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General and Thoracic Surgery
General and Thoracic Surgery

Who we are

Dr. Pierro  |  Dr. Azzie  |  Dr. Chiu  |  Dr. Fecteau  |  Dr. Himidan  |  Dr. Wales |  Dr. Langer  |  Dr. Zani


 

Agostino Pierro OBE, MD, FRCS (Engl), FRCS (Ed), FAAP
Head, Division of General and Thoracic Surgery 
Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto

Administrative and Surgical bookings: 416-813-7340

Dr. Pierro joined SickKids and the University of Toronto as Professor and Division Chief of Paediatric Surgery in May 2013. Previously, Dr. Pierro was at The Great Ormond Street Hospital in the UK, where he was head of surgery and Nuffield Professor of Paediatric Surgery, and was the Head of the Surgery Unit at UCL Institute of Child Health. His clinical interest is in neonatal, pancreatic, minimally invasive surgery and neuroblastoma surgery. His research is focused on necrotizing entercolitis, minimally invasive surgery, regenerative medicine, metabolic response to surgery, parenteral nutrition and randomized controlled trials.

 

 

Georges Azzie, MD, FRCSC
Paediatric Surgeon, Division of General and Thoracic Surgery
Program Director, Division of General and Thoracic Surgery 
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto
Administrative and Surgical bookings: 416-813-7654 ext. 202413

Dr. Azzie has a keen interest in international surgery. He has worked extensively around the globe, including the Middle East, Africa and New Zealand. He works to help to expand the international activities of SickKids and the University of Toronto. In addition, Dr. Azzie participates actively in the education of medical students, residents and fellows. Prior to joining SickKids, he was the Program Director for General Surgery at the University of New Mexico. Since coming on staff, he served for three years as Associate Surgeon-in-Chief for Education at SickKids and is a member of the General Surgery Residency Program Committee. In December 2017, Dr. Azzie was appointed as the Program Director for the Division of General and Thoracic surgery at SickKids. His research interests include advanced laparoscopic techniques, simulation, and health care in developing nations.

 

 

Priscilla Chiu, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS FAAP
Paediatric Surgeon, Division of General and Thoracic Surgery 
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto
Administrative and Surgical bookings: 416-813-6405 

Dr. Priscilla Chiu, MD PhD, joined the Division of General and Thoracic Surgery at SickKids in 2005. She was educated at Queen’s University where she received her MD before moving on to a comprehensive surgical internship at the Toronto General Hospital in 1991. She was admitted into the Gallie Program at the University of Toronto and completed research training in the Surgeon-Scientist and Clinician investigator Programs. She completed her pediatric critical care and pediatric surgery fellowships at The Hospital for Sick Children. Dr. Chiu’s clinical and research interests encompass fetal and paediatric chest surgery, surgery for inflammatory bowel disease and airway surgery. She is the surgical director of the multi-disciplinary Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia and Esophageal Atresia Follow Up Clinics. Dr. Chiu also conducts basic science research focused on human T-cell development and T-cell neoplasms.

 

 

Annie Fecteau, MDCM, MSH, MHSC, FCRSC, FACS
Paediatric Surgeon, Division of General and Thoracic Surgery 
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto
Administrative and Surgical bookings: 416-813-6402

Dr. Fecteau is a paediatric general surgeon who specializes in paediatric gastrointestinal transplantation. After her training in paediatric surgery, Dr. Fecteau went on to complete further years of training in liver transplantation in Cincinnati and Paris. In 1998, she joined the University of Toronto Liver Transplantation team as the only paediatric surgeon. In addition to a full paediatric general surgery practice, she manages with the help of a multidisciplinary team, pre and post-transplant care of the children with end stage liver disease. She leads the medical student’s Paediatric Surgery rotation and is involved in transplant fellow and paediatric surgery fellow training. Dr. Fecteau is the Ethics Coordinator for the Division of Paediatric Surgery and has completed a Master’s degree in Bioethics at the Joint Centre for Bioethics at The University of Toronto. Fecteau is involved in transplant related clinical research and is a principal investigator for the Study in Paediatric Liver Transplantation Group.

 

Sharifa Himidan, MD, FRCSC
Paediatric Surgeon, Division of General and Thoracic Surgery 
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto
Administrative and Surgical bookings: 416-813-6357

Dr. Himidan obtained an MBBS from King Abdul Aziz University and finished a year of internship there is 1990. Subsequently, she completed a general surgery residency program at the University of Toronto followed by a year of Paediatric Critical Care at The Hospital for Sick Children. She completed her Paediatric General Surgery training at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital. Prior to moving back to Toronto, Himidan spent three years as a full-time paediatric surgeon in Regina, Saskatchewan and a clinical assistant professor at the University of Saskatchewan. Her clinical practice includes the care of children with neonatal and paediatric surgery diseases with a special interest in congenital anomalies, minimally invasive procedures and inflammatory bowel disease.

 

 

 

Jacob C. Langer, MD, FRCSC
Paediatric Surgeon, Division of General and Thoracic Surgery 
Professor, Department of Surgery,University of Toronto
Administrative office: 416-813-7654 ext. 202413 
Surgical bookings: 416-813-6405

Dr. Jacob C. Langer’s clinical and research interests include neonatal and fetal surgery, minimally invasive paediatric surgery, and the management of complicated gastrointestinal problems in children. He is considered an international expert on the management of Hirschsprung's disease. He has written over 300 papers and 70 book chapters, and travels extensively internationally to do operations and to lecture on these and other topics. 

He has received numerous honours, including the Innovative Scientist of the Year award from the St. Louis Academy of Science, the James IV Travelling Fellowship, and the Detweiler Travelling Fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. 

Dr. Langer was named one of the top 30 doctors in Toronto by Toronto Life Magazine in 2014. Jack was educated and trained at the University of Toronto and The Hospital for Sick Children. He completed research fellowships at the University of California, San Francisco and McMaster University in Hamilton. He was on the faculty at McMaster University Medical Centre in Hamilton from 1989 to 1992, and at St. Louis Children's Hospital (Washington University) from 1992 to 1999. He returned to Canada in 1999 to become Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto and Head of the Division of General and Thoracic Surgery at SickKids, and inaugural holder of the Robert M. Filler Chair in Paediatric Surgery. He held these positions until 2012. In addition to his practice at SickKids, Dr. Langer serves as a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Davis, and is the immediate past-chair of the Brit Milah Program of Reform Judaism. He released a CD of original music in 2016.

 

Paul Wales, BSc, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS
Paediatric Surgeon, Division of General and Thoracic Surgery 
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto
Administrative and Surgical bookings: 416-813-7654 ext 201490

Dr. Wales is a neonatal and paediatric surgeon at SickKids. He completed medical school and his general surgery residency at the University of British Columbia. He then completed a Paediatric General Surgery Fellowship at SickKids in Toronto followed by a Master’s of Science in Epidemiology at The University of Edinburgh. Wales joined our division in 2002. His main research focus is in the area of short bowel syndrome and intestinal failure. Wales is the Director of the Group for Improvement of Intestinal Function and Treatment (GIFT). GIFT is a multidisciplinary team focused on the care of patients with intestinal failure. His clinical research is focused on outcomes related to intestinal failure and the evaluation of novel therapies. His translational research program explores intestinal adaptation and intestinal failure associated liver disease in a novel neonatal piglet model of short bowel syndrome.

 

 

Augusto Zani, MD
Paediatric Surgeon, Division of General and Thoracic Surgery 
Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Toronto
Administrative office: 416-813-7654 ext 202413

After completing his paediatric surgical training in Italy, Dr. Zani moved to the United Kingdom for a research fellowship dedicated to stem cell research in necrotizing enterocolitis leading to a PhD from University College London. Following this period, he was offered to advance his clinical training in the UK working in world famous teaching institutions like Great Ormond Street Hospital and King’s College Hospital, London, where he focused on neonatal and paediatric surgery.

During his training, he maintained high academic and clinical productivity, which also led to his initial appointment as honorary Assistant Professor in Paediatric Surgery at Sapienza University of Rome. In 2014, Zani was promoted to Associate Professor in Paediatric Surgery by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research. In July 2014, Zani and his wife moved to Toronto to work at SickKids as a neonatal surgical fellow. He has continued to excel academically and has been selected in an international search for the position of Surgeon Scientist in the Division

 


See our Clinical and Administrative staff listing for more about our team, including a list of our current Fellows.

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