Message From The Chair

Welcome to the Division of General Surgery at the University of Toronto. I am pleased to be able to provide you with an overview of our Division which is comprised of 79 surgeons and 6 full time researchers. Our faculty is spread over 7 fully affiliated and 3 partially affiliated hospitals. Surgical teams in these units manage a broad range of disease expanding the spectrum from common general surgical procedures to highly complex procedures that are only done in specialized centres. Increasingly, our clinical activities, programs and initiatives are structured in a programmatic approach that spans institutions. Our mandate is to continuously contribute to improving the care of patients with surgical needs. We benefit from an enormously talented breadth of faculty that have wide ranging areas of expertise. 

In addition to clinical expertise, research and education are high priorities in the Division of General Surgery at the University of Toronto. Research endeavour spans the spectrum from basic science to clinical epidemiology to knowledge translation, clinical trials and clinical research. University of Toronto faculty contribute a prodigious amount of research effort as measured by grants captured and papers published. Contributions have been made in an extraordinary wide range of areas. The University of Toronto Department of Surgery is ranked as number six in the world in terms of research productivity.

Our commitment to education is evident along the spectrum from undergraduate trainees in the Faculty of Medicine through Resident and Fellowship programs and into the realm of continuing education. As you peruse the pages of this site, you will see the messages from the various leaders in our faculty who direct these programs aimed at producing the next generation of General Surgeons as well as updating practicing General Surgeons in the rapidly evolving world that is our profession. We are very proud of the contributions of our faculty. As we move into the future, we view our Division as being comprised of a continuum of energetic individuals ranging from students through practicing surgeons at all levels of their career. All add to the important mandate of reducing the burden of suffering from general surgical disease. Although our faculty is spread amongst many institutions we increasingly function as a University of Toronto team and this promises to augment our contribution.

Dr. Carol Swallow
Bernard & Ryna Langer Chair, Division of General Surgery
University of Toronto