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Mitesh Badiwala
Mitesh Badiwala

Mitesh Badiwala joined the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery at Toronto General Hospital/ UHN as an Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto on September 15, 2014. He received his MD from the University of Toronto and subsequently completed his residency in Cardiac Surgery at the University of Toronto. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2013. Mitesh was then honoured to receive the Detweiler Travelling Fellowship from the Royal College. He travelled to Chicago and completed an advanced fellowship at Northwestern University as Chief Fellow under Patrick McCarthy, specializing in advanced valve repair, heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory assistance before returning to Toronto to assume his present position.

During his residency, Mitesh enrolled in the Surgeon- Scientist and Clinician-Investigator Programs and completed a PhD through IMS in transplantation and vascular biology at the University of Toronto. He has many publications on topics in cardiovascular science and transplantation and has presented both nationally and internationally. Mitesh is the recipient of a number of awards including the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, the Vivien Thomas Young Investigator Award from the American Heart Association, as well as the Shafie S. Fazel Outstanding Resident Surgeon and Investigator Award and the Starr Medal from University of Toronto.

His main clinical interests are in valve reconstruction, minimally invasive cardiac surgery and heart transplantation. He was appointed as the Surgical Director of the Heart Transplant Program at UHN as of January 1, 2015. His primary research interest lies in the development of an Ex-Vivo Heart Perfusion system for regeneration and evaluation of marginal and DCD donor hearts.

Mitesh is delighted to have the opportunity to return to his hometown of Toronto, joined by his wife Neelum and daughter Avni.

Vivek Rao, Chief, Cardiovascular Surgery
Peter Munk Cardiac Centre


John Byrne
John Byrne

We are thrilled to have recruited John Byrne as a Surgeon-Scientist to the University of Toronto with a clinical vascular surgery practice at UHN. Dr. Byrne will join a multidisciplinary team of clinicians and scientists trying to discover the basis of aortic pathologies and develop innovative interventions and preventative therapies.

John completed his medical degree as a scholarship student at The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, where he was the recipient of the Kane Medal in physiology and was awarded a medal in physics.

Following completion of his basic surgical training, he completed a 2 year full time research program on the systemic inflammatory response syndrome and was awarded a doctorate of medicine by research. Dr. Byrne is the recipient of the prestigious president’s medal from The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland for his research on the use of Pravastatin in Marfan syndrome, which was performed in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University, and is one of a select few Irish surgical trainees to present his research at the American Heart Association annual meeting.

He also studied for a Diploma in Health Services Management from the Institute of Commercial Management and passed with distinction. Dr. Byrne completed his higher surgical training with a fellowship in vascular surgery at The University of Toronto and is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Dr. Byrne has a particular interest in medical statistics and is currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Statistics, Open University, United Kingdom.

Dr. Byrne is the author or coauthor of many publications and is currently an active reviewer for the Irish Journal of Medical Science, and an international editorial board member of the Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery. He has been awarded a grant from the Peter Munk Cardiac Center innovation fund to investigate the use of novel antidiabetic agents in aneurysmal disease, and is currently investigating the underlying mechanisms of adult and congenital aneurysmal disease using cell based and in vivo laboratory models.

Thomas Forbes,
Chair of the Division of Vascular Surgery,
University of Toronto

Alan Rogers
Alan Rogers

Alan Rogers grew up in Cape Town, South Africa and received his medical degree (MBChB) from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2002. Following internship in Bloemfontein, and community service in surgery in East London, he spent two years as a clinical fellow in plastic surgery at the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead in England. He then undertook general surgery (2007 to 2010) and then plastic surgery (2010 to 2014) specialty training at Groote Schuur Hospital and Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, culminating in a Masters of Medicine degree from UCT and a Fellowship of the College of Plastic Surgery of South Africa, both in 2013. He completes his clinical fellowship in Total Burn Care at the Ross Tilley Burn Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre at the end of June.

His main interests in plastic surgery relate to complex wound care and reconstructive surgery for trauma, including burns, and oncology. He has 29 publications and two book chapters. He has been on the executive committee of the South African Burn Society since 2009, and currently serves as its Vice President. In this capacity, he has been involved with organizing a national conference, establishing a skin bank, expanding the reach of the Emergency Management of Severe Burns (EMSB) Course, and drawing up consensus practice documents.

He is married with two daughters, and his interests include history and sport, especially rugby, cricket and golf.

Please help me welcome Alan as he takes up the position of attending burn surgeon at the Ross Tilley Burn Centre effective July 1, 2015.

Marc J. Jeschke, Director Ross Tilley Burn Centre,
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre



Eran Shlomovitz and Adi Aviram

The Division of General Surgery and the Joint Department of Medical Imaging are pleased to announce the appointment of Eran Shlomovitz.

Eran attended medical school at the University of Western Ontario. He subsequently completed the first ever combined residency in General Surgery and Radiology, including training in Interventional Radiology, at the University of Toronto. After receiving his FRCSC and FRCPC, Eran completed a fellowship in minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery and surgical endoscopy with Lee Swanstrom at the Oregon Clinic in Portland, Oregon.

Eran is appointed as an Interventional Radiologist and a General Surgeon. His interventional practice focuses on hepatobiliary and oncologic interventions. Eran’s general surgery practice focuses on minimally invasive foregut surgery and surgical flexible endoscopy of the upper and lower GI tracts. Eran is cross appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery and the Department of Medical Imaging. His research interests include the development, training, and evaluation of hybrid therapeutic techniques, including collaborations with the Institute of Image Guided Surgery (IHUIRCAD) in Strasbourg, France.

On a personal note, Eran is engaged to Adi Aviram, who is completing her Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Eran and Adi are looking forward to a summer wedding and settling in Toronto.

Allan E.P. Okrainec,
Peter A. Crossgrove Chair in General Surgery,
University Health Network

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