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Dr. Avery Nathens
Dr. Avery Nathens

Dr. Avery Nathens is currently the Chief of Surgery and the Trauma Medical Director at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Canada’s largest Level 1 trauma centre and Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He is a general surgeon with a focus on trauma care, performance improvement, and health system design. He is Medical Director of Trauma Quality Programs of the American College of Surgeons. His research interests include trauma system effectiveness and quality of trauma care. He holds the DeSouza Chair in Trauma Research and has published over 400 peer-reviewed manuscripts including many landmark works on trauma care in Lancet, NEJM and JAMA. He has been the recipient of several million dollars of research funding from the NIH, Canadian Institutes of Health Research and many other agencies.

Educational background:

  • Queen’s University Medical School, Kingston, ON (1990)
  • Resident, General Surgery, University of Toronto (1998)
  • Surgical Scientist (PhD), Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Toronto (1997)
  • Fellowship, Trauma and Surgical Critical Care, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA (2000)
  • Master in Public Health (MPH), University of Washington (2000)

Previous positions:

  • Attending Trauma Surgeon, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA (2000-2006)
  • Director, Surgical Critical Care, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA (2002-2006)
  • Director, Acute Care Section, Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Centre (2002-2006)
  • Division Head, General Surgery and Director of Trauma, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto (2006-2012)