It is worth repeating at this time that the Department of Surgery expects all full time faculty to be using WebCV to keep their latest achievements and accomplishments up to date.  You may recall, that we have been migrating to the WebCV format, hospital by hospital, over the past 3 years.  The costs associated with using WebCV, and having it updated periodically, are borne by the Department of Surgery, and by the Surgeon-in-Chiefs at the hospitals.  WebCV is particularly useful this time of year as we embark on our review of each faculty member through the Assessment of Academic Productivity (AAP) exercise.  We can readily extract your data on WebCV, and use this to help calculate your scores which are of value to you and your groups and practice plans.  However, just as with any CV template, it needs to be kept up to date.  At this time, I have been somewhat disappointed by the number of faculty who are either not using WebCV, or who have failed to keep it updated.
Some of you may not be familiar with entering data on WebCV.  In fact, most faculty are relying on their administrative assistants to do this.  The good news is that there is help available at all times to assist you in answering any questions you may have about WebCV.  For example, some of the upcoming training sessions include General WebCV Group Sessions, Creative Professional Activities (CPA) Report Sessions, and Teaching and Education Report (TER) Sessions. 
I encourage all of you to continue to use the WebCV program to its maximum potential.  It is the best way for the Department of Surgery to keep track of your grants, publications, teaching activities and CPA.  If you have any questions about WebCV, please visit:
I thank you all again for using WebCV in the Department of Surgery.
James T. Rutka, MD, PhD, FRCSC
RS McLaughlin Chair


Department of Surgery University Rounds
Gallie Day
Friday, May 9, 2014
MaRS Auditorium
Gala Dinner Event, Windsor Arms Hotel
Gordon Murray Lecturer
Dr. Geoffrey Gurtner
Professor and Associate Chairman of Surgery
Stanford University School of Medicine
“The Art of the Practical: Translating Scientific Discovery into the Real World”
Best Practice in Education Rounds
May 6, 2014, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Li Ka Shing Building, 209 Victoria St.
2nd floor, Allan Waters Family Auditorium (LKSKI Auditorium)
Dr. Greg Wells
Better Health and Performance for Education Professionals

Department of Surgery Annual Faculty Development Day
Friday, May 23, 2014
The Metropolitan Hotel, 108 Chestnut Street
Please register at

1st Annual Canadian Burn Symposium
Dr. Marc Jeschke and his team at the University of Toronto and the Ross Tilley Burn Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre will be holding the 1st Annual Canadian Burn Symposium on May 26th & 27th, 2014 at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto.  This will be a fully accredited event!  Keynote speakers include Dr. David N Herndon, University of Texas Medical Branch and Shriners Hospital for Children, Galveston Texas USA.  Please register now at:
37th Annual Assembly of General Surgeons will be on May 29th, 2014 at One King West.
International Sarcoma Symposium
June 6, 2014
University Club, 380 University Avenue
The agenda can be found at:

2014 1st Iteration PGME CaRMS Match Results
Congratulations to the 7 surgical divisions who participate in CaRMS.  All spots were filled in the 1st iteration.  The Department of Surgery has 33 CMG and 7 IMG positions for 2014-2015. 
Bernie Goldman will be launching his book "Mending Hearts, Building Bridges: the Story of Save a Child's Heart" at Indigo Manulife, May 13 at 7 pm - with SACH doctors from Ethiopia, the Palestine Authority, Israel (training here) and Canada.   As part of their commitment to international humanitarian work they are sending 3 medical students to SACH for 2 week electives in pediatric cardiology and surgery ( one each from U of T, McMaster and the Northern Ontario Medical School) and one student pursuing an MA in Global Health (1 month) from McMaster.
Gillian Hawker has been appointed as Chair of the Department of Medicine for a 5-year term effective July 1, 2014. She is Physician-in-Chief of Medicine at Women's College Hospital, where she holds the F.M. Hill Chair in Academic Women's Medicine.  Dr. Hawker will be taking over this position from Dr. Wendy Levinson who has held the position for the past ten years. 
Neurosurgery at St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto have recently established a Joint Term Chair in Cerebrovascular and Brain Tumor Surgery.
Hugh Scully has been appointed as Chairman at Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame. 
Toronto Musculoskeletal Centre is accepting new members from researchers and educators in the U. of T. musculoskeletal community.  To apply for membership, please download and complete the “NEW MEMBERSHIP-Application Form” from the website and send the completed form and required documents to Nadia Jaber at The application deadline is May 7, 2014.
U of T Dept. Surgery ‏‪@UofT_Surgery Apr 15 
Gallie Day quickly approaching.  Friday, May 9, 2014, MaRS Auditorium.  Dr. Geoffrey Gurtner, Stanford, is Gordon Murray Lecturer.
U of T Dept. Surgery ‏‪@UofT_Surgery Apr 15 
Avery Nathans, Fuad Moussa, and Ron Kodama are recipients of the 2013-2014 Peters-Boyd Academy Clerkship Teaching Award,
U of T Dept. Surgery ‏‪@UofT_Surgery Apr 9 
Ron Levine received the 2014 Integrated Medical Education Award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching.
U of T Dept. Surgery ‏‪@UofT_Surgery Apr 9 
John Hagen (Humber River) received the 2014 Integrated Medical Education Award for Excellence in Community-based Teaching
U of T Dept. Surgery ‏‪@UofT_Surgery Apr 9 
Andras Kapus & Kati Szaszi received 2 year NSERC Grant.
U of T Dept. Surgery ‏‪@UofT_Surgery Apr 9 
Robin McLeod has been appointed Vice President, Clinical Programs and Quality Initiatives at Cancer Care Ontario effective June 27, 2014


Gail Darling (Thoracic Surgery); Marc Jeschke (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery); James Rutka (Neurosurgery); and Tom Waddell (Thoracic Surgery) were recently inducted into the American Surgical Association.  

Stan Feinberg (General Surgery) has received a Faculty of Medicine Integrated Medical Education Award in Community-Based Teaching (Community Hospital setting).
John Hagen (Humber River Hospital, General Surgery) is the recipient of a Faculty of Medicine Integrated Medical Education Award for Community-Based Teaching Excellence (community hospital).
Andras Kapus (Scientist) and Kati Szaszi received a 2 year NSERC grant in the amount of $150,000.00 for their project entitled “Long-term live fluorescent imaging system for monitoring site-specific functions in epithelia”.
Laurence Klotz (Urology) is Co-I along with Bharati Bapat on a grant received from Prostate Cancer Canada. This grant, entitled “Moving beyond discovery: validation of an integrated biomarker panel for detection of aggressive prostate cancer” is for $1.5 million dollars and will significantly move their Biobank and Biomarker project forward.  
Ron Kodama
 (Urology) is the recipient of the 2013 – 2014 Peters-Boyd Academy Clerkship Teaching Award.

Ron Levine (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) is the recipient of a Faculty of Medicine Integrated Medical Education Award for Sustained Excellence in   Community-Based Teaching.
Robin McLeod (General Surgery) has been appointed as the new Vice President of Clinical Programs and Quality Initiatives at Cancer Care Ontario.   She will be full time in this position as of June 27, 2014. 
Fuad Moussa
(Cardiac Surgery) is the recipient of a 2013 – 2014 Peters-Boyd Academy Clerkship Teaching Award.

Avery Nathans (General Surgery) is the recipient of a 2013 – 2014 Peters-Boyd Academy Clerkship Teaching Award.

Fayez Quereshy (General Surgery) is the recipient of a Wightman-Berris Academy Individual Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award.
John Semple (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) received the “Cause Leadership Award” from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (Ontario Chapter).  Dr. Semple was honoured for his leadership in Breast Reconstruction in Breast Cancer patients and for his outstanding clinical accomplishments and research in this area.

John Semple (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) and colleagues received CIHR funding for his project entitled "Replacing ambulatory clinic follow-up with remote home monitoring using smartphones in breast reconstruction patients: Is it cost-effective?"
Victor Yang (Neurosurgery) received a 4 year grant from the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) (Refined Manufacturing Acceleration Process – ReMAP) in the amount of $236,000 for his project entitled "Optically guided laser ablation with integrated surgical navigation".
Victor Yang (Neurosurgery) received a 5 year grant from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council in the amount of $175,000 for his project "Optical coherence tomography and fluorescence guided surgical laser ablation".
Victor Yang (Neurosurgery) is the recipient of a 5 year grant ($966,245) from Canada Foundation of Innovation for work on Biophotonic Experimental Operating Room.
Victor Yang received a 3 year grant ($627,275) from Natural Science and Engineering Research Council for his project “Controlling femtosecond laser processing: smart fibers, catheters, and lab-on-fiber concepts”.   
Ron Zuker (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) was honoured by the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons with the 2014 CSPS Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Aarabi B, Mirvis S, Shanmuganathan K, Vaccaro AR, Holmes CJ, Akhtar-Danesh N, Fehlings MG, Dvorak MF. Comparative effectiveness of surgical versus nonoperative management of unilateral, nondisplaced, subaxial cervical spine facet fractures without evidence of spinal cord injury. J Neurosurg Spine. 2014 Mar;20(3):270-7.
Abdullahi A, Amini-Nik S, Jeschke MG.  Animal models in burn research.  Cell Mol Life Sci. 2014 Apr 9. [Epub ahead of print]
Campbell VT, Nadesan P, Ali SA, Wang CY, Whetstone H, Poon R, Wei Q, Keilty J, Proctor J, Wang LW, Apte SS, McGovern K, Alman BA, Wunder JS.  Hedgehog Pathway Inhibition in Chondrosarcoma Using the Smoothened Inhibitor IPI-926 Directly Inhibits Sarcoma Cell Growth.  Mol Cancer Ther. 2014 Apr 18. [Epub ahead of print]
Collaud S, Waddell TK, Yasufuku K, Oreopoulos G, Rampersaud R, Rubin B, Roche-Nagle G, Keshavjee S, de Perrot M.  Thoracic aortic endografting facilitates the resection of tumors infiltrating the aorta.  J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014 Apr;147(4):1178-82.
Cusimano MD, Holmes SA, Sawicki C, Topolovec-Vranic J. Assessing aggression following traumatic brain injury: a systematic review of validated aggression scales. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2014 Mar-Apr;29(2):172-84.
Dehghan N, McKee MD, Nauth A, Ristevski B, Schemitsch EH.  Surgical Fixation of Vancouver Type B1 Periprosthetic Femur Fractures: A Systematic Review.  J Orthop Trauma. 2014 Apr 14. [Epub ahead of print]
Di Ieva A, Bruner E, Haider T, Rodella LF, Lee JM, Cusimano MD, Tschabitscher M.  Skull base embryology: a multidisciplinary review.  Childs Nerv Syst. 2014 Apr 17. [Epub ahead of print]
Di Ieva A, Butz H, Niamah M, Rotondo F, De Rosa S, Sav A, Yousef GM, Kovacs K, Cusimano MD.  MicroRNAs as Biomarkers in Pituitary Tumors.  Neurosurgery. 2014 Apr 15. [Epub ahead of print]
Drabovich AP, Saraon P, Jarvi K, Diamandis EP.  Seminal plasma as a diagnostic fluid for male reproductive system disorders.  Nat Rev Urol. 2014 Apr 8. doi: 10.1038/nrurol.2014.74. [Epub ahead of print]
Eisa-Beygi S, Ekker M, Moon TW, Macdonald RL, Wen XY.  Developmental Processes Regulated By The 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-CoA Reductase (HMGCR) Pathway: Highlights From Animal Studies.  Reprod Toxicol. 2014 Apr 11. pii: S0890-6238(14)00058-6. doi: 10.1016/j.reprotox.2014.04.001.
Elnahas A, Nguyen GC, Okrainec A, Quereshy F, Jackson TD.  The effect of underlying liver disease on short-term outcomes following bariatric surgery.  Surg Endosc. 2014 Apr 16. [Epub ahead of print]
Elterman DS, Chughtai BI, Vertosick E, Maschino A, Eastham JA, Sandhu JS.  Changes in Pelvic Organ Prolapse Surgery in the Last Decade among United States Urologists.  J Urol. 2014 Apr;191(4):1022-7.
Figley SA, Khosravi R, Legasto JM, Tseng YF, Fehlings MG. Characterization of Vascular Disruption and Blood-Spinal Cord Barrier Permeability following Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury. J Neurotrauma. 2014 Mar 15;31(6):541-52.
Figueiredo JC, Hsu L, Hutter CM, Lin Y, Campbell PT, Baron JA, Berndt SI, Jiao S, Casey G, Fortini B, Chan AT, Cotterchio M, Lemire M, Gallinger S, Harrison TA, Le Marchand L, Newcomb PA, Slattery ML, Caan BJ, Carlson CS, Zanke BW, Rosse SA, Brenner H, Giovannucci EL, Wu K, Chang-Claude J, Chanock SJ, Curtis KR, Duggan D, Gong J, Haile RW, Hayes RB, Hoffmeister M, Hopper JL, Jenkins MA, Kolonel LN, Qu C, Rudolph A, Schoen RE, Schumacher FR, Seminara D, Stelling DL, Thibodeau SN, Thornquist M, Warnick GS, Henderson BE, Ulrich CM, Gauderman WJ, Potter JD, White E, Peters U; CCFR; GECCO.  Genome-wide diet-gene interaction analyses for risk of colorectal cancer.  PLoS Genet. 2014 Apr 17;10(4):e1004228. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1004228. eCollection 2014 Apr.
Fisher MD, Fisher DM, Marcus JR.  Correction of the cleft nasal deformity: from infancy to maturity.  Clin Plast Surg. 2014 Apr;41(2):283-99.
Fisher CG, Schouten R, Versteeg AL, Boriani S, Varga PP, Rhines LD, Kawahara N, Fourney D, Weir L, Reynolds JJ, Sahgal A, Fehlings MG, Gokaslan ZL. Reliability of the Spinal Instability Neoplastic Score (SINS) among radiation oncologists: an assessment of instability secondary to spinal metastases. Radiat Oncol. 2014 Mar 4;9(1):69.
Frank JM, Chahal J, Frank RM, Cole BJ, Verma NN, Romeo AA.  The Role of Acromioplasty for Rotator Cuff Problems.  Orthop Clin North Am. 2014 Apr;45(2):219-224.
Gomez E, Wright JG.  A simple strategy to reduce stereotype threat for orthopedic residents.  Can J Surg. 2014 Apr;57(2):E19-24.
Heyworth BE, Edmonds EW, Murnaghan ML, Kocher MS.  Drilling Techniques for Osteochondritis Dissecans.  Clin Sports Med. 2014 Apr;33(2):305-312.
Hilgendorf I, Theurl I, Gerhardt LM, Robbins CS, Weber GF, Gonen A, Iwamoto Y, Degousee N, Holderried TA, Winter C, Zirlik A, Lin HY, Sukhova GK, Butany J, Rubin BB, Witztum JL, Libby P, Nahrendorf M, Weissleder R, Swirski FK.  Innate response activator B cells aggravate atherosclerosis by stimulating T helper-1 adaptive immunity.  Circulation. 2014 Apr 22;129(16):1677-87.
Hoff E, Eagle T, Pyeritz RE, Ehrlich M, Voehringer M, Bossone E, Hutchison S, Peterson MD, Suzuki T, Greason K, Forteza A, Montgomery DG, Isselbacher EM, Nienaber CA, Eagle KA.  Pulse Pressure and Type A Acute Aortic Dissection In-Hospital Outcomes (from the International Registry of Acute Aortic Dissection).  Am J Cardiol. 2014 Apr 1;113(7):1255-9.
Ibrahim GM, Morgan BR, Macdonald RL. Patient phenotypes associated with outcomes after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage: a principal component analysis. Stroke. 2014 Mar;45(3):670-6.
Ilie G, Mann RE, Boak A, Adlaf EM, Hamilton H, Asbridge M, Rehm J, Cusimano MD.  Suicidality, bullying and other conduct and mental health correlates of traumatic brain injury in adolescents.  PLoS One. 2014 Apr 15;9(4):e94936. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0094936. eCollection 2014.
Iwasaki M, Wilcox JT, Nishimura Y, Zweckberger K, Suzuki H, Wang J, Liu Y, Karadimas SK, Fehlings MG. Synergistic effects of self-assembling peptide and neural stem/progenitor cells to promote tissue repair and forelimb functional recovery in cervical spinal cord injury. Biomaterials. 2014 Mar;35(9):2617-29.
Karadimas SK, Gatzounis G, Fehlings MG. Pathobiology of cervical spondylotic myelopathy. Eur Spine J. 2014 Mar 14.
Kelvin AA, Degousee N, Banner D, Stefanski E, Leόn AJ, Angoulvant D, Paquette SG, Huang SS, Danesh A, Robbins CS, Noyan H, Husain M, Lambeau G, Gelb M, Kelvin DJ, Rubin BB.  Lack of group X secreted phospholipase A2 increases survival following pandemic H1N1 influenza infection.  Virology. 2014 Apr;454-455:78-92.
Kosashvili Y, Drexler M, Backstein D, Safir O, Lakstein D, Safir A, Chakravertty R, Dwyer T, Gross A.  Dislocation after the first and multiple revision total hip arthroplasty: comparison between acetabulum-only, femur-only and both component revision hip arthroplasty.  Can J Surg. 2014 Apr;57(2):E15-8.
Kucyi A, Moayedi M, Weissman-Fogel I, Goldberg MB, Freeman BV, Tenenbaum H, Davis KD. Enhanced medial prefrontal-default mode network functional connectivity in chronic pain and its association with pain rumination. Journal of Neuroscience. 2014 Mar;34:3969-3975.
Li R, Nauth A, Gandhi R, Syed K, Schemitsch EH.  BMP-2 mRNA Expression After Endothelial Progenitor Cell Therapy for Fracture Healing.  J Orthop Trauma. 2014 Apr;28 Suppl 1:S24-7.
Longoni G, Bigi S, Branson HM, Hawkins C, Rutka JT, Filippi M, Yeh EA. Multicystic demyelinating myelopathy: Widening spectrum of pediatric aquaporin-4 autoimmunity. Neurology. 2014 Mar 11;82(10):902-3.
McNamara MG, Lwin Z, Jiang H, Templeton AJ, Zadeh G, Bernstein M, Chung C, Millar BA, Laperriere N, Mason WP. Factors impacting survival following second surgery in patients with glioblastoma in the temozolomide treatment era, incorporating neutrophil/lymphocyte ratio and time to first progression. J Neurooncol. 2014 Mar;117(1):147-52.
Munce SE, Webster F, Fehlings MG, Straus SE, Jang E, Jaglal SB. Perceived facilitators and barriers to self-management in individuals with traumatic spinal cord injury: a qualitative descriptive study. BMC Neurol. 2014 Mar 13;14(1):48.
Nadler A, Cukier M, Milot L, Singh S, Law CH.  Hepatic parenchymal preserving technique in the management of diffuse bilateral neuroendocrine tumour liver metastases: a feasible approach.  Can J Surg. 2014 Apr;57(2):E2-8.
Nishimura Y, Natsume A, Ginsberg HJ.  Spinal dural arteriovenous fistula associated with L-4 isthmic spondylolisthesis.  J Neurosurg Spine. 2014 Apr 18. [Epub ahead of print]
Perlis N, Krahn M, Alibhai S, Finelli A, Ritvo P, Bremner KE, Kulkarni G.  Conceptualizing global health-related quality of life in bladder cancer.  Qual Life Res. 2014 Apr 13. [Epub ahead of print]
Post A, Blaine Hoshizaki T, Gilchrist MD, Brien S, Cusimano MD, Marshall S. The influence of acceleration loading curve characteristics on traumatic brain injury. J Biomech. 2014 Mar 21;47(5):1074-81.
Rove KO, Crawford ED, Perachino M, Morote J, Klotz L, Lange PH, Andriole GL, Matsumoto AM, Taneja SS, Eisenberger MA, Reis LO.  Maximal Testosterone Suppression in Prostate Cancer-Free vs Total Testosterone.  Urology. 2014 Apr 5. pii: S0090-4295(14)00113-7. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2014.02.001. [Epub ahead of print]
Ruffini E, Detterbeck F, Van Raemdonck D, Rocco G, Thomas P, Weder W, Brunelli A, Guerrera F, Keshavjee S, Altorki N, Schützner J, Arame A, Spaggiari L, Lim E, Toker A, Venuta F; European Society of Thoracic Surgeons Thymic Working Group.  Thymic carcinoma: a cohort study of patients from the European society of thoracic surgeons database.  J Thorac Oncol. 2014 Apr;9(4):541-8.
Samplaski MK, Lo KC, Grober ED, Millar A, Dimitromanolakis A, Jarvi KA.  Phenotypic differences in mosaic Klinefelter patients as compared with non-mosaic Klinefelter patients.  Fertil Steril. 2014 Apr;101(4):950-5.
Sidiropoulos C, Masani K, Mestre T, Milosevic M, Poon YY, Fallis M, Shah BB, Kalia SK, Popovic MR, Lozano AM, Moro E. Spinal cord stimulation for gait impairment in spinocerebellar ataxia 7. J Neurol. 2014 Mar;261(3):570-4.
Syed KA, Blankstein M, Bhandari M, Nakane M, Zdero R, Schemitsch EH.  The effect of patient position during trauma surgery on fat embolism syndrome: An experimental study.  Indian J Orthop. 2014 Mar;48(2):203-10.
Yuen RK, Merkoulovitch A, Macdonald JR, Vlasschaert M, Lo K, Grober E, Marshall CR, Jarvi KA, Kolomietz E, Scherer SW.  Development of a high-resolution Y-chromosome microarray for improved male infertility diagnosis.  Fertil Steril. 2014 Apr;101(4):1079-1085.
Zhong T, Novak CB, Bagher S, Maass SW, Zhang J, Arad U, O'Neill AC, Metcalfe KA, Hofer SO.  Using Propensity Score Analysis to Compare Major Complications between DIEP and Free Muscle-Sparing TRAM Flap Breast Reconstructions.  Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Apr;133(4):774-82. 
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