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Department of Surgery Alumni Newsletter

Department of Surgery Alumni Newsletter

Welcome to the first U of T Department of Surgery alumni newsletter. As humanity embarks upon defining “the new normal”, we’ve been inspired to find new ways to bring our community closer together.

Never before has there been such a concerted effort in the scientific community to tackle and conquer such a world catastrophe. Such resolve reminds me of what unites us as scientists and health care providers — the mandate to improve the lives of patients through the creation and translation of new knowledge.

For many of us, it was this compassion and curiosity that brought us to U of T in the first place. We came together to solve complex problems in new and innovative ways, and to develop the expertise needed to meet the challenges and opportunities facing us today and in years to come. In these times, we must not lose sight of this — together, as alumni from this institution, we are an unparalleled force for new knowledge, better health and equity.

In this spirit, we are reconnecting with you — alumni and friends of the Department of Surgery. We look forward to sharing what your fellow graduates have been up to, and how our department and our specialties have transformed and grown. What we look forward to most is sharing your accomplishments, and giving you opportunities to connect with us in the department and with each other. The Department of Surgery continues to thrive, and it does so because of the legacy of those who are part of its community.


Dr. James Rutka, OC, O Ont, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS, FAANS
R.S. McLaughlin Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery


Dr. Shaf Keshavjee

Department of Surgery Vice-Chair of Innovation Wins Governor General’s Innovation Award

Dr. Shaf Keshavjee (MD ’85, MSc ’90, PGME ’93) received the fifth annual Governor General’s Innovation Award for developing a system to recondition and repair injured donor lungs.

Dr. Najma Ahmed

Working to Make Canada Safer from Gun Violence

Dr. Najma Ahmed (PGME ’01) was awarded the Canadian Medical Association Sir Charles Tupper Award for Political Advocacy for her work with Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns (CDPG).

Dr. Gelareh Zadeh

Gelareh Zadeh Becomes First Female Chair of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto

Dr. Gelareh Zadeh (PGME ’96, PhD ‘07) has been appointed the Dan Family Chair in the Division of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Sunit Das

Committed to Equity and Social Justice

Dr. Sunit Das from the Division of Neurosurgery shares his take on learnings from the pandemic, including a physician’s duty to foster fairness and equity in medicine.

Stay home hub

Expand Your Horizons While Your #StayHome

U of T has launched an online hub for alumni, providing free access to lectures, at home workouts, podcasts, book clubs and other online events while we all stay physically distant.



Dr. Paul Fedak

Bleeding Blue: Reflections on my Time at U of T

Dr. Paul Fedak (BSc ’94, MD ’98, PhD ’04, PGME ’06)

Dr. Robert Lifeso

Choose Your Own Adventure After Medical School

Dr. Robert Lifeso (MD ‘69, PGME ’78)


September 11 Department of Surgery Annual Address
September 25 2020 Gordon Hunter Memorial Lecture in Orthopaedic Surgery
October 2 Bigelow Lecture
October 20 Our Stories: A History of Orthopaedic Surgery at U of T
November 6 Presentations by winners of Lister & George Armstrong-Peters Prizes
December 11 Robin McLeod Rounds
Alumni, Faculty of Medicine

Congratulations, alumni! Times Higher Education (London, UK) ranks your Faculty of Medicine #6 in the world for clinical, pre-clinical and health programs.

Our UofTMed alumni community is a network of more than 61,000 health-care leaders, including graduates of our life sciences, rehabilitation sciences, MD and MD/PhD programs, as well as more than 20,000 former residents and fellows. The UofTMed alumni team is an integral part of the Faculty's administration and works collaboratively with the Dean's Office.

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