Guest Speakers

Jean-Francois Boileau

Jean-Francois Boileau MD, MSc
Associate Professor Surgery and Gerald Bronfman Oncology, McGill University
Surgical Oncologist, Jewish General Hospital Segal Cancer Centre
Director JGH Breast Clinical Trials Group

Dr Boileau is an associate professor in the Departments of Surgery and Gerald Bronfman Oncology at McGill University. He is a surgical oncologist and director of the Breast Clinical Trials Group at the Montreal Jewish General Segal Cancer Centre and a founding member of the Quebec McPeak-Sirois Clinical Trials Consortium. He is an author on the breast neoadjuvant PALLET (Palbociclib), KRISTINE (Trastuzumab emtansine) and KEYNOTE-522 (Pembrolizumab) trials published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Lancet Oncology and in the New England Journal of Medicine.

As the Principle Investigator of the SN FNAC study (Journal of Clinical Oncology), he has contributed to establishing sentinel node biopsy as an acceptable option to re-stage the axilla of node positive breast cancer patients after neoadjuvant therapy.

Marylise Boutros

Marylise Boutros MD FRCSC FACS
Professor of Surgery
McGill University
Staff Surgeon, Department of Colorectal Surgery
Regional Director of Research
Cleveland Clinic Florida

Marylise Boutros is a Staff Colorectal Surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic Florida and the Regional Digestive Disease Institute Director of Research. Previously, Dr. Boutros was a Colorectal Surgeon at the Jewish General Hospital, Professor of Surgery at McGill University, and Colorectal Surgery Program Director. Having completed General Surgery residency at McGill University and Colorectal Surgery residency at Cleveland Clinic Florida, her clinical interests are advanced minimally invasive approaches to benign and malignant colorectal and anorectal diseases. She treats colon and rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticular disease, fecal incontinence and all anorectal disorders.

Dr Boutros is a federally funded researcher who currently leads an internationally renowned research program focused on assessing innovations to improve recovery and functional outcomes after colorectal surgery using multicentre prospective trials, patient-centred interventions and patient-reported outcome measures. Within her research program, Dr Boutros has mentored over forty trainees and graduate students. Dr Boutros also has leadership roles in multiple international societies including Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Canadian Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and the Canadian Association of General Surgeons.

Haytham Kaafarani

Haytham Kaafarani MD, MPH, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Harvard Medical School
Medical Director, Hospital Quality & Safety
Medical Director, Trauma Center
Massachusetts General Hospital

Haytham M. Kaafarani, MD, MPH, FACS, is the Hospital Director of Quality and Safety, Trauma Medical Director at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. Between 2022 and 2023, Dr. Kaafarani served as the Chief Patient Safety Officer of The Joint Commission. In that role, he was the president’s designee to prioritize patient safety concerns at Joint Commission-accredited health care organizations, provided oversight and medical expertise for the Office of Quality and Patient Safety, and oversaw data management and analysis related to the Sentinel Event Database. His previous roles include Director of the MGH Center for Outcomes & Patient Safety in Surgery (COMPASS) and Director of the MGH Wound Center. Dr. Kaafarani is a recognized authority and speaker with more than 450 published peer-reviewed manuscripts and textbook chapters with a focus on surgical patient safety from intake to discharge, benchmarking quality care, peer support, and the use of artificial intelligence for risk modeling and predicting outcomes. He has won numerous awards, including a nomination to the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Dr. Kaafarani received his Master of Public Health from Harvard University and his doctorate from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. He holds certifications in surgery and surgical critical care from the American Board of Surgery.

Conference Chair

Bernard & Ryna Langer Chair
Division of General Surgery
University of Toronto

Planning Committee

Preeti Dhar MD MSc FRCSC
Assistant Professor
Department of Surgery
General Surgeon
Toronto General Hospital

Division of General Surgery
Medical Director of Breast ICC
Division Head of General Surgery
North York General Hospital

Shiva Jayaraman MD MESc FRCSC FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Associate Program Director
U of T General Surgery Residency Program
HPB Surgery
St. Joseph’s Health Centre – Unity Health Toronto

Marisa Louridas MD PhD FRCSC
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Colorectal Surgeon Division of General Surgery
St. Michael’s Hospital

Megan Melland-Smith MD MSc FRCSC
Staff General Surgeon
North York General Hospital
North Toronto Hernia Program

Erin Sadler MD M.Sc FRCSC
Lecturer (Part-Time) Department of Surgery
Staff Surgeon Division of General Surgery
St. Joseph’s Health Centre Unity Health

Peter K. Stotland HBSc MSc MD FRCSC
Assistant Professor Department of Surgery
Assistant Program Director
General Surgery Residency Training Program
Surgical Oncology and Minimally Invasive Surgery
Quality and Knowledge Transfer Lead
Cancer Care Ontario
Regional Surgical Oncology Lead
Ontario Health – Cancer Care Ontario


Daniel Abramowitz MD FRCSC
Colorectal surgeon
Division of General Surgery
North York General Hospital

Eisar Al-Sukhni MD
Staff Surgeon
University Health Network

Yasser Botros MD FRCS(C)
Lecturer dept General Surgery
General Surgeon
North York General Hospital

Savtaj Singh Brar MMDD
Assistant Professor
Department of Surgery
Surgical Oncologist
Mount Sinai Hospital​

Marcus Burnstein MD FRCSC
Associate Professor
Dept. of Surgery
St. Michael’s Hospital

Natalia C. Calo MD MSc
Assistant Professor
Division of Gastroenterology
Therapeutic Endoscopy
St. Michael’s Hospital

Assistant Professor Department of Surgery
Surgical Oncologist
St. Michael’s Hospital

Andrea Eisen MD FRCPC
Associate Professor Department of Medicine
Medical Oncologist Head Familial Cancer Programme
Odette Cancer Centre
Cancer Care Ontario Provincial Breast Cancer Lead

Stan Feinberg MD FRCSC FACS
Assistant Professor
Colorectal Surgeon

Ralph George MD FRCSC
Associate Professor General Surgery
General Surgeon
St. Michael’s Hospital

David Gomez MD PhD
Acute care and trauma surgeon
St Michaels Hospital

Timothy Jackson MD FRCSC MPH
Associate Professor Surgery

Karineh Kazazian MD PhD FRCSC
Assistant Professor
Staff Physician Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology
University Health Network

Steve MacLellan MD FRCS(C)
Staff Surgeon
Humber River Regional Hospital

Helen MacRae MD FRCSC​
Professor Department of Surgery
General Surgeon
Mount Sinai Hospital

Melinda Maggisano MD FRCSC
General Surgeon
Humber River Hospital

Associate Professor of Medicine
Head Division of Gastroenterology
St.Michael’s Hospital

Jeff Mosko MD MSc FRCPC
Assistant Professor Division of Gastroenterology
Therapeutic Endoscopy St. Michael’s Hospital

Carol-Anne Moulton MBBS PhD MEd
Professor Surgery
Staff Surgeon
University Health Network

Fady Saleh MD MPH
William Osler Health System

Carmine Simone MD FRCSC FCCP
Vice President Medical Affairs
Michael Garron Hospital Toronto East Health Network
Assistant Professor Department of Surgery

Jensen Tan MD
General MIS & Bariatric Surgeon
Humber River Hospital

Sara Temple MD FRCSC
Chief of Surgery
Surgical Oncology and General Surgery
Southlake Regional Health Centre

Stephanie Tung MD MSc FRCSC
Minimally Invasive and Acute Care Surgeon
Division of General Surgery
North York General Hospital

David R. Urbach MD MSc FRCSC
Professor Departments of Surgery and Health Policy Management and Evaluation
Head Department of Surgery
Women’s College Hospital

Natalya Zhang MD FRCSC
Lecturer Division of General Surgery
Acute care surgeon and Education lead
North York General Hospital