I want to take this opportunity to congratulate all the house-staff (Heather Baltzer, Shaikhan Al-Hashmi, Paul Carter, Olivia Ho, Matt Plant, Homan Cheng, Blake Murphy, Kathryn Isaac, Ryan Austin, Siba Haykal, Jennica Platt, Mike Hendry, Joseph Catapano, Katie Armstrong, Dale Podolsky, Matt Murphy and Victoria Hayward) of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Toronto who did a tremendous job in representing the high quality and variety of research that is being carried out in the division at the 30th Annual Hoyle Campbell Annual Research Day on Friday February 21, 2014.
Thank-you to the supervisors who were able to inspire and support our residents to create a world-class forum for research. We were able to access the brand new Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning at the Hospital for Sick Children which is a spectacular environment for this event.
We were exceptionally fortunate to have Dr. Paul Cederna, who is the Chief of the Section of Plastic Surgery, Professor in the Department of Surgery, and a Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbour as this year’s Tau Omicron Visiting Professor. I introduced Paul as one of the “rock stars” of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and he did not disappoint during his visit. His academic accomplishments to date are pretty phenomenal and he heads a powerhouse of a division at UoM. His inspiring lecture on neuromuscular interfaces in prosthetic rehabilitation of amputees was a terrific highlight of the day demonstrating the powers of collaboration, team-work, innovative thinking and persistence. I was immensely proud of the great job our residents did in making Paul feel comfortable and welcomed. However, we couldn’t resist the opportunity of rubbing it in a little when Canada beat the US Olympic Team in the semi-final. To his credit, Paul was incredibly graceful in defeat. Thank-you to Dr. Paul Cederna for taking the time and energy to make this year’s Tau Omicron Professorship a truly memorable one.