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Resident Research Day

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On Friday, May 31st, the Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery held its annual Resident Research Day at the Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre with Dr. Tom Hayakawa from the University of Manitoba as Visiting Professor and keynote speaker. Alumna presenter Dr. Haemi Lee gave a talk entitled "Back to the Future: What I would Tell My Younger Self" after which the residents presented their research projects. To see the Research Day Program click here.

Visiting Professor Dr. Tom Hayakawa

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Dr. Tom Hayakawa is an Assistant Professor in the Section of Plastic Surgery at the University of Manitoba, Health Sciences Center in Canada, and the Director of Microsurgery. He has been in practice for 14 years, specializing in oncology and trauma reconstruction with an emphasis on microsurgical reconstruction. He and his two partners in practice perform 300-400 free flaps per year and have an active microsurgery fellowship training program. Dr Hayakawa is an active member and participant of the CSPS, GAM, and the ASRM and is frequently invited to speak on expert panels and provide instructional courses.  He has also been a board examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons for the past 10 years. Dr. Hayakawa received his training in microsurgery at the Harry Buncke Microsurgical Institute in San Francisco, California, and is a member of the Harry J. Buncke Society. He also completed a cosmetic / facial aesthetic fellowship with Dr Robert Flowers, at the Plastic Surgery Institute of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Hayakawa has accumulated over 100 peer reviewed articles, presentations, and invited lectureships. He has also contributed to several textbook chapters on the topic of microsurgery.

Dr. Hayakawa's lectures entitled "Functional Sarcoma Reconstruction" and "Strategic thinking in Microsurgery" were well received by the residents, faculty, alumni and various other attendees.

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Awards

Research Day is always the highlight of our academic year as our residents present their academic pursuits. The Dr. Robert McFarlane Resident Research Award, a Prize endowed by the graduates of the Western University Plastic Surgery Teaching program in recognition of Dr. McFarlane who was the founder of the Division and a world-renowned hand surgeon, is awarded to the resident with the best overall research presentation. Dr. Spencer Chambers was the recipient for this year's paper "The Impact of Scaphoid Malunion on Carpal Kinematics: A Biomechanical Analysis."

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Dr. Kitty Wu was the recipient of the award for "Best Presentation" this year for her talk entitled "Developing a 3D bio-artificial tissue model for breast capsular contracture." Our residents have gone on to present their research at many national and international forums and have been prize winners at these venues as well.
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The residents, staff, alumni and visiting professor enjoyed their annual celebration dinner at the Hunt Club later that evening. The residents presented The Waldo Stavraky Award for Best Clinical Teacher to Dr. Chris Doherty earlier that month, prior to his departure to Vancouver where he is starting a new practice.

Dr. Chris Doherty