Month: January 2016

What’s Going On: January 2016

Hot and not even off the press, yet!
The official launch of the Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science and Technology, or iBest, the new joint venture with Ryerson and St. Michael’s Hospital was held on Monday January 24th, 2016 and featured our own Dr. Karen Cross and her research team as well as SSTP trainee, Dr. Dale Podolsky! Great coverage in the Globe and Mail.


Dale got to show off his cleft palate simulator to the large crowd of dignitaries as only one of the five groups chosen to present. Check out the article!


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Team of Toronto Doctors Performs Canada’s First Successful Hand and Forearm Transplant

Congratulations to Dr. Steve McCabe and his team of 18 surgeons who performed the first upper extremity transplant last week at Toronto Western Hospital.

Dr. McCabe was one of the original group of surgeons in Louisville who performed the first hand transplant in 1999 so there is an interesting symmetry to this story. Steve returned to Canada in 2012 take Directorship of the Hand Unit at the University Health Network.

Dr. McCabe preparing for the surgery

The moment the circulation is re-established in the transplanted hand

This was an amazing feat of planning and many months to years in the making and represents a terrific team effort. While the surgical team comprised surgeons from the Hand Unit at Toronto Western, Toronto General Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children, there was a remarkable collaborative effort involving the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the Trillium Gift of Life, Transplantation Service from UHN, UHN Administration and the Ministry of Long Term Health and Care. Congratulations to all involved!

Great work and a lot to be proud of!


Christopher R. Forrest, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS
Chief, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, The Hospital for Sick Children
Medical Director, HSC Centre for Craniofacial Care and Research
Chair and Professor, Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto

Chair’s Comments: January 2016

Dr. Christopher R. Forrest

Dr. Christopher R. Forrest

“So, this is Christmas
And what you done?
Another year over
And a new one just begun…”

— From Happy Christmas (war is over) – John Lennon and Yoko Ono, 1971

I am delighted to wish you all a very happy 2016 and I hope that your holiday season was an enjoyable and healthy one.

I love this time of year as all forms of media feel obliged to generate their “best of” lists. The best books of 2015, the best movies of 2015, the best songs of 2015, the best restaurants of 2015… you get the idea. I enjoy gleaning through these lists in the hopes of discovering a hidden gem or something I overlooked during the year.

This past holiday season, I happened to discover a series of websites showing the best photographs of 2015. As Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, we are all very much into visuals (“it doesn’t heal without a photograph, right?”) and like most of you, I enjoy and appreciate making photographic images. One of my favorite annual endeavors is to check out the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Contest that is on display at the Natural History Museum in London. This is a remarkable collection of images taken by pros and amateurs (our own Dr. Howard Clarke has submitted images to this contest).

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