We are pleased to announce that our Board of Directors has approved the appointment of Dr. Avery Nathens as the Hospital's new chief of the Department of Surgery.
Dr. Nathens takes over on September 17, 2012 from Dr. Robin Richards, who has held the role since September 2001. During that time, Dr. Richards has provided strong, reliable and stable leadership to a diverse and busy surgical department that has made significant academic advances during his tenure.
Dr. Nathens has an international reputation in trauma research, education and patient care. He was a trauma surgeon and director of surgical critical care at Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA, where he was also the director of the acute care section of the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center.
Since 2006, he has been the director of trauma and the division head of general surgery at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, where he held a Canada Research Chair in Systems of Trauma Care. He holds appointments in the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation and the Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto as well as the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. Dr. Nathens is currently a professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto.