, Shaudhury PK, Dixon E, Lin Y, McCluskey SA, Porter GA, Tarshis J, Wei AC. Tranexamic Acid Versus Placebo to Reduce Perioperative Blood Transfusion in Patients Undergoing Major Liver Resection: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. 2 years; $248,319

Sockalingam S, Cassin SE, Parikh SV, Hawa R, Jackson TD, Urbach DR, Wnuk SM. Telephone-Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Bariatric Surgery Patients: A randomized Controlled Trial. 1 year; $100,00

Baxter NN, Nathan P, Barr RD, Greenberg ML, Gupta AA, Gupta S, Pole JD, Rapoport A, Sawka AM, Sussman J, Sutradhar R, Wasserman JD. Initiative to Maximize Progress in Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Therapy (IMPACT). 5 years; $913,872

Caldarone CA, Coles JG, Maynes JT. Pulmonary Vein Stenosis: Focus on Upstream Vasculopathology. 3 years; $211,509

Dirks PB. Defining and Targeting Medulloblastoma Intratumoral Diversity. 5 years; $754,345

Fairn GD. Molecular mechanisms generating and maintaining phospholipid asymmetry and its consequences. 5 years; $634,685

Gagliardi AR, Urbach DR, Bell CM, Ducey A, Easty AC, Lehoux PN, Ross SJ, Trbovich P. Safety of medical devices licensed for use in Canada: A mixed methods study to inform policy for effective post-market surveillance. 3 years; $301,055

Hawker GA, Marshall DA, Bohm ER, Dunbar MJ, Faris PD, Jones CA, Noseworthy TW, Ravi B, Woodhouse LJ. Towards Better Surgical Outcomes through Improved Decision Making about Appropriateness for Total Knee Arthoplasty in Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis. 5 years; $764,384

Karkouti K, Callum JL, Crowther MA, Grocott HP, Rao V, Scales DC, Wijeysundera DN. Blood conservation in cardiac surgery using a novel transfusion algorithm based on point-of-care testing: a stepped-wedge cluster randomized controlled trial. 2.5 years; $484,584

Keshavjee S, Cypel M, Liu M. Advanced therapeutic strategies for ex vivo repair of lungs for transplantation. 5 years; $914,350

Narayanan U, Fehlings DL, Graham K, Hamdy RC, Mulpuri K, Stephens D, Willan AR. Outcomes of Hip Interventions for Children with Cerebral Palsy – An International Multi-Centre Prospective Comparative Cohort Study. 5 years; $678,974

Schweizer TA, Bedard M, Fischer C, Graham SJ, Hung Y, Naglie G. Driving and the aging brain: an immersive fMRI study. 1 year; $144,553

Fischer C, Ismail A, Millikin C, Schweizer TA, Lix LM, Munoz DG, Shelton P, Smith EE. Neuroimaging correlates of delusions in Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. 2 years; $98,390

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




Sean Cleary (GenSurg, UHN)
Manuel Gomez (GenSurg, SRI)
Tom Harmantas (GenSurg, St. Joseph’s Health Centre)
Erin Kennedy (GenSurg, MSH)
Taufik Valiante (NeurSurg, UHN)
Gelareh Zadeh (NeurSurg, UHN)
Veronica Wadey (OrthoSurg, SHSC)
Toni Zhong (PlasSurg, UHN)
Armando Lorenzo (Urol, HSC)
Robert Stewart (VascSurg, SMH)


Subodh Verma (CardSurg,SMH)
Calvin Law (GenSurg, SHSC)
Abhaya Kulkarni (NeurSurg, HSC)
Albert Yee (OrthoSurg, SHSC)
Walid Farhat (UrolSurg, HSC)

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