Dimitri Anastakis

Dimitri Anastakis


Professor of Surgery
Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto


Dr. Dimitri Anastakis is a Professor of Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. Dr. Anastakis was the former Vice Dean of Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine. He was the founding President and CEO of SIM-­‐one, Ontario’s Simulation Network and is SIM-­‐one’s past Chairman of the Board of Directors. He was the former Chair of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, and has served in the past as the Associate Director of Surgical Services at University Health Network in Toronto. He is past President of the Association for Surgical Education and was teaching faculty and Medical Director of the American College of Surgeons – Surgeons as Educators Program.

Dr. Anastakis obtained his medical degree from the University of Toronto in 1988. He then completed his Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery training at the University of Toronto in 1995. He was an R. S. McLaughlin Fellow and studying brachial plexus and peripheral nerve surgery at the Clinique de Longeraie in Lausanne, Switzerland. He holds a Masters of Health Professions Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Masters of Health Care Management from Harvard University. Dr. Anastakis’ clinical practice focuses on brachial plexus and peripheral nerve surgery and reconstruction of the paralyzed upper extremity.

Dr. Anastakis is an internationally recognized clinician, educator, scholar, and academic leader. He is respected clinician with major leadership roles in numerous societies and organizations. He is an educator and scholar with a long-­‐standing track record of excellence in innovation and creative thinking. Dr. Anastakis has been involved with and has studied technical skills teaching and assessment, and visual spatial abilities in surgical skills acquisition. Currently, he is studying structural and functional cortical changes following peripheral nerve injury, repair and rehabilitation.

As an academic leader, he is recognized for the design and successful implementation of strategic visions, high performance teams, collaborative partnerships and growth strategies. He is skilled at understanding and capitalizing on entrepreneurial opportunities in the health professions education sector. Dr. Anastakis is committed to health professions education and to the important role educators play in transforming our health care system.

Areas of Specialty

Surgery of the hand and peripheral nerves

Practice Hospital

Toronto Western Hospital (UHN)




Casandra LaRosa

Practice Location

Toronto Western Hospital
399 Bathurst Street, East Wing
2nd floor in the Hand Program
Toronto, ON M5T 2S8


(416) 603-5790


(416) 603-6189

Referral Instructions

Dr. Anastakis' clinical practice is restricted to surgery of the hand and peripheral nerves. Dr. Anastakis no longer treats patients with Dupuytren's disease, degenerative osteoarthritis or rheumatologic conditions of the hand. The clinical office is located at the Toronto Western Hospital, 399 Bathurst Street, East Wing 2nd floor in the Hand Program, Toronto, ON M5T 2S8. Tel: 416-603-5790.

All patient referrals must be faxed to his clinical office at 416-603-6189.

Research Interests

• Peripheral Nerve Surgery
• Tendon Transfers
• Functional Microsurgery
• Toe to Thumb Transfers
• Free Functioning Muscle Transfers