Dr. Jayaraman (left) and Dr. Hart
(centre) perform a liver re-section surgery.
"We have always been able to provide this type of surgery, providing excellent care and results for our patients - and now we are one of several sites in the province recognized by Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) to deliver this surgery as a centre of excellence," explained Dr. Richard Hart, Surgical Oncology, Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgeon, who specializes in HPB surgery and has been on staff at St. Joseph's since 2001.
He is a clinical leader in this area and was recruited here for his expertise in HPB surgery, which is a sub-specialty area of general surgery.
performed over 50 HPB cancer surgeries last year as well as a significant amount of surgeries for benign disease.
According to Cancer Care Ontario guidelines, patients with a HPB cancer diagnosis should be operated on within 28 days from the time a decision is made to operate, targets we are committed to strictly adhering to says Dr. Hart
As a hospital with high HPB surgical volumes combined with a formal designation from Cancer Care Ontario, "St.
Joseph's can continue to respond to the needs of patients in the communities we serve and improve the quality of life for people suffering from the devastating affects of liver and pancreatic cancers," said Dr. Hart
Dr. Hart explains that his work as a single surgeon met the criteria of surgical volumes and outcomes as outlined by CCO guidelines.
We have a full compliment of residents and fellows coming here to train in all facets of surgery," said Dr. Hart
As a centre of excellence, we will be able to expose our residents to an even higher volume of HPB oncology (to increase their learning opportunities in this specialty area).
We are also working to put together a lecture series for all HPB fellows in the city in partnership with Sunnybrook and University Health Network (the two other designated HPB surgery sites in Toronto)," said Dr. Hart