|Division of General Surgery
Innovations in surgical education and research are Dr. Bernard Langer’s personal legacy to the University of Toronto, but his students and colleagues have ensured that his name will be remembered, too. The Dr. Bernard and Ryna Langer Chair in General Surgery at U of T is a $2-million endowed chair honouring the retired professor and his wife. The chair has been funded through gifts and pledges from the Division of General Surgery, friends and family of the Langer family, and Dr. Langer’s students, patients and colleagues.
One of Dr. Langer’s contributions to U of T is the creation of the surgeon scientist program, which provides research training for surgical residents interested in careers in academic medicine, and fosters the development of surgical specialties. He also helped introduce an income-sharing plan in general surgery that ensures surgeons are compensated for time spent in research and teaching.