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Agostino Pierro
Agostino Pierro

It is with great pleasure to announce the appointment of Agostino Pierro MD, FRCS (Eng), FRCS(Ed), FAAP as Head of The Division of General and Thoracic Surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children, Robert M. Filler Chair in Pediatric Surgery, Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto, and Senior Associate Scientist at The Research Institute, effective April 1, 2013.

Agostino obtained his MD (Honours) from University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy. He obtained General Surgery and Postgraduate, Pediatric Surgery, University of Rome and Fellowship, Pediatric General Surgery, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada. Dr. Pierro was a research fellow under the supervision of Dr Robert Filler in 1988.

Dr. Pierro is previously Nuffield Professor of Paediatric Surgery and Head of Surgery Unit at Great Ormond Street Hospital and University College London Institute of Child Health, London, UK. His clinical interests are neonatal, pancreatic, minimally invasive and neuroblastoma surgery. He has introduced a new operation: the laparoscopic pancreatectomy for congenital hyperinsulinism of infancy. He conducted several high profile randomised controlled trials in Paediatric Surgery, that have been published in various journals: Lancet, Ann Surg, Br J Surg and J Pediatr Surg. Agostino, as Chair of the EUPSA - European Pediatric Surgery Association Network is developing a scientific network for Europe-wide collaboration. He also has investigated the pathogenesis of surgical gastro-intestinal diseases associated with high morbidity and mortality (necrotizing enterocolitis, intestinal failure, abdominal wall and diaphragmatic defects). His laboratory team in collaboration with the Nutrition Unit makes use of extensive analytical techniques, including isotope ratio mass spectrometry which enables in vivo measures of body composition and substrate utilisation. Agostino has major editorial involvement in many journals including Pediatric Surgery International, Journal of Pediatric Surgery, European Journal of Pediatric Surgery and Seminars in Paediatric Surgery

Thanks to Dr Annie Fecteau who has served as interim head since Dr Langer stepped down after 12 distinguished years as Division head. Agostino is married to Dominique who previously served on the Foundation of Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, United Kingdom. Agostino and Dominque have come to Canada with their 3 children, Leon, Lauryn and Lia, ages 18, 16 and 15.

Please join me in welcoming Agostino back to SickKids.

James Wright,
Surgeon-in-Chief, Hospital for Sick Children

Andrea Veljkovic
Andrea Veljkovic
with her husband

Andrea Veljkovic is a foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon recently appointed to the University Health Network. She is interested in for alignment restoration in complex foot and ankle deformities, arthroplasty, and advanced arthroscopic reconstruction.

Andie was born in Edmonton, Alberta where she completed medical school and became involved in spine research under Dr. Marc Moreau, who inspired her to enter orthopaedics. After orthopaedics residency training in Halifax and Edmonton, she completed a sports fellowship at UBC under Dr. McCormack, and then trained in foot and ankle and lower extremity reconstruction under Dr. Amendola at the University of Iowa.

During her second fellowship at the University of Iowa, she developed her skills for minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery as it pertains to foot and ankle reconstruction and joint preservation. After completing her fellowship training, she had a community Orthopaedic practice in Nova Scotia before moving to Toronto.

Her research interests are in clinical epidemiology of ankle arthritis, minimally invasive reconstructive techniques, foot and ankle alignment, and joint preservation. She will be attending Harvard to complete an MSc Epidemiology degree over the next two years.

Andie enjoys outdoor activities with her husband and her dogs. She also enjoys art, music and ballet.

Nizar Mahomed, Orthopaedics Division Head, UHN

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