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Department of Surgery.

The tradition of the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto — which dates back to 1843 — is replete with interesting characters, major achievements and significant contributions to Canadian surgery.

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James T. Rutka, MD, PhD 

It is my great honour and privilege to assume responsibility as R.S. McLaughlin Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. The Department of Surgery is a strong network of faculty and learners, and traverses six fully-affiliated hospitals and an expanding number of partially-affiliated hospitals. Learn more...

Department of Surgery News:

  • Do shorter resident shifts benefit patients? - http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/shorter-shifts-for-surgical-interns-may-not-benefit-patients-1.2649491

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Annual Report

Surgical Spotlight

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Strategic Plan

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Boundless Promise Video Image


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The Department of Surgery has approximately 250 full-time faculty, 40 part-time faculty, 75 adjunct faculty and 40 research scientists located both on campus and at our six fully affiliated teaching hospitals and an expanding number of partially affiliated teaching hospitals. Our large faculty contributes extensively to our three core missions: excellent clinical care, outstanding research productivity and the delivery of state of the art educational programs. Our Department receives approximately over $46 million annually of external peer-reviewed funding. We have a Surgeon Scientist Program aimed at providing master's or doctoral level training for our surgical trainees. There are 35 trainees registered in this research stream. We train approximately 200 residents and 200 fellows per year.

The University of Toronto has a large program in educational scholarship and a vibrant Surgical Skills Centre.  With this strong platform for future success, the University of Toronto Department of Surgery aspires to continue to be a leading Department in academic surgery nationally and internationally. 

James T. Rutka, MD, PhD
R.S. McLaughlin Professor and Chair
Department of Surgery
University of Toronto