Karen Devon: Surgeon-Ethicist and Something More

An endocrine and general surgeon at Women’s College Hospital and the UHN, Karen Devon teaches ethics to students, residents and colleagues in various original formats. She leads a popular ethics quality of care rounds each month at General Surgery Quality of Care Conference at UHN.

Recent events in the field of medical simulation at the University of Toronto have prompted me to devote this issue’s column to a review of the Department of Surgery’s efforts in the “Simulation Summit” that was hosted by the Faculty of Medicine at the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning at Sick Kids Hospital.
The Surgery Department organized a one day intensive Surgical Ethics course this spring at the Toronto Convention Centre. Increased demand, mismanaged performance measurement, and militarized central control have undermined earlier advances in the system of care for US veterans.
UHN Orthopaedic Division Head Nizar Mohamed and his colleagues have put together a vision that brings them together in a cohesive research and fundraising effort to create a world-leading centre for research and treatment of arthritis.
Bigelow Lecturer Ken Kizer’s focused on Achieving Change in Complex Systems based on his experience as the chief executive of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system 20 years ago.
After an extensive and comprehensive search process, Dr. Michael G. Fehlings has been appointed as the new Vice Chair Research in the Department of Surgery.
Sean Cleary is a hepatobiliary surgeon who is helping sort through the genomic science of hepatocellular cancer. Sean has recently published a high impact paper identifying driver genes in hepatocellular cancer.
John Hagen appointed Chief/Physician Director of Surgery at Humber River Hospital

Steve Gallinger appointed inaugural Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Chair in HPB Surgery
Dr. Anne Augur has been chosen as the 2014 recipient of the Excellence in Linking Undergraduate Life Sciences Teaching to Research Award.

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

Peter Ferguson and Markku Nousiainen and colleagues in the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery renewed support from the The Ministry of Health and Long term Care (MOHLTC) for the Orthopaedic Surgery Competency Based Curriculum.

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