Research Committee Member Profiles

Fehlings, MichaelMichael Fehlings

Affiliation: Vice Chair Research, Dept of Surgery; Prof of Neurosurgery, Gerald & Tootsie Halbert Chair in Neural Repair & Regenerat’n, Director Neuroscience Progr, Co-Chairman Spinal Program, U of T - Medical Director, Krembil Neuroscience Ctre, TWH-UHN, 399 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5T 2S8

Research Interests: spinal cord injury, CNS injury, neural repair, neuroprotection, regeneration, stem cells, clinical trials, imaging, electrophysiology, translational neuroscience research

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Ahuja, CChristopher S. Ahuja (SSTP Rep)

Affiliation: PhD,SSTP Trainee, Division of Neurosurgery, Krembil DiscoveryTower,TorontoWestern Hospital, University Health Network, Toronto, ON

Supervisor: Dr. Michael G. Fehlings

Research Interests: Regenerating the traumatically injured spinal cord using human stem cells.



Darius Bagli

Affiliation: Div. of Urology, Ste M-292, Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Av, Toronto ON M5G 1X8

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Nancy Baxter

Affiliation: Colorectal & General Surgeon, St. Michael's Hosp, 30 Bond St, 16th flr, Cardinal Carter Wing, Toronto ON M5B 1W8

Research Interests: Health services research, Quality of surgical care, Effectiveness of cancer screening, Cancer survivorship

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Gregory Borschel

Affiliation: Plastic Surgery, Hospital for Sick Children, Suite 5408, Hill Wing - 555 University Av, Toronto, ON M5G 1X8

Research Interests: Nerve injury, Nerve reconstruction, Tissue engineering, Regenerative medicine, Peripheral nerve, Electrical stimulation, Nerve allograft, Schwann cell, Axon regeneration

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James P. Byrne (SSTP Rep)

Affiliation: PhD SSTP Trainee, Division of General Surgery, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, ON

Supervisor: Dr. Avery Nathens

Research Interests: Impact of pre-hospital and system-level factors on trauma patient outcomes and trauma center performance

CabralVal Cabral

Affiliation: Research Program Manager, Department of Surgery Research Office, University of Toronto, Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning, 17-9-709, 686 Bay Street, Toronto, ON


Keywords:Surgeon Scientist Training Program; Gallie Day;Research Grants/Contracts Database


Marcelo Cypel

Affiliation: CRC in Lung Transplantation (Tier 2), Thoracic Surgeon, TGH-UHN; Assistant Prof of Surgery, Div of Thoracic Surgery, U of T, 200 Elizabeth St., 9N969, Toronto ON M5G2C4

Research Interests: : Lung Transplantation, Ischemia Reperfusion Injury, Ex vivo Lung Perfusion, In vivo Lung Perfusion, Acute Lung Injury, ECMO, Novel Treatments of Pulmonary Metastases.

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Marc de Perrot

Affiliation: Assoc Prof, Dept Surgery, U of T, Div of Thoracic Surgery, TGH-UHN, 9N-961, 200 Elizabeth St, Toronto, ON M5G 2C4

Research Interests:  Thoracic oncology, Mesothelioma, Tumor of the cervico-thoracic junction, Pulmonary vascular disease, Lung and heart-lung transplantation, Pulmonary thromboendarterectomy

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Peter Dirks

Affiliation: Neurosurgery, Developmental & Stem Cell Biology, Hosp for Sick Children, PGCRL 16-9-708, 686 Bay St., Toronto, ON M5G 0A4

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Mark ErwinErwin

Affiliations: Divisions ofNeurological and Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University ofToronto; PI Krembil Research Institute, 399 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON


Research Interests:  Broad research interest in the area of regenerative medicine with respect to degenerative disease of the spine (intervertebral disc), osteoarthritis and stem cell based therapeutics for the treatment of ALS. 



Thomas L. ForbesForbes, T

Affiliation: Professor & Chair, Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Toronto and Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network, 200 Elizabeth Street, Eaton North 6-222, Toronto, ON 

Research Interests: Clinical outcomes, medical devices, complex aortic aneurysms and spinal cord complications



Rebecca GladdyGladdy;

Affiliation:  Division of GeneralSurgery, Mount Sinai Hospital, Ste 1225, 600 University Avenue, Toronto, ON 

ResearchInterests:Soft tissue sarcoma, cancer genetics, drug development, translational research,functional genomics, clinical outcomes



Andras Kapus

Affiliation: Assoc Vice Chair Res, Dept of Surg, U of T; Gen Surg, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Inst, SMH, 209 Victoria St, Rm 621, Toronto, ON M5B 1T8

Research Interests: : Basic cell physiology and cell (patho) biology in the context of cellular stress signaling, volume regulation, cytoskeleton remodeling, epithelial-mesenechymal transition and organ fibrosis.  

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KaranicolasPaul Karanicolas

Affiliations: Division of General Surgery, Department of Surgery, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Sunnybrook Research Institute; and Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation,University of Toronto, Toronto, ON 

Research Interests: Clinical Trials, Outcomes,Quality of Life, Surgical Oncology, Hepatopancreaticobiliary Surgery 

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Paulo KoeberleKoeberle

Affiliation: Division of Anatomy, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, MSB 1186, 1 King's CollegeCircle, Toronto, ON 

Research Interests: neurodegeneration, apoptosis,retina, intracellular signaling, retinal ganglion cell, stroke, neuroprotection,imaging, survival surgery, proteomics 

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Girish Kulkarni

Affiliation: Div of Urology, Dept of Surg, PMH-UHN, 610 University Ave, Ste 3-130, Toronto, ON M5G 2M9

Research Interests: Comparative effectiveness research, bladder cancer, prostate cancer, health services research, decision modelling, cost-effectiveness research, clinical trials, cancer quality of life research, cancer survivorship, urologic oncology

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Ren-Ke Li

Affiliation: TGRI - Cardiovascular Research Group, U of T, TMDT, Rm 3-702, 101 College St., Toronto, ON M5G 1L7

Research Interests: Translational research to apply new insights discovered through basic science research to clinical applications for heart repair, regeneration and rejuvenation after myocardial infarction using gene therapy, cell transplantation and tissue engineering techniques to restore heart function.

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Andrea McCart


Affiliation: General Surgery, Mount Sinai Hospital, Ste 1225, 600 University Av, Toronto ON M5G 1X5

Research Interests: oncolytic viruses as cancer therapeutics, peritoneal malignancies.

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James Rutka

Affiliation: Chair, Dept Surgery, Stewart Bldg, 5th Floor, Toronto, ON M5T 1P5; Neurosurgery, Hospital for Sick Children, Suite 1503; 555 University Avenue, Toronto, ON M5G 1X8

Research Interests: Brain tumours, molecular biology, translational research, invasion, genetics

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Albert YeeYee, A

Affiliation:  Program Chief and Division Head, Division of Orthopaedics, Holland MSK Program, and Orthopaedics Vice Chair Research, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; Consultant Surgical Oncology Odette Cancer Centre;Associate Scientist, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Toronto, ON 

Research Interests: cancer metastases to bone, translational vertebral metastasis research, spine surgery education

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zadehGelareh Zadeh

Affiliation: Head, Division ofSurgical Oncology, University Health Network; Neurosurgeon, ClinicianScientist, Associate Professor, Division of Neurosurgery; Toronto WesternHospital, University Health Network, 4-439 West Wing, 399 Bathurst Street,Toronto, ON


Research Interests: The Zadeh lab has a primary research focus in studying primary brain tumours focusing on Glioblastoma, Meningiomas and Schwannomas. The lab pursues several aspects of brain tumour biology including: Angiogenesis, Tumour Metabolism/Microenvironment, Response to Radiotherapy, Animal Modelling of Brain Tumors