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Thanksgiving and Remembrance of Bob Salter

Robert Salter
Robert Salter

Dr. Robert Bruce Salter CC, OOnt, FRSC, MD, MS FRCSC, FACS Professor Emeritus of Orthopaedic Surgery and Senior Scientist Emeritus The Research Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children died peacefully at home on 10 May 2010. Born in Stratford Ontario, 15 December 1924, Bob graduated from the University of Toronto in 1947 and worked for two years at the Grenfell Medical Mission in Newfoundland / Labrador before pursuing post- graduate training in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Toronto. After a year as a McLaughlin Fellow in London, England, he returned to Toronto in 1955 to join the surgical staff at The Hospital for Sick Children and the Hospital's Research Institute. His appointments included Head of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Surgeon-in-Chief, Professor and Head of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Toronto, President of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association, and President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

An active and funded researcher until his death, Bob developed a procedure to correct congenital dislocation of the hip, pioneered Continuous Passive Motion (CPM) for the treatment of joint injuries (which has been used in the treatment of 9,000,000 patients worldwide), and co- developed a classification of growth plate injuries in children. His textbook of orthopaedic surgery, Disorders and Injuries of the Musculoskeletal System is used throughout the world. For his work, Dr. Salter was recognized as a "University Professor" at the University of Toronto.

Richard Reznick

Bob Jackson: Pioneer of Arthroscopy and the Paralympics

Bob Jackson
Bob Jackson

Robert (Bob) Jackson passed away this winter. He brought modern arthroscopy techniques to North America and was influential in the development of the Canadian Paralympics program. He was a professor in our division and worked on staff at the Toronto General and Toronto Western until 1985, after which he became Chief of Surgery at the Orthopedic & Arthritic Hospital. He moved from Toronto to Dallas in 1992, but recently returned to Toronto in retirement. His work in sports medicine and the Paralympics was internationally recognized, and in 1994 Sports Illustrated named Bob one of the 40 most influential individuals in sports, the only physician on their list. He will be missed by all who knew him and by our Orthopaedic community. For more on his outstanding career, see http://www.dr-robertwjackson.ca/

Ben Alman

Memorial Tribute to Shafie Fazel

Shafie Fazel
Shafie Fazel

We will terribly miss Shafie - he had such extraordinary promise as an academic cardiac surgeon!

Shafie arrived in Toronto as the Gold Medalist of his medical school class and he quickly demonstrated his incredible work ethic. He learned what he needed to learn and contributed immeasurably to each of the services on which he rotated. In his third year he joined our research laboratory and brought both amazing energy and an understanding of what must be accomplished. His MSc in Immunology provided him with the tools he needed to succeed. His need for perfection and his astonishing attention to details resulted in incredible research studies intended to regenerate the heart after a myocardial infarction. He was extremely productive during his PhD, but more important he continued to direct studies in the laboratory after he returned to clinical training.

During his rotations as a senior resident he again demonstrated his capability and attention to details. Both at Stanford and in Toronto he was believed to be able to develop into an academic cardiac surgical superstar.

We will miss Shafie - such promise, such promise!

Richard Weisel MD, FRCSC
Director of Toronto General Research Institute
Mentor and friend of Shafie Fazel MD, MSc, PhD

To contribute to Shafie Fazel Cardiovascular Surgery Research Fund in his honor please call Sima Shah, toll free 1-877- 846- 4483. Ed.

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