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ANNOUNCEMENTS

REAPPOINTMENT OF PROFESSOR JAMES RUTKA AS CHAIR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY

James Rutka
James Rutka

I am pleased to announce that the Agenda Committee of the Academic Board has approved the reappointment of Professor James Rutka as Chair of the Department of Surgery for a second fiveyear term, beginning April 1, 2016.

The recent external review of the Department recognized its many accomplishments under Professor Rutka’s leadership and I’m delighted that he will continue as Chair.

Dr. Rutka was first appointed in the Department of Surgery in 1990 and has been Chair since 2011. He is on the surgical staff at the Hospital for Sick Children in the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery and is Director of the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre at the University of Toronto. He also holds the R.S. McLaughlin Chair in Surgery. Dr. Rutka’s primary research and clinical interests relate to the science and surgery of human brain tumours. He has over 400 peer reviewed publications and has received numerous awards, honours and appointments including: the Grass Award from the Society of Neurological Surgeons; Fellow of both the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences; the Order of Ontario; and the Order of Canada. Dr. Rutka has served as the President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the World Academy of Neurological Surgery, and the American Academy of Neurological Surgery. In 2013, Dr. Rutka was installed as the 7th Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neurosurgery. In 2015, he received the Margolese National Brain Disorders Prize from the University of British Columbia.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Rutka on his accomplishments and wishing him every success isecond term as Chair of the Department of Surgery.

L. Trevor Young MD, PhD, FRCPC
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
Vice-Provost, Relations with Health Care Institutions


TONY FINELLI APPOINTED AS HEAD OF THE DIVISION OF UROLOGY AT UHN

Tony Finelli
Tony Finelli

Tony Finelli has been appointed as Head of the Division of Urology at University Health Network following Neil Fleshner who has been Division Head of Urology since 2002, and will continue on as Chair of Urology in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. Tony joined the Division of Urology at University Health Network in 2005. He completed medical school and residency at the University of Toronto and went on to complete a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He subsequently completed a Master’s Degree in Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. Tony is urologic oncologist and surgeon investigator at UHN and Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. He is the GU Site Lead at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the inaugural GU Oncology Lead for the province of Ontario (Cancer Care Ontario). Dr. Finelli has published more than 100 manuscripts. He holds peer-reviewed funding for research in prostate and kidney cancer. His clinical practice focuses on the management of urologic malignancies with minimally invasive and robotic techniques.


FRED GENTILI APPOINTED AS THE CREAN HOTSON CHAIR IN SKULL BASE SURGERY

We are pleased to announce that Fred Gentili (Toronto Western Hospital) has been appointed as the Crean Hotson Chair in Skull Base Surgery, for a five-year term. Dr. Gentili also holds the Alan and Susan Hudson Chair in Neuro-Oncology at University Health Network. The Crean Hotson Chair represents the 17th endowed chair in the Division of Neurosurgery. Congratulations to Dr. Gentili on this well-deserved achievement.

Andres Lozano, Chair of the Division of Neurosurgey, Univeristy of Toronto


NEW APPOINTMENTS IN DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY UNDERGRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION

Melinda Musgrave
Melinda Musgrave

With the departure of Nikki Woods in the Department of Surgery, a search process was conducted to identify a new Director and Deputy Director of Education Evaluations. I am pleased to inform you of the following new appointments.

Melinda Musgrave (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery), Director, Education Evaluation. Melinda conducts her clinical practice at St. Michael’s Hospital in plastic and reconstructive surgery, and has long been devoted to undergraduate education in the Department of Surgery. She is Assistant Professor of Surgery, and longstanding member of the Undergraduate Education Committee.


Jeremy Hall
Jeremy Hall

Jeremy Hall (Orthopaedics), Deputy Director, Education Evaluation. Jeremy is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics at St. Michael’s Hospital, and specializes in shoulder reconstructions following sports injuries. He has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards over the years.

Please help me congratulate both Melinda and Jeremy in their new roles!

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


TORONTO EAST GENERAL HOSPITAL RENAMED THE MICHAEL GARRON HOSPITAL

Toronto East General Hospital has been renamed the Michael Garron Hospital through a $50 million dollar donation from Berna and Myron Garron, the second largest gift to any hospital in Canadian history.


FACULTY MEMBER DEPARTURE

Emil Schemitsch
Emil Schemitsch

Emil Schemitsch, Division of Orthopaedics, St. Michael’s Hospital, has accepted the position of Chair of the Department of Surgery at Western University effective January 1, 2016. Ranksed among the most widely cited authors in the world of orthopaedics, he has contributed significantly to the academic profile of the Division of Orthopaedics. His achievements in research have earned him the highest honours in the Department of Surgery at University of Toronto, including most recently the Lister Prize, as well as national and international recognition. He has also won numerous teaching awards within the Division and Department.


APPOINTMENT TO THE HAROLD AND BERNICE GROVE CHAIR IN ORTHOPAEDICS

Martin Gargan
Martin Gargan

Martin Gargan, Head, Division of Orthopaedics, The Hospital for Sick Children has been appointed as the Inaugural Harold and Bernice Groves Chair in Orthopaedics at The Hospital for Sick Children from June 1, 2015 – August 31, 2019. Martin came to Toronto from the Bristol Royal Infirmary Bristol Hospital for Sick Children where he was a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.

GORE ANNOUNCES MULTIYEAR SUPPORT OF U OF T RESEARCH DAY

W.L. Gore and Associates has agreed to a three year commitment as sole sponsor to support the U of T Vascular Surgery Research Day through an education grant. Special thanks to David Grieco, Senior Development Officer in the Office of Advancement at the U of T Faculty of Medicine for stewarding this donation.

Marty Sylvain, Global Sales Leader for Gore says, “W.L. Gore & Associates has provided creative therapeutic solutions to complex medical problems for more than forty years. During that time, more than 35 million innovative Gore Medical Devices have been implanted, saving and improving the quality of lives worldwide. W.L. Gore & Associates is committed to advancing vascular surgical and endovascular therapy and is pleased to be able to provide educational grant support to the University of Toronto, Division of Vascular Surgery. It is our hope that through this educational grant we will be able to support the University of Toronto in our shared values: commitment to ongoing learning, dedication to sharing knowledge with peers and patients, creating consensus within the medical community and the analysis of clinical outcomes”.

“We’re extremely grateful to Gore’s commitment to our Research Day”, says Thomas Forbes, University Division Chair of Vascular Surgery. “This significant commitment will allow us to continue to have a first class venue to celebrate the academic and research successes of our Division’s trainees and to welcome the K. Wayne Johnston Visiting Lecturer, which will continue to be the highlight of the day”.


THE 2015 VASCULAR SURGERY SKILLS CAMP

The 2015 Vascular Surgery skills camp, organized by Luis Figueroa (PGY5), ran from the 20th to the 31st of June at the University of Toronto Surgical Skills Centre in Mount Sinai Hospital. After completing the Department of Surgery’s common surgical skills camp at the beginning of the month, Lauren Gordon and Cale Zavitz, the Vascular Surgery residency program’s new PGY1 trainees, spent two weeks in a combination of vascular surgery-specific lectures and hands-on training sessions designed to teach critical skills prior to the start of clinical residency training.

Lectures included arterial and venous physiology, vascular Surgery Bootcamp vascular labs, carotid disease, and aortic aneurysmal disease. Staff and residents then led them through the technique of a carotid endarterectomy, open AAA repair, femoral embolectomy, femoral anastomosis, and saphenofemoral junction dissection. Endovascular skills were also front and centre, including case-based teaching with faculty and hands-on practice with aortic and peripheral devices, wires, and catheters from three different manufacturers, including completing simulated EVARs on a computerized model. In keeping with the division’s focus on educational research, trainees were evaluated throughout the camp, including a final evaluation to ensure competency to complete a carotid endarterectomy and open AAA repair under supervision.

To our knowledge, this program is unique among Canadian Vascular Surgery training programs, and was highly valued by our new trainees. Thanks go to all the staff and residents who committed their time to setting our new residents up for success in their training.

U of T is now looking for opportunities to open this program up to other Canadian training programs


WELCOME TO MICHELLE PAIVA, THE NEW ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT OF THE DIVISION OF VASCULAR SURGERY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

Michelle Paiva
Michelle Paiva

Please join us in welcoming Michelle Paiva as the newly appointed Administrative Assistant for the Division of Vascular Surgery. Michelle will support the academic and educational initiatives of the Division under the direction of Thomas Forbes (Division Chair), Elisa Greco (UME Director), George Oreopoulos (Residency Program Director) & Mark Wheatcroft (Fellowship Program Director).

Welcome to U of T Vascular Surgery, Michelle!


NEW FUNDING FOR VASCULAR SURGERY RESEARCH - BLAIR FOUNDATION VASCULAR SURGERY INNOVATION FUND

I’m pleased to announce that a new gift has recently been secured by the Faculty of Medicine in support of vascular surgery research. The Blair Foundation has generously donated $150,000 to create a U of T Vascular Surgery Innovation Fund and award two $25,000 grants each year, for three years. The competition is open to faculty members in the Division of Vascular Surgery at U of T.

Our sincere thanks to William Blair and the Blair Foundation for their generosity and support of vascular surgery research at the University of Toronto, and to David Grieco, Senior Development Officer in the Faculty of Medicine’s Office of Advancement, for stewarding this donation.

Thomas L. Forbes, Professor & Chair,
Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Toronto


PROMOTIONS

Lecturer to Assistant:

Jamil Ahmad (GenSurg, UHN)

Brian Ostrow (GenSurg, International Surgery)

Jason Pennigton (GenSurg, TEGH)

Najib Safieddine (ThorSurg, TEGH)

Jory Simpson (GenSurg, SMH)


IN MEMORIAM

Ernest Harold Spratt Jr
Ernest Harold Spratt Jr

Ernie Spratt (ThorSurg) 1939-2015 passed away on November 8, 2015. Dr. Spratt was at St. Joseph’s Health Centre for 33 years during which time he was Chief of Surgery and Chief of Staff. He was an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. He authored many research papers over the years, primarily on lung cancer and produced several training videos on thoracic surgery at St. Joseph’s, before retiring in 2005. Ernie had many interests beyond surgery. He was a pilot, downhill skier and racer, waterskier, golfer, scuba diver, musician, videographer, digital transfer afi In lieu of flowers, donations to the Pencer Brain Tumour Centre at Princess Margaret Hospital or St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation would be appreciated.


NEWSWORTHY ITEMS

Shady Ashamalla (GenSurg) was on Mike Richards in the Morning (1050 AM) speaking about minimal access surgical treatment of colorectal cancer with Wendel Clark and Doug Gilmour. This was an opportunity for Mike Richards and Doug to announce a foundation to raise funds to bring surgeons to Sunnybrook to learn advance minimally invasive surgery (http://fw.to/ OHyJgtb). Shady will direct a course on Transanal Total Mesorectal Excision (TaTME) on June 2nd – 3rd, 2016. To learn more, visit www.cpd.utoronto.ca/tatme.

Jennica Platt (PlasSurg) was featured in the Chronicle of Cosmetic Medicine and Surgery (June 2015 edition) in an article demonstrating the importance and efficacy of group pre-consultation sessions for breast reconstruction. Jennica employed a Shared Decision Making tool that is respectful of individual patient preferences, needs and values. Jennica was awarded the best resident paper at the April 2015 Toronto Breast Surgery Symposium for her research.




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