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Toni Zhong
Toni Zhong
Toni Zhong is our newest recruit to the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Department of Surgical Oncology at the University of Toronto. She has recently joined the Oncologic Reconstructive Program at the Toronto General Hospital. In addition to her clinical interest in all forms of complex reconstruction post-oncologic ablation and treatment of difficult cutaneous malignancies, the overriding goal of her clinical practice is to help establish the Breast Restoration Program at UHN under the leadership of Stefan Hofer, the Chief of Plastic Surgery at UHN.

Toni is a graduate of the Plastic Surgery Residency Training Program at the University of Western Ontario and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2007. During her residency, Toni won numerous national and international research awards including the Young Investigator Award at the World Transplant Congress for her work on the development of limb transplantation in a mouse model (2006), the Elsevier Canada Research Award (2006), the F.M. Woolhouse Award presented for the best clinical paper presented at the Canadian Plastic Surgery Meeting (2004), and the PSIF Prize for the most outstanding resident research papers in Ontario universities (2005). She was also a recipient of numerous research grants, including the PSIF Resident Research Grant (2003), Canadian Hand Society Research Grant (2004), and Synthesis craniofacial grant in Paediatric Plastic Surgery (2007). Following the completion of her residency, Toni was awarded the prestigious Zeiss Canada Microsurgery Scholarship to pursue a year-long Microvascular and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Toni hopes to contribute to the long tradition of academic excellence and innovation within the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Toronto. To complement her clinical practice in the field of reconstructive surgery, she is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her research areas of interest include the development of validated patient-reported outcome instruments designed to evaluate health-related quality of life following specific breast surgical procedures and the identification of barriers to access of care especially as it pertains to breast reconstruction.

Stefan Hofer
Division Head, Plastic Surgery, UHN
Wharton Chair in Head and Neck Reconstruction

Andrew Dueck joined the University of Toronto, Division of Vascular Surgery and the combined Cardiac and Vascular Division at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre on October 1st 2007. Andrew did an undergraduate degree in Cell Biology at the University of Waterloo prior to completing his MD at Queen's University. During medical school at Queen's he distinguished himself with numerous scholarships. His interest in surgery combined with his scholarship and surgical potential was demonstrated early as he was the winner of the Dr. Osler Briggs Dickinson Scholarship for outstanding performance in surgery. After graduation he began a residency in General Surgery at the University of Toronto, during which he was awarded a CIHR fellowship to complete a Masters of Clinical Epidemiology on Aortic Aneurysm Care in Ontario with joint supervision from Daryl Kucey (Vascular Surgery) and Andreas Laupacis. His research presentation at the Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery resulted in his winning the Blair/Gore Award. Three major publications in the Journal of Vascular Surgery detailed his analysis of AAA care in Ontario. During the successful completion of his residency in General Surgery and a two-year residency in Vascular Surgery, his contributions to teaching were recognized. He won a Harrison teaching award at Sunnybrook and Paddy Lewis Award for excellence in Postgraduate teaching at University Health Network. During his Vascular Surgery training he worked with Douglas Wooster on barriers to AAA screening. His presentation "Fishing for BASS: Surveying Primary Physicians in the Barriers to Aortic Screening Study" was awarded the Society for Vascular Ultrasound's Dr. Alex Chao Young Investigator Award. After the completion of his Royal College Vascular training, Andrew sought advanced training with a fellowship in Endovascular Surgery and Peripheral Interventions at the Arizona Heart Hospital with Ted Diethrich before returning to Sunnybrook.

Andrew's research interests are in novel imaging techniques in vascular disease. He has been busy since he returned to the Division of Vascular Surgery starting research projects, raising funds for the endovascular program at Sunnybrook and becoming the Tariff Chair for the Section of Vascular Surgery at the Ontario Medical Association. Andrew is also has a passion for landscape and architectural photography in his spare time. Andrew's partner, Deborah Neill has a PhD in History from the University of Toronto and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History, School of Arts and Letters at York University. Most recently they have become proud parents of Claire Robin Dueck who was born November 28th 2008..

The Division of Vascular Surgery is delighted to welcome Andrew to the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto.

Thomas Lindsay MDCM FRCS FACS
Professor and Chair, Division of Vascular Surgery

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