Division in the Media

Toronto surgeons treat burn victims on remote Bangladesh island

Our own Dr. Toni Zhong led the medical team from Toronto on a mission to help a group of women in Bangladesh who are shunned because of serious burns.

As members of a German-based charity, Women for Women, Zhong and her fellow plastic surgeons trade their big-city careers once or twice a year to volunteer in countries like Bangladesh.

Dr. Toni Zhong (centre), Sabnam Mahmuda (left), a translator and researcher, and Antje Hube, an anesthesiologist from Germany, take advantage of a rare moment outside of the operating room, as a trail of children follow their every move.

Dr. Toni Zhong (centre), Sabnam Mahmuda (left), a translator and researcher, and Antje Hube, an anesthesiologist from Germany, take advantage of a rare moment outside of the operating room, as a trail of children follow their every move.

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.

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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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http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/st-michaels-hospital-ryerson-unveil-venture-to-improve-health-care/article28390533/

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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!

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).