May 7, 2021  |  ALL DAY
Department of Surgery

Gallie Day

Gallie Day 2021 will be held virtually via Zoom on Friday May 7, 2021. We will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin. This year’s theme is “SURGEONS IN INNOVATION AND DISCOVERY”.

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Links to Poster Sessions

Group Number and Poster Number are above.

Link for AM Poster Session (Groups 1 – 9) 9:45 – 10:45 AM - AM

Link for PM Poster Session (Groups 10 – 18) 2:00 – 3:00 PM - PM


Gallie Day 2021



8:00 AM
Opening Remarks
Dr. James T. Rutka, R.S. McLaughlin Professor & Chair
Dean L. Trevor Young, Faculty of Medicine
Dr. Michael G. Fehlings, Vice Chair Research

8:15 - 9:45 AM
Gallie-Bateman, McMurrich and Translational Research Presentations
Session Chair: Dr. Maral Ouzounian, Cardiac Surgery

8:15 AM - Jethro C.C. Kwong
“Using Explainable Artificial Intelligence to Develop an Interpretable Machine Learning Model to Predict Risk of Side-Specific Extraprostatic Extension in Men with Prostate Cancer”

8:30 AM - Jesse Zuckerman
“Evaluating Variation in Perioperative Red Blood Cell Transfusion for Patients Undergoing Elective Gastrointestinal Cancer Surgery: A Population-Based Analysis”

8:45 AM - Aadil Ali
“Extended Cold Lung Preservation with Improved Mitochondrial Health: Pre-Clinical Studies and Translation to Human Lung Transplantation”

9:00 AM - Moaath Saggaf
“The Clinical Predictors of Cold Sensitivity and the Impact of Carpal Tunnel Release in Patients with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome”

9:15 AM - Houman Tahmasebi
“Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prognosis: A SEER-Based Population Study”

9:30 AM - David Burns
“Improving Physiotherapy Adherence with Wearable Devices and Machine Learning from Conception to Commercialization”

9:45 - 10:45 AM
Online E-Poster Viewing & Judging

10:45 AM
Gordon Murray Lecture

“Cell Transplantation for Diabetes 100 Years on from Insulin - The Sweetest Solution for Elimination of this Disease”

Dr. James Shapiro,
Chair in Transplant Surgery and Regenerative Medicine,
Professor of Surgery, Medicine & Surgical Oncology;
AHS Director Clinical Islet and Living Donor Liver Transplant Programs,
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
Break for Lunch

12:30 - 2:00 PM
Gallie-Bateman, McMurrich and Translational Research Presentations
Session Chair: Dr. Trevor Reichman, Surgical Director, Pancreas Transplant Program, UHN

12:30 PM - Jonathon Chon Teng Chio
“Delayed Administration of High Dose Human Immunoglobulin G Reduces Neuroinflammation and Improves Functional Recovery After Traumatic Cervical Spinal Cord Injury”

12:45 PM - Benjamin Davidson
“Deep Brain Stimulation of the Nucleus Accumbens in the Treatment of Severe Alcohol Use Disorder: Targeting the Brain’s Reward System to Treat Addiction”

1:00 PM - Rafaela V.P. Ribeiro
“Ex Vivo Treatment of Cytomegalovirus in Human Donor Lungs Using a Novel Chemokine-Based Immunotoxin”

1:15 PM - Deanna Ng
“Polo-Like Kinase 4 (PLK4) Promotes Peritoneal Metastasis Through Activation of the RAC1 Guanine Nucleotide Exchange Factor PREX2”

1:30 PM - Dhruvin H. Hirpara
”Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy Versus Surgery in Older Adults with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer – A Population-Based, Matched Analysis of Long-Term Dependency Outcomes”

1:45 PM - Jeffrey A. Zuccato
“Methylation Based Prognostic Subtypes of Chordoma Tumors in Tissue and Plasma”

2:00 - 3:00 PM
Online E-Poster Viewing & Judging

3:00 PM
Chair: Dr. Michael G. Fehlings, Vice Chair Research
“Surgical advances in the science and management of endocrine and metabolic disorders”

Dr. Karen Devon, Assistant Professor, Division of General Surgery, University of Toronto;
Endocrine & Thyroid Surgeon, Women’s College Hospital
“Ethics and Innovation in Endocrine Surgery”

Dr. David R. Urbach, Head, Department of Surgery; Medical Director, Perioperative Services; Women's College Hospital. Professor of Surgery and Health Policy, Management & Evaluation
University of Toronto
“The science of improving access to care: The story of bariatric and metabolic surgery in Ontario”

Dr. Gelareh Zadeh, Professor and Dan Chair, Neurosurgery, University of Toronto; Head, Division of Neurosurgery, Toronto Western Hospital, UHN. Co-Director, Krembil Brain Institute, UHN; Chair, Wilkins Family Brain Tumor Research
“Genomic and epigenomics of pituitary tumors”

4:30 PM
Wrap-up/Closing Remarks
Dr. James Rutka & Dr. Michael Fehlings