Stefan O.P. Hofer M.D. Ph.D. FRCS(C)

Dr. Hofer is the chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at University Health Network. He is also the Wharton Chair of Head and Neck Reconstruction. Dr. Hofer obtained his medical degree from the University of Amsterdam in 1992. He then completed his PhD studying tissue oxygen tension as an indicator of tissue perfusion in the Department of Surgical Research, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam.

He obtained his board certification in Plastic Surgery from the Netherlands in 2000 and became the first Plastic Surgeon to be awarded the highly prestigious Dutch Cancer Society clinical fellowship, which funded his one-year Microsurgery Research fellowship at the Bernard O′Brien Institute of Microsurgery at St. Vincent′s Hospital and the University of Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. Hofer is internationally recognized for his outstanding contributions in the areas of clinical service, education, and research. Prior to becoming the Division's first international candidate to be recruited in over a decade, Dr. Hofer was an Associate Professor in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam and the Head of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical Oncology Division.

Anne O'Neill MBBCh, MMedSci, MSc, FRCS(Plast), PhD

Dr. Anne O'Neill joined the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at University Health Network as an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in 2013. Dr. O’Neill received her medical degree from the National University of Ireland graduating with honors in 1999. She commenced her surgical training in 2000 and was awarded an Associate Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2002. She subsequently commenced sub-specialization in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and was awarded her Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in this discipline in 2011. She completed a clinical fellowship in microsurgery and breast reconstruction at University of Toronto in 2012. Her clinical interest is in oncological reconstruction including breast, extremity and head and neck reconstruction.

In parallel with her clinical training Dr O’Neill completed a Masters in Medical Sciences and then a PhD at the National University of Ireland, conducting her research at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston where she was a research fellow. In 2012 she completed her second Master of Science Degree in Translational Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. She has presented her research at many international conferences and has also published a number of scientific papers. She works as a Surgeon-Investigator at University Health Network with a specific interest in breast and sarcoma reconstructive surgery outcomes as well as vascularized tissue allotransplantation.



Toni Zhong M.D., M.H.S, FRCS(C)

Dr. Toni Zhong, M.D., FRCS, MHS is a graduate of the Plastic Surgery Residency Training Program at the University of Western Ontario and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2007. Following the completion of her residency, Dr. Zhong was awarded the Zeiss Canada Microsurgery Scholarship to pursue a year-long Microvascular and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. In 2012, she was awarded the prestigious 2012 Career Development Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncologists. She currently has over 30 peer-reviewed publications in high impact oncology and surgical journals, holds 10 active national level research grants, and numerous Canadian and American Plastic Surgery Foundation Funds. She is also the Co-Director of Research for WomenforWomen, a non-profit humanitarian organization for the International Plastic and Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgery Society.

Dr. Zhong obtained her Masters of Health Sciences in the field of Clinical Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health following her clinical fellowship. She was recruited to join the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive at the University of Toronto in November 2008. She is an Assistant Professor, Fellowship Director for the Breast Reconstruction Fellowships Program, and the Fellowship Director for the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Toronto. In addition to her clinical interest in all forms of complex reconstruction post-oncologic ablation, she is the Clinical and Research Lead of the Breast Restoration Program at University Health Network, a leading center for advanced techniques in breast reconstruction in North America. To complement her clinical expertise in the field of breast reconstructive surgery, her research aims to improve the access of women to optimized techniques of post-mastectomy reconstruction through clinical trials and health services research.

Dr. David McCready, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS

Dr. McCready is a Surgical Oncologist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre with both clinical and research interests in breast cancer. He is Lead of the Breast Cancer Site Group, Head of the Breast Centre, and Medical Director of the PMH Operating Room​and holds the Gattuso Chair in Breast Surgical Oncology. His academic and research interests include clinical trials regarding optimal breast cancer treatment, health services research regarding optimal diagnosis and treatment and sentinel lymph node biopsy.

Dr. Wey-Liang Leong, MD, MSc, FRCSC

Dr. Leong is a Surgical Oncologist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre with both clinical and research interests in breast cancer. His academic and research interests include the genetic epidemiology of breast cancer and novel techniques and technologies in the diagnosis of breast cancer and melanoma.

Dr. Jaime M. Escallon, MD, FRCSC, FACS

Dr. Escallon is a Surgical Oncologist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Coordinator of Breast Surgery and Breast Center of Excellence at Mount Sinai Hospital. His clinical interest is surgical oncology of breast cancer. He participates in several clinical trials related to breast cancer and has an interest in surgical education.

Dr. Michael Reedijk, MD, PhD, FRCSC

Dr. Reedijk is a Surgical Oncologist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre with both clinical and research interests in breast cancer. His clinical practice is devoted to the surgical treatment of melanoma and malignancies of the breast. His research lab is within The Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research/Ontario Cancer Institute at the Princess Margaret Hospital where his focus is on Notch Signaling in Breast Cancer. Dr. Reedijk is the Head of Research, Department of Surgical Oncology at the University Health Network and Mount Sinai Hospital.

Dr. Tulin Cil, MD, FRCPC, Med

Dr. Cil is a Surgical Oncologist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Women’s College Hospital. Her clinical practice is devoted to the care of patients with breast disease and general surgery. Her academic and research interests include breast disease and general surgery, innovative teaching strategies and mechanisms of learning surgical skills.