Johanna Riesel


Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Resident Wellness Director, Division of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery, University of Toronto

(416) 813-8659

(416) 813-6637

Dyanne Bechard

hospitals and rotations
Hospital for Sick Children

practice location

555 University Avenue
Toronto ON M5G 1X8

Cleft, Craniomaxillofacial, Paediatric

Dr. Riesel completed her plastic and reconstructive surgical training at Harvard University before completing a pediatric craniofacial fellowship at SickKids. During her time at Harvard, she was a primary author and researcher on the landmark publication, the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery. She also won a best resident teacher award.

Her clinical interests are in cleft and craniofacial surgery, facial reanimation, general paediatric reconstruction, surgical education, and global surgery. Her research interests include improving outcomes in endoscopic strip craniectomies, neurocognitive outcomes for craniosynostosis, optimizing surgeon performance in the operating room, and improving access to high-quality surgical care in limited-resource settings. She has presented her research both nationally and internationally.

She is currently obtaining a Masters in Medical Health Professions Education to further her interest in optimizing surgeon performance in the operating room, and serves as the Director of the Wellness Program for the University of Toronto Plastic Surgery Residents.