Now that our Strategic Plan, Transforming Surgery:  Beyond the Cutting Edge, is finalized, we will be implementing its programs and initiatives over the next 5 years.  One of the most important elements of the new plan is in the branding of the Department of Surgery within the University of Toronto.  The branding exercise will take many shapes and forms, and I look forward to working with all of you on this.  One immediate opportunity that springs to mind is in the proper attribution of our scholarly written works.  For these, whether they be scientific articles, clinical papers, reviews, editorials or book chapters, I should like to request that you include your specialty division of surgery, the hospital or research institute in which the work was performed, the Department of Surgery, and, most importantly, the University of Toronto in all of these written works.  I request this in light of the most recent Times Higher Education World University Rankings which placed the University of Toronto as 19th in a world wide ranking of 400 institutions (  The Times Higher Education Rankings are considered the gold standard for international university comparisons.  They are based on teaching, research, citations, industry income, and international outlook, with performance indicators that can be measured in each category.  For those interested, the top three universities in their rank order list were:  California Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and Stanford University.  For Canadian Universities, the University of British Columbia ranked 22nd, and McGill University ranked 28th.  Unfortunately, we do not consistently attribute the University of Toronto on all our scholarly works, and these papers then cannot be counted towards our world ranking.  It is estimated that more than 20% of all peer reviewed papers from Institutions within the University of Toronto are missing the UofT attribution.  So, in my view, it is a small request, but an important one.  Please remember to include the University of Toronto on all of your publications.  We deserve to be, and ought to be closer to the top 3 ranked institutions in the world.
As this is the last e-newsletter of the 2011-12 Academic Year, I should like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a healthy and happy summer vacation.  See you all in the fall!

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


The Canadian Surgery Forum Preliminary Program is now available online and the hotel reservation form at  Forms must be submitted by August 20, 2012.   
‘Boundless’ Campaign Launch for the Faculty of Medicine.
Dean Catharine Whiteside will be hosting the launch of the ‘Boundless’ campaign for the Faculty of Medicine on Thursday September 13th, 2012 in the Donnelly Centre Atrium, 160 College Street, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.  Please RSVP by August 31st at 416.978.7142, or
2012 Department of Surgery Annual Address
The Annual Address in the Department of Surgery will be held on Friday September 7th, 2012 in the Allan Waters Family Auditorium, the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St Michael’s Hospital, 209 Victoria Street.

Trauma Rounds (University Rounds) were held on Friday, June 1st, 2012 at Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital.  Dr. Karim Brohi, Professor of Trauma Sciences, Centre for Neuroscience and Trauma, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, The Royal London Hospital spoke on “Developing, Implementing and Running the London Trauma System”. 
SEAD project a success!
This month, a group of 20 medical students took part in the first Surgery Exploration And Discovery (SEAD) program offered at the University of Toronto.  The curriculum for the course was comprised of individual lectures in the different surgical specialties, hands on courses at the Surgical Skills Centre and at Li Ka Shing, and opportunities to go to the operating room.  The SEAD program was the brainchild of Nada Gawad, a 2nd year medical student.  As it was extremely successful this year, we plan to hold the SEAD program once again next year.  Thanks to all the surgeons, fellows, and residents who participated in the program, and to Nada and her medical student team for their enthusiasm in learning more about surgery in the preclerkship years.
SpineFESTwas held on Friday, June 15th, 2012 at The Old Mill Inn.  Dr. Jean Dubousset from France was the Visiting Professor and gave a talk entitled “Importance of the 3D in Spinal Pathology, Balance and Treatments”. 
The 9th Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament 
was held on Saturday, June 9, 2012 
in Central Park, New York City.  Twenty-eight teams of neurosurgeons from top medical institutions competed on June 9 in New York City's Central Park. The winning team was the University of Miami who beat the Barrow Neurological Institute 5-4.  The University of Toronto team is in a re-building phase.  This event is hosted by Columbia University and benefits brain tumor research.  

Landmark Donation to the Department of Surgery at UHN from the Sprott Foundation:
The Department of Surgery received a $25 Million gift from the Sprott Foundation.  This gift will support surgical innovation, recruitment and retention of key faculty, and leading-edge surgical technologies. The Transplant Organ Repair and Regeneration Centre (TORRC) will also be greatly supported by this this very generous donation.
Stephen Fremes (Cardiac Surgery) and colleagues across the country have made a significant observation in the revascularization of the heart using radial artery grafts versus saphenous vein grafts.  The radial artery grafts were found to hold more promise and potentially be more durable than the saphenous vein grafts.  This story was recently featured in the as been featured in an article in the U. of T. News,
Karen Davis (Neurosurgery) was 1/ elected to a Council position of the International Association for the Study of Pain for a 6 year term; and 2/ appointed to the Scientific Advisory Council of Brain Canada for a 2 year term.
Renaissance Man, Surgeon-in-chief, Musician par Excellence and Artist John Semple (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) was featured in an article in the Globe and Mail from June 11, 2012, in which he discusses his past life and involvement in fine arts and music.
Michael Tymianski Appointed as Head of the Division of Neurosurgery at Toronto Western Hospital

Michael Tymianski was appointed to the position of Head of the Division of Neurosurgery at Toronto Western Hospital (TWH) effective June 1, 2012.  Michael earned his MD at the University of Toronto and his PhD in neuroscience at the Institute for Medical Science for his studies on cerebral neuroprotection.  He joined the neurosurgical staff at TWH Faculty in 1997 as a CIHR Clinician-Scientist and Director of the Neuroprotection Laboratory. He is a Full Professor in the Department of Surgery with a cross-appointment as Professor in the Department of Physiology, and holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Translational Stroke Research.
Avery Nathens (General Surgery) was hi-lited in the Toronto Star June 11th, 2012, emphasizing the need of a co-ordinated system of trauma care where EMS uses triage criteria to identify and then transport patients to specialized hospitals — trauma centres — which has been shown to greatly lower not only rates of death, but also improves the quality of life among patients who survive.  A Trauma Advisory Committee has been assembled to bring together key stakeholders with the provision of improving the quality of care of injured patients and providing accountability to Ontarians.  Dr. Nathens states “the system is solid. Ontarians deserve no less. We are aiming to get the right patient to the right place at the right time, every time. With a population of 13 million people spread out over a million square kilometres from the U.S. border to the subarctic, this is a remarkable feat”.
Marc Jeschke (Plastic and Recontructive Surgery) received a 5 year CIHR grant ($170,388/yr) for his work entitled “Catecholamines as primary mediators of post-burn hypermetabolism: A clinical prospective trial.”

Karen Davis (Neurosurgery) is co-investigator on a 4 year grant (total funding $451,668) funded by CIHR entitled Development of a perfusion MRI technique to investigate longitudinal effects of chronic pain on brain function.
2011/2012 Annual Award Recipients in the Department of Surgery at the St. Michael's Hospital Education Achievement Day held June 8, 2012
The Donald J. Currie Undergraduate Teaching Award        
Michael Cusimano (Neurosurgery) was recognized for excellence in education, time spent with students, and as a role model for students at all levels.
Dr. Leo Mahoney Resident Teaching Award
Ahmed Kayssi (General Surgery) was recognized for his excellence as a teacher, commitment to the undergraduate student experience in surgery and compassion for patients.
The William Horsey Post-Graduate Teaching Award   
Vern Campbell (Vascular Surgery) was recognized for his excellence in postgraduate education,
The Jameel  Ali Award in Continuing Educating in Surgery  
John Marshall (General Surgery) was recognized for his sustained contributions to continuing education through participation, development and dissemination of knowledge in programs locally, nationally and internationally.
The Paul McGoey Teaching Award
Jeremie Larouche (Orthopaedic Resident)was recognized for displaying the highest level of clinical care to his patients during the rotation at St. Michael'sHospital.  The award was donated by Dr. Peter James to honour the memory of Dr. Paul McGoey. 
Natalie Coburn (General Surgery) received a 3 year CIHR grant in the amount of $400,000 for her study entitled“A population based outcome and economic evaluation of interventions for gastric cancer”.
Grant-in-Aid Support Awards, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada:

Christopher Caldarone (Cardiac Surgery) "A Randomized Controlled Trial of Hybrid and Norwood Surgical Strategies for Single Ventricle Congenital Heart Disease"
Ren-Ke Li (Cardiac Surgery)"Ultrasound-targeted gene delivery to enhance cell engraftment in the aged heart after ischemic injury"
Vivek Rao (Cardiac Surgery) "Prognostic role of endothelial progenitor cells in patients with heart failure"
Tom Schweizer (Neurosurgery) "White matter injury and cognitive outcome after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage"
Subodh Verma (Cardiac Surgery) "Elucidating Role of MicroRNA-145 in Atherosclerosis"
Cindi Morshead (Anatomy)" Promoting self repair by endogenous stimulation and rehabilitation following stroke".
Additional Research Grants and Awards:

Wolfgang M. Kuebler (Surgery) "Role of CFTR and sphingolipids in hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction".  CIHR
John C. Marshall (General Surgery) "Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Prolonged Neutrophil-Mediated Inflammation in Trauma and Sepsis: The Role of PBEF/Nampt/Visfatin.”  Physicians' Services Inc. Foundation
Walid Farhat and Martin Koyle (Urology) were winners of Best Lecture by staff physicians given by Perls (pediatric residents' half day) committee and the pediatric residents.
Cory Goldberg and Oleh Antonyshyn (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) were winners of the Arnis Freiberg Faculty Teaching Excellence Award and William K. Lindsay Faculty Research Mentor Award respectively. The Resident Selected Awards are selected by the final year graduating class. These awards are unique for reasons of heritage, pedigree and the fact that they are chosen by the people that they have influenced in a positive way.
Teodor Grantcharov (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) is the recipient of funding from the Education Development Fund in the Faculty of Medicine in the amount of $6537.67 for his project titled “Development of a Tool for Identification and Assessment of Technical Errors in Laparoscopic Surgery”.
Emil Schemitsch (Orthopaedics) is the recipient of funding from the Education Development Fund in the Faculty of Medicine in the amount of $9425 for his project titled “Abuse screening education in Orthopaedic Surgery: building knowledge and capacity for change”. 
Atesok K, Matsumoto T, Karlsson J, Asahara T, Atala A, Doral MN, Verdonk R, Li R, Schemitsch E.  An emerging cell-based strategy in orthopaedics: endothelial progenitor cells.  Knee Surgery Sports Traumatology Arthroscopy, 20(7):1366-1377, 2012.
Chahal J, Tomescu SS, Ravi B, Bach BR Jr, Ogilvie-Harris D, Mohamed NN, Gandhi R.  Publication of Sports Medicine-Related Randomized Controlled Trials Registered in  American Journal of Sports Medicine, June 7, 2012. [Epublished ahead of print]
Cohen Z.  A tribute to Nils G. Kock.  Canadian Journal of Surgery, 55(3):153-154, 2012.
Cunha MV, Al-Omair A, Atenafu EG, Masucci GL, Letourneau D, Korol R, Yu E, Howard P, Lochray F, da Costa LB, Fehlings MG, Sahgal A.  Vertebral Compression Fracture (VCF) After Spine Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT): Analysis of Predictive Factors.  International Journal of Radiation Oncology-Biology-Physics, June 1, 2012. [Epublished ahead of print]
Czarnecka K, Yasufuku K.  Interventional Pulmonology: Focus on Pulmonary Diagnostics.  Respirology. June 19, 2012. 1440-1843, 2012. [Epublished ahead of print]
David TE, Armstrong S, Ivanov J.  Chordal replacement with polytetrafluoroethylene sutures for mitral valve repair:  A 25-year experience.
Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. June 17, 2012. [Epublished ahead of print]
Davis KD, Racine E, Collett B. Neuroethical issues related to the use of brain imaging: Can we and should we use brain imaging as a biomarker to diagnose chronic pain? Pain, March 29, 2012. [Epublished ahead of print]
Degousee N, Simpson J, Fazel S, Scholich K, Angoulvant D, Angioni C, Schmidt H, Korotkova M, Stefanski E, Wang XH, Lindsay TF, Ofek E, Pierre S, Butany J, Jakobsson PJ, Keating A, Li RK, Nahrendorf M, Geisslinger G, Backx PH, Rubin BB.  Lack of microsomal prostaglandin e2 synthase-1 in bone marrow-derived myeloid cells impairs left ventricular function and increases mortality after acute myocardial infarction.  Circulation, 125(23):2904-2913, 2012.
de Perrot M, Rampersaud R.  Surgical approaches to apical thoracic malignancies.  Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 144(1):72-80, 2012.
Erpelding N, Moayedi M, Davis KD. Cortical thickness correlates of pain and temperature sensitivity. Pain, April 17, 2012. [Epublished ahead of print]
Eskicioglu C, Gagliardi AR, Fenech DS, Forbes SS, McKenzie M, McLeod RS, Nathens AB.  Surgical site infection prevention: a survey to identify the gap between evidence and practice in University of Toronto teaching hospitals.
Canadian Journal of Surgery. June 1, 2012.  55(3):036810-35710. [Epublished ahead of print]
Gomez D, Haas B, de Mestral C, Sharma S, Hsiao M, Zagorski B, Rubenfeld G, Ray J, Nathens AB.  Gender-associated differences in access to trauma center care:  A population-based analysis.  Surgery, June 20, 2012. [Epublished ahead of print].
Ibrahim GM, Macdonald RL.  Electrocardiographic Changes Predict Angiographic Vasospasm After Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.  Stroke, June 7, 2012. [Epublished ahead of print]
Jarvi K.  Hariless or fertile?  Finasteride leads to epididymal changes and infertility in rats.  Fertility and Sterility, 97(6):1298, 2012.
Kucyi A, Moayedi M, Weissman-Fogel, Hodaie M, Davis KD. Hemispheric asymmetry in white matter connectivity of the temporoparietal junction with the insula and prefrontal cortex. PLoS ONE, 7(4):e35589, 2012Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, 90(3):201-209, 2012.
Lipsman N, Lozano AM.  Measuring impact in stereotactic and functional neurosurgery: analysis of the top 100 most highly cited works and the citation classics in the field.  Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, 90(3):201-209, 2012.
Lorenzo AJ, Braga LH, Zlateska B, Leslie B, Farhat WA, Bägli DJ, Pippi Salle JL.  Analysis of Decisional Conflict Amont Parents Who Consent to Hypospadias Repair: Single Institution Prospective Study of 100 Couples.  Journal of Urology, June 13, 2012. [Epublished ahead of print]
Malempati H, Wadey VM, Paquette S, Kreder HJ, Massicotte EM, Rampersaud R, Fisher C, Dvorak MF, Fehlings MG, Backstein D, Yee A.  Spinal Surgery Fellowship Education in Canada: Evaluation of Trainee and Supervisor Perspectrives on Cognitive and Procedural Competencies. Spine, June 20, 2012. [Epublished ahead of print]
Metser U, Goldstein MA, Chawla TP, Fleshner NE, Jacks LM, O’Malley ME. Detection of Urothelial Tumors: Comparison of Urothelial Phase with Excretory Phase CT Urography – A prospective Study.  Radiology, 264(1):110-8, 2012.
Moayedi M, Weissman-Fogel I, Salomons T, Crawley A, Goldberg M, Freeman B, Tenenbaum H, Davis KD. White matter brain and trigeminal nerve abnormalities in temporomandibular disorder. Pain, May 28, 2012. [Epublished ahead of print]
Moayedi M, Weissman-Fogel I, Salomons T, Crawley A, Goldberg M, Freeman B, Tenenbaum H, Davis KD. Abnormal gray matter aging in chronic pain patients. Brain Research, 1456: 82-93, 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. 7(6):1009-1014, 2012.
Naparus A, Ashrafpour H, Hofer SO, Zhong T, Huang N, Cahoon NJ, McAllister SE, Neligan PC, Roy T, Lipa JE, Pang CY.  Efficacy and mechanism of hypoxic postconditioning in salvage of ex vivo human rectus abdominis muscle from hypoxia/reoxygenation injury.  European Journal of Pharmacology. 5:686(1-3):90-96, 2012.
Naparus A, Ashrafpour H, Huang N, Hofer SO, Zhong T, Forrest CR, Pang CY.
Combination of Hypoxic Preconditioning and Postconditioning Does Not induce Additive Protection of Ex Vivo Human Skeletal Muscle from Hypoxia/Reoxygenation Injury.  Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology. June 11, 2012. [Epublished ahead of print]
Narayanan UG, Phillips JH.  Flexibility in fixation:  an update on femur fractures in children.  Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics. June 2012. 32 Suppl 1:S32-9.
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 and Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgery, 65(7):869-874, 2012.
Salata K, Katznelson R, Beattie WS, Carroll J, Lindsay TF, Djaiani G.  Endovascular versus open approach to aortic aneurysm repair surgery: rates of postoperative delirium.  Canadian Journal of Anaesthetic, 59(6):556-561, 2012.
Salomons TV, Davis KD. Fear avoidance and neuroimaging: Falsification or just failure to confirm? Pain, 153:511-512, 2012.
Salomons T, Moayedi M, Weissman-Fogel I, Goldberg M, Freeman B, Tenenbaum H, Davis KD. Perceived Helplessness is Associated With Individual Differences in the Central Motor Output System. European Journal of Neuroscience, 35:1481-1487, 2012.
Sandhu L, Fox A, Nhan C, Barnett H, McLeod RS, Gallinger S, Moulton CA.  Assessing the management of hepatic colorectal cancer metastases: is treatment consistent in Ontario?  HPB (Oxford),14(6):409-413, 2012.
Shahideh M, Fallah A, Munoz DG, Loch Macdonald R.  Systematic review of primary intracranial glioblastoma multiforme with symptomatic spinal metastases, with two illustrative patients.  Journal of Clinical Neurosciences. June 15, 2012. [Epublished ahead of print]
Shiozaki A, Bai XH, Shen-Tu G, Moodley S, Takeshita H, Fung SY, Wang Y, Keshavjee S, Liu M.  Claudin 1 Mediates TNFa-Induced Gene Expression and Cell Migration in Human Lung Carcinoma Cells.  PLoS One, 7(5):e38049, 2012. Epublished  May 31, 2012.
Venkateswaran S, Margel D, Yap S, Hersey K, Yip P, Fleshner NE.  Comparison of serum testosterone levels in prostate cancer patients receiving LHRH agonist therapy with or without the removal of the prostate.  Canadian Urology Association Journal, 6(3):183-186, 2012.
Weeks A, Okolowsky N, Golbourn B, Ivanchuk S, Smith C, Rutka JT.  ECT2 and RASAL2 Mediate Mesenchymal-Amoeboid Transition In Human Astrocytoma Cells.  American Journal of Pathology, June 7, 2012. [Epublished ahead of print]
Welk B, Herschorn S, Law C, Nam R.  Population Based Assessment of Enterocystoplasty Complications in Adults.  Journal of Urology, June 13, 2013. [Epublished ahead of print]
Willett TL, Kandel R, De Croos JN, Avery NC, Grynpas MD.  Osteoarthritis Cartilage, 20(7):736-744, 2012.
Witiw CD, Abou-Hamden A, Kulkarni AV, Silvaggio JA, Schneider C, Wallace MC.  Cerebral Cavernous Malformations and Pregnancy: Hemorrhage Risk and Influence on Obstetrical Management.  Neurosurgery, June 15, 2012. [Epublished ahead of print]
Wood MD, Kim H, Bilbily A, Kemp SW, Lafontaine C, Gordon T, Shoichet MS, Borschel GH.  GDNF released from microspheres enhances nerve regeneration after delayed repair.  Muscle Nerve, 46(1):122-124, 2012.
Xaymardan M, Sun Z, Hatta K, Tsukashita M, Konecny F, Weisel RD, Li RK.  Uterine cells are recruited to the infarcted heart and improve cardiac outcomes in female rats.  Journal of Molecular Cell and Cardiology. 52(6):1265-1273, 2012.
Xiao H, Li DX, Liu M.  Knowledge translation: airway epithelial cell migration and respiratory diseases.  Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences. June 21, 2012. [Epublished ahead of print]
Yeung JC, Wagnetz D, Cypel M, Rubacha M, Koike T, Chun YM, Hu J, Waddell TK, Hwang DM, Liu M, Keshavjee S.  Ex Vivo Adenoviral Vector Gene Delivery Results in Decreased Vector-associated Inflammation Pre- and Post-lung Transplantation in the Pig.  Molecular Therapy, 20(6):1204-1211, 2012. 
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