Research Committee Members

Terms of Reference
RESEARCH COMMITTEE

The Research Committee of the Department of Surgery shall represent the research interests of all members of the Department of Surgery across the Health Sciences Complex (HSC) of the University of Toronto. The Chair of the Committee will be selected by the Departmental Chair of Surgery and will function as the Vice Chair Research for the Department. The Chair of the Department in consultation with the Vice Chair Research and the Senior Advisory Committee of the Department will select members of the Committee. A Department Research Coordinator will be assigned to the Committee to manage its activities.

The major functions of the Research Committee are:

• to develop general research policies for the Departmental members across the HSC
• to harmonize the broad-based research interests of the Department across the HSC
• to facilitate communication regarding research matters within the Department
• to oversee the activities of the Surgeon Scientist Program and Gallie-Bateman Research Resident Competition
• to make recommendations to the Chair of the Department regarding research awards, research grants, visiting professors, structure of research events
• to develop retreats and symposia which augment quality and quantity of Research in the Department
• to monitor the progress of new faculty in the Department

The Research Office of the Department will work closely with the Research Committee to co-ordinate Research activities. The main functions of the Research Office are:

• to maintain the Departmental database of grants and awards and communicate this information as required to the University, Hospitals and Departmental members
• to manage the Surgeon Scientist Program, including maintenance of a database, co-ordinating of the admission process, interacting with University Graduate Departments, regarding student admission, co-ordination with Royal College Clinician Investigator Program, and communication with individual Surgeon Scientist trainees
• to disseminate information regarding funding opportunities to students and Faculty
• to promote Summer Student research opportunities in the Department

View our Research Committee member profiles below:

Michael Fehlings


Email
: michael.fehlings@uhn.ca

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.

PubMed Linkhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?cmd=PureSearch&term=(Fehlings M[au] OR 9168289[uid])

Christopher S. Ahuja (SSTP Rep)

Emailchristophersahuja@gmail.com

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.

Nancy Baxter

BaxterEmail: BaxterN@smh.ca

Affiliation: Division Head, General Surgery, Colorectal & General Surgeon, St. Michael's Hospital, 30 Bond Street, 16th Floor, Cardinal Carter Wing; Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto ON

Research Interests: Health services research, quality of surgical care, effectiveness of cancer screening, cancer survivorship
PubMed Link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/collections/bibliography/50292757/

Gregory Borschel

BorschelEmail: gregory.borschel@sickkids.ca

Affiliation: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, The Hospital for Sick Children, Ste 5408, Hill Wing, 555 University Avenue, Toronto, ON

http://www.sickkids.ca/Research/borschel_lab/Lab-Members/index.html

Research Interests: Nerve injury, nerve reconstruction, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, peripheral nerve, electrical stimulation, nerve allograft, Schwann cell, axon regeneration

PubMed Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/?term=borschel+g

Val Cabral

Email: val.cabral@sickkids.ca; valfumo@gmail.com

Affiliation: Research Program Manager, Department of Surgery Research Office, University of Toronto, 149 College St., Room 503J, Toronto, ON
Keywords: Surgeon Scientist Training Program; Gallie Day; Research Grants/Contracts Database
Weblink: http://www.surgery.utoronto.ca/research

Marcelo Cypel

Affiliation: Associate Professor, Division of Thoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto; Division of Thoracic Surgery, Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network; CRC in Lung Transplantation (Tier 2), 200 Elizabeth Street, 9N-969, Toronto ON

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

PubMed Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=the+university+of+toronto+AND+marcelo+cypel

 

Peter Dirks

dirks

Email: peter.dirks@sickkids.c

Affiliation: Professor, Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto; Division of Neurosurgery, Developmental & Stem Cell Biology, The Hospital for Sick Children, PGCRL 16-9-708, 686 Bay Street, Toronto, ON  

Research Interests: vascular & neoplastic diseases of the nervous system, stem cells & cell cycle pathways
PubMed Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=the+university+of+toronto+AND+peter+dirks

 

Thomas L. Forbes

 

Affiliation: R. Fraser Elliott Chair & Division Head, University Health Network. Professor & Chair, Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Toronto, 200 Elizabeth Street, Eaton North 6-222, Toronto, ON
Research Interests: Clinical outcomes, medical devices, complex aortic aneurysms and spinal cord complications
PubMed Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=forbes+tl

Rebecca Gladdy

GladdyEmail; gladdy@lunenfeld.carebecca.gladdy@sinaihealthsystem.ca

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

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

 PubMedLink: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/rebecca.gladdy.1/bibliography/48070023/public/?sort=date&direction=descending

Marc Jeschke

 

Affiliation: Professor, Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Immunology; Chair in Burn Research- Ross Tilley Burn Centre - Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; Senior Scientist - Sunnybrook Research Institute; Director, Translational Research, University of Toronto

Research Interests: Regenerative medicine, skin printing and metabolic research, mainly translational

PubMed Link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Jeschke+M

Andras Kapus

KApus

Email: kapusa@smh.ca

Affiliation: Associate Vice Chair Research, Department of Surgery, U of Toronto; General Surgery, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute; Platform Director, Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science, St. Michael’s Hospital, 209 Victoria Street, Room 621, Toronto, ON

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.

PubMed Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Kapus+A

 

Paul Karanicolas

Email:  Paul.Karanicolas@sunnybrook.ca

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 

PubMed Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=karanicolas%20p%5BAuthor%5D

Paulo Koeberle

altEmail: paulo.koeberle@utoronto.ca

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 

PubMed Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=the+university+of+toronto+AND+paulo+koeberle

Girish Kulkarni

KulkarniEmail: girish.kulkarni@uhn.ca

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

PubMed Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=kulkarni+g+urology

Ren-Ke Li

LiEmail: renkeli@uhnresearch.ca

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.

PubMed Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=the+university+of+toronto+AND+ren-ke+li

Andrea McCart

 

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

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

PubMed Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=the+university+of+toronto+AND+andrea+mccart

James Rutka

rutkaEmail: james.rutka@sickkids.ca

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

PubMed Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=the+university+of+toronto+AND+james+rutka

Albert Yee

Email: Albert.Yee@sunnybrook.ca

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

PubMed Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=YeeAJ[Author]&cauthor=true&cauthor_uid=25648441

Kevin Zuo (SSTP Rep)

 

Zuo

Email: kevin.zuo@mail.utoronto.ca

Affiliation: MASc SSTP Trainee, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME), Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, The Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute, Toronto, ON

Supervisor: Dr. Gregory Borschel

Research Interests: Novel strategies to enhance axon regeneration in nerve gap reconstruction

 

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