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Toronto Orthopedic Surgeon
6 June 1914- 12 Jan 2013

Dr. David L. MacIntosh
Dr. David L. MacIntosh

David MacIntosh passed away on January 12th, 2013. Dr. MacIntosh was a member of our faculty for many years, and a pioneer in the diagnosis and treatment of ACL injuries in the 1950s. He began working at a clinic in Hart House for injured athletes which is now the MacIntosh Sports Medicine Clinic in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education on campus. Dr. MacIntosh was born in 1914 in Nova Scotia, trained in Halifax and Toronto, and served in the Navy in world war two. He retired from practice in 1984.

James Rutka



Timothy Daniels
Timothy Daniels

I am pleased to announce that Timothy Daniels has been appointed as the Term Chair in Foot & Ankle Research at St. Michael’s Hospital. As a result of donations from grateful patients St. Michael’s Hospital was able to establish this Term Chair in conjunction with the University of Toronto.

Timothy is Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto and Division Head of Orthopedic Surgery at St. Michael’s Hospital. He is an internationally renowned expert in the management of surgical problems of the Foot and Ankle, as evidenced by his scholarly publications in the field, his leadership position in learned Societies and his highly specialized clinical care of complex foot and ankle problems. Surgical disease of the foot and ankle can be a lifelong debilitating problem. This Chair will be used to support the outstanding research in foot and ankle surgery performed by Dr. Daniels with the expectation that this can be rapidly translated to the clinical setting and improve patient outcome.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Daniels as he commences this very important appointment.

Douglas Sinclair,
Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer,
St. Michael’s Hospital



I am very pleased to announce that the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery shone brightly at the 28th Annual Hoyle Campbell Annual Research Day on Friday February 22, 2013. This was an exceptional year of high quality research and engaging eloquent presentations by our fantastic group of residents. I will repeat it again, I felt proud to be a member of our division and was buoyed by the high level of work that is taking place by our members. The gamut of research ranged from high level tissue engineering and molecular science, the importance of surgical checklists, computer-assisted modeling and the impact that hand held devices are having on our day to day practice.

Although all papers were of the highest caliber, I would like to extend congratulations to the following outstanding individuals who were the recipients of this year’s awards:

Mentor Canada, Johnson and Johnson Medical Companies Prize for Best Clinical Paper Award, 2013 was awarded to two residents:

Heather Baltzer
Title: “The Use of MRI to Predict Residual Nipple Fibroglandular Tissue Following Prophylactic Nipple Sparing Mastectomy”.
Authors: Baltzer H, Alonzo O, Metcalfe K, Narod S, Warner E, Yaffe M and Semple J.
Supervisor: John Semple

Olivia Ho
Title: “Comparing the Use of 3-D Photography and Computed Tomography in Assessing Craniosynostosis”.
Authors: Ho O, Saber N, Stephens D, Clausen A, Forrest C, Phillips J.
Supervisor: John Phillips

Best Basic Science Award, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Toronto 2013 was awarded to Siba Haykal
Title: “Advances in Tracheal Reconstruction”
Authors: Haykal S, Hofer SOP, Waddell TK
Supervisors: Stefan Hofer and Thomas Waddell

Best Clinical Paper Award, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Toronto 2013 was awarded to Jennica Platt
Title: “It Matters Where You Live: Regional Variation in Rates of Immediate Breast Reconstruction in Ontario”
Authors: Platt J, Zhong T, Easson AE, Fernandes K, Moineddin R, Baxter N.
Supervisors: Nancy Baxter and Toni Zhong

All of the presenters had received recognition awards for their high caliber of research.


McRae and Neumeister

Newest Member of the Toronto Maple Leafs: Mike Neumeister with Plastic Surgery PGY4 Matthew McRae

Dr. Greg Borschel–
Associate Research

The division was exceptionally fortunate to have Mike Neumeister as this year’s Hoyle Campbell Tau Omicron Visiting Professor. Mike is the Chair of the Department of Surgery at Southern Illinois University and the Past President of the Plastic Surgery Foundation and the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery. He gave a superb lecture entitled “Innovation and Perseverance in Burn Reconstruction” after spending a busy 2 days with the residents and surviving the WhirlyBall event at the eZone the evening prior. In recognition of his efforts, Dr. Neumeister was given the job as the new Head Coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs…

Dr. Joel Fish–
Research Director

Thank-you to all the residents and their supervisors who made a tremendous effort in demonstrating the talents of the division in the best light. Thank-you to the staff who supported the event by taking the day to attend and encourage the residents.

Huge thanks to Drs. Joel Fish and Greg Borschel for organizing the event and of course, to Kathy who made sure everything ran like clockwork. The research profile of our division is continuing to grow at all levels. Well done, everyone!

Christopher R. Forrest, Interim Chair,
Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery


Toronto Video Atlas of Liver, Pancreas and Transplant Surgery

Paul Grieg and colleagues have recently established a comprehensive video atlas on liver, pancreas, and transplant surgery. The videos on this site include liver transplant, pancreatico-duodenectomy, and liver resection. This is an excellent educational offering to all residents, fellows and faculty in general surgery. I encourage all of you to go to the website below to see the contents of this atlas first hand.

Revolutionary Scalpel-free Surgery

In a Canadian first, Sunnybrook and UHN brain scientists led by Kullervo Hynynen and Andrew Lozano have pioneered the use of MRI-guided focused ultrasound to successfully treat patients who suffer from debilitating tremors in their arms and hands.

Breakfast with the Chair

Surgery Staff

first year students with Drs. Rutka, Christakis and Kodama

For several months, we have been hosting a special “Breakfast with the Chair” seminar for first year medical students to provide additional exposure to them regarding career paths in surgery. Shown here in this photo are first year students with Drs. Rutka, Christakis and Kodama.

Accreditation of the Surgical Skills Centre (SSC)

Accreditation of the SSC by the American College of Surgeons Program for Accreditation of Education Institutes as a level I Comprehensive Education Institute has been received for a term of 3 years. Congratulations to Lisa Satterthwaite, Oleg Safir and the SSC team on this remarkable accomplishment!

Grand Challenges Challenges Grant: Women for Women by IPRAS

Toni Zhong
Toni Zhong

I wanted to bring to your attention that Toni Zhong has been involved for some time now with a humanitarian organization called Women for Women by IPRAS. This organization has provided burn reconstruction to women suffering from burn deformities in many parts of the developing world. To complement this work, she recently submitted a grant to “Grand Challenges Canada” proposing to develop an Actionable-Patient Reported Outcome to accompany their next humanitarian mission to rural Bangladesh. One component of the grant was a video that she created which is now on You Tube and is currently available for public voting. The more votes this video receives, the higher the chance the grant will be funded.

I encourage all of you to click on the below link and vote for Tony Zhong’s video.

http://applications.grandchallenges.ca/en/viewVideo/28 735E6AA6EA3EBDD509D155

Thank you in advance for your support of this important initiative.

Christopher R. Forrest, Interim Chair,
Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery



Michael Schwartz, Division Head of Neurosurgery at Sunnybrook Hospital, collaborator Andres Lozano and PGY4 resident Nir Lipsman have been featured by CTV News for their work on focused ultrasound for the treatment of essential tremor. The story and video can be accessed here: Revolutionary Treatment Uses Ultrasound to Stop Tremors.

Charles Tator, Founder of ThinkFirst Canada, Michael Clarfield, former Head Team Physician of the Toronto Maple Leafs (1989-2004), and mdBriefCase Inc., were commended by the National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA) for the development of a Continuing Education Program for Family Physicians entitled “Sports-Related Concussions: When Medicine and Sport Meet Head On”. The NHLPA officially endorsed the interactive CME program, which will aid frontline physicians in the recognition and management of patients with concussion. http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1105721/nhlpa-endorses-concussion-continuing-education-program-for-family-physicians-when-medicine-and-sport-meet-head-on

Andres Lozano’s work on deep brain stimulation was featured by TEDxCaltech. The presentation entitled “Adjusting Dials on Circuits in the Human Brain” can be viewed at: http://tedxcaltech.caltech.edu/content/ andres-lozano

Andres Lozano, Nir Lipman and Michael Schwartz’s work on deep brain stimulation for anorexia treatment was featured by The Globe and Mail. The video and story entitled “How ground-breaking surgery offers hope for anorexia treatment” can be viewed at:

Taufik Valiante’s work on surgical treatment of epilepsy was featured in the Global News Toronto’s television feature “Inside Epilepsy”. The video and story can be viewed at:

Shaf Keshavjee was featured in The Toronto Star on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 for his innovations in transforming how lung transplants are done.

Andres Lozano was highlighted in the U of T News for his exciting new innovations with deep brain stimulation for severe cases of anorexia patients.


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