As an extension of our commitment to providing premier surgical services to Princess Margaret patients, the Department of Surgical Oncology works towards continually advancing the frontiers of surgical practice through research. This includes analyzing our current surgical methods, developing new techniques and performing clinical trials in innovative surgical practice and technology.

Our surgeon scientists and surgeon investigators are principal investigators, co-investigators or collaborators who have received over $35 million in peer-reviewed research funding and produce over 300 peer-reviewed scholarly publications per year in the following areas:

  • Clinical outcomes research
  • Health services research and clinical epidemiology
  • Translational and basic science research
    • Cancer stem cell research
    • Stem cell regeneration and organ restoration
    • Molecular prognostic indicators
  • Clinical trials and outcomes research
  • Development of simulators and models for surgical education
  • Development of innovative real-time surgical imaging with tracking and navigation, enabling innovative minimal-access therapies

Underpinning a large surgical research enterprise is ongoing funding from endowed research chairs. The following is a list of cancer program academic surgical chairs:

  • Alan & Susan Hudson Chair in Neuro-Oncology
  • CIHR/Wyeth/Rx&D Clinical Research Chair in Oncology – Michael Jewett
  • Anna-Liisa Farquharson Chair in Kidney Cancer – Michael Jewett
  • Fleck Tanenbaum Chair in Prostatic Diseases – John Trachtenberg
  • Gattuso Chair in Breast Surgical Oncology – David McCready
  • J. Douglas Crashley Chair in Gynecological Cancer Research – Joan Murphy
  • The Kevin and Sandra Sullivan Chair in Surgical Oncology – Jonathan Irish
  • Kress Family Professorship in Esophageal Cancer
  • Love Chair in Prostate Cancer Prevention – Neil Fleshner
  • Belinda Stronach Chair in Breast Cancer Reconstructive Surgery
  • Temmy Latner/Dynacare Chair in Head and Neck Oncology – Jeremy Freeman
  • University of Toronto/Mount Sinai Hospital Rubinoff-Gross Chair in Orthopaedic Oncology (Mount Sinai Hospital) – Jay Wunder
  • Wharton Chair in Head and Neck Surgery – Patrick Gullane
  • Wharton Chair in Reconstructive Surgical Oncology – Stefan Hofer


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