Joan Lipa

Joan Lipa


Associate Professor
Director, Senior Resident Education


Dr. Joan Lipa’s practice in Oncologic Reconstruction is focused on post-mastectomy breast cancer reconstruction and microvascular surgery, and her research program is aligned with these areas of interest. She continues to be involved in resident education and supervision of the Oncologic and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery fellowship at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. She serves as a Guest Examiner for the American Board of Plastic Surgeons and has served as an Examiner in Plastic Surgery for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada .

Joan graduated from The University of Western Ontario in 1992, and completed a Comprehensive Surgery Internship at The Toronto Hospital – General Division, followed by her Plastic Surgery Residency Training at the University of Toronto. During this time, she completed the Surgeon-Scientist Program to obtain her M.Sc. degree through the Institute of Medical Science at the U of T School of Graduate Studies. She then went on to The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX to complete her fellowship in Microvascular Surgery and Oncologic Reconstruction.

In 2001, Joan started her practice at University Health Network focusing on the care of breast cancer patients and cancer patients requiring complex reconstructions. In 2008 she was recruited to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Division of Plastic Surgery where she advanced her scope of reconstructive procedures that can be offered to patients before returning to Toronto in 2011 to partner with Dr. Laura Snell to develop the Breast Reconstruction and Oncologic Reconstructive Service at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the Odette Cancer Program. They are able to offer immediate breast cancer reconstruction at Sunnybrook through a coordinated effort with Surgical Oncologists at the Louise Temerty Breast Cancer Centre.

Areas of Specialty

• Breast Reconstruction
• Microsurgery and Oncologic Reconstruction

Practice Hospital

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre




Joanna Li, Patient Care Coordinator

Practice Location

2075 Bayview Ave
M1 Room 519A
Toronto, Ontario
M4N 3M5


(416) 480-6069


(416) 480-5795

Referral Instructions

Oncologic Reconstruction

Research Interests

• Preoperative Imaging for DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction
• Breast Reconstruction Outcomes
• Development of Microsurgery Education Modules