Karen Cross

Karen Cross


Director, Resident Wellness
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Dr. Karen Cross MD, PhD, FRCSC is an active member of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at St. Michael’s Hospital. Her main clinical interests are in the reconstruction of complex wounds from trauma, cancer, infection or disease. She has been hired as a Surgeon Scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto with an Associate Scientist Appointment at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. Her research interests are in the application of novel optical imaging tools to assess skin physiology and wound healing. She works closely with investigators at Ryerson University through the iBEST collaboration initiative. The purpose of her research is translational in nature; bringing technology from the Bench to the Bedside.

Dr. Cross graduated from the Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador with a Biochemistry degree followed by her Medical Degree in 2001. She completed her residency training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Toronto and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2013. During her residency, she was one of the first Plastic Surgery residents to complete a PhD through the Surgeon Scientist Program at the University of Toronto. Her PhD was a joint collaboration between the University of Toronto and the National Research Council of Canada-Institute for Biodiagnostics. Her most prestigious awards include the Wound Healing Society’s Young Investigator Award and Dr. Hugh Thompson Humanitarian Award.

Areas of Specialty

• Wound Care and Reconstruction
• Trauma Reconstruction (Craniofacial, Lower Extremity, Chest, Abdomen)
• Breast Surgery and Breast Reconstruction

Practice Hospital

St. Michael's Hospital




Valerie Cole

Practice Location

30 Bond Street, Room D4-072b
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X8


(416) 864-6060 ext 3868


(416) 864-5621

Referral Instructions

Breast and skin referrals to be faxed to the office directly at
Fax: 416-864-5621.
All other referrals to be faxed to the booking office at Fax: 416-864-5612.

Research Interests

• Optical Imaging of Skin and Wounds
• Wound Healing
• Scar Treatment and Outcomes
• Nutrition and Metabolism in Wound Healing