5-6 Fellows Hired Per Year
The Toronto General Hospital division of cardiac surgery performs 1800 open-heart cases per year. In addition to coronary artery surgery it is the leading cardiac valve and thoracic aorta/arch centre in Canada. The cardiac surgeons perform the majority of the pacemaker/arrhythmia surgery. TGH is the leading ventricular assist/mechanical heart and cardiac (and lung) transplant centre in Canada. In partnership with cardiology and radiology it is taking the lead in percutaneous and transventricular heart valve deployment. In association with the Hospital for Sick Children, TGH is central Canada's centre for adult congenital cardiac surgery.
There are 9 cardiac surgeons on staff. Dr. Tirone David holds the Melanie Munk Chair and as the UHN Division Chief, and is Past President of the AATS. Dr. Richard Weisel is University of Toronto Head and Director of (Surgical) Research, UHN-TGH. Dr. Hugh Scully is Past-President of the Canadian Medical Association, and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, as well as Co-ordinator of Clinical Fellows in cardiac surgery for the University of Toronto. Dr. Chris Feindel is President of the Canadian Society of Cardiac Surgeons, and is the Ward Chief of UHN-TGH. Dr. Stephanie Brister is UHN-TGH Co-ordinator of the Cardiac Surgery Residency program and Medical Director of the UHN - TGH operating rooms. Dr. Terry Yau holds the Angelo and Lorenza De Gasparis Chair in CV Research and is Director of Research, UHN-TGH Division of CV Surgery. Dr. Vivek Rao , PhD. holds the Alfredo and Teresa De Gaspiris Chair in Heart Failure Surgery and is Director of VAD/Mechanical Heart and Cardiac Transplantation. Both Dr. R.J. Cusimano and Dr. Tony Ralph-Edwards do coronary, valve and pacemaker surgery. Dr. Cusimano also focuses on off-pump coronary surgery, and Dr. Ralph-Edwards has a particular interest in IHSS (HOCM) Surgery.
Clinical Fellows will be exposed to the full range of adult cardiac surgical services: both straightforward and complex coronary and valve surgery, aortic root and thoracic arch reconstructive surgery, pacemaker and arrhythmia surgery, VAD/mechanical heart and transplantation, adult congenital surgery and team-based pre-operative, ICU and ward-based care of cardiac surgical patients. There are active academic seminars in all aspects of the care of cardiac patients, and the Fellows are expected to be both participants and leaders in these sessions.
Applicants interested in applying for Cardiac Surgery Clinical Fellowship at the Toronto General Hospital should email Dr. Rao with application form:
Dr Vivek Rao
Division Head, Cardiac Surgery
Toronto General Hospital
Division of Cardiovascular Surgery
200 Elizabeth Street, 4N-457
Toronto, ON, Canada, M5G 2C4
Tel: 416 340-4789