The proceedings of the 39th Annual Gallie Day took place this year at the MaRS Discovery site with Dr John Niederhuber serving as this year’s Gallie-Bateman guest lecturer.  Dr Niederhuber is a hepatobiliary surgeon who served as the 13th Director of the National Cancer Institute from 2006-10, and was instrumental as one of the early pioneers formulating the Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA).    He is currently the Executive Vice President/CEO of the Inova Translational Medicine Institute.  His lecture was entitled “The importance of the tumor microenvironment in cancer progression”.  This year’s Scientific Symposium was entitled “Making it Personal:  Personalized  Medicine in Surgery”, and showcased lectures by Donald Redelmeier from the Clinical Epidemiology Unit at Sunnybrook, Michael Szego from the Centre for Clinical Ethics, and Steven Gallinger from the Division of General Surgery at UHN.  Attendees could hear 10 outstanding presentations by residents in the Surgeon:Scientist Training Program, and by graduate students working in the laboratories of members of the Department of Surgery.  In addition, there were 60 poster presentations that were viewed throughout the day.  The evening gala dinner event was held for the first time at the Windsor Arms Hotel in the Courtyard Café Ballroom.  Darrell Ogilvie-Harris organized a marvelous art display which featured the art works of many faculty in the Department of Surgery.  Musical entertainment was provided throughout the evening, and a splendid time was enjoyed by all.  The traditional Gallie Day Awards were given out once again to deserving faculty, residents, fellows and students.  And the night was concluded with a special tribute to Ben and Zena Alman who have worked diligently and tirelessly these past several years to create a Gallie Day scientific program that continues to improve with each passing year.  As many of you know, Ben and Zena will be leaving Toronto to establish themselves in Durham North Carolina at Duke University where Ben will be assuming the role as Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics.  In Ben’s honour, the Department of Surgery has decided to name the Research Rounds held the first Friday in January each year as the “Ben Alman Research Rounds”.   I should like to conclude this Chair’s Column by thanking Ben and Zena for their support of the Department of Surgery, and we wish them well on their journey to Duke University.
James T. Rutka, MD, PhD, FRCSC
RS McLaughlin Chair


Department of Surgery University Rounds
Friday, June 7, 2013
7:30 am – 8:30 am
Trauma Rounds

Russell L. Gruen, MBBS, PhD, FRACS
Professor of Surgery and Public Health, The Alfred and Monash University
NHMRC Practitioner Fellow
Director, National Trauma Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia
“Surgery, Bleeding and the Coagulopathic Patient”
Li Ka Shing Auditorium
St. Michael’s Hospital
First Annual Sunnybrook Burn Symposium
June 4, 2013 at the Vaughan Estates
38th Annual William S. Keith Professorship in Neurosurgery 

Thursday, June 6, 2013 at the Toronto Western Hospital, Main Auditorium, West Wing 2-401 from 0800-1730.   This year's guest lecturer is Dr. Duke Samson  from U of Texas Southwestern Medical School.  Dr. Samson's clinical and investigative interests are vascular diseases of the nervous system.
Vascular Surgery Research Day
June 21, 2013, Debates Room, Hart House, 8:00 a.m.
Highlights will include the “K. Wayne Johnston Lecture in Vascular Surgery”. This year’s Lecturers will be Dr. Lew Schwartz from The University of Chicago Medical Center, and Dr. Bradley Strauss from the Sunnybrook Research Institute.
SpineFEST will be held on Monday, June 24, 2013 at The Old Mill Inn.  This year’s Visiting Professor is Dr. Alexander Vaccaro, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.  His lecture is entitled “Medical Errors, Root Cause Analysis”.

Update in Minimally Invasive Surgery
November 22-23, 2013
The program is now on line at: 



39th Annual Gallie Day Awards Presentations:
This year’s recipients of awards at Gallie Day are as follows:
Bernard Langer Surgeon Scientist Award – Carol-Anne Moulton
Bruce Tovee Award – Post-graduate – John Hagen
Bruce Tovee Undergraduate Award – Robert Cusimano
Charles H. Tator Surgeon Scientist Mentoring Award – Michael Fehlings
D.R. Wilson Award – Ron Somogyl
George Armstrong-Peters Prize – Marc Jeschke
Lister Prize – Avery Nathens
The Shafie S. Fazel Outstanding Resident Award – Wael Hanna
Surgical Skills Centre Distinguished Educator Award – Marcus Burnstein
The Zane Cohen Clinical Fellow Achievement Award – David Wasserstein
McMurrich Research Awards:
1st Prize 
1/ Mushriq Al-Jazrawe (Supervisor Ben Alman)
2/ Shabana Amanda Ali (Supervisor Ben Alman)
3/ Gurpreet Baht (Supervisor Ben Alman)
4/ Saber Ghadakzadeh (Supervisor Ben Alman)
5/ Stephen Mack (Supervisor Michael Taylor)
2 nd Prize
1/ Heather Baltzer (Supervisor Paul Binhammer)
2/Shahrzad Jalali (Supervisor Gelareh Zadeh)
3/ Chung Ho Leung (Supervisors Christopher Caldarone, Ori Rotstein)
4/  Anton Mihic (Supervisors Richard Weisel, Ren-Ke Li)
5/ Kathryn Ottolino-Perry (Supervisor Andrea McCart)
6/ Jason Rockel (Supervisor Ben Alman)
7/ Linda Vi (Supervisor Ben Alman)
8/ Bobby Yanagawa (Supervisor Subodh Verma)
Gallie-Batemen Awards:
1st Prize
1/ Boris Zevin (Supervisor Teodor Grantcharov) 
2/ Siba haykal (Supervisors Thomas Waddell, Stefan Hofer)
2nd Prize
1/ Marvin Hsiao (Supervisor Avery Nathens)
 2/ Karineh Kazazian (Supervisor Carol Swallow)
3rd Prize
1/ Nir Lipsman (Supervisor Andres Lozano)
2/ Bheeshma Ravi (Supervisor Gillian Hawker)
3/ Jeff Wilson (Supervisor Michael Fehlings)

Photo Above: Dr. John Niederhuber
2013 Gordon Murray Lecturer
Photo to the Right:  
Jim Rutka, Ben and Zena Alman

Faculty Development Day
The Department of Surgery Faculty Development Day was held on Friday, May 24, 2013 at the Metropolitan Hotel. There were 35 surgeons who attended the event, and the presentations were superb throughout the day.   Special thanks to David Latter for organizing this event for the benefit of our faculty!

University of Toronto Represented at the 2013 Association of Surgical Education Meeting, Florida 
President – Dr. Dimitri Anastakis
Program Chair – Dr. Carol-Anne Moulton
Excellence in Innovation in Surgical Education Award.  Toronto Orthopaedic Boot Camp – Drs. Sonnadara, Safir, Nousiainen, Alman, Ferguson, Kraemer, Reznick
Paper of Distinction – Priyanka Patel, Carween Mui, Maria Athina Martimianakis, Drs. Kitto, Murnaghan, & Moulton
Podium Talks: 1/ Priyanka Patel, Carween Mui, Maria Athina Martimianakis, Drs. Kitto, Murnaghan, Moulton.  “Pressures to Measure Up in Surgical Training”.  2/ Drs. De Montbrun, Murnaghan, Moulton, and Lisa Mark, Priyanka Patel, Laurent St-Martin.  “Am I cut out for this – transitioning from trainee to attending surgeon”.  3/ Drs. Safir, Dubrowski.  “Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Novel Approach to Surgical Teaching:  The Briefing, Intraoperative Teaching, Debriefing (BID) Method”.  4/ Drs. Zilbert, MacRae, Hagen, Gallinger, Moulton, Laurent St-Martin.  “Identifying the Intraoperative ‘Slowing Down’ Moments of Surgical Judgment: Are Experts Consistent?”
Dr. Robin McLeod, President of SSAT
Dr. Robin McLeod has been elected as President of The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT) for a 1 year term, 2013-2014.
Appointment to the Institute of Medical Science
Dr. Rebecca Gladdy has been re-appointed to IMS graduate faculty as an Associate Member, May 1, 2013 to April 30, 2018. 
Appointments of New Members to the American Surgical Association
Dr. Nancy Baxter, General Surgery, SMH; Dr. Gail Darling, Thoracic Surgery, UHN; and Dr. Thomas Waddell, Thoracic Surgery, UHN were appointed as members last month to the ASA.
Appointment to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery
Dr. Abhaya Kulkarni has been elected to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. 
Dr. Hugh Scully Re-appointed 
Dr. Hugh Scully has been re-appointed to the Health Policy and Advocacy Group of the American College of Surgeons in Washington for another three years.
Dr. Raj Singal from Toronto East General Hospital has been promoted from Lecturer to Assistant Professor. 
Best Practice in Education Rounds
On Tuesday, June 4 there will be a Best Practice in Education Rounds (BPER) session (12:00-1:00PM
at St. Michael’s Hospital, Paul Marshall Lecture Hall, B1 Queen Street Entrance) by Drs. Margarita Lam-Antoniades, Sanjay Mehta, Danny Panisko, and Yasmin Rahim entitled The ACT (Ambulatory Care Teaching) Project: A Novel Modular Workshop Methodology for Faculty Development.
2013 American College of Surgeons,  Surgeons as Educators Course, September 7 – 13, 2013
This six-day intensive course is designed to provide surgeons with the knowledge and skills to enhance their abilities as teachers and administrators of surgical education programs. 
Full-time faculty members who are interested in acquiring or honing skills in curriculum development, teaching, performance and program evaluation, and program administration, as well as faculty who have direct teaching responsibilities for medical students or residents. 
 If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Krashina Hudson at (312) 202-5335 or
Faculty Position Available at North York General Hospital
NYGH is accepting applications for the position of Chief of Surgery/Program Medical Lead.  To express interest or formally apply, please contact:  Ron Beck, Leadership Recruitment at NYGH.  Call 416-756-6477 or email:
Clement Hamani (Neurosurgery) has won the Scientific Award from the World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery.  The meeting will be held this month in Tokyo. 
Marc Jeschke (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) has been awarded the Chair in Burn Research at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre/University of Toronto.
Jim Rutka (Neurosurgery) is the recipient of the Dr. Charles B. Wilson Award from the AANS/CNS Section on Tumors.  This award recognizes outstanding contributions of a clinician to the field of neuro-oncology and has been presented to only three recipients since 2004. 
Mark Bernstein (Neurosurgery) is the recipient of the 2013 American Association of Neurological Surgeons Humanitarian Award which is given to a member who has brought honor to the neurosurgical specialty through charitable service. 
Alahmadi H, Cusimano MD, Woo K, Mohammed AA, Goguen J, Smyth HS, Macdonald RL, Muller PJ, Horvath E, Kovacs K.  Impact of technique on Cushing disease outcome using strict remission criteria.  Can J Neurol Sci: 2013 May; 40(3):334-341.
Al-Ahmed IH, Boughamoura M, Dirks P, Kulkarni AV, Rutka JT, Drake JM.  Neurosurgical management of neurenteric cysts in children.  J Neurosurg Pediatr: 2013 May; 11(5):511-517.
Algarni KD, Weisel RD, Caldarone CA, Maganti M, Tsang K, Yau TM.  Microplegia during coronary artery bypass grafting was associated with less low cardiac output syndrome: a propensity-matched comparison.  Ann Thorac Surg:  2013 May; 95(5):1532-1538.
Almatar A, Jewett MA.  Small renal masses: Time to standardize follow-up of low-stage renal cancer.  Nat Rev Urol:  2013 May;10(5):257-259.
Beres AL, Wales PW, Christison-Lagay ER, McClure ME, Fallat ME, Brindle ME.  Non-operative management of high-grade pancreatic trauma: Is it worth the wait?  J Pediatr Surg: 2013 May; 48(5):1060-1064.
Bustos ML, Mura M, Marcus P, Hwang D, Ludkovski O, Wong AP, Waddell TK.  Bone Marrow Cells Expressing Clara Cell Secretory Protein Increase Epithelial Repair After Ablation of Pulmonary Clara Cells.  Mol Ther:  2013 Apr 23.  Epub ahead of print
Clarkson PW, Sandford K, Phillips AE, Pazionis TJ, Griffin A, Wunder JS, Ferguson PC, Masri BA, Goetz T.  Functional results following vascularized versus nonvascularized bone grafts for wrist arthrodesis following excision of giant cell tumors.  J Hand Surg Am: 2013 May; 38(5):935-940.
Cusimano MD.  Defining the optimal management for patients with large vestibular schwannomas.  Can J Neurol Sci: 2013 May; 40(3):280-281.
Devon KM.  Status Update: Whose Photo is That?  JAMA: 2013 May 8; 309(18):1901-1902.
Di Ieva A, Weckman A, Di Michele J, Rotondo F, Grizzi F, Kovacs K, Cusimano MD.  Microvascular morphometrics of the hypophysis and pituitary tumors: From bench to operating theatre.  Microvasc Res: 2013 May 4.  Epub ahead of print
Elmaraghy A, Devereaux M.  The "bicipital aponeurosis flex test": evaluating the integrity of the bicipital aponeurosis and its implications for treatment of distal biceps tendon ruptures.  J Shoulder Elbow Surg: 2013 May 6.  Epub ahead of print
Fehlings MG, Arun R, Vaccaro AR, Arnold PM, Chapman JR, Kopjar B.  Predictors of Treatment Outcomes in Geriatric Patients With Odontoid Fractures: AOSpine North America Multi-Centre Prospective GOF Study.  Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 May 15; 38(11):881-886.
Fitchett D, Mazer CD, Eikelboom J, Verma S.  Antiplatelet Therapy and Cardiac Surgery: Review of Recent Evidence and Clinical Implications.  Can J Cardiol:  2013 Apr 30.  Epub ahead of print
Hodaie M, Coello AF.  Advances in the management of trigeminal neuralgia.  J Neurosurg Sci: 2013 Mar; 57(1):13-21.
Ibrahim GM, Rutka JT, Snead OC 3rd.  Network analysis reveals patterns of antiepileptic drug use in children with medically intractable epilepsy.  Epilepsy Behav: 2013 May 3; 28(1):22-25.
Ibrahim GM, Tymianski M, Bernstein M.  Priority setting in neurosurgery as exemplified by an everyday challenge.  Can J Neurol Sci: 2013 May; 40(3):378-83.
Klotz L.  Intermittent Versus Continuous Androgen Deprivation Therapy in Advanced Prostate Cancer.  Curr Urol Rep: 2013 May 23. Epub ahead of print
Lee JY, Lantz AG, McDougall EM, Landman J, Gettman M, Sweet RM, Sundaram C, Zorn KC.  Evaluation of Potential Distractors in the Urology Operating Room.  J Endourol: 2013 May 21. Epub ahead of print
Lipsman N, Schwartz ML, Huang Y, Lee L, Sankar T, Chapman M, Hynynen K, Lozano AM.  MR-guided focused ultrasound thalamotomy for essential tremor: a proof-of-concept study.  Lancet Neurol: 2013 May; 12(5):462-468.
Lok CE, Sontrop JM, Tomlinson G, Rajan D, Cattral M, Oreopoulos G, Harris J, Moist L.  Cumulative Patency of Contemporary Fistulas versus Grafts (2000-2010).  Clin J Am Soc Nephrol: 2013 May; 8(5):810-818.
Mansouri A, Fallah A, Ibrahim GM, Valiante TA.  Predictors of Surgical Candidacy in 414 Epilepsy Patients Admitted to the EMU.  Can J Neurol Sci: 2013 May; 40(3):372-377.
Nakajima T, Yasufuku K, Saegusa F, Fujiwara T, Sakairi Y, Hiroshima K, Nakatani Y, Yoshino I.  Rapid on-site cytologic evaluation during endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration for nodal staging in patients with lung cancer.  Ann Thorac Surg: 2013 May; 95(5):1695-1699.
Payne CE, Hofer SO, Zhong T, Griffin AC, Ferguson PC, Wunder JS.  Functional outcome following upper limb soft tissue sarcoma resection with flap reconstruction.  J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg: 2013 May; 66(5):601-607.
Pearson FG, Cooper JD.  Tribute to Robert Jason Ginsberg (1940-2003).  Thorac Surg Clin:  2013 May; 23(2):xv-xvii.
Perlis N, Lo KC, Grober ED, Spencer L, Jarvi K.  Coital frequency and infertility: which male factors predict less frequent coitus among infertile couples?  Fertil Steril: 2013 May 9.  Epub ahead of print
Remke M, Hering E, Gerber NU, Kool M, Sturm D, Rickert CH, Gerß J, Schulz S, Hielscher T, Hasselblatt M, Jeibmann A, Hans V, Ramaswamy V, Taylor MD, Pietsch T, Rutkowski S, Korshunov A, Monoranu CM, Frühwald MC.  Somatostatin receptor subtype 2 (sst2) is a potential prognostic marker and a therapeutic target in medulloblastoma.  Childs Nerv Syst: 2013 May 16. Epub ahead of print
Sathya C, Ertresvaag K, Wright J, Azzie G.  Pelvic widening to alleviate the mechanical component of constipation in a patient with severe caudal regression and extremely narrow pelvis.  J Pediatr Surg:  2013 May; 48(5):e29-e31.
Wood MD, Gordon T, Kemp SW, Liu EH, Kim H, Shoichet MS, Borschel GH.  Functional motor recovery is improved due to local placement of GDNF microspheres after delayed nerve repair.  Biotechnol Bioeng. 2013 May; 110(5):1272-1281.
Wood MD, Kemp SW, Liu EH, Szynkaruk M, Gordon T, Borschel GH.  Rat-derived processed nerve allografts support more axon regeneration in rat than human-derived processed nerve xenografts.  J Biomed Mater Res A: 2013 Apr 29. Epub ahead of print
Yasufuku K.  Relevance of endoscopic ultrasonography and endobronchial ultrasonography to thoracic surgeons.  Thorac Surg Clin: 2013 May; 23(2):199-210.
Yla-Kotola TM, Bartlett E, Goldstein DP, Armstrong K, Gilbert RW, Hofer SO.  Union and Bone Resorption of Free Fibular Flaps in Mandibular Reconstruction.  J Reconstr Microsurg: 2013 Apr 24.  Epub ahead of print
Zevin B, Bonrath EM, Aggarwal R, Dedy NJ, Ahmed N, Grantcharov TP.  Development, Feasibility, Validity, and Reliability of a Scale for Objective Assessment of Operative Performance in Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery.  J Am Coll Surg: 2013 May; 216(5):955-965.
Zywiel MG, Mahomed A, Gandhi R, Perruccio AV, Mahomed NN.  Measuring Expectations in Orthopaedic Surgery: A Systematic Review.  Clin Orthop Relat Res:  2013 Apr 30.  Epub ahead of print
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