Ron M. Zuker

Ron M. Zuker


Professor Emeritus. - Retiring from active clinical practice and research
Director of Alumni Relations


Ronald Zuker was born in Niagara Falls, Canada and received his MD degree from the University of Toronto in 1969. After a rotating internship in Vancouver, BC and a brief period of family practice in Scarborough, he pursued his interest in Anthropology and Jungle Medicine, spending one year working with the Shipibo Indians in the Amazon basin – eastern Peru. He then entered the McGill University Training program in Surgery and completed the FRCSC in Plastic Surgery in 1976 through the Gallie Programme at the University of Toronto. He received a one year McLaughlin Travelling Fellowship to study microvascular surgery and paediatric plastic surgery in Japan, New Zealand, Australia and Europe. In 1978 he joined the staff of The Hospital for Sick Children as a consultant in Plastic Surgery, was appointed to the Department of Surgery of the University of Toronto as a lecturer in surgery in 1978, an Assistant Professor in 1982, Associate Professor in 1987 and Full Professor in 1994. He served as Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at SickKids from 1986-2002.

As a paediatric plastic and reconstructive surgeon, his primary interest is in facial reanimation and is the recognized worldwide authority. Dr. Zuker is currently co-director of the Facial Paralysis Programme at Sickkids. He also has a major interest in the management of cleft lip and palate and, in addition to his volunteer surgical commitment, serves on the Plastic Surgery Council of “Operation Smile”. Dr. Zuker administers and regularly takes part in The SickKids – Guwahati Comprehensive Cleft Care Centre Educational Exchange Program. He was Medical Director of SickKids Cleft Lip and Palate Program for over a decade.

Dr. Zuker is the past Chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Section of Plastic Surgery, past president of the American Association of Pediatric Plastic Surgeons, and past president of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery. He is very active in teaching and in the training of future reconstructive surgeons, and in the structuring of the Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation Team in Toronto.

His clinical focus is on Moebius syndrome, facial paralysis reconstruction, tissue expansion in children, and cleft lip and palate.

Areas of Specialty

Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Facial Paralysis Reconstruction. Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery. Congenital Nevi.

Practice Hospital

Hospital for Sick Children




Donna Marson

Practice Location

The Hospital for Sick Children
555 University Ave., Ste. 5428
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 1X8




(416) 813-6147

Referral Instructions
Research Interests

• Outcome measures in Facial Paralysis Reconstruction
• Axon counts as an indicator of nerval input in muscle transplantation
• MRI and MEG in assessing cortical plasticity in muscle transplantation surgery
• The importance of early diagnosis and early fasciotomy in Volkman’s Ischemia
• The functional outcome of hand reconstruction in Apert’s Syndrome
• An App for cleft lip marking