Month: September 2014

Chair’s Comments: September 14, 2014

Dr. Christopher R. Forrest

Dr. Christopher R. Forrest

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”
Albert Einstein

Starting back to work after the Labor Day weekend and with the glory of my vacation fading into the distance, the slight chill in the morning air and the absence of daylight at my usual waking time confirmed the impression that summer was officially over. Remarkable how the benefits of a couple of weeks on holiday can evaporate within minutes of being back at work. So welcome back everyone! I hope that you all had a great one and had the time to enjoy family, friends and some albeit brief, warm weather!

I have said before that the fall is my favorite time of year. The light changes, accentuates and highlights details of the landscape in a way that you see things that were not obvious before. Fall harvest and the hustle and bustle of going back to school, the TIFF and all its excitement, a change in wardrobe from flip flops to loafers. There is something about renewal and fresh opportunities that come with the change in the colour of the leaves…a reminder that winter is coming and there is a subtle urgency to get things done and time to make some plans.

I am very excited about the coming academic year. We have a new research director, Dr. Greg Borschel and I am looking forward to hearing Greg’s plans for the division. I have expanded the scope and size of our executive committee to incorporate Undergraduate Education (Dr. Melinda Musgrave) and Quality Improvement (Dr. Karen Wong) in order to provide a comprehensive infrastructure to manage the needs of the division and provide innovative and creative opportunities for the future (more about that later). Our new website is up and running and already I have plans for additional enhancements to it.

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Herbie Fund 2014: Part 4 (Life After Surgery for Filipino Twins)

Twin boys Aaron and Adrian from the Philippines check in at SickKids Hospital two months after surgery to correct their facial deformities.

This video is part of CityNews.ca’s coverage of the Herbie Fund series, documenting the fund’s mission of bringing children from around the world to Toronto’s The Hospital for Sick Children for life-saving or life-altering surgeries. The series is hosted by Citytv anchor Gord Martineau, who has been involved with the organization since 2006. If you’d like to make a donation, go to HerbieFund.com.

Herbie Fund 2014: Part 3 (Doctor Takes on Challenging Surgery)

Dr. Christopher R. Forrest at SickKids Hospital operates nine-year-old twins from the Philippines with Crouzon syndrome.

This video is part of CityNews.ca’s coverage of the Herbie Fund series, documenting the fund’s mission of bringing children from around the world to Toronto’s The Hospital for Sick Children for life-saving or life-altering surgeries. The series is hosted by Citytv anchor Gord Martineau, who has been involved with the organization since 2006. If you’d like to make a donation, go to HerbieFund.com.

Herbie Fund 2014: Part 2 (Twins dealing with Crouzon syndrome)

In part 2 of Gord Martineau’s annual 5-part series in support of the Herbie Fund, he looks at twin boys who suffer from crouzon syndrome who were able to get the surgery that changed their lives.

This video is part of CityNews.ca’s coverage of the Herbie Fund series, documenting the fund’s mission of bringing children from around the world to Toronto’s The Hospital for Sick Children for life-saving or life-altering surgeries. The series is hosted by Citytv anchor Gord Martineau, who has been involved with the organization since 2006. If you’d like to make a donation, go to HerbieFund.com.