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March 12, 2013

Plastic surgery department at SickKids is a leader

chris forrest

SickKids has reappointed Dr. Christopher Forrest as Head of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, effective July 1, 2013. Forrest is Medical Director of the Centre for Craniofacial Care and Research and the Interim Chair of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Toronto.

As process requires, his appointment was preceded by an external review of the division. The review was led by Dr. Richard Hopper, Division Chief, Plastic Surgery, and Surgical Director, Craniofacial Center, Seattle Children’s Hospital, who concluded that SickKids’ program was the premier program in North America.

Dr. James Wright, Surgeon-In-Chief & Chief of Perioperative Services, and Vice President, Medical, said the report praises the SickKids Division of Paediatric Plastic Surgery for its unparalleled international reputation. 

“Program growth and development over the past five years has put the Division on an invigorated path of continued evolution.  (This) includes development of a model paediatric burn program and augmentation of the basic science profile through two strategic recruitments; co-localization of the Division into a joint office space; transition planning for a world famous senior surgeon through development of promising junior talent; and a potential for increased clinical research productivity through augmentation of the Division research infrastructure.  These noteworthy achievements are evidence of a leadership with vision and a commitment to lead their team into the future.”

An international authority on paediatric craniofacial deformities, Forrest has written more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and made 150 presentations at scientific meetings. The fellowship program at SickKids has trained surgeons from around the globe in paediatric craniomaxillofacial surgery and paediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Forrest took over as the Head of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 2003 from Dr. Ronald Zuker. In 2009, the division expanded from five to seven staff surgeons, making it the largest division of full-time surgeons dedicated to paediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery in North America.