Report from the Chair
Undergraduate Education
PostGraduate Education


Cardiac Surgery
General Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery
Plastic Surgery
Thoracic Surgery
Vascular Surgery
Biomedical Communications

Surgical Alumni Association
Surgical Oncology
Continuing Medical Education


The Hospital for Sick Children
Mount Sinai Hospital
St. Joseph's Health Centre
St. Michael's Hospital
Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre
Toronto East General Hospital
University Health Network

Biomedical Communications
Emergency Medicine
Cross Appointments


Dr. Peter Neligan, Chair


Research within the Division had another successful year, both at the resident and faculty level. Dr. Peter Bray returned to the clinical stream in July 1998, having completed two years in the Surgical Scientist Program. He successfully completed his MSc defense in the Fall. Dr. Zvi Margaliot is due to complete his MSc thesis at the end of June and will return to the clinical program in July.

The residents won several awards during the year. Dr. Marc Dupere won the prize for the best clinical paper at the annual Visiting Professor’s presentations, while Dr. Zvi Margaliot won the prize for the best research paper. Dr. Joan Lipa won the D.R. Wilson Award for the best resident teacher within the Department of Surgery and this award was presented on Gallie Day. Dr. Melinda Musgrave won the Sopman Humanitarian Award presented at a reception at the home of Michael and Judy Sopman.

The faculty also won several awards. Dr. Joel Fish won the PAIRO Teaching Award. Dr. Ralph Manktelow won the Arnis Freiberg Teaching Award, while Dr. Christopher Forrest won the W.K. Lindsay Research Supervisor Award. Dr. Mitchell Brown was the first recipient of the newly created University of Toronto Surgical Skills Centre Distinguished Education Award presented at the Gallie Day dinner.

Visiting Professor

The 1999 Hoyle Campbell Visiting Professor was Dr. Scott Spear from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Training Program

Two residents graduated from the program in June 1999. Both were successful in their Royal College examinations. They were Drs. Leila Kasrai and Rob Backstein.

Special Awards

Dr. Jim Mahoney was elected President of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Christopher Forrest was elected parliamentarian of the Plastic Surgery Research Council and Dr. Peter Neligan was elected representative of the Plastic Surgery Research Council to the American College of Surgeons.

New Appointments

Dr. Herb von Schroeder was appointed jointly to the Division of Plastic Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery, with a clinical appointment to the Hand Program at the Toronto Western Hospital. Dr. Robert Cartotto was appointed to the Ross Tilley Burn Centre at the Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Jeff Fialkov was appointed to the Division of Plastic Surgery at the Sunnybrook and Women’s College Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Peter Neligan has become the first holder of the newly created Wharton Chair in Reconstructive Plastic Surgery.


Dr. Hugh Thomson resigned from The Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Thomson has long been a staunch member of the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Toronto. He is fondly remembered by many trainees who have come under his guidance and mentorship over the years and wish him well.