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Herbie Fund 2014: Part 3 (Doctor Takes on Challenging Surgery)

Dr. Christopher R. Forrest at SickKids Hospital operates nine-year-old twins from the Philippines with Crouzon syndrome.

This video is part of CityNews.ca’s coverage of the Herbie Fund series, documenting the fund’s mission of bringing children from around the world to Toronto’s The Hospital for Sick Children for life-saving or life-altering surgeries. The series is hosted by Citytv anchor Gord Martineau, who has been involved with the organization since 2006. If you’d like to make a donation, go to HerbieFund.com.

Herbie Fund 2014: Part 2 (Twins dealing with Crouzon syndrome)

In part 2 of Gord Martineau’s annual 5-part series in support of the Herbie Fund, he looks at twin boys who suffer from crouzon syndrome who were able to get the surgery that changed their lives.

This video is part of CityNews.ca’s coverage of the Herbie Fund series, documenting the fund’s mission of bringing children from around the world to Toronto’s The Hospital for Sick Children for life-saving or life-altering surgeries. The series is hosted by Citytv anchor Gord Martineau, who has been involved with the organization since 2006. If you’d like to make a donation, go to HerbieFund.com.

Dr. John Semple – Renaissance Man!

John Semple, chief surgeon at Toronto’s Women’s College Hospital. (stefanmorel.com/stefanmorel.com/Courtesy of Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Ontario Region)

John Semple, chief surgeon at Toronto’s Women’s College Hospital.
(stefanmorel.com/stefanmorel.com/Courtesy of Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Ontario Region)

There are a few things we like to see on a doctor’s office wall. A medical degree is a good start, especially if it’s from a university that doesn’t have the words “mail-order correspondence” in its name. But what about an art school diploma? For physicians, especially those engaged in medical research, that might be a good idea.

“When people find out that I was in fine arts before going into medicine, they say, ‘Wow, that was a real change.’ But it was a straightforward progression from my point of view,” says John Semple. Today he’s the chief surgeon at Toronto’s Women’s College Hospital, where he specializes in post-cancer breast reconstruction. He’s also a professor in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine and the chair of surgical research at the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Dr. Toni Zhong – Breast Reconstruction Rate in Canada Appears to Lag Other Countries: Researchers

Only a small percentage of Canadian women appear to opt for breast reconstruction following mastectomy, despite the safety of the procedure and its positive effects on a patient’s self-esteem, researchers say.

Use of immediate breast reconstruction at the same time as mastectomy has increased in the U.S. but not in Ontario, says Dr. Toni Zhong, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Princess Margaret Hospital.

Only a small percentage of Canadian women appear to opt for breast reconstruction following mastectomy, despite the safety of the procedure and its positive effects on a patient’s self-esteem, researchers say.

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