Division in the Media

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!

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/toronto-doctors-peform-first-successful-hand-transplant-1.3400292

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/team-of-toronto-doctors-perform-canadas-first-hand-forearm-transplant/article28128529/

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/photos-show-toronto-doctors-performing-canadas-first-ever-hand-and-forearm-transplant-on-49-year-old-woman

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2016/01/12/hospital-performs-first-hand-transplant-in-canada.html

Great work and a lot to be proud of!

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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

How Doctors Saved a Girl’s Life – and Her Limb (Drs. Greg Borschel and Kristen Davidge)

Check out the great success story of young Augusta with our own Drs. Greg Borschel and Kristen Davidge. Great example of innovation and surgical teamwork!

http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=696666&binId=1.1201914&playlistPageNum=1

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/this-girls-leg-was-95-severed-in-a-boating-accident-how-doctors-saved-her-life-and-her-limb

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Hospital for Sick Children Centre for Image Guidance and Therapeutic Innovation (CIGITI)

March 9th visit of the Minister of Industry James Moore to the Hospital for Sick Children Centre for Image Guidance and Therapeutic Innovation (CIGITI)

Dr. Dale Podolsky demonstrates his cleft palate simulator and robotic approach to cleft palate repair as part of his Surgeon Scientist Training Program (Supervisors Drs. Chris Forrest and Jim Drake).

Drs. Greg Borschel and Ron Zuker: New Technique for Corneal Re-Innervation

Check out our own Drs. Greg Borschel and Ron Zuker with news features on the new technique for corneal re-innervation. This is a world first and an example of the collaborative and innovative opportunities that are a big part of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Congratulations to them both and to Dr. Asim Ali (Ophthalmology, The Hospital for Sick Children) for their cool work!

Canadian Press (which is being picked up across the country online and on the radio):

CTV News, Canada AM

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CBC News

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Best wishes,

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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