Dr. John Denstedt re-appointed

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Dr. John Denstedt has been re-appointed as City-Wide Chair and Chief of the Department of Surgery, effective July 1, 2008 to June 2013.

Dr. Denstedt graduated from medical school at The University of Western Ontario in 1982. He completed his residency in Urology at Western between 1983 and 1987 followed by a fellowship in Endourology under Dr. Ralph Clayman at WashingtonUniversity in St. Louis. He returned to London and joined the Division of Urology in the Department of Surgery at Western in 1990.

In July 2003 Dr. Denstedt assumed the role of Chair/Chief of the Department of Surgery at Western's SchulichSchool of Medicine & Dentistry and also currently serves as the Integrated Senior Medical Director of Surgery Services, LHSC & SJHC. His superb clinical academic management has brought cohesiveness and vision to this large and complex Department during a period of extraordinary growth - facilitating the recruitment of 27 new world class surgeons and scientists in the last four years.

While maintaining an active clinical practice, Dr. Denstedt is an internationally renowned scholar in urology with career accomplishments encompassing over 175 publications; more than 200 guest professorships in countries throughout the world; and numerous honours and awards including being the only Canadian to have won the Gold Cystoscope Award from the American Urological Association (AUA). This particular award is one of the top awards from the AUA and is awarded for contributions to the specialty of urology within 10 years of completing residency training.

Dr. Denstedt's research interests include minimally invasive surgery; urolithiasis; biomaterials; and urinary tract infection. Dr. Denstedt also serves as an advisor to the medical device industry, bringing breakthroughs from bench to bedside. With a specific interest in surgical education, he has participated in the development and validation of computer based surgical simulators, which help train the next generation of surgeons.