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Barbara (Dee) Ballyk (Anat) has been chosen as the 2015 W.T. Aikins Award co- recipient in the category of Excellence in Course/Program Development.

RJ Cusimano (CardSurg) has been appointed as Interim Program Director for the Division of Cardiac Surgery, University of Toronto, replacing Gideon Cohen who has led the residency training program for nearly five years.

Stephen Fremes (CardSurg) is the 2015 recipient of the Charles H. Tator Surgeon-Scientist Mentoring Award, which recognizes individuals supervising participants in the SSP who emulate Professor Tator’s excellence in Research, commitment to SSP mentoring, and dedication to promotion of Surgeon-Scientists.

Laura Eve Mantella (CardSurg, PhD trainee), mentored by Subodh Verma has received a fellowship from the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Laura’s research revolves around lncRNA and its role in aneurysms.

Subodh Verma (CardSurg) has been invited to serve on the primary panel of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) Guidelines on Atrial Fibrillation. He will continue to serve on the primary and secondary panels of the CCS antiplatelet and lipid guidelines respectively.

Jonathan W Yau (CardSurg, Postdoctoral Fellow), mentored by Subodh Verma has received a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellowships Award. Jonathan was ranked within the top 10% of the applicants and will be evaluating the role of autophagy in atherothrombosis.

Daniel Abramowitz (GenSurg, PGY4) received the Leo Mahoney Resident Teaching Award, which is offered to a surgical resident who exhibits excellence as a teacher, commitment to the undergraduate student experience in surgery and compassion for patients.

Nancy Baxter (GenSurg) was named the Provincial Clinical GI Endoscopy Lead for Cancer Care Ontario.

Nancy is also the Principal Investigator for a 2015- 2019 grant from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation for “What comes next: Real world health services utilization, outcomes and cost-effectiveness after BRCA1 and BRCA2 testing in Canada”. PI: Baxter NN, Co-PI Lerner-Ellis J. Collaborators: Metcalfe K, Sutradhar R, Eisen A, Meschino W, Hoch J, Chun K, Finch A, Isaranuwatchai W.

Nancy is the co-winner of the 2014-2015 CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research Article of the Year Award.

James Byrne (GenSurg, PGY4) received a CIHR MSc Scholarship for his work “Impact of Pre-hospital Care and EMS Performance on Trauma Patient Mortality and Trauma Center Outcome Measures”.

Natalie Coburn (GenSurg) has been named as the new Chairholder of the Hanna Family Chair in Surgical Oncology Research. The mandate of the Hanna Family Chair, generously endowed by Dr. Sherif Hanna in 2008 has been to support surgical investigators in advancing the field of surgical oncology. Calvin Law was the inaugural holder of the Hanna Chair.

Andrea Covelli (GenSurg, PGY3) (supervisor Nancy Baxter) received the ASCO Quality of Care Merit Award for her work entitled Examining Health-Beliefs: Understanding Why Mastectomies Are on the Rise.

Andrea also received a CIHR Travel Grant for the same work.

Karen Devon (GenSurg) received a grant from the Gold Foundation for her work “Transformative Learning Impact of Surgical Ethics Quality of Care Rounds”.

Maryam Elmi (GenSurg, PGY 4) received the 1st prize poster presentation at the 38th Annual Assembly of General Surgeons & Residents for “Predictors for positive resection margins in gastric adenocarcinoma: A populationbased analysis” (Supervisor: Natalie Coburn); Authors: Maryam Elmi, Daniel Kagedan, Juan Camilo Correa, Abraham El-Sedfy, Matt Dixon, Alyson Mahar, Calvin Law, Natalie Coburn)

Ralph George (GenSurg) received the “Cause Leadership Award” from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

Teodor Grantcharov (GenSurg) has been awarded a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Simulation and Surgical Safety to address the high-risk nature of surgery. Teodor’s Canada Research Chair was one of the 150 new and renewed chairs announced by the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State Science and Technology on April 9, 2015.

Usmaan Hameed (GenSurg) received the Zane Cohen Clinical Fellowship Achievement Award, which recognizes significant accomplishments made by a clinical fellow in clinical research, basic science research, publications, presentations, medical education/teaching, medical administrative systems, delivery of medical care, medical related community service.

Timothy Jackson (GenSurg) is the 2013-2014 recipient of Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine’s David Fear Fellowship. This award recognizes and promotes the importance of innovative programs in continuing education for health professionals.

Shiva Jayaraman (GenSurg) received a Special Commendation – Integrated Medical Education Awards for Excellence in Community-Based Teaching (Community Hospital Setting). Shiva was nominated by senior surgical residents whom he has mentored, working with them to ensure their ongoing success.

Karineh Kazazian (GenSurg, PGY3) won first prize of the Laidlaw Prize for her oral talk for the IMS Scientific Day 2015 “The Protrusional Protein Polo-Like Kinase 4 (Plk4) Enhances Cancer Invasion” (Karineh Kazazian, Roland Xu, Hannah Wu, Christopher Go, Olga Brashavitskaya, James Dennis and Carol J. Swallow). IMS Scientific Day prizes are given to the most outstanding presentations and scientific manuscripts received.

Bernard Langer (GenSurg, Surgical Alumnus) was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. The Canadian Medical Hall of Fame contributes to a vibrant health care system by engaging Canada’s health leaders in educational programs that encourage youth to pursue careers in health sciences.

Calvin Law (GenSurg) received the 2014 Cancer Quality Council of Ontario Quality Award.

John Marshall (GenSurg) received the 2015 Squires- Hyland Trust Teaching Award. John is also the Principal Investigator of a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health grant supporting the International Forum for Acute Care Trialists.

Agostino Pierro (GenSurg), Head of General and Thoracic Surgery at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), has been named Officer of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE). The prestigious title is awarded by the Queen to individuals with a distinguished role in their respective field, through continued achievement or service to the community Agostino is among 1,671 Canadians (military and civilian) who have been recognized as Officers of The Order of the British Empire, and one of only 599 civilians.

Agostino Pierro has also been awarded the 2015 ICCO (Italian Chamber of Commerce Ontario) Arts, Science and Culture Award, recognizing his contributions to the cultural and intellectual life of Canada through groundbreaking and innovative work in academia.

PI Ori Rotstein & Co-PI Sandro Rizoli (GenSurg) received a 2 year award from PSI for their work on “Effect of remote ischemic conditioning on neutrophil function and the immune-inflammatory and coagulation profiles in trauma patients with hemorrhagic shock”.

Ori Rotstein (GenSurg) received the Donald J Currie Undergraduate Teaching Award which recognizes excellence in education. The recipient “will be someone who spends time with students, stimulates their curiosity in the field and serves as a role model.”

Elke Ruttenstock (GenSurg) received 2nd prize poster presentation at the 38th Annual Assembly of General Surgeons & Residents for “Intestinal epithelial cell injury is reversed by administration of activated amniotic fluid stem cells” (Supervisor: Agostino Pierro). Authors: Elke Ruttenstock, Bo Li, Carol Lee, Augusto Zani, Agostino Pierro

Andy Smith (GenSurg) was inducted into the American Surgical Association on April 23, 2015.

Lloyd Smith (GenSurg) received a Special Commendation for Excellence in Community-Based Teaching (Community Hospital setting).

Homer Tien (GenSurg) received the Bruce Tovee Award for Postgraduate Education, which honours an academic staff member of the Department of Surgery who has made the greatest contribution to the educational activities of the Department, as exemplified by Dr. E. Bruce Tovee during his outstanding career.

David Urbach
David Urbach
Nancy Baxter
Nancy Baxter








David Urbach and Nancy Baxter (GenSurg) have received the 2014-15 CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (CIHRIHSPR) Article of the Year Award. This award recognizes published research that has significantly contributed to the advancement of the field of health services and policy research in Canada. The CIHR-IHSPR Article of the Year Review Committee selected Drs. Urbach and Baxter’s article, “Introduction of Surgical Safety Checklists in Ontario, Canada “ for its relevance to health services and policy research, as well as for the extent to which they contribute to the advancement of this field of research in Canada and have an impact on policy.

Ryan Alkins (PGY6) and Teresa Purzner (PGY4) (NeurSurg) were co-winners of the 2015 K.G.McKenzie Prize in Basic Neuroscience Research. Ryan’s work is entitled “Early treatment of HER2-amplified brain tumors with targeted NK-92 cells and focused ultrasound improves survival in a rodent brain tumour model” and Teresa’s work “Developmental Phospho-proteomics reveals Casein Kinase 2 as a therapeutic target in medulloblastoma”

David Chen (NeurSurg), a PhD candidate in Mojgan Hodaie’s lab, won the MS Society Doctoral award for his work on Neuroimaging correlates of pain in MS.

Michael Cusimano (NeurSurg) is the recipient of the Jameel Ali Continuing Education Award. The award this year recognizes exceptional contributions to education beyond the walls of St. Michael’s Hospital. Michael’s outreach in head injury prevention is broadly recognized by the lay press for its impact on the community.

Jetan Badhiwala, Alireza Mansouri, Farshad Nassiri and Christopher Witiw (NeurSurg) were the winners of Neurosurgery’s latest Journal Club competition. Their entry was titled “Journal Club: C2 Nerve Root Transection During C1 Lateral Mass Screw Fixation: Does It Affect Functionality and Quality of Life?”.

Michael Dan, a former neurosurgeon and philanthropist, has been inducted to the Order of Ontario—the Province’s highest honour—for his contributions and support for Ontario hospitals, local charities, and First Nations health and human rights initiatives. Dr. Dan and his wife Amira are longstanding supporters of our Division, most recently establishing the Dan Fellowships in Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto and our city-wide Brain Tumor Bank, for which we are very grateful.

Sunit Das (NeurSurg) passed his oral board examination and is now a Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

Karen Davis (NeurSurg) was elected to the position of Vice-Chair of the Institute Advisory Board of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research—Institute of Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction (CIHRINMHA).

Karen is also the Co-PI on a two-year grant from the MSH-UHN AHSC AFP Innovation Fund for the project entitled “Ketamine infusion for refractory neuropathic pain - prediction and correlation of clinical outcomes with functional magnetic resonance imaging.” (PI: Bhatia, Anuj; Co-I’s: Davis KD, Venkatraghavan L and Peng P; Collaborator: Mikulis D.)

Peter Dirks (NeurSurg) has been endowed as the second Garron Family Chair in Childhood Cancer Research

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2014-15 Michael & Amira Dan Fellows in Neurosurgery Dinner (Back row, left to right: Mari Rutka, James Rutka, Marie Slegr, Amira Dan, Michael Dan, Andres Lozano. Front row, left to right: Darina Landa, Erin Dyer, Christian Dorfer.)

Erin Dyer and Christian Dorfer (NeurSurg) were honored as recipients of the Amira and Michael Dan Fellows in the Division of Neurosurgery. They were invited to discuss how the Fellowships have impacted their training goals and career aspirations.

Michael Fehlings (NeurSurg) was awarded a 2-year grant from the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Research Foundation for his project entitled “Alterations in spinal respiratory networks after cervical SCI”.

Michael Fehlings received a NeuroDevNet Research Award (2015-16) for the project “Testing Neural Precursors as Mediators and Facilitators of Constraint Induced Movement Therapy in Cerebral Palsy".

Julia Furlan (NeurSurg), a postdoctoral research fellow working with Michael Fehlings, and colleagues received the 2015 Andre Barbeau Memorial Prize awarded by the Canadian Neurology Society for their study “Age as a key determinant of inflammatory response, glial and axonal survival after traumatic spinal cord injury”.

Fred Gentili (NeurSurg) was honoured at the Pioneers in Excellence Tribute Event held at the Liberty Grand in honour of his contributions to the advancement of skull base surgery. Funds raised from the evening will support establishment of a Chair in Skull Base Neurosurgery at Toronto Western Hospital and will also support the Villa Colombo Vaughan Di Poce Centre.

Deep Guha (NeurSurg, PGY3) won the 2015 K.G. McKenzie Prize in Clinical Neuroscience Research for his work entitled “Timing of resumption of antithrombotic agents following surgical evacuation of chronic subdural hematomas: a retrospective cohort study”.

Deep was also awarded a 1 year NSERC Alexander G. Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s (supervisor: Victor Yang).

Mojgan Hodaie, together with residents David Cadotte, George Ibrahim, Alireza Mansouri and Anick Nater (NeurSurg) and medical students Elie Sader and Philip Yee have launched the first fully online neurosurgery curriculum for the neurosurgery residents at the Preah Kossamak Hospital in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This three year venture is done in partnership with the NEURONproject, and local partners including Dr. Kee Park and Dr. Iv Vycheth, President of the Cambodian Neurosurgical Society. The first block is “Fundamentals of Neurosurgical Care”.

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left to right: Narihito Nagoshi, Michael Fehlings and Ahmed Ibrahim at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Cervical Spine Research Society in Orlando, Florida

Spine Fellow Ahmed Ibrahim (NeurSurg) (supervisor: Michael Fehlings) won the top resident/fellow award at the Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS), for his presentation entitled “Geographical variations in presentation and outcome of management of cervical spine spondylosis: results of a prospective CSM-I international study of 479”.

Sukhvinder Kalsi-Ryan (NeurSurg) won the AO Spine North America Young Investigator Award.

Paul Kongkham (NeurSurg) has been awarded as PI a 2-year Innovations Grant from the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute for the project entitled “Genome-Wide Profiling of DNA Cytosine Methylation and Hydroxymethylation Patterns Contributing to Normal Astrocyte Differentiation and Gliomagensis”.

Andres Lozano (NeurSurg) was awarded a 2-year grant from the Weston Brain Institute for the project “Deep Brain Stimulation of the Fornix in Alzheimer’s Disease: Investigations into Clinical and Imaging Biomarkers and Dose Optimization”.

Al Martin (NeurSurg, PGY4), Michael Fehlings and Andres Lozano (NeurSurg) and Alfonso Fasano (Neurology) have been awarded a 2-year grant from the Rick Hansen Institute for the project entitled “Deep Brain Stimulation of the Pedunculopontine Nucleus to Improve Walking after Spinal Cord Injury.”

Alireza Mansouri (NeurSurg , PGY4) received a 2015 PARO Trust Resident Teaching Award, which is awarded to the top two resident teachers among all departments at the University of Toronto.

Alireza also received 3rd place for Best Resident Research Paper at the North American Skull Base Society for the paper entitled “Surgically Resected Skull Base Meningiomas Demonstrate a Divergent Postoperative Recurrence Pattern Compared with Superficial Meningiomas” (supervisor: Gelareh Zadeh).

Anick Nater (NeurSurg, PGY4) (supervisor: Michael Fehlings) was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II/William Kerr Scholarship in Science and Technology.

Teresa Purzner (NeurSurg, PGY4) was named a Stanford SPARK Scholar, a program that mentors outstanding research trainees in translating academic drug discoveries to the commercial sector. Teresa is pursuing a PhD degree with a project focused on the use of mass spectrometrybased proteomics to study developmental signaling pathways in pediatric brain tumors. Her work is supported by SPARK funding and by a 2014 NREF fellowship.

Teresa also received the Louise Eisenhardt Travel Scholarship at the 83rd AANS Annual Scientific Meeting.

Teresa was also a co-winner of the KG McKenzie prize.

James Rutka (NeurSurg) received a 1-year grant from Meagan’s Walk for the project entitled “Developing an Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumour Preclinical Model”.

James T. Rutka is the co-recipient of the Canadian Cancer Society Robert L. Noble Prize, which is given annually to honour distinguished investigators whose contributions have led to significant accomplishments in a body of work in basic biomedical cancer research.

Bernard Schacter (NeurSurg, Professor Emeritus) received the Meritorious Member Award from the AANS & CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves at the 2015 Annual Meeting in Phoenix in recognition of his tremendous contributions to neurosurgery.

Mohammed F. Shamji (NeurSurg) won the Debbie Scarlett Overall Best Paper Award at the Canadian Spine Society annual meeting for his clinical research investigating neuropathic pain clinical predictors of failed back surgery syndrome in lumbar radiculopathy patients.

Mohammed was also awarded the CNS Ronald R. Tasker Young Investigator Award for his work on the cellular/molecular disc-herniation neuropathy and pain. The Award recognizes the best presentation at the CNS Annual Meeting by an investigator within 5 years of completion of residency training.

Mohammed was also appointed to the Awards Committee of the AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerve.

Julian Spears (NeurSurg) has been endowed the Term Chair in Cerebrovascular and Brain Tumour Surgery

Charles Tator (NeurSurg) has received the 2014 Medal of Honour from the Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D) Health Research Foundation. The Medal is awarded to individuals who have made pivotal contributions to research and development, gaining recognition on an international level. Dr. Tator donated the $20,000 prize to his laboratory at Toronto Western Hospital to further advance spinal cord research.

Charles Tator was honoured for his lifetime commitment to both injury prevention and treatment of brain and spinal cord injuries at the Parachute Gala held on May 20 in Toronto. Dr. Tator is one of the founding board members of Parachute, aimed at raising awareness about preventable injuries.

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Minister Rona Ambrose and Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor (NeurSurg) was awarded one of four brain cancer research grants announced by Minister Rona Ambrose on World Cancer Day.

Michael also received the Canadian Cancer Society William E. Rawls Prize, which honours distinguished young investigators who have made outstanding contributions to research that has the potential to lead to, or has already led to, new advances in cancer control.

Michael Taylor is the recipient of a 5-year grant from the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute for the project entitled “Molecular heterogeneity drives the clinical behavior of childhood medulloblastoma”. The grant was co-funded by Brain Canada.

Lindsay Tetreault (NeurSurg), a student of Michael Fehlings, received the Canadian Spine Society 2015 Fellow’s Best Paper Award for her work entitled “The Minimal Clinically Important Difference of the modified Japanese Orthopaedic Association Scale in Patients with Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy undergoing Surgical Intervention”.

Michael Tymianski (NeurSurg) received a 4-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project entitled “Development of a next-generation PSD95 inhibitor for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke”.

Taufik Valiante (NeurSurg) is the recipient of a 5 year NSERC Discovery Grant (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) for his work on “Probabilistic maps of spiking and connectivity in human and mouse cortex”.

Jefferson Wilson (NeurSurg) received the Shafie S. Fazel Outstanding Resident Surgeon and Investigator Award. The award is presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments during their residency both as a surgeon and as an investigator.

Christopher Witiw (NeurSurg, PGY3) received a Fellowship Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research valued at $60 000.

Gelareh Zadeh (NeurSurg) received the Ross Fleming Surgical Educator Award from the Department of Surgery, University of Toronto.

Gelareh is also the recipient of the American Brain Tumor Association Young Investigator Award from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. This award is given in recoginition of demonstrated outstanding potential for basic science research in the field of neuro-oncology.

Gelareh Zadeh has been appointed as the Wilkins Family Chair in Neurosurgical Brain Tumour Research at University Health Network.

Gelareh was also invited to be the Society of Neuro- Oncology (SNO) representative and Co-Chair of SCIDOT (Symposium on Therapeutic Delivery for Brain Tumors) 2015 with Chair Michael Vogelbaum (Cleveland Clinic).

Gelareh Zadeh was invited to serve on the scientific committee of the North American Skull Base Society for 2016.

Earl Bogoch (OrthoSurg) was awarded the Squires- Hyland Trust Teaching Award, which celebrates doctors who continue to teach new generations of physicians in the pursuit of medical excellence.

Marissa Bonyun (OrthoSurg, PGY-1) was selected as recipient of a 2015 Esther and Saul Baker Award. This award is given by the Division of Geriatrics and Marissa was selected as the top off-service resident who has rotated through the service in this academic year. This is the first year that our residents have spent some time in geriatric medicine as part of their medical consult rotation and Marissa (along with all of our PGY-1 residents) have left our geriatrics colleagues with a great impression of the work ethic and dedication of our trainees.

Amr Elmaraghy (OrthoSurg) received a Special Commendation for the Integrated Medical Education (IME) Sustained Excellence in Community-Based Clinical Teaching Award.

Amr has also received the Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award - Postgraduate Category at St. Joseph’s Health Centre’s 4th Annual Academic Achievement Day.

Peter Ferguson (OrthoSurg) has won the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada 2015 AMS Donald R. Wilson Award. Recipients of the award are recognized for helping integrate CanMEDS roles into a Royal College or other health-related training program.

Rajiv Gandhi (OrthoSurg) was selected as one of the two recipients of the “2015 ABC Travelling Fellowship”, which is awarded every two years to two surgeons who have made significant contributions to their field.

Jeremy Hall (OrthoSurg) has been named the 2015 Surgical Skills Centre Distinguished Educator Award at the Gallie Day dinner. This is a great achievement and a testament to Jeremy’s tireless efforts and dedication to teaching surgical skills to our trainees.

Simon Kelley (OrthoSurg) won a McMurrich Prize for his oral presentation at Gallie Day. Simon is completing his PhD under the supervision of Ben Alman and is working on molecular mechanisms of fracture healing.

Simon has also won the Laidlaw Prize from the Institute of Medical Science Scientific Day for his oral presentation of his PhD research.

Frank Mastrogiacomo (OrthoSurg) received a Special Commendation for Excellence in Community-Based Teaching (Community Hospital setting).

Michael MacKechnie (OrthoSurg, PGY 4) was one of the recipients of the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation’s 2015 Bones and Phones Legacy Scholarship for his role in the Development of a contextually appropriate orthopedic surgery training program in Botswana.

Michael McKee (OrthoSurg) has been selected as the winner of the William Horsey Postgraduate Education Award. This award recognizes excellent TES scores and commitment of time and effort to residents in surgery. This is the second time Michael has won this award over the past 10 years.

Emil Schemitsch (OrthoSurg) received the 2015 Lister Prize at the Gallie Day dinner. This prize is the highest honour in the Department of Surgery and is awarded to an investigator who has shown outstanding and continuing productivity of international stature as evidenced by research publications, grants held, students trained and other evidence of stature of the work produced.

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Jørgen Utvoll, Homan Cheng and Jamil Ahmed in front of the Treasury in Petra. This was where Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was filmed.

Jamil Ahmed and Homan Cheng (PlasSurg) travelled to Amman, Jordan with ISAPS-LEAP Surgical Relief Team for a 1-week surgical mission to work at Al Maqased with Syrian surgeons treating wounded Syrians displaced by the ongoing war. They were accompanied by a plastic surgeon from Oslo University Hospital, Jørgen Utvoll.

All of the cases were trauma related usually caused by blast and shrapnel and the team performed debridements, skin grafts and flaps.

Jamil was also invited by the Iranian Society of Plastic Surgeons to speak at the 8th International Congress of Advanced Rhinoplasty and Facial Plastic Surgery including live surgery sessions.

Jamil has also been appointed to the Board of Directors as Parliamentarian for ASAPS for 2015-2016.

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Kimit Rai, Oleh Antonyshyn, patient Rayisa Hontscharuk, Steve McCabe, Siba Haykal, and Tara Lynn Stewart.

Oleh Antonyshyn and Steve McCabe (PlasSurg) completed a surgical mission to the Ukraine with residents Siba Haykal and Rayisa Hontscharuk and former Sunnybrook fellow, Tara Lynn Stewart. This effort garnered significant press attention as funding from the mission came from “United for Ukraine”, a fundraiser organized by the Canada Ukraine Foundation in September, attended by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Wayne Gretzky and raised upwards of $200,000.

Katie Armstrong (PlasSurg, PGY 3) (Supervisor Dr. John Semple) was awarded the Michael Decter Scholarship for Health Leadership and Policy Studies. This award is given annually by St. Elizabeth (Canada’s largest non-profit home health care provider) to a highperforming research student entering a graduate health leadership and/or policy program aspiring for a health leadership, executive, or board role in the Canadian Health Care system. Katie continues to do excellent work in her graduate studies and represents a new growing area of leadership in medicine that uses technology to provide solutions in healthcare.

Greg Borschel (PlasSurg) ran a highly successful meeting as the Program Chair for the ASPN held in the Bahamas in January.

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Greg Borschel, Joseph Catapano and Nash Naam (President, ASPN)

Joseph Catapano (PlasSurg, PGY3) (Supervisor Dr. Greg Borschel) was awarded the Best Clinical Science Presentation at the 2015 American Society of Peripheral Nerve (ASPN) meeting in the Bahamas last January for “Corneal neurotization: a minimally invasive approach” (co-authors Bains RD, Elbaz U, Zuker RM, Ali A, Borschel GH).

Howard Clarke (PlasSurg) will be taking over the role of President of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons at this year’s meeting in Victoria, BC.

David M. Fisher (PlasSurg) was recognized by Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery with a 38 article collection composed of Craniofacial and Cleft Articles as chosen by the PRS Editorial Board stating the best and most educational articles published over the past 10 years. Of those 38 articles, 5 of them were David’s, a remarkable contribution!

Brent Graham (PlasSurg) has been named the new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Hand Surgery to commence in January 2016.

Siba Haykal (PlasSurg) was selected as this year’s recipient of the Women’s Microsurgery Group ViOptix Travel Scholarship to attend the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery annual meeting on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.

Gregory Borschel and Siba Haykal
Gregory Borschel and
Siba Haykal

Siba also received the Best Clinical Paper Award, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Toronto 2015 for: “The Effect of Ccl-2 on Mesenchymal Stromal Cells Mediated T Cell Proliferation In Tracheal Allografts” (Authors: Yingzhe Zhou, Andrea Day, Siba Haykal, Armand Keating, Stefan OP Hofer, Thomas K. Waddell; Supervisors: Stefan OP Hofer and Thomas K Waddell)

Mike Hendry (PlasSurg, PGY5) was the co-winner of the Mentor Canada, Johnson and Johnson Medical Companies Prize for Best Clinical Paper Award, 2015 for “Side-to-Side Nerve Bridges Provide Evidence of Axon- Mediated Schwann Cell Protection Within Chronically Denervated Nerves and Influence Denervated Schwann Cell Phenotype”. Authors: Hendry, JM, MC Alvarez- Veronesi, A Snyder, T Gordon, G Borschel. Supervisor: Greg Borschel

Joan Lipa (PlasSurg) is one a select group of plastic surgeons that make up the 2014-2015 American Society of Plastic Surgeons - The Plastic Surgery Foundation.

Frank Lista and Jamil Ahmad (PlasSurg) have been named Section Editors for the Breast Section of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal.

Ralph Manktelow (PlasSurg), former Chair of the Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery topped the polls in the recent provincial election in the race for City Councillor for the Mono Township. Ralph has done a remarkable job of reinventing himself after an amazing career as a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. He now resides on his farm in Mono and has taken up the cause of championing the issues of his local constituents.

Blake Murphy (PlasSurg, PGY 5) was the co-winner of the Mentor Canada, Johnson and Johnson Medical Companies Prize for Best Clinical Paper Award, 2015 for “Validating the ACS-NSQIP Risk Calculator in Alloplastic Breast Reconstruction”. Authors: Blake D. Murphy, Shaghayegh Bagher, Marina Barandun, Stefan O.P Hofer, Toni Zhong, Anne C. O’Neill. Supervisor: Anne C. O’Neill

Christine Novak (PlasSurg) was the Program Chair at the American Association of Hand Surgery.

Wally Peters (PlasSurg) was awarded “The Mentor Prize” for 2015, for his presentation entitled “Update on anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) in women with breast implants”, at the CSAPS Meeting. This award is given for the most outstanding presentation and publication at the Annual Meeting of the CSAPS. It is a prestigious award and is the 5th time that Wally has received it.

Jennica Platt (PlasSurg) received the Best Basic Science Award, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Toronto 2015 for “Does Breast Reconstruction after Mastectomy for Breast Cancer Affect Overall Survival? Long-term follow-up of a retrospective population-based cohort” (Authors: Platt J, Baxter N, McLaughlan J, Semple J; Supervisor: John Semple)

Toni Zhong (PlasSurg) and co-investigators Nancy Baxter, Brett Beber, Terry Cheng, Jeffrey Hoch, Stefan Hofer, Wanrudee Isaranuwatchai, Jennifer Jones, Kelly Metcalfe, Anne O’Neill, Tony Panzarella, Jennica Platt received a 3 year grant from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation for their project “Pre-consultation Educational Group Intervention to Improve Shared Decision Making for Postmastectomy Breast Reconstruction”.

Nikki Woods (Research Education) has been appointed as the Director of the (CACE), Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto at Women’s College Hospital for a five year term. Nicole is an Assistant Professor and Director of Education Evaluation in the Department of Surgery. She is also currently the Interim Director of The Wilson Centre, Faculty of Medicine at University Health Network.

Dave Williams (Surg) has been appointed to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest official honour. The Order recognizes current and former residents of Ontario who have achieved excellence in any field. He is a Professor in the Department of Surgery and President and CEO of Southlake Regional Health Centre. He is an astronaut, scientist and physician. He conducted some of the first surgeries in space, and holds a Canadian record for space walks.

Marcelo Cypel (ThorSurg) received the George Armstrong- Peters Award , which is awarded to a young investigator who has shown outstanding productivity during his/her initial period as an independent investigator as evidenced by research publications in peer reviewed journals, grants held, and students trained.

Marcelo Cypel was selected by the AATS Graham Foundation to receive a year of funding as one of our Cardiothoracic Surgical Investigators.

Shaf Keshavjee (ThorSurg) received the Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours, recognizing outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Shaf received this honour for his innovative contributions to thoracic surgery, notably in the development of a process that has improved lung transplantation worldwide.

Andrew Pierre (ThorSurg) received the Bruce Tovee Award for Undergraduate Education, which honours an academic staff member of the Department of Surgery who has made the greatest contribution to the educational activities of the Department, as exemplified by Dr. E. Bruce Tovee during his outstanding career.

Kazuhiro Yasufuku (ThorSurg) received the 2015 Wightman-Berris Individual Teaching Award for Postgraduate Teaching.

Ethan Grober (Urol) received a grant from the WCHAMSG Innovation Fund for his project entitled “Development and Validation of a Competency-Based Program of Education and Assessment of the Fundamentals of Micro Surgery (FMS).”

John Honey (Urol) has been selected as this year’s winner of the James Waddell Mentoring Award in recognition of his excellent mentoring of junior Faculty in the Division of Urology at St. Michael’s Hospital.

Michael Jewett (Urol) is the recipient of an award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for his project “Determining the Research Priorities of Canadian Kidney Cancer Patients, Caregivers and Clinicians: A Priority Setting Partnership for Kidney Cancer”. This award was ranked #1 in the entire competition.


Ahmed Kayssi

Ahmed Kayssi (Vasc Surg, PGY1) received the 2014 Resident Teacher Award at St. Michael’s Hospital. This award recognizes excellence in teaching of junior residents, clinical clerks and medical students.

Laurence Klotz (Urol) received the Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours, recognizing outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. He received this honour for his contributions to the treatment of prostate cancer, notably for leading the adoption of active surveillance as a standard aspect of patient care.

Laurence Klotz also received the Canadian Cancer Sociery O. Harold Warwick Prize which is given annually to honour distinguished investigators who have undertaken studies in Canada that have led to significant advances in cancer control.

Girish Kulkarni (Urol) received the 2015 Bernard Langer Surgeon Scientist Award, which is awarded to an outstanding graduate of the Surgeon Scientist Program in the Department of Surgery, who shows the greatest promise for a career in academic surgery.

Ken Pace (Urol) was awarded the 2015 St. Michael’s Hospital Complete Physician Award at the annual hospital Educational Achievement Day.

Hanmu Yan
Hanmu Yan

Hanmu Yan (Urol, PGY 4) received the 2015 D.R. Wilson Award for Teaching. This award is given to the surgical resident who is rated by undergraduate students as being an outstanding teacher. The resident will demonstrate both a positive attitude toward teaching and will be considered a good surgical role model for undergraduate medical students

Al Lossing (VascSurg) was awarded the Champion of Telemedicine Award by the Ontario Telenmedicine Network. Al is being honoured for his leadership in the Central LHIN and his “dedication and committement to integrating telemedicine solutions that have enhanced outcomes and access to care”.

Al also received the 2014 Squires-Hyland Trust James Waddell Mentoring Award at St. Michael’s Hospital. This award “pays tribute to those individuals who have made extraordinary efforts to support young staff during the early years of their career”.

George Oreopoulos (VascSurg) has been appointed as the new Director of Postgraduate Education in Surgery for University Health Network.

Trisha Roy (VascSurg, PGY3) received the George Louridas Award for Best Resident Presentation 2015 Winnipeg Vascular & Endovascular Symposium “Does endovascular repair in claudicants lead to worse outcomes?”


I am pleased to announce the most recent CCSRI Grant recipients from the Department of Surgery, University of Toronto. Please join me in congratulating them on their tremendous success!

Paul Kongkham. Genome-wide profiling of DNA cytosine methylation and hydroxymethylation patterns contributing to normal astrocyte differentiation and gliomagenesis. 2 years; $175,899

Michael D. Taylor. Molecular heterogeneity drives the clinical behavior of childhood medulloblastoma. Co-funded by Brain Canada. 5 years; $1,249,880.

Kazuhiro Yasufuku. Image-guided localization platform for minimally invasive lung surgery. 2 years; $200,000

James Rutka, RS McLaughlin Professor and Chair
Department of Surgery, University of Toronto


Lecturer to Assistant:

Jason LEE (U/S, SMH)

Frank LISTA W (Int’l Surg)


Carmine SIMONE (T/S, TEGH)


Khalid SYED (O/S, UHN)



Assistant Professor to Associate Professor:









Sun Hong-Shuo Sun (Anat)

Christiane WERNECK (V/S, THP)


Associate Professor to Professor:


Timothy DANIELS (O/S, SMH)


Andrew HOWARD (O/S, HSC)


Wolfgang KUEBLER (G/S, SMH)


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