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What Makes Us Special

Our Experience

We specialize in all aspects of cardiac surgery and are one of the largest open heart surgery centres in the country. Performing approximately 1,500 of these operations a year, we have excellent clinical outcomes. Many of the treatments/surgeries undertaken at our hospital are not available at any other institution.

In addition to performing heart operations, our surgeons also care for patients who need permanent pacemaker implantation, defibrillators and laser lead extractions.

All this makes ours among the top cardiovascular surgery centres in North America and the premier centre of its kind in the country. We have the most extensive experience in the world for treating patients with heart valve disease in adults and end-stage heart failure, and outstanding experience with mitral valve repair, aortic valve sparring procedures, surgery for hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, surgery for dysrhythmias and congenital heart defects in adults. Our results with coronary artery bypass grafting on and off pump are excellent.

Our Research

We are on the forefront of cardiovascular surgery innovations, developing many new cardiovascular surgery procedures, such as the use of the left ventricular assist device (LVAD).

Our Teaching

We are a proud member of the Cardiac Care Network of Ontario, an advisory body to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Our team members are not only care givers, they're dedicated teachers, educating national and international trainees. Our leadership and innovation in the field is well known and we contribute actively to continuing education programs for other heart surgeons. Established surgeons from around the world visit our operating rooms to learn more about the way we care for our patients. In addition, each year we publish many research reports.

While our program is large and renowned, we maintain a focus on treating individual patients with compassion and respect. Our team excels at working together to help patients and families at every stage of their care.