About Surgical Oncology

Providing leadership in surgical oncology care, quality standards, research and education.

Princess Margaret offers the most comprehensive surgical cancer care program in Canada. With a world-renowned team of close to 60 surgical oncologists, we offer a broad range of specialized services and are committed to providing access to leading-edge surgical techniques and technologies that improve patient outcomes. 

As a member of the University Health Network and through partnerships with local hospitals, Princess Margaret offers people with cancer access to specialized facilities. Newly introduced clinical programs include a Guided Therapeutics (GTx) Program, radio-guided seed localization for intra-operative localization of non-palpable breast cancers, a specialized program in peritoneal malignancies and a robotic surgery program for prostate, gynecologic, thoracic and gastrointestinal cancer treatment.  

Working inter-professionally with other members of the healthcare team, our surgeons work within site groups. This means our surgeons can focus their practice and work with each patient’s team of medical, radiation and other healthcare providers to assess, treat and provide follow-up care for common, rare and complex forms of cancer.


As a fully affiliated teaching hospital of the University of Toronto, we offer a range of surgical oncology

  • Ensure that our resources in cancer surgery services are aligned to meet the trend of regionalization of high-complexity and high-intensity surgical oncology: hepatobiliary, thoracic, sarcoma-musculoskeletal, head and neck and gynecologic 
  • Maintain or expand services commensurate with the population we serve in colorectal, breast, endocrine and prostate/genitourinary surgical oncology
  • Commit to the full spectrum of surgical oncology management of people with cancer, including detection and screening, diagnosis and staging, reconstruction and rehabilitation, and palliation
  • Develop a research platform for the creation, innovation, deployment, assessment and evaluation of new technologies in the operating room setting
  • Continue to invest in and support surgeon scientists and surgeon investigators as fundamental to the research program in the “research hospital of the future” at University Health Network
  • Continue to offer and develop the largest post-residency fellowship training program in surgical oncology in Canada
  • Continue international, national and provincial leadership in the development and implementation of quality of care standards for surgical oncology
  • Foster collaboration with our regional and provincial oncology partners to care for our cancer patients
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