Thomas Lawrence Forbes

Degrees, Title/Position:
MD, FRCSC, FACS, DFSVS
R. Fraser Elliott Chair and Division Head of Vascular Surgery at University Health Network
Professor of Surgery and Chair of the Division of Vascular Surgery at the University of Toronto

Description:

Dr. Thomas L. Forbes is currently the R. Fraser Elliott Chair and Division Head of Vascular Surgery at University Health Network (since 2018) and Professor of Surgery and Chair of the Division of Vascular Surgery at the University of Toronto (since 2014).  He obtained his medical degree in 1990 from the University of Toronto and completed his general surgery and vascular surgery training at the University of Western Ontario where he began his surgical career from 1998 to 2014.  Along with his other responsibilities he is the Program Director of the Advanced Aortic Surgery Fellowship at the University of Toronto, a joint fellowship between vascular and cardiac surgery in open and endovascular therapies for thoracoabdominal aortic pathologies.  Prior to his current appointment he was Chair/Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery at the University of Western Ontario (2005-2014) and the inaugural Graduate Program Chair of the Masters of Science in Surgery program.  He has published over 225 peer reviewed papers, editorials and book chapters and given over 100 invited lectures or guest professorships.  His academic interests include clinical outcomes research as well as combining engineering principles with complex surgery with colleagues at CAVE (Centre for Applied Vascular Engineering).  He is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Vascular Surgery and a member of several editorial boards, as well as being Section Editor of Rutherford’s Textbook of Vascular Surgery. Dr. Forbes is Co-Chair of the Clinical Advisory Committee of CorHealth Ontario which works to enhance cardiac, stroke and vascular care in the province of Ontario.  Dr. Forbes is a Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Vascular Surgery and a Fellow of the American Surgical Association.  He is also Past-President of the Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery, a former Residency Program Director and former vice-Chair of the Vascular Surgery Specialty Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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