Published: June 29, 2016


The Changing Role of the Surgeon: Leading the Transformation of Healthcare Jonathan Irish, MD, MSC, FRCSC

Established in 1991, the Eugene N. Myers, MD International Lecture on Head and Neck Cancer was endowed by Leslie Nicholas, MD, in honor of his nephew, Eugene N. Myers, MD, FRCS Edin (Hon), a past president of the AAO-HNS/F. Dr. Myers is known for his dedication to management of head and neck cancer and his interest in international medicine.

September 20, 2016, 9:45 AM, Ballroom 6A

Irish Portrait High ResThe Changing Role of the Surgeon:  Leading the Transformation of Healthcare Jonathan Irish, MD, MSC, FRCSC

Jonathan Irish, MD, MSc, FRCSC

Jonathan Irish, MD, MSc, FRCSC, is chief of the department of surgical oncology at Princess Margaret Hospital/ University Health Network (UHN) and Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada. He is also full professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Irish is on the forefront of quality improvement in cancer surgery. While his clinical focus is head and neck oncology and reconstruction, he is provincial head for the surgical oncology program at Cancer Care Ontario and in that role is responsible for access to care and quality improvement for 13.5 million people in the province of Ontario.

His research interests range from basic science studies in head and neck cancer to patient education intervention trials, to outcomes in head and neck cancers. In his capacity as the Kevin and Sandra Sullivan Chair in Surgical Oncology at the University of Toronto, Dr. Irish leads the UHN’s multidisciplinary program in guided therapeutics using the development of new nanotechnologies for intraoperative imaging and enabling minimal access surgical approaches and ablation. Dr. Irish’s enthusiasm for this project is evident. “We can harness technology to be the new eyes, the new hands to guide the new knife of the modern surgeon,” he said.

Dr. Irish graduated with his MD degree in 1984 from the University of Toronto. He completed residency training at UCLA and at the University of Toronto. He completed his masters of science degree under the supervision of Dr. Alan Bernstein, where he studied molecular biology of head and neck malignancies. He completed the American Head and Neck Society fellowship in head and neck oncology in 1991 and joined the staff of the University Health Network in 1992.

He currently is vice-president of the American Head and Neck Society. He has over 300 peer review publications and over 20 book chapters and has over $2 million in peer review funding for his research through the NCIC and CIHR.

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