“To achieve international distinction for creativity, innovation and excellence.”
As the 7th 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.
“In Surgery, together we create a culture that inspires, scholarship that innovates, and health care that transforms.”
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, “Together, we are creating a culture that inspires, scholarship that innovates, and health care that transforms.” 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 6 tenets to our vision which include: C.R.E.A.T.E.: Tenet 1: Building A Culture that Inspires, Tenet 2: Conduct Research that Impacts, Tenet 3: Educate, to Honour our Students, Tenet 4: Advance, Personally, Professionally and Globally, Tenet 5: Transform Patient Care, and Tenet 6: Unleash surgical Enterprise as a mindset.
“When Everybody Participates, Everybody Wins”
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 McMaster Surgery.
“Tomorrow We Imagine, Together We Create”