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Welcome to Surgery


Message from the chair

As the seventh Chair of the Department of Surgery, in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University, I am deeply aware of our 54-year history and committed to advancing our vision towards thinking big. We are a department with 11 surgical divisions and Royal College residency training programs, which include Cardiac Surgery, General Surgery, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Urology, Vascular Surgery, Pediatric Surgery and Thoracic Surgery.

Let us act now for who we aspire to be tomorrow. Leading change requires the articulation of a clear vision and as important, an executable strategy. But first, we as surgeons, researchers, trainees and administrators, understand we are stronger together in support of a unified vision. Unleashing our creative mindset as a department is, I believe, a key to our sustained growth and resilience. The word create, implies action. We leverage six strategic pillars to our vision which

Culture that includes
Research that impacts
Education that inspires
Advancement for all
Transformation through innovation & entrepreneurship
Excellence in patient care

Evidence has long demonstrated that diversity and inclusiveness at all levels improves decision and outcomes. Leading with a culture of inclusivity is not just the right thing to do, it is the foundation for a future to ensure surgery is creative, innovative and competitively advantaged. Executing a new vision for surgery will also require a rapid adoption of new technologies to brand, communicate, collect data and compete. Our digital footprint is the world’s window to our programs. We are at a unique point of inflection in our department’s history. Together, we are poised to unleash a future fueled by a creative mindset and powered by our people. Simply put, we are working together to create a healthier world.

Mohit Bhandari
Distinguished Professor, Chair, Department of Surgery

Mohit Bhandari
Mohit Bhandari

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