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Johanna Riesel

Title: Pediatric Reconstructive Surgeon
Designations: MD
Phone: 416-813-8659
Alternate Contact Name: Dyanne Bechard
Alternate Email:
U of T Positions: Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery


Dr. Riesel completed her plastic and reconstructive surgical training at Harvard University before completing a pediatric craniofacial fellowship at SickKids. Her interests are in cleft and craniofacial surgery, facial reanimation, general paediatric reconstruction, surgical education, and global surgery.  She is currently obtaining a Masters in Medical Health Professions Education to further her interest in optimizing surgeon performance in the operating room, and serves as the Director of the Wellness Program for the University of Toronto Plastic Surgery Residents.

Dr. Riesel’s research interests include improving outcomes in endoscopic strip craniectomies (the minimally invasive surgical treatment for craniosynostosis), neurocognitive outcomes for craniosynostosis, optimizing surgeon performance in the operating room, and improving access to high-quality surgical care in limited-resource settings.

Education and Experience

  • 2021-Present:  Assistant Professor, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto
  • 2020-2021: Clinical Associate, Plastic Surgery, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada
  • 2019-2020: Clinical Fellow, Plastic Surgery, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada
  • 2015-2019: Plastic Surgery Resident, Harvard Medical School Program in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • 2013-2015: Research Fellow Boston Children’s Hospital; Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellow Harvard Medical School Program, Global Surgery and Social Change
  • 2010-2015: General Surgery Resident, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
  • 2006-2010: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • 2005-2006: Post Bachelor’s Fellow Harvard Initiative for Global Health


  • 2020: J.G. McCarthy Visiting Scholar Award American Society of Craniofacial Surgeons


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