Residency in the Division of General Surgery

Residency Program

Program Director, Residency Training
Dr. Savtaj Brar

Welcome to the University of Toronto’s General Surgery Residency Training Program. The residency training program in General Surgery at the University of Toronto is the largest and perhaps most diverse of its kind in Canada.  Our vision is to ensure excellence in clinical and academic training of our Residents.  We know that we are preparing tomorrow’s leaders in General Surgery. 

Our training Program is home to approximately 100 faculty members, over 6 Fully Affiliated Academic Health Centres, and 5 Affiliated Community Hospitals.  In addition, the Program provides rural training opportunities through the Rural Ontario Medicine Training Program.  We offer outstanding opportunities to engage in research activities; via longitudinal research electives or through the Clinical Investigator Program.  Our faculty members are highly invested in Residency Training and many are opinion leaders in their own subspecialty area of General Surgery.
Under the leadership of Drs. Rutka, (University Department Chair), Levine (Department of Surgery, Post Graduate Director), Swallow (University Division Chair) and Brar (General Surgery, Program Director), the Program provides a rich environment for learning and enquiry. The University of Toronto teaching hospitals provide surgical care for a large urban population as well as patients from a vast catchment area and referral network. This arrangement provides outstanding learning opportunities and a breadth of clinical volume that is unsurpassed almost anywhere in North America.   We warmly invite you to be part of our Program. 

Please contact Ms. Madeline Ng ( or Dr. Sav Brar ( to learn more.


Fully Affiliated Academic Health Centres: 
• Mount Sinai Hospital 
• University Health Network - Toronto General 
• University Health Network - Toronto Western 
• St Michael's Hospital 
• Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre 
• The Hospital for Sick Children 

Affiliated Community Hospitals: 
• North York General Hospital
• Humber River Regional Hospital 
• Trillium Health Centre 
• St Joseph's Health Care Centre 
• Toronto East General Hospital

Wellness Resources

Program Support

Program Director: Dr. Sav Brar
Wellness Lead: Dr. Tulin Cil
Director of Postgraduate Medical Wellness Office: Dr. Julie Maggi
Director of Learner Experience, Faculty of Medicine: Dr. Reena Pattani

Support Services 

Postgraduate Medical Education Wellness Office 

The Office of Resident Wellness was created to help support the well-being of the University of Toronto’s Post Graduate Medical Education trainees and to offer assistance to those encountering difficulties during training. All currently registered residents and fellows have access to support services such as confidential counseling/psychotherapy and wellness coaching.

Open Monday to Friday. For office hours, appointments and further information, contact:
Tel.: 416 946-3074 | Email: | Access Wellness Resources

PARO Helpline (24/7): 1-866-HELP-DOC (1.866.435.7362)

Ontario Medical Association Physician Health Program (PHP) 

Open Monday-Friday, 8:45am-5pm. Contact for services and inquiries:
Tel.: 1.800.851.6606 | Email:
Wellness Support Line (24/7 crisis support): 1.800.851.6606

Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Wellness Hub 

Wellness Resources for Faculty (and Residents) 

Psychological First Aid for Frontline Health Care Providers During COVID-19 

CPSO Physician Wellness


Postgraduate Medical Education – Applicants 
R-1 Main Residency Match 
AFMC Student Portal - Application service for visiting electives for all Canadian faculties of medicine.
Services are offered for Canadian and International undergraduate medical students.

Program Description – 2020

CMG Stream
IMG Stream

2020-2021 Toronto - Letter of Reference  (66.86 KB)
Relevant Experience CMG (19.29 KB)
Relevant Experience IMG (19.56 KB)

Administrative Structure

General Surgery - Residency Program Committee (GS-RPC)


Dr. Savtaj Brar
Dr. Shiva Jayaraman
Dr. Preeti Dhar
Dr. Peter Stotland
Dr. Danielle Bischof 
Dr. Marcus Burnstein
Dr. Tulin Cil 
Dr. Jamie Cyriac
Dr. Laz Klein
Dr. Nicole Look Hong
Dr. Ashlie Nadler
Dr. Aman Pooni
Dr. Todd Penner 
Dr. Ted Ross
Dr. Melanie Tsang

Chair; Program Director; Mount Sinai Hospital
Associate Program Director, Curriculum; Unity Health Toronto - St. Joseph’s Health Centre
Assistant Program Director, University Health Network - Toronto General Hospital
Assistant Program Director, North York General Hospital
Resident Site Coordinator, Mount Sinai Hospital
Resident Site Coordinator, Unity Health Toronto - St. Michael’s Hospital
Wellness Lead; Resident Site Coordinator, University Health Network - Princess Margaret Hospital
Resident Site Coordinator, Toronto East Health Network/Michael Garron
Resident Site Coordinator, Humber River Hospital
Resident Site Coordinator, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Resident Site Coordinator, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Toronto East Health Network/Michael Garron
Resident Site Coordinator, University Health Network - Toronto Western Hospital
Resident Site Coordinator, Women's College Hospital
Resident Site Coordinator, Unity Health Toronto - St. Joseph’s Health Centre
Dr. Alice Zhu
Dr. Elliot Yee
Dr. Karanbir Brar
Dr. Sachin Doshi
Dr. Kimberley Lam Ting Cheung 
Dr. Johanna Pinto Lee
Dr. Riordan Azam
Dr. Luckshi Rajendran
Dr. Jordyn Vernon
Dr. Hala Muaddi
Dr. May-Anh Nguyen
Dr. Graham Skelhorne-Gross
Dr. Serio Acuna
Dr. Dhruvin Hirpara
Dr. Megan Melland-Smith 
Dr. Julian Daza Vargas
Dr. Keegan Guidolin 
Dr. Alexander Gregor
Dr. Phil Williams
Surgeon Scientist Training Program
Surgeon Scientist Training Program
Surgeon Scientist Training Program
SSTP, Selections Committee Co-Chair
Non-Voting Members  
Madeline Ng 
Dr. Carol Swallow 
Dr. Mojdan Hodaie
Program Coordinator 
Chair, Division of General Surgery (ex officio)
Director, Postgraduate Education (ex officio)


General Surgery Competency Committee 


Dr. Preeti Dhar
Dr. Savtaj Brar
Dr. Shiva Jayaraman
Dr. Peter Stotland
Dr. Brian Pinchuk
Dr. Georges Azzie
Dr. Nicole Look Hong
Dr. Melanie Tsang
Dr. Marcus Burnstein
Dr. Jamie Cyriac
Dr. Tulin Cil

Chair; Assistant Program Director
Program Director
Associate Program Director
Assistant Program Director
Faculty, North York General Hospital
Hospital for Sick Children





Update in General Surgery                                                                                  April  
Annual Assembly                                                                                                  May  
Ready, Set, Go PGYI Orientation                                                                          June  
Resident Education Retreat                                                                                 September  
Department of Surgery Meetings and Events  
PGME Events