About Our Divisions

The Department of Surgery is comprised of the following nine Divisions.

Division of Anatomy

The Division of Anatomy consists of a core group of faculty members dedicated to 
meeting the educational needs of undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate 
students in Medicine, Dentistry, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech 
Pathology, Physical and Health Education and Arts and Science.  Our educational 
approach includes formal lectures, demonstrations, and laboratories, both real 
and virtual.

The Division of Anatomy has a long tradition of textbook writing. One of the most 
widely used Anatomical atlases in the world, Grant’s Atlas, was written by 
JCB Grant when he was chair of the department. The dissections that were 
illustrated for the atlas are housed in Grant’s Museum at the University of Toronto. 

Chair: Dr. Cindi M. Morshead
Business Officer: Michelle Cadman    

Medical Sciences Building
1 King's College Circle
Room 1132
Toronto, ON M5S 1A8  

Phone: (416) 978-2692 (416) 978-2692
Fax:     (416) 946-5629

Division of Cardiac Surgery

The Division of Cardiac Surgery is comprised of faculty based at four university 
affiliated teaching hospitals (Toronto General Hospital, Sunnybrook Health 
Sciences Centre, St. Michael's Hospital, and The Hospital for Sick Children) 
and performs approximately 4050 cardiac operations annually comprising 
adult acquired, adult congenital, and pediatric cases.

In addition, a wide range of basic and clinical research groups are actively 
studying such areas as causes of pulmonary hypertension, fetal surgery, 
myocardial protection, cardiac transplantation and surgery for acquired 
aortic valve disease.

Chair: Dr. Terry Yau
Program Administrator: Julie Wei

Toronto General Hospital, 4NU-432
200 Elizabeth Street
Toronto, ON M5G 2C4 

Phone: (416) 340-4800 Ext.5275 
Email: cardiac.admin@utoronto.ca

Division of General Surgery

The Division of General Surgery is comprised of 79 surgeons and 6 full time 
researchers. Our faculty is spread over 7 fully affiliated and 3 partially affiliated 
hospitals. Surgical teams in these units manage a broad range of disease 
expanding the spectrum from common general surgical procedures to highly 
complex procedures that are only done in specialized centres. Increasingly, our 
clinical activities, programs and initiatives are structured in a programmatic 
approach that spans institutions. Our mandate is to continuously contribute to 
improving the care of patients with surgical needs. We benefit from an enormously 
talented breadth of faculty that have wide ranging areas of expertise.

Chair: Dr. Carol Swallow
Program Manager: Faryal Mehboob-Esmail

Mount Sinai Hospital, Suite #1225
600 University Avenue
Toronto, ON 

Phone: 416) 586-4800 X1558
Fax:     (416) 586-8392

Division of Neurosurgery

The Division of Neurosurgery is steeped in a rich tradition of excellence and 
contributions to world neurosurgery.  With twenty-eight full-time faculty and over 
thirty neurosurgical residents, the Division is the largest training program in North 
America.  The four major teaching centres combined (St. Michael's Hospital, Sunnybrook 
Health Sciences Centre, The Hospital for Sick Children and the Toronto Western 
Hospital) boast over 7,000 operative cases each year with over 30,000 out-patient 
visits - offering an unparalleled experience and training ground for residents in 

Chair: Dr. Gelareh Zadeh

UHN-Toronto Western Hospital
4th Floor, West Wing 4-439
399 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON M5T 2S8

Phone: (416) 603-5800 ext. 5679
Fax:     (416) 603-5298

Division of Orthopaedics

The orthopaedic program at the University of Toronto consists of five years of 
clinical training following graduation from medical school in addition to one compulsory 
year of research training for a total of six postgraduate years of training. At the 
conclusion of training it is anticipated that the candidates will be successful in the 
fellowship examinations of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. In order to 
meet the criteria for these examinations the residents must complete at least 
36 months of orthopaedic training and one year of non-specialty training. In addition 
to qualify for the Medical Council of Canada qualifying examinations and licenseship 
provisions of various provincial colleges all candidates must satisfactorily complete 
a two ear internship as mandated by the Medical Council of Canada. This combination 
of requirements has been met by the Orthopaedic Training Program in an innovative 
fashion by combining a minimum of three and a half years of orthopaedic training 
and one and a half years related to other surgical or non-surgical specialties relative 
to orthopaedic surgery.

Chair: Dr. Peter Ferguson
Program Manager - Education Coordinator: Polina Mironova

The Stewart Bldg
149 College Street
5th floor
Toronto, ON 

Phone: (416) 978-1661
Fax:     (416) 971-2800

Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Plastic surgery has had a long and proud history in Toronto. In 1921, Dr. E. Fulton 
Risdon, considered by many to be the father of Canadian plastic surgery, started 
practice as the city's first plastic surgeon. He continued to work at Toronto Western 
Hospital for 45 years. His contributions to the discipline of plastic surgery are still 
evident today in the areas of mandibular and craniofacial surgery. 

The ensuing years saw a great deal of activity and development as plastic surgery 
grew into a bonafide specialty. In 1958, the Division of Plastic Surgery at the 
University of Toronto was established. Today, the Division incorporates the activities 
of 37 surgeons across all the Toronto teaching hospitals, including the University 
Health Network (Toronto General, Toronto Western, and Princess Margaret Hospitals), 
Mount Sinai Hospital, the Hospital for Sick Children, St. Michael's Wellesley Hospital, 
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, the New Women's College Hospital, St. Joseph's 
Health Centre, and Toronto East General Hospital, providing clinical expertise in all 
areas of plastic surgery.

Chair: Dr. Christopher Forrest
Program Administrator: Kathy Pavlovic

The Stewart Bldg
149 College Street
5th Floor
Toronto, ON

Phone: (416) 978-8534 
Fax:     (416) 978-7316

Division of Thoracic Surgery

Thoracic Surgery in Toronto began as a subspecialty of General Surgery on Ward "C" 
of the Toronto General Hospital over 70 years ago with the pioneering efforts of 
Dr. Norman Shenstone and Dr. Robert Janes.

The training program in Thoracic Surgery has been a template for training programs 
throughout North America and the world.  Ever since its inception, the Thoracic Surgical 
Services at the University of Toronto have fostered the concept of translational 

Chair: Dr. Kazuhiro Yasufuku
Program Administrator/Coordinator: Emily Esteban

Toronto General Hospital, Room 9NU-957
200 Elizabeth Street
Toronto, ON M5G 2C4 

Phone: (416) 340-4798
Fax:     (416) 340-3478

Division of Urology

The Division consists of nineteen geographic full-time faculty and one PhD scientist, 
who are based in five fully affiliated University teaching hospital divisions including 
the University Health Network (Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, 
and Princess Margaret Hospital), Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, St. Michael's 
Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children.  The postgraduate 
training program is five years from graduation.  The peer-reviewed and contract 
research involves approximately $1,300,000 per year with clinical and laboratory 

Chair: Dr. Neil Fleshner    
Administrative Assistant: Kim Moffat

Stewart Bldg, 5th Floor
149 College Street
Toronto, ON 

Phone: (416) 946-7983 
Fax:     (416) 978-1880

Division of Vascular Surgery

Vascular surgery was established as a separate division in the Department of Surgery 
at the University of Toronto in 1982.  Prior to this time, vascular surgery training was 
obtained in the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery.

Before the formal establishment of a separate division, two teaching hospitals created 
separate vascular surgery services.  The Wellesley Hospital Division was established in 
1978 and the service at the Toronto Hospital was also formed in 1978.  

Clinical programs are well established in all teaching hospitals.  Basic research 
continues to be a strong focus of the Division at the Toronto General Hospital.

Chair: Dr. Thomas Forbes
Administrative Assistant: Michelle Paiva

Stewart Bldg, 5th Floor
149 College Street
Toronto, ON 

Phone: (416) 978-7423 
Fax:     (416) 978-3928