Every so often, it is good to review what the Department of Surgery does for you as a faculty member at the University of Toronto.  Of course, everyone knows the role the Department plays in residency training, faculty development, academic promotions, and recruiting new faculty members.  But some of you may not know about the schedule of benefits the Department of Surgery provides for all full time faculty.  These include health benefits through Sun Life Financial for all new faculty since 2005.  Some of these health benefits include accessibility to prescription drugs, dental procedures, and semi-private room coverage in hospital.  Also, since 2005, the Department of Surgery covers full-time faculty for critical illness insurance for members under age 57.  Should you require this benefit, you would be entitled to a payment of $60,000 from RBC Insurance Company.  Finally, for faculty members requiring assistance with day-care, the Department of Surgery provides coverage through Kids and Company ( as the day care provider for their children.  I firmly believe that these are essential benefits for our faculty, and I do hope that you feel the same.  If any of you have questions related to these benefits from the Department of Surgery, please do not hesitate to contact Nancy Condo ( or myself in the Departmental office.  
James T. Rutka, MD, PhD, FRCSC
RS McLaughlin Chair


Department of Surgery University Rounds

Palmer Lecture
Friday, April 4, 2014

54th Annual Update in General Surgery
April 10-12, 2014 at the Hilton Hotel in Toronto.
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”
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.
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37th Annual Assembly of General Surgeons will be on May 29th, 2014 at One King West.
Continuing Education & Professional Development Courses, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
14th Annual Breast Surgery Symposium
April 3, 2013, Toronto Hilton
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44th Annual Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Symposium
April 4-5, 2014
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11th Biennial Canadian Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Symposium
April 11-12, 2014
Eaton Chelsea, Toronto
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Phone: 416.978.2719/1.888.512.8173 Email:
Competency Based Training Program Workshop
April 25, 2014
MaRS Discovery District
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Department of Surgery Annual Faculty Development Day
Friday, May 23, 2014
The Metropolitan Hotel, 108 Chestnut Street
Please register at
International Sarcoma Symposium
June 6, 2014
University Club, 380 University Avenue
The agenda can be found at:

11th Biennial Canadian Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Symposium
April 11-12, 2014 

Eaton Chelsea, Toronto
For more information: 
Phone: 416.978.2719/1.888.512.8173 Email:
Competency Based Training Program Workshop
April 25, 2014
MaRS Discovery District
Toronto, Ontario, Canada 
For more information: 
Phone: 416.978.2719/1.888.512.8173 Email:
The Harland-Smith Lecture was held on Friday, March 7, 2014 at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital.  Dr. Steven Strasberg from Washington University in St. Louis spoke on “Normal and Pathologic Anatomy of Biliary and Vasculobiliary Injuries”.  From left to right: A. Smith, O. Rotstein, S. Strasberg, S. Gallinger, B. Langer


On March 30th, in the final hockey matches of this academic year, Orthopaedics defeated General Surgery (6 – 5*), and Urology defeated Neurosurgery (4-3*) in hotly contested play.  The games were played at Bill Bolton arena, and more than 30 faculty, residents and fellows took part.   Please see attached photos of the players!
* = approximate scores only
Martin Barkin (Surgical Alumni)  is stepping down as Chair of the Surgical Alumni Association (SAA) having served in this capacity for several years.  Under his leadership, the SAA has made significant advancements in its computerized alumni database, outreach to alumni, and planning of numerous alumni events.  For his efforts as Chair of the SAA, Martin recently received an Arbor Award from the University of Toronto.  Please join me in thanking Martin for his many contributions as Chair of the SAA in the Department of Surgery.

Mark Bernstein  (Neurosurgery) was introduced in the Senate of Canada on Wednesday, March 26, 2014.  He was introduced by the Speaker of the House and a description of his global work was presented by Senator Donald Meredith.  To read the proceedings, please go to

Gelareh Zadeh (Neurosurgery) was appointed as Director of Academic Affairs in the Division of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto.
Peter Ferguson and Markku Nousiainen and colleagues in the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery are to be congratulated in successfully renewing support from the The Ministry of Health and Longterm Care (MOHLTC) for the Orthopaedic Surgery Competency Based Curriculum, the first of its kind in Canada.  Congratulations to the Division of Orthopaedics!
U of T Dept. Surgery ‏‪@UofT_Surgery Mar 27 
Congratulations to Oleg Safir on being selected the 2014 award recipient in postgrad development and innovation!

U of T Dept. Surgery ‏‪@UofT_Surgery Mar 27 
Ron Kodama is the recipient of a 2014 u of t postgrad teaching award.  Congrats

U of T Dept. Surgery ‏‪@UofT_Surgery Mar 27 
Anne Agur receives a 2014 U of T undergrad teaching award.  Congrats


Anne Agur (Anatomy) has been chosen as the 2014 recipient of the Excellence in Linking Undergraduate Teaching to Research in Life Sciences. 
Bob Bell (Orthopaedic Surgery; President and CEO UHN) will be stepping down as President and CEO of UHN and will take on the role of Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Health to replace Mr. Saad Rafi as of June 2, 2014.  Congratulations Bob!
Stan Feinberg (General Surgery) has been awarded the 2014 PARO Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award.  This prestigious award is given to only two Toronto physicians each year.  
Ron Kodama (Urology) is the recipient of the 2014 Award for Excellence in PGME Teaching Performance, Mentorship, and Advocacy. 
Oleg Safir (Orthopaedic Surgery) has been selected for the 2014 Award for Excellence in PGME in Development and Innovation.
Douglas Wooster (Vascular Surgery) is the 2012-2013 recipient of the Faculty of Medicine's David Fear Fellowship. 

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Kasrai L, Snyder-Warwick AK, Fisher DM.  Single-stage autologous ear reconstruction for microtia.  Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Mar;133(3):652-62.
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