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About Sickkids
About SickKids

J. Ted Gerstle, M.D., FRCSC, FACS, FAAP, FCS (ECSA)

The Hospital for Sick Children
Staff Surgeon
General and Thoracic Surgery

Director, Surgical Oncology Program
General and Thoracic Surgery

Research Institute
Project Investigator
Cell Biology

University of Toronto
Associate Professor of Surgery
General Surgery

Phone: 416-813-6401
Fax: 416-813-7477
Alternate Contact: Shannon Hannah
Alternate Phone: 416-813-6401 ext. 3
Alternate Fax: 416-813-7477
Alternate Email: shannon.hannah@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

Dr. J. Ted Gerstle obtained his doctor of medicine degree in 1988 from Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire. He trained at Penn State University in General Surgery from 1988-1995. He completed a Paediatric Surgery Fellowship at SickKids in 1998 after which he became a full time staff member.

Gerstle is a Staff Surgeon and Director of the Surgical Oncology Program in the Division of General and Thoracic Surgery. In addition, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto.

His clinical and research interests are in the treatment of solid tumors of the chest and abdomen, particularly neuroblastoma. He is a Project Investigator in Cell Biology at the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning and is a surgical investigator in multi-centre, international clinical trials involving the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). In addition, he has focused his research efforts on better ways to train surgical residents and fellows through the development of new surgical simulation devices.

Gerstle is actively involved in Global Child Health Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly Ethiopia.  In January 2011 he became the Surgical Director for the Qatar Project, which is a joint initiative with SickKids International and the State of Qatar to build the country’s first children’s hospital in Doha.

Research Interests

  • Paediatric Solid Tumours
  • Global Child Health
  • Surgical Education


A partial list of Dr. Gerstle's publications is below:

  1. Narayanam S, Gerstle T, Amaral J, John P, Parra D, Temple M, Connolly B. Lung tattooing combined with immediate video-assisted thoracoscopic resection (IVATR) as a single procedure in a hybrid room: our institutional experience in a pediatric population. Pediatr Radiol. 2013 Sep;43(9):1144-51. doi: 10.1007/s00247-013-2665-6. Epub 2013 Mar 23. PubMed PMID: 23525747.
  2. Ein SH, Nasr A, Wales P, Gerstle T. The very large recurrent postoperative scrotal hydrocele after pediatric inguinal hernia repair: a rare problem. Pediatr Surg Int. 2009 Mar;25(3):239-41. doi: 10.1007/s00383-009-2326-x. Epub 2009 Jan 30. PubMed PMID: 19184055.
  3. Nicholas DB, Swan SR, Gerstle TJ, Allan T, Griffiths AM. Struggles, strengths, and strategies: an ethnographic study exploring the experiences of adolescents living with an ostomy. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2008 Dec 17;6:114. doi: 10.1186/1477-7525-6-114. PubMed PMID: 19091104; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2626588.
  4. Faingold R, Daneman A, Tomlinson G, Babyn PS, Manson DE, Mohanta A, Moore AM, Hellmann J, Smith C, Gerstle T, Kim JH. Necrotizing enterocolitis: assessment of bowel viability with color doppler US. Radiology. 2005 May;235(2):587-94. PubMed PMID: 15858098.
  5. Alloo J, Gerstle T, Shilyansky J, Ein SH. Appendicitis in children less than 3 years of age: a 28-year review. Pediatr Surg Int. 2004 Jan;19(12):777-9. Epub 2004 Jan 16. PubMed PMID: 14730382.
  6. Ramphal R, Manson D, Viero S, Zielenska M, Gerstle T, Pappo A. Retroperitoneal infantile fibrosarcoma: clinical, molecular, and therapeutic aspects of an unusual tumor. Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2003 Dec;20(8):635-42. PubMed PMID: 14578034.
  7. Diamond IR, Wales PW, Connolly B, Gerstle T. Tissue plasminogen activator for the treatment of intraabdominal abscesses in a neonate. J Pediatr Surg. 2003 Aug;38(8):1234-6. PubMed PMID: 12891500.
  8. Borenstein SH, Gerstle T, Malkin D, Thorner P, Filler RM. The effects of prebiopsy corticosteroid treatment on the diagnosis of mediastinal lymphoma. J Pediatr Surg. 2000 Jun;35(6):973-6. PubMed PMID: 10873047.
  9. Ky A, Shilyansky J, Gerstle J, Taylor G, Filler RM, Grace N, Superina R. Experience with papillary and solid epithelial neoplasms of the pancreas in children. J Pediatr Surg. 1998 Jan;33(1):42-4. PubMed PMID: 9473097.

For a list of Dr. Gerstle's other publications please follow this link to PubMed