Leading-edge surgical techniques
Dr. Stan Feinberg Dr. Usmaan Hameed Dr. Peter Stotland Dr. Daniel Abramowitz
Our surgeons offer leading-edge surgical techniques and expertise in minimally invasive surgery. Their techniques are safe and innovative — patients have less pain, heal faster and go home sooner.
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Dr. Yasser Botros completed his residency training in general surgery at the University of Toronto. During his training he was the recipient of many local awards. He is currently a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada since 2002. He went on to do a 2-year Community General Surgery Fellowship at North York General Hospital where he currently is a Staff General Surgeon running a very busy practice since 2004. In 2006 he became a Lecturer at the University Of Toronto, Division of General Surgery.
Dr. Nancy Down graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School in 1980. She completed her surgical training in the Gallie program at the University of Toronto and subsequently did a clinical fellowship in general surgery at St. Michael’s Hospital.
In 1985 she set up her general surgical practice at Etobicoke General Hospital where she practiced for ten years before moving to North York General Hospital where she practices today.
Dr. Stan Feinberg is a trained Colon and Rectal Surgeon. After completing a surgical residency at University of Toronto, he did Fellowships in Colon and Rectal Surgery in both Toronto and at the Cleveland Clinic. He has been heavily involved in resident education and has served as an Examiner for the Royal College for both General Surgery and Colon and Rectal Surgery.
His areas of clinical interest and expertise include sphincter preserving operations, inflammatory bowel disease and colon and rectal cancer. Dr. Feinberg feels fortunate to be part of the team which puts patients first in the care of gastrointestinal disease.
Dr. Usmaan Hameed is a Surgical Oncologist who specializes in advanced minimally invasive techniques in treating gastrointestinal cancers.
After completing medical school at the University of British Columbia and residency in General Surgery at the University of Toronto, he went on to pursue two years of additional specialization in Surgical Oncology at the University of Toronto, focusing in minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery.
During his residency, he was awarded several residency teaching awards including the Canadian Association of General Surgeons (CAGS) Resident teaching award and University of Toronto award for resident mentorship. He was chief fellow during his fellowship in Surgical Oncology, and is the only general surgeon to ever be awarded the prestigious Zane Cohen Fellowship Award from the University of Toronto.
Dr. Hameed is one of only a handful of North American surgeons trained in Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery (TAMIS), and Transanal Minimally invasive surgery (TA/TME), novel surgical techniques that allows for removal of rectal tumours without the use of a major incision, and in some patients, reducing the chance that they will require a permanent colostomy. He is co-director of the Canadian TaTME Proctorship Network, which invites colorectal surgeons from across Canada to train in this innovative technique. His research interest focuses on surgical innovation, enhancing patient and resident education using 3D rectal cancer models, as well as exploring novel uses for image-guided surgical navigation in rectal cancer with the goal of reducing surgical morbidity.
Dr. Donna McRitchie is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto and Vice President of Medical and Academic Affairs at North York General Hospital.
Donna trained in General Surgery at the University of Toronto after completing a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences. During her surgical training, she obtained a Master’s of Science at the Institute of Medical Science. She subsequently did fellowship training at the Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, then another fellowship in Critical Care at the Harvard program in Boston.
After returning to Toronto, Donna was a General Surgeon, Trauma Surgeon, and Intensivist at St. Michael’s Hospital for six years before coming to North York General in 2000 where she was Medical Director of Critical Care and Division Chief of General surgery from 2000-2013.
Donna has a special interest in benign and malignant diseases of the breast but has a broad practice in General Surgical problems.
Dr. Brian Pinchuk is a Surgical Oncologist at North York General Hospital with an academic appointment in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Medical degrees at McGill University in Montreal. During General Surgery residency at the University of Toronto he developed a special interest in the surgical management of cancer.
Advanced fellowship training in Surgical Oncology at the University of Toronto allowed him to acquire expertise in caring for patients with gastrointestinal and breast cancers. This training included a focus in minimally invasive techniques for the management of colorectal cancers.
Additional interests include educating surgical trainees and participation in several quality improvement projects that have contributed to top-notch patient care at North York General Hospital.
Dr. David Smith completed Medical school and General Surgery training at the University of Toronto. He has been on staff at North York General Hospital since 2001 and has a broad general surgical practice.
Dr. Smith enjoys working with the multidisciplinary teams at North York General and is proud to be able to offer his cancer patients access to top rate multidisciplinary cancer conferencing and a highly collaborative surgical team. He shares the organizational commitment to continuous quality improvement to ensure patients get the best possible care.
Dr. Lloyd Smith attended medical school at the University of Saskatchewan and graduated in 1983. He then did a rotating internship from 1983-1984 at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto. Following the internship, Dr. Smith trained in General Surgery at the University of Toronto and received his FRCS in 1988. He then did fellowship training in Surgical Education in Toronto, Hepatobiliary surgery in London, England, and Surgical Nutrition at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Smith returned to St Joseph’s Health Centre in 2002 to become Surgeon in Chief and Medical Director of the Surgical Program.
In 2014, Dr. Smith was named the Chief of Surgery and Program Medical Director at North York General Hospital. Learn more
Dr. Peter Stotland is fellowship-trained Surgical Oncologist who completed residency in general surgery at the University of Toronto and is the recipient of many local and national teaching awards.
After a combined fellowship in general surgical oncology and minimally invasive surgery at the University of Toronto, he began a clinical staff appointment Sunnybrook Hospital. He is currently the Deputy Chief of Surgery and Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto.
His clinical practice is focused on the treatment of the gastrointestinal malignancies (tumours) and implementation of minimally invasive techniques. He has been at the forefront of using new surgical techniques such as TAMIS and TaTME. North York General Hospital (NYGH) is one of only a few hospitals in Canada that offers transanal minimally invasive surgery (TAMIS) for colorectal cancer. TAMIS is a procedure that removes tumours in the rectum faster than traditional procedures, causing less pain and a shorter recovery time.
Dr. Stotland and his surgical colleagues also perform laparoscopic gastrectomies, making NYGH one of only three hospitals in the GTA to do so. In addition to specialized surgeries, more breast, colorectal and other gastrointestinal surgeries are done at North York General than any other hospital in the Central Local Health Integration Network.
As testament to his commitment to mentoring young surgeons, Dr. Stotland has been recognized with a number of major teaching awards in recognition of his teaching performance, including the Integrated Medical Education Award for Excellence in Community‐Based Teaching, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and The Robert Mustard Mentorship Division of General Surgery, University of Toronto.
Dr. Daniel Abramowitz is a colon and rectal surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive techniques for colon and rectal cancers, Crohn’s, and ulcerative colitis.
After completing medical school at Queen’s University, Dr. Abramowitz completed a general surgery residency and a colorectal fellowship at the University of Toronto. He previously practiced at Scarborough Health Network providing complex care for both cancerous and benign diseases of the colon, rectum and anus.
While he focuses on surgical management, he is most interested in a multidisciplinary approach to rectal cancer, and when feasible, offer patients non-operative management and organ preservation to limit the functional changes associated with rectal cancer surgery.