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General and Thoracic Surgery
General and Thoracic Surgery

Who we are

STAFF SURGEONS

Dr. Agostino Pierro  |  Dr. Georges Azzie  |  Dr. Priscilla Chiu  |  Dr. Annie Fecteau  |  Dr. J. Ted Gerstle  |  Dr. Sharifa Himidan  | Dr. Jacob Langer  |  Dr. Paul Wales  |  Dr. Augusto Zani


 

Agostino Pierro, MD, FRCS (Engl), FRCS (Ed), FAAP

Head, Division of General and Thoracic Surgery
Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto

Administrative office:  416-813-7340
Surgical bookings:  416-813-6357

Dr. Pierro joined The Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto as Professor and Division Chief of Paediatric Surgery in May 2013. Previously, Pierro was at 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
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, 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. His research interests include advanced laparoscopic techniques, simulation, and health care in developing nations. See Directory listing for more information.

 

Priscilla Chiu, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS FAAP

Paediatric Surgeon, Division of General and Thoracic Surgery
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto

Administrative office and Surgical bookings:  416-813-6405

Dr. Priscilla Chiu joined the Division of Paediatric Surgery at The Hospital for Sick Children 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 in 1992 where she undertook additional research training in the Surgeon-Scientist and Clinician investigator Programs, completing her PhD in 2002. She completed a critical care fellowship in 2003 and her pediatric surgery residency in 2005. In addition to her clinical interest in paediatric chest surgery, Chiu has a special research interest in human T-cell development and T-cell neoplasms. See Directory listing for more information.

 

 

Annie Fecteau, MDCM, MSH, MHSC, FCRSC, FACS

Paediatric Surgeon, Division of General and Thoracic Surgery
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto

Administrative office 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, Fecteau went on to complete further years of training in liver transplantation in Cincinnati and Paris.  In 1998, Fecteau 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.  Fecteau is in charge of the medical student’s Paediatric Surgery rotation and is involved in transplant fellow and paediatric surgery fellow trainings.  She 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. See Directory listing for more information.

 

 

J. Ted Gerstle, MD, FRCSC, FACS, FAAP

Director, Surgical Oncology Program,
Division of Paediatric General and Thoracic Surgery
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto

Administrative office: 416-813-6401 ext. 3
Surgical bookings: 416-813-6401 ext. 2

Dr. Gerstle obtained his MD at Dartmouth College and did his post-graduate general surgery training and a postdoctoral research fellowship at Pennsylvania State University.  Prior to his appointment to the Division of General and Thoracic Surgery at The Hospital for Sick Children in 1998, Gerstle completed a pediatric surgery residency and fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children/University of Toronto.  His activities extend outside of Canada with interests in international surgery and global child health. He is actively involved in SickKids International, including the Qatar New Children’s Hospital Project where he is the Surgical Director, the SickKids No Boundaries Program and the SickKids Caribbean Pediatric Cancer and Blood project.

His clinical and research interests are in the field of solid tumours.  As such, he is a Project Director in the Program in Cell Biology at the Research Institute and is a surgical investigator in multi-centre, international clinical trials involving the Children’s Oncology Group. See  Directory listing for more information.

 

Sharifa Himidan, MD, FRCSC

Paediatric Surgeon, Division of General and Thoracic Surgery
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto

Administrative office 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. See Directory listing for more information.

 

 

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. Langer 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 Franciso and McMaster University in Hamilton. He was on staff 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, a position he held until 2012. His clinical and research interests include neonatal and fetal surgery, minimally invasive paediatric surgery, and the management of Hirschsprung’s disease. See See Directory listing for more information.

 

 

Paul Wales, BSc, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS

Paediatric Surgeon, Division of General and Thoracic Surgery
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto

Administrative office 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. See Directory for more information.

 

Augusto Zani, MD

Paediatric Surgeon, Division of General and Thoracic Surgery
Assistant  Professor of Surgery, University of Toronto

Administrative office: 416-813-2413

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.

Zani assumed his new position on January 1, 2016.

 


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

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