Nathens, A. B.

Avery B. Nathens, MD, PhD, FRCS(C)

Division of General Surgery
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Ave., D574
Toronto, ON
M4N 3M5
Tel:  416 480-4711
Fax: 416-480-4925 


Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Professor of Surgery, University of Toronto
Canada Research Chair, Systems of Trauma Care

Medical School:

Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

Specialty Training:
Trauma and Critical Care

Fellowship Training:
Harborview Medical Center and the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, Seattle, WA

Clinical Focus:
Trauma, critical care, surgical infection

Academic Focus:
Trauma systems, surgical infections


Dr. Avery Nathens
is currently the Chief of Surgery at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Canada and a Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He is an attending trauma surgeon and intensivist with a clinical interest in surgical infection. He is chair of the Ontario Trauma Advisory Committee and Director of the American College of Surgeons Trauma Quality Improvement Program. His research interests include trauma system effectiveness and quality of trauma care. He holds a Canada Research Chair in Systems of Trauma Care and has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers focusing on trauma system design and implementation. 

Educational background:

   • Queen’s University Medical School, Kingston, ON (1990)
   • Resident, General Surgery, University of Toronto (1998)
   • Surgical Scientist (PhD), Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Toronto
   • Fellowship, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, Harborview Medical Center,
     Seattle, WA (2000)
   • Master in Public Health (MPH), University of Washington (2000)

 Previous positions:

   • Attending Trauma Surgeon, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA
   • Director, Surgical Critical Care, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA
   • Director, Acute Care Section, Harborview Injury Prevention and Research
     Centre (2002-2006)
   • Division Head, General Surgery and Director of Trauma, St. Michael’s Hospital,
     Toronto (2006-2012)