Year: 2011

Dr. Christopher R. Forrest – Easter rebirth: A 6-year-old gets a new face

 ANDREW WALLACE / TORONTO STAR Order this photo Yeabsra Hailmarim, 5, spent a day at High Park, playing with Constance McGratten, where she proved to be fearless, leaping off swings and racing up ladders. She did not notice the stares of some other children — and adults. (Photo taken April 2, 2011)


ANDREW WALLACE / TORONTO STAR Order this photo
Yeabsra Hailmarim, 5, spent a day at High Park, playing with Constance McGratten, where she proved to be fearless, leaping off swings and racing up ladders. She did not notice the stares of some other children — and adults. (Photo taken April 2, 2011)

By: Leslie Scrivener Feature Writer, Published on Fri Apr 29 2011

Six-year-old Yeabsra Hailmarim, wearing Easter chick elastics in her braids and an eager smile, strides to the front desk of the downtown Delta Chelsea Hotel and says: “My name is Yeabsra. How are you?” It is her only English.

If anyone is staring, she doesn’t notice.

She and her mother have arrived from Ethiopia, and up on the 15th floor their room is scattered with welcoming gifts. Yeabsra wraps her arms around the stuffed bunnies, turns the pages of the books and then examines herself in a full-length mirror. Delighted with what she sees — new clothes, a purple track suit and yellow T-shirt — she laughs and hops from side to side. In her homeland they call this being “full of popcorn.”

She does not appear to see in the mirror what most of the world sees: a harsh deformity, the middle of her face flattened and undefined, the space between her eyes too wide and two fleshy horn-like bumps — unprotected portions of her brain — protruding from her forehead.

Yeabsra and her mother have come to Canada for an operation to repair this extremely rare facial cleft, a procedure too complex to be performed in Ethiopia. A small Toronto charity, Transforming Faces Worldwide, has brought them here, while the Herbie Fund is paying hospital costs.

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Disaster Medicine & Humanitarian Missions: Lessons Learned from International Experience

THIS IS A CME ACCREDITED EVENT
Date: April 3, 2011 (Sunday)
Time: 1 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Health Sciences Building, University of Toronto (155 College St;
6th floor)
Space is limited. Please register in advance at:
www.daradocs.org

Disaster Medicine & Humanitarian Missions: Lessons Learned from International Experience

THIS IS A CME ACCREDITED EVENT

Featuring:

DR. OFER MERIN, Chief of IDF Field Hospital, Haiti; Trauma Surgeon, Deputy Director General, Shaare Zedek Hospital, Jerusalem.
“Remarkable medical achievements in times of crisis”

DR. PETER CHU, Trauma Surgeon, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; Associate Professor, U of T; “Medical humanitarian missions to the developing world (Haiti & Africa)”

DR. SANDY BUCHMAN, Palliative Care Physician, Mount Sinai Hospital; Assistant Professor, U of T; President-Elect, College of Family Physicians of Canada.
“Strengthening Competency in Palliative Care, St. Luke’s Hospital Zomba Central District, Malawi”

DR. BERNIE GOLDMAN, Cardiac Surgeon, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; U of T Professor; Chairman, Save A Child’s Heart Canada.
“Providing critical cardiac care for children from under-developed countries”

LEYA ARONSON, RN, Hospital for Sick Children and North York General Hospital
“Guyana Medical Missions with Veahavta”

MAJ. ANDREW BECKETT, Trauma Surgeon, DART: Canada’s Military Disaster Assistance Response Team
“Haiti with Op Hestia”

Date: April 3, 2011 (Sunday)
Time: 1 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Health Sciences Building, University of Toronto (155 College St;
6th floor)

Space is limited. Please register in advance at:
www.daradocs.org

Learning Objectives:

1) Presentation of medical issues that arise from treating patients in the
context of disaster relief & humanitarian missions.

2) Education about humanitarian work carried out by various medical
organizations.

3) Information about the necessary steps required to organize & carry out
successful humanitarian or disaster relief missions.

Cost: Students – FREE
Physicians/Dentists – $25
Non-physicians – $20

CME Accredited Event: Disaster Medicine & Humanitarian Missions: Lessons Learned from International Experience

Featuring:

DR. OFER MERIN, Chief of IDF Field Hospital, Haiti; Trauma Surgeon, Deputy Director General, Shaare Zedek Hospital, Jerusalem.
“Remarkable medical achievements in times of crisis”

DR. PETER CHU, Trauma Surgeon, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; Associate Professor, U of T;  “Medical humanitarian missions to the developing world (Haiti & Africa)”

DR. SANDY BUCHMAN, Palliative Care Physician, Mount Sinai Hospital; Assistant Professor, U of T; President-Elect, College of Family Physicians of Canada.
“Strengthening Competency in Palliative Care, St. Luke’s Hospital Zomba Central District, Malawi”

DR. BERNIE GOLDMAN, Cardiac Surgeon, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; U of T Professor; Chairman, Save A Child’s Heart Canada.
“Providing critical cardiac care for children from under-developed countries”

LEYA ARONSON, RN, Hospital for Sick Children and North York General Hospital
“Guyana Medical Missions with Veahavta”

MAJ. ANDREW BECKETT, Trauma Surgeon, DART:  Canada’s Military Disaster Assistance Response Team
“Haiti with Op Hestia”

Date: April 3, 2011 (Sunday)
Time: 1 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Health Sciences Building, University of Toronto (155 College St;
6th floor)

Space is limited. Please register in advance at:
www.daradocs.org

Learning Objectives:

1) Presentation of medical issues that arise from treating patients in the
context of disaster relief & humanitarian missions.

2) Education about humanitarian work carried out by various medical
organizations.

3) Information about the necessary steps required to organize & carry out
successful humanitarian or disaster relief missions.

Cost: Students – FREE
Physicians/Dentists – $25
Non-physicians – $20

Sponsorship of Annual Research Day 2012

LifeCell Corporation

Ms. Carol Selby-Reed
LifeCell Corporation
One Millennium Way
Branchburg, NJ  08876-3876
CSelby-Reed@lifecell.com

AxoGen Inc.

MarloTan Walpole, Erick DeVinney, Brad Hedger
AxoGen Inc.
13859 Progress Blvd.
Suite 100
Alachua, FL 32615
www.axogeninc.com
Ph- (386)462-6852

Anexxa Medical Technologies Inc.

Dave Jamieson
Managing Director
Anexxa Medical Technologies Inc.
5115 Harvester Rd. Unit # 13
Burlington, ON  L7L 0A3
905 469 4330/1 888 234 2063
fax: 1 866 584 1462
sales@anexxamed.com

MOLNLYCKE Health Care

Marika Slemko
MOLNLYCKE Health Care
2010 Winston Park Drive Suite 100
Oakville, ON  L6H 5R7
905-829-1502 xt 6408
1-800-494-5134
marika.slemko@molnlycke.com

KCI-Medical

Mr. Adam Marsh
KCI Medical Canada
7170 Edwards Boulevard
Malton, ON L5S 1Z1
amarsh@kci-medical.com

Synthes Canada

Mr. John Ohara & Mr. John Epping
Synthes Canada
2566 Meadowpine Blvd, Mississauga L5N 6P9, ON
Tel: 905-567-0440 & 905-567-0440 ext. 238
ohara.john@synthes.com
epping.john@synthes.com

MENTOR Canada

Mr. Kevin Simmons
MENTOR Canada
Johnson & Johnson Medical Companies
200 Whitehall Drive
Markham, ON L3R 0T5
Tel: 905-946-2053
Fax: 905-946-7364
Cell: (416) 822-8034
KSimmon3@ITS.JNJ.com

Allergan Medical Canada

Malcolm Eade, Carole Chan and Sharon Clarke
Allergan Medical Canada
277 Lakeshore Road E #310
Oakville, ON  L6J 6J3
Tel: 905-338-0177
Fax: 905-337-0277
Chan_Carole@Allergan.com

Hoyle Campbell Visiting Professor 2011 Dr. Joseph Losee

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Joseph E. Losee, MD, FACS, FAAP
Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics
Program Director, Plastic Surgery Residency University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Chief, Division of Pediatric Plastic Surgery

February 17-18th, 2011

On behalf of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we are honoured and take great pleasure in announcing that Dr. Joseph E. Losee will be our Visiting Professor 2011.

Dr. Joseph E. Losee is a Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics in the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  He has been the Program Director for the Residency Training Program in Plastic Surgery for nearly a decade.  He is the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Plastic Surgery at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, where he is also the Director of the Interdisciplinary Pittsburgh Cleft-Craniofacial Center.  As well, he is the Program Director for the Pediatric Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship.

Dr. Losee serves on the Board of Directors of four national societies in Academic Plastic Surgery, including the American Society of Plastic Surgery and the Association of Academic Chairmen in Plastic Surgery.  He edited, “Comprehensive Cleft Care”, the authoritative text on Cleft Surgery, and authored over 70 peer-reviewed articles and 20 book chapters.  His basic science research is focused on bone and suture regulation, as well as skull defects in infants.

Recently, Dr. Losee assembled a team and received University of Pittsburgh IRB approval for Face Transplantation.  A well, he has become the PI of the Hand Transplantation Program at UPMC.

We are honored that Joseph has accepted the invitation to visit Toronto and teach our Residents. Joseph is well regarded for his teaching by the residents in his program. Our residents will no doubt benefit from his wealth of clinical and educational experience.

Sincerely,

Joel Fish
Research Director

Mitchell Brown
Program Director

Dimitri Anastakis
Chair