Saving Lives with Surgery
Dr. Shaf Keshavjee

​Dr. Shaf Keshavjee

Sprott Surgery has one of the best multidisciplinary teams in the country

In a typical year, more than 35,000 surgical procedures are performed at the Sprott Department of Surgery at University Health Network (UHN) in Toronto. Of course, 2020 has not been a typical year. Because of COVID-19, elective surgeries across the country were put on hold for months. An estimated 100,000 patients nationwide – including many in Ontario – had their surgeries delayed. Now, our dedicated surgical teams are working tirelessly to clear the backlog.

While this year looks different from years past, one thing hasn’t changed: for the best leading-edge surgical treatment, Canadians can rely on the Sprott Department of Surgery. As the largest surgical program in Canada, we perform some of the most challenging operations worldwide, as you will read in this magazine.

Our surgeons are part of multidisciplinary teams – including anesthetists, intensivists, perfusionists, nurses, prosthetics experts, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, social workers, nutritionists and more – that strive to offer the best care and outcomes through a patient-centred approach.

Our diverse knowledge and our drive to seek innovative solutions are what make the Sprott Department of Surgery a leader in the development of new surgical technologies and techniques. Patients from around the world benefit from these groundbreaking innovations, as surgeons and surgical trainees from every continent are drawn to our operating rooms to learn first-hand from our teams.