Orthopaedics Win Big at the Annual Department of Surgery Awards Ceremony

Dear Colleagues – the annual Department of Surgery Awards Ceremony, usually held at the Gallie Day dinner, was held in a virtual format last night. Our Division was well represented, with 3 faculty members winning major awards. Please join me in congratulating Jesse Wolfstadt, Aaron Nauth, and Jim Waddell for their well-deserved recognition.

Jesse was awarded the SSC DH Gales Outstanding Educator Award. Although Jesse has only been on faculty since 2018, he has been involved with education ever since his residency, especially in the Toronto Orthopaedic Boot Camp. He is continuing his teaching legacy through courses that he provides at the SSC.

Aaron was selected as winner of the Bernard Langer Surgeon Scientist Award. This is awarded to the graduate of the Department of Surgery’s SSTP who has shown the greatest promise for a career in academic surgery. Aaron has been prolific in his early career research, holding 11 peer review grants including 7 as Principal Investigator. He has published extensively on clinical outcomes in trauma and mechanisms to enhance impaired fracture healing. Aaaron holds the Chair in Fracture Care Research at St. Michael’s Hospital.

Jim was the deserving recipient of the Bryce Taylor Mentorship Award. The award is presented to someone renowned for mentoring students, residents, fellows and faculty and serves as a role model for professionalism in surgery. Jim has been called the epitome of mentorship. He has served as Surgeon-in-Chief at St. Michael’s Hospital and as the Division Chair of Orthopaedics at the University. Despite having personally received numerous honours and accolades for his personal achievements (including the Order of Canada), he has always taken the time to provide support and sage advice to residents and faculty members alike regarding career opportunities, surgical cases and life in general. Many faculty credit him with being responsible for their success and satisfaction in their chosen path.

Congratulations – we are all very proud of your accomplishments!

Best regards,

Peter C. Ferguson MD MSc FRCSC FAOA
Albert and Temmy Latner Chair,
Division of Orthopaedics, Department of Surgery
University of Toronto

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