Research Committee Members

Terms of Reference

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

Michael Fehlings

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.

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Christopher S. Ahuja (SSTP Rep)

AhujaChristopher S. Ahuja (SSTP Rep)

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.

Darius Bagli

Affiliation: Div. of Urology, Ste M-292, Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Av, Toronto ON M5G 1X8

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Nancy Baxter

Affiliation: Colorectal & General Surgeon, St. Michael's Hosp, 30 Bond St, 16th flr, Cardinal Carter Wing, Toronto ON M5B 1W8

Research Interests: Health services research, Quality of surgical care, Effectiveness of cancer screening, Cancer survivorship

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Gregory Borschel

Affiliation: Plastic Surgery, Hospital for Sick Children, Suite 5408, Hill Wing - 555 University Av, Toronto, ON M5G 1X8

Research Interests: Nerve injury, Nerve reconstruction, Tissue engineering, Regenerative medicine, Peripheral nerve, Electrical stimulation, Nerve allograft, Schwann cell, Axon regeneration

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Val Cabral

CabralAffiliation: Research Program Manager, Department of Surgery Research Office, University of Toronto, Stewart Building, 149 College Street, 5th Floor, Room 503J, Toronto, ON  M5T 1P5

Keywords: Surgeon Scientist Training Program; Gallie Day;Research Grants/Contracts Database

Marcelo Cypel

Affiliation: CRC in Lung Transplantation (Tier 2), Thoracic Surgeon, TGH-UHN; Assistant Prof of Surgery, Div of Thoracic Surgery, U of T, 200 Elizabeth St., 9N969, Toronto ON M5G2C4

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

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Peter Dirks

Affiliation: Neurosurgery, Developmental & Stem Cell Biology, Hosp for Sick Children, PGCRL 16-9-708, 686 Bay St., Toronto, ON M5G 0A4

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Mark Erwin

Affiliations: Divisions ofNeurological and Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University ofToronto; PI Krembil Research Institute, 399 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON


Research Interests:  Broad research interest in the area of regenerative medicine with respect to degenerative disease of the spine (intervertebral disc), osteoarthritis and stem cell based therapeutics for the treatment of ALS. 


Thomas L. Forbes

Affiliation: Professor & Chair, Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Toronto and Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network, 200 Elizabeth Street, Eaton North 6-222, Toronto, ON 

Research Interests: Clinical outcomes, medical devices, complex aortic aneurysms and spinal cord complications



Rebecca Gladdy

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

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


Marc Jeschke

JeschkeDr. Marc Jeschke has been caring for burn patients for nearly 20 years and is a global leader in burn care, research, and education. Dr. Jeschke was appointed Director of the Ross Tilley Burn Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in 2010. He is a Surgeon Scientist and Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Immunology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Jeschke has over 350 peer-reviewed articles, books, and book chapters on burn care. He has a significant track record of successes with federal funding agencies and private foundations resulting in total lifetime funding of over $20,000,000 as principal or co-investigator. As of October 2017, Dr. Jeschke was invited to be Director of Translational Research Committee, which links very well with his interest in translational research. His other interests include investigating the profound metabolic alterations post-burn injury and novel techniques for wound coverage and skin regeneration.

Andras Kapus

Affiliation: Assoc Vice Chair Res, Dept of Surg, U of T; Gen Surg, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Inst, SMH, 209 Victoria St, Rm 621, Toronto, ON M5B 1T8

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.  

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Paul Karanicolas

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 

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Paulo Koeberle

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 

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Girish Kulkarni

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

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Ren-Ke Li

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.

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Andrea McCart

Affiliation: General Surgery, Mount Sinai Hospital, Ste 1225, 600 University Av, Toronto ON M5G 1X5

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

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James Rutka

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

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Albert Yee

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

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Gelareh Zadeh

Affiliation: Head, Division ofSurgical Oncology, University Health Network; Neurosurgeon, ClinicianScientist, Associate Professor, Division of Neurosurgery; Toronto WesternHospital, University Health Network, 4-439 West Wing, 399 Bathurst Street,Toronto, ON

Research Interests: The Zadeh lab has a primary research focus in studying primary brain tumours focusing on Glioblastoma, Meningiomas and Schwannomas. The lab pursues several aspects of brain tumour biology including: Angiogenesis, Tumour Metabolism/Microenvironment, Response to Radiotherapy, Animal Modelling of Brain Tumors




Kevin Zuo (SSTP Rep) 

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 reconstruct peripheral nerve defects with acellular nerve allografts and local drug delivery to support and enhance axon regeneration. 

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