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New Staff

The Department of Surgery warmly welcomes the following individuals who have joined our Department.

Sean Cleary
Sean Cleary
The Division of General Surgery at University Health Network and the Department of Surgical Oncology, Princess Margaret Hospital, are delighted to announce the appointment of Sean Cleary to our faculty.

Sean completed a Fellowship in Pancreatic and Hepatobiliary Surgical Oncology and Transplantation at Toronto General Hospital after finishing his General Surgery Residency training at the University of Toronto. During his residency he obtained a Masters of Science in Cancer Genetics under the supervision of Steven Gallinger and he is currently enrolled in the MHSc Program in the Department of Public Health Sciences. Sean received his MD from the University of Western Ontario and a BScH from Queen's University. His clinical interests include the surgical treatment of pancreatic, hepatic and biliary malignancies as well as minimally invasive hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery. Sean's research interests include the genetic epidemiology of colorectal, pancreatic and hepatobiliary cancers.

Sean's personal interests include hockey, squash and travel. Sean and Janice are happily married and the proud parents of Christian and Owen.

Lorne Rotstein
Hospital Division Head, General Surgery
UHN - Toronto General Hospital


Darlene Fenech
Darlene Fenech
Darlene Fenech has joined the surgical oncology group in the Division of General Surgery at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Darlene's recruitment brings further expertise in laparoscopic and locally advanced colorectal cancer surgery to our group. Darlene received her Bachelors Degree from Queen's University, her Medical Degree from McMaster University and completed her residency training at the University of Calgary. She returned home to Toronto and completed a Masters Degree in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Robin McLeod. Her fellowship training was in Colorectal Surgery also at the University of Toronto.

Darlene's main research interests are in locally advanced colorectal cancer, quality improvement and in compliance with perioperative evidence based practices.

Darlene was recently married to Dennis DiPasquale, an orthopaedic surgeon who practices at Trillium Hospital.

Andrew Smith
Hospital Division Head, General Surgery
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre


Christian Veillette recently joined the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Toronto Western Hospital as a Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon.

He returned from the United States after completion of a Shoulder and Elbow Arthroscopy and Reconstruction Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He previously completed an Upper Extremity Trauma and Reconstruction Fellowship at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, with Dr. Michael McKee.

His primary clinical interest is shoulder and elbow reconstructive surgery, especially the use of elbow arthroscopy for osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis, fractures, post-traumatic contractures and tennis elbow.

Christian is originally from Calgary, Alberta where he completed his undergraduate medical training. He completed his orthopaedic residency training at the University of Toronto including a Masters of Science as part of the Surgeon Scientist Program.

Heather, Keaton and Christian Veillette
Heather, Keaton and Christian Veillette

Christian has won many academic and research honours and awards. He has recently been appointed the Deputy Editor, Information and Communication Technology for Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. In addition, he is a Director of the Internet Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (ISOST), Lead Developer for Orthogate (www.orthogate.org), and Associate Editor and Director of Technology for Orthopaedic Web Links (www.orthopaedicweblinks.com).

We welcome Christian to the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network.

J. Roderick Davey
Hospital Division Head, Orthopaedic Surgery
UHN - Toronto Western Hospital


Subodh Verma
Subodh Verma
It is a great honour to welcome Subodh Verma to the Division of Cardiac Surgery at St. Michael's Hospital and the University of Toronto. He joins us as a Surgeon-Scientist with a reputation as a well-trained and highly accomplished scientist. After undergraduate training in Pharmacy, he went on to pursue an MSc and PhD in Cardiovascular Pharmacology at the University of British Columbia. Following this, he obtained his MD Degree from the University of Calgary. He then moved to Toronto where he trained as a cardiac surgeon. Remarkably, despite the rigours of this residency programme, Subodh has maintained an active research laboratory funded by external peer-reviewed funding with a simultaneous appointment in the Department of Pharmacology.

Subodh is one of Canada's pre-eminent Clinician/Scientists. He brings an international reputation in cardiovascular research to our Department. He runs an active Translational Research Program evaluating the impact of endothelial dysfunction, cardiometabolic risk and adverse vascular remodeling. He has over 170 peer-reviewed publications, most of which appear in high-impact journals such as Circulation, Circulation Research, New England Journal of Medicine, etc. He is presently funded for his research by the CIHR and The Heart and Stroke Foundation. Subodh has received a number of awards including the American College of Cardiology Young Investigator Award and the prestigious American Heart Association Young Investigator First Prize in Basic Cardiovascular Sciences. His research work has also been recognized in Canada receiving the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Young Investigator Award and the Paul Cartier Cardiac Surgery Award. It is not surprising that he was nominated for and was awarded a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Atherosclerosis. This honour recognizes his international profile as a Cardiovascular Scientist.

The Division of Cardiac Surgery at St. Michael's Hospital takes pride in providing superb and timely cardiac surgical consultation and care. Subodh has a special interest in bicuspid aortic valve disease associated valvular and aortic pathology, South Asian ethnicity and cardiovascular outcomes in CABG patients, and the use of minimally invasive strategies in CABG surgery. His surgical colleagues, Drs. Lee Errett, David Latter, and Daniel Bonneau look forward to working with Subodh, in both the clinical and research domains.

Subodh is married to Mekhul, with whom he shares the joys of their three-year-old son, Raj Subhash and their 7-month old daughter, Meena. Subodh's favourite pastimes include playing with Raj, watching Indian movies with Mekhul and cooking up a storm in the kitchen - his favourite dish, lamb vindaloo.

Please join me in welcoming Subodh to our Department!

Ori D. Rotstein
Surgeon-in-Chief
St. Michael's Hospital




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