William R. N. Lindsay, MD, FRCSC

1926 – 2013

“WRN” graduated from the University of Alberta in 1949 and pursued his post-graduate training in Toronto and the UK. Dr. Lindsay became the first chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at the Wellesley Hospital in 1966 at the corner of Wellesley and Sherbourne for many years and was one of the first to develop the Rosedale Medical Clinic, a free-standing surgi-centre.

With Dr. Leith Douglas, the Wellesley rotation was one of the best opportunities for surgical residents to access great pathology and fascinating cases. He was also one of the pioneers in trans-gender surgery and had a busy aesthetic practice. He was one of the founding members of MANUS Canada and under his direction developed the Wellesley Hospital Aesthetic Surgery Symposium. This event continues as the University of Toronto Annual Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Symposium currently in its 44th year. A lecture is named in honor of Dr. Lindsay and delivered yearly at this event. Dr. Lindsay joined the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgery in 1958 and was the society president at the Victoria meeting in 1972. His efforts along with Leith Douglas and Ross Tilley led to the development of the Ross Tilley Burn Centre at the Wellesley Hospital.