E. Fulton Risdon MD (1880 – 1968)

Dr. Risdon was a graduate in dentistry (1907) and medicine (1914) from the University of Toronto and the first Canadian surgeon to join Sir Harold Gilles unit at Sidcup during World War I whilst serving with the Canadian Army Medical Corps.

He was a founding member and subsequently president of three organizations devoted to the advancement of knowledge and integral to the formation of the sub-specialty of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: the American Association of Plastic Surgeons in 1921, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in 1932 and the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons in 1947. Dr. E. Fulton Risdon is considered by many to be the father of Canadian plastic surgery and started practice as the city’s first plastic surgeon in 1921. He practiced at the Toronto Western Hospital for 45 years. Perhaps his greatest contributions to the field were his approaches to fractures of the jaw including the use of iliac crest bone graft, the Risdon incision and the Risdon cable arch method of intermaxillary fixation.

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WWII Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery:
The Life and Work of Dr. E. Fulton Risdon

Memorabilia from Dr. A. Ross Tilley

Special thanks to Dr. John Robert Taylor for collecting and preserving this historical memorabilia from World War II.  The artifacts collected showcases Dr. E. Fulton Risdon, Dr. A. Ross Tilley and Dr. William D. Butt’s crucial contributions to plastic and reconstructive surgery during that era.  The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Toronto is forever grateful to these pioneers who have changed the lives of many.