Largest gift to a Canadian surgical department will ensure continued
excellence in patient care and life-saving innovations in surgery
TORONTO, June 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Dr. Robert Bell, President and CEO of
University Health Network (UHN), and Dr. Shaf Keshavjee,
Surgeon-in-Chief, UHN, today announced a $25-million gift from The
Sprott Foundation in support of the Department of Surgery at UHN. This
represents the largest private contribution to a Department of Surgery
in Canada, and one of the largest in UHN's history.
"Today marks a pivotal day in surgical care, not only here at UHN, but
in operating rooms around the world," said Dr. Keshavjee. "The Sprott
Foundation's investment will build on UHN's proud history of surgical
world firsts and create a one-of-a-kind centre for surgical innovation.
The Sprott Department of Surgery at UHN will provide the best surgical
care in a state-of-the-art and compassionate environment, while
advancing the latest procedures that will transform people's lives."
The Sprott Foundation's funding will support the recruitment and
retention of the world's best surgeons and crucial investments in
leading-edge surgical technology - including advanced robotics,
image-guided therapeutics and the latest in organ repair and
"We support organizations that are leaders in their field," said Eric
Sprott, founder of The Sprott Foundation and Sprott Asset Management.
"Surgeons at UHN helped discover insulin as a treatment for diabetes
and performed the world's first successful single- and double-lung
transplants. These innovations have saved the lives of millions of
patients around the world, and we are proud to partner with UHN to fuel
the next world-changing discovery."
The Department of Surgery at UHN encompasses the surgical programs of
Toronto General, Toronto Western and Princess Margaret Hospitals and is
the country's biggest, performing 25,000 procedures annually. As a
provincial and national referral centre, UHN's surgeons perform the
most complex procedures in the country; with the lowest mortality rates
"We are able to offer such exceptional care because our surgical program
trains and attracts the best talent from around the globe," said Dr.
Keshavjee. "People come here from across the country and around the
world to undergo life-saving procedures not available elsewhere. The
Sprott Foundation's investment in our Department will ensure that we
can continue to offer exceptional care while staying on the
leading-edge of innovation and defining the future of surgery."
A portion of the Sprott Foundation investment will support the creation
of a Transplant Organ Repair and Regeneration Centre (TORCC), designed
to help address the shortage of suitable donor organs in Ontario. The
Centre will build on the success of the Toronto XVIVO Lung Perfusion
System developed by Dr. Keshavjee that assesses, treats and repairs
injured donor lungs outside the body using gene therapy, prior to
transplantation - a personalized approach to donor organ management.
Within TORCC, the XVIVO technology will be developed to support the
repair and regeneration of donor livers, kidneys and hearts,
significantly increasing the number of viable organs available for
University Health Network
University Health Network consists of Toronto General, Toronto Western,
Princess Margaret Hospitals, and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. The
scope of research and complexity of cases at University Health Network
has made it a national and international source for discovery,
education and patient care. It has the largest hospital-based research
program in Canada, with major research in cardiology, transplantation,
neurosciences, oncology, surgical innovation, infectious diseases,
genomic medicine and rehabilitation medicine. University Health Network
is a research hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto.
Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation
Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation raises funds for research,
education and the enhancement of patient care at Toronto General
Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital as well as their respective
research arms, Toronto General Research Institute and Toronto Western
Image with caption: "Eric Sprott, with his daughter Juliana Sprott, announces a $25 million gift to name the Sprott Department of Surgery at University Health Network. (CNW Group/Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120605_C5984_PHOTO_EN_14642.jpg
SOURCE Toronto General
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Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation
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