Flavio M Habal, MD, PhD,FRCP, FAGA,Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
The University of Toronto, Division of Gastroenterology, consists of 47 full-time gastroenterologists and hepatologists which include 13 clinician-scientists, 10 clinician-investigators 18 clinician-teachers, 3 clinician educators, 2 clinician in quality/innovation and 1 clinician administrator. Faculty members are located at 5 University affiliated hospitals: Toronto Western and Toronto General which constitute the University Health Network; Mt-Sinai Hospital, Women's College, Sunnybrook Health Science Centre and St-Michael Hospital.
Our Division is among the largest Division and the largest Training Program in Canada for Gastroenterology. It includes well established teaching and research programs in Therapeutic Endoscopy, Hepatology, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Motility and Nutrition.
The Division has been well funded over the past 5 years with increasing peer-reviewed funding on a yearly basis. It is among the top divisions in Canada in terms of funding, publications and citations and its impact relative subject area compares well to other comparable Universities in North America and the world. The research spans from basic science, translational research, clinical epidemiology and health services research. Research Chairs have been created at different institutions: the Jenny Heathcote & Frances Family Chair in Liver Disease (University Health Network); the McCain Chair in Therapeutic Endoscopy (St-Michael Hospital); R. Phelan Chair in Translational Liver Research (UHN) and the Lilly and Terry Horner Chair in Auto-immune liver disease (UHN).
Division members also have major educational responsibilities at the undergraduate, graduate and post graduate levels in the faculty of medicine and, for several of them (mainly clinician-investigators and scientists), in the cognate university departments including the Dala Lana School of Public Health, the Institute of Medical Sciences, the Department of Nutritional Sciences, the Department of Immunology and the Department of Physiology where they hold school of graduate studies appointments. This allows them to supervise Masters and PhD students. Our clinician-investigators and clinician-scientists conduct their research either at the University of Toronto Medical Sciences Building where they have their laboratories or in their respective hospital affiliated Research Institutes, with a large network of inter-departmental collaborations which has led to high research productivity.
Several of our clinician teachers have won teaching awards and we have clinician-educators who pursued advance training in education. All provide undergraduate and/or postgraduate education. Our training program, under the current Department Division Director (Dr J Allard) had successful review by the Royal College Review in both 2008 (program director: Dr P Rossos) and 2013 (program director: Dr M Cino) where it was again fully accredited until 2020. We presently have 12 residents, 15 clinical and research fellows and between 3 to 5 clinical associates at any given time, distributed among the 5 sites.
The University of Toronto, Division of Gastroenterology works collaboratively with the pediatric program at Sick Children's Hospital particularly in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Nutrition, Hepatology & Transplant as well as Therapeutic Endoscopy, both from the clinical and research perspective. There is also a combined GI Research Day (adult and pediatric) every June that include faculty, residents, fellows and students presenting their research.
The Division has had 2 major Strategic Plans over the past 10 years (2008-2013; 2014-2018) which align with the University of Toronto, Department of Medicine Strategic Plans. Each of these Strategic Plans were/are reviewed periodically by the Division Executive Committee to ensure that goals are met or required adjustments. The Division Executive Committee has 1-2 face-to-face meetings and 7 teleconferences a year. It has established a committee structure with specific terms of reference for each committee. There is also a formal process in place to provide mentors to new faculty and trainees.
For more information please visit our website as well as the University of Toronto Department of Medicine website.
"Diversity and complexity of care are cornerstones of gastroenterology at the University of Toronto"
- Residency Program Committee