As I have been embarking on the annual Assessment of Academic Productivity (AAP) for each faculty member in the Department of Surgery, I recognized that we are in a transition period with conversion of faculty data to the WebCV program in the Faculty of Medicine.  At this stage, most surgeons have made the conversion and are entering their data longitudinally, but there are still several who need to make the change.  All full time surgeons in the academic health sciences hospitals are expected to use WebCV going forward.  There was a cost to implementing WebCV in all the Hospitals, and this was borne equally by the Department of Surgery, and the Surgeons-in-Chiefs (SICs) at each institution.  I should like to thank the SICs for so readily agreeing to support the WebCV initiative. There is also an annual maintenance fee per surgeon for WebCV, and this will be paid by the Department of Surgery.  While you are strongly encouraged to keep track of your accomplishments yourself, and to enter these into your WebCV program, it is also recommended that your administrative assistants be trained to do the data entry, and continuous updates.  There are numerous advantages to shifting to a WebCV format:  1)  All CVs will have a uniform appearance and will be easy to follow; 2) Departments, Divisions, hospital education offices, and research institutes will be able to compile batch information accurately and efficiently; and 3) Faculty can easily output their CVs in various formats for promotions, publications, or Common CV styles.  As the information on a faculty member's CV is confidential, access to the CV by Department Chairs, Chiefs, and Division Heads can only be undertaken once permission is granted by the individual faculty member.  I would like to thank all faculty so far who have agreed to make the information from the WebCV accessible to me at this time. As with most new initiatives and programs, there is a learning curve to WebCV; however, I am confident that the use of WebCV will streamline our data gathering for processes such as the AAPs, promotions and Annual Reports, and will make all of our work more efficient than ever before.  My thanks to all of you for your efforts with WebCV in the Department of Surgery.

James T. Rutka, MD, PhD, FRCSC 
RS McLaughlin Chair 


Gallie Day 2012
Friday May 4, 2012, MaRS Centre
Gordon Murray Lecturer– Pr Philippe Menasché, Unité de Chirurgie Cardiaque, Hôpital Européen Georges Pompidou, Paris, France. 
7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Registration – Lower Concourse
8:00 a.m.  Opening Remarks
Gallie-Batemen and McMurrich Research Presentations
9:30 a.m.  Poster Judging – Café & CR2 – Main Concourse
10:30 a.m. Symposium
12:00 p.m. Lunch and Poster Viewing
1:05 p.m.   Gordon Murray Lecture – “Stem cells for the treatment of heart failure:  What is still missing for a prime time use?”
2:05 p.m. Poster Judging – Café & CR2 – Main Concourse
3:05 p.m. Gallie-Batemen and McMurrich Research Presentations
4:20 p.m. Closing remarks
A schedule of the presentations can be found on the Department of Surgery U. of T. Website under Gallie Day 2012.
7 RCPSC CME credits for those who attend.

Information Night to Promote the Bethune Round Table Meeting
“Careers and Opportunities in International Surgery” This Round Table meeting is focused on medical students and residents.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Medical Sciences Building, Room 3153, U of T Main Campus
A light dinner will be served.
Dr. Howard will discuss his activities with the Canadian Network for International Surgery and will provide background information on Norman Bethune and the purpose of the Bethune Round Table meeting.
Bethune Round Table 2012
Friday, May 25 – Sunday, May 27, 2012
7th annual Lindsay Thomson Symposium in Pediatric Plastic Surgery on June 12, 2012, and the Hospital for Sick Children.  Professor Yu Ray Chen from Taipei, Taiwan is this year’s Vale Visiting Professor.  Please register with Dyanne Bechard at


The John Palmer Lecture (University Rounds) was held on Friday, April 13th, 2012 at The Hospital for Sick Children.  Dr. Michael Choti, The Jacob C. Handelsman Professor of Surgery, and Chief of the Handelsman Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Johns Hopkins, spoke on “Image-Guided Liver Surgery: Current Status and Future Directions”. 

Department of Surgery Annual Hockey Match

March 31, 2012, Varsity Arena

Participating Teams – General Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Neurosurgery
For next year’s tournament, we hope to attract teams from the other Divisions.

In Memoriam
Dr. Thomas Patterson Morley (Neurosurgery)
 passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, April 29th, 2012 in his 93rd year.  Dr. Morley graduated in medicine from the University of Oxford.  He served in the Medical Branch of the Royal Air Force during WWII. After the war, he did his neurosurgical training in Manchester with Sir Geoffrey Jefferson.  He then came to Toronto and was on staff at Sunnybrook Hospital.   Dr. Morley then succeeded Dr. Botterell as Head of the Division of Neurosurgery at the Toronto General Hospital in 1962, and in 1964 he was named Chairman of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto. One of Dr. Morley’s accomplishments as Chairman was expanding the training program to include more residents trained each year, and to develop neurosurgery at other major Toronto Hospitals such as the Sunnybrook Medical Centre and the Wellesley Hospital. Following his retirement from active neurosurgical practice in 1986, the Morley Neurosurgical Prize was established for the best research paper given by a neurosurgical resident at the annual Keith Lectureship. 
Dr. Morley was very interested in and wrote about the history of Canadian Neurosurgery.  Beginning in 1987, for 14 years, he was editor for the series Canadian Medical Lives produced by the Hannah Institute for the History of Medical.  In 2004, he published a biography of Dr. Kenneth G. McKenzie.  

Faculty of Medicine Grant Writing Workshop: Thursday, June 21, 2012
The Faculty of Medicine will be hosting their annual Grant Writing Workshop on Thursday, June 21, 2012, from 1 to 4:30pm.  This year, we will have a special focus on grant writing for CIHRand NSERC opportunities, with a presentation on grant development, and panel discussions in basic and clinical science areas, population health, health services and knowledge translation! 
RSVP to:, indicating your preference for attending a break-out session in:Basic Sciences (including Genetics, Genomics, Proteomics and Cell Biology/Animal Models; Clinical Sciences (including Translational Studies and Clinical Trials) or Population Health (including Health Services and Knowledge Translation). 

Jay Wunder (Orthopaedics) and the sarcoma team were recently featured in an article in the Star.
Dr. Toni Zhong (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) is this year’s recipient of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Career Development Award.
Dr. Jennica Platt (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) 
has been awarded the inaugural GlaxoSmithKline-Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation Ontario Region Physician Fellowship.
Dr. Paulo Koeberle (Anatomy) and Dr. Katalin Szaszi (Keenan Research Centre) 
are each a recipient of a NSERC 2012 Discovery Grant Award.
Dr. Charles Tator (Neurosurgery) 
is this year’s 2012 Royal College Gallie Lecturer. 
Bezuhly M, Fischbach S, Klaiman P, Fisher DM.  Impact of 22q Deletion Syndrome on Speech Outcomes following Primary Surgery for Submucous Cleft Palate.  Plastic Reconstructive Surgery.  129(3):502e-10e, 2012.
Blankstein M, Byrick RJ, Nakane M, Bang AK, Freedman J, Garvey MB, Zdero R, Schemitsch EH.  A Preliminary Study of Platelet Activation After Embolization of Marrow Contents.  Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma.  E-published April 2, 2012.
Cook DJ, Kan S, Ai J, Kasuya H, Macdonald L.  Cisternal Sustained Release Dihydropyridines for Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.  Current Neurovascular Research.  E-published April 4, 2012.  
Coroneos CJ, O'Sullivan B, Ferguson PC, Chung PW, Anastakis DJ.  Radiation therapy for infiltrative giant cell tumor of the tendon sheath.  Journal of Hand Surgery, 37(4):775-782, 2012. E-published March 2, 2012.
de Perrot M, Rampersaud R.  Surgical approaches to apical thoracic malignancies.  Journal of Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery.  E-published April 13, 2012.  
Furlan JC, Chan KK, Sandoval GA, Lam KC, Klinger CA, Patchell RA, Laporte A, Fehlings MG.  The combined use of surgery and radiotherapy to treat patients with epidural cord compression due to metastatic disease: a cost-utility analysis.  Neuro-Oncology.  E-published April 14, 2012. 
Haykal S, Soleas JP, Salna M, Hofer SO, Waddell TK.   Evaluation of the Structural Integrity and Extracellular Matrix Components of Tracheal Allografts Following Cyclical Decellularization Techniques: Comparison of Three Protocols.  Tissue Engineering Part C: Methods.  E-published April 18, 2012.
Ibrahim GM, Carter Snead O 3rd, Rutka JT, Lozano AM.  The most cited works in epilepsy: Trends in the "Citation Classics".  Epilepsia, March 29, 2012. [Epub ahead of print]
Klotz L.  Active surveillance: the Canadian experience.  Current Opinion in Urology, 22(3):222-30, 2012. 
Klotz L.  Cancer overdiagnosis and overtreatment.  Current Opinion in Urology, 22(3):203-209, 2012.
La Scala GC, O’donovan DA, Yeung I, Leong I, Mendes M, Rogers M, Neligan PC, Pang CY, Forrest CR.  Local Hemodynamic Effects of Radiation on the Rabbit Orbitozygomatic Complex with and without Cytoprotection.  Plastic Reconstructive Surgery.  129(3):599-608, 2012.
Li SH, Sun Z, Brunt KR, Shi X, Chen MS, Weisel RD, Li RK.  Reconstitution of aged bone marrow with young cells repopulates cardiac-resident bone marrow-derived progenitor cells and prevents cardiac dysfunction after a myocardial infarction.  European Heart Journal.  E-published April 16, 2012. 
Margel D, Fleshner N.  The role of 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors in active surveillance.  Current Opinion in Urology, 22(3):243-246, 2012.
Nakajima T, Anayama T, Shingyoji M, Kimura H, Yoshino I, Yasufuku K.  Vascular Image Patterns of Lymph Nodes for the Prediction of Metastatic Disease During EBUS-TBNA for Mediastinal Staging of Lung Cancer. Journal of Thoracic Oncology.  E-published April 21, 2012.
Neinstein RM, Phillips JH, Forrest CR.  Pediatric orbital floor trapdoor fractures: Outcomes and CT-based morphologic assessment of the inferior rectus muscle.  Journal of Plastic Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgery. E-published March 27, 2012.
Oʼdonovan DA, La Scala GC, Leong I, Mendes M, Rogers M, Pritzker KH, Yeung I, Pang CY, Neligan PC, Forrest CR.  Radiation-Induced Craniofacial Bone Growth Inhibition: Acute and Long-Term Effects on Bone Histopathology with and without Cytoprotection.  Plastic Reconstructive Surgery. 129(4):636e-645e, 2012.
Phillips JH, Nish I, Daskalogiannakis J.  Orthognathic surgery in cleft patients.  Plastic Reconstructive Surgery. 129(3):535e-48e, 2012.
Spear SL, Rottman SJ, Glicksman C, Brown M, Al-Attar A.  Late Seromas After Breast Implants: Theory and Practice.  Plastic Reconstructive Surgery. E-published April 9, 2012.
Tolg C, Bägli DJ.  Uropathogenic Escherichia coli infection: potential importance of epigenetics.  Epigenomics, 4(2):229-235, 2012.
 Have a new high impact paper in press or published?  Let us know at
For further information on divisional events, please go to the Surgery Bulletin Board