Three New Faculty Join the Division of Plastic Surgery!

Symonette115x150.jpgDr. Caitlin Symonette, a previous resident of our Plastic Surgery program, joined the LHSC team at the Victoria Hospital campus in September. Dr. Symonette completed her graduate training, medical school and Plastic Surgery residency at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University. She then went on to complete a Hand and Microsurgery Fellowship in Vancouver which included exposure to both adult and paediatric populations. Her clinical area of interest is general paediatric surgery, paediatric hand surgery and adult hand surgery. She also is interested in international surgical exposures and collaborations. Her specific research interests include health system optimization, clinical and patient-related outcomes of paediatric plastic surgery as well as hand surgery.

Simpson150x115.jpgDr. Andrew Simpson completed undergraduate and medical training at Dalhousie University, and continued specialty training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery there, finishing in 2017. This was followed by a research fellowship in Clinical Outcomes, focusing on large databases including NSQIP and NIS at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Dr. Simpson completed his clinical subspecialty training with a fellowship Complex Extremity Reconstruction and Microsurgery with an orthoplastic surgery group in Bristol, England. This was followed by added experience in melanoma and skin cancer surgery. Dr. Simpson was welcomed to the Victoria Hospital campus of LHSC in October.

Gillis150x115.jpgDr. Joshua Gillis completed both his medical school and residency training in Plastic Surgery at Dalhousie University. He then went on to gain further specialization in hand, wrist and microsurgery through the orthopaedic Hand Surgery Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. There, he focused on traumatic and elective wrist surgery, brachial plexus and peripheral nerve surgery, vascularized bone flaps and wrist arthroscopy. Dr. Gillis’ clinical and research interests include clinical outcomes surrounding upper extremity surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, targeted muscle reinnervation and reconstructive microsurgery. The team at St. Joseph's Health Care are excited to welcome Dr. Gillis in December.