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Trauma & Neurosurgery

Unity Health’s Trauma and Neurosurgery program is one of the largest and most comprehensive in Canada. The trauma team is composed of multidisciplinary specialists and services including the blood bank, sophisticated medical imaging department and operating rooms immediately available to patients 24-7.


Trauma & Neurosurgery at St. Michael's Hospital

American College of Surgeons: Surgical Quality Partner and Verifired Trauma CentreAccredited as a Level 1 trauma centre by the Trauma Association of Canada in 2006 and by the American College of Surgeons in 2024, the trauma program at St. Michael’s assumes the following responsibilities:

  • The provision of a leadership role in the provincial trauma system
  • An advisory role within the provincial trauma network
  • An advisory to the Ministry of Health on the provincial trauma system
  • A central role in the regional trauma system
  • Care to the majority of the multisystem trauma patients in the region (Southern GTA and South Central Ontario)
  • Complex and unique (quaternary) trauma services for the province
  • Academic leadership including trauma training and research programs

St. Michael’s Hospital is an affiliate of the Neurosurgery Education and Outreach Network (NEON), which is a neurosurgery education support program reporting to the System Capabilities Working Group, a sub-group of the Provincial Neurosurgical Advisory Committee (PNAC), supporting system-wide improvements for Ontario’s neurosurgery services. NEON also works collaboratively with Critical Care Services Ontario (CCSO), which is the overseeing body responsible for the implementation of program initiatives of the Ontario Critical Care Strategy.

St. Michael’s Hospital works closely with community hospitals to optimize patient access and flow for neurosurgical patients to ensure patients are able to continue their care journey closer to home. Our advanced practitioners are dedicated to neurosurgery nursing program implementation and will support system-wide improvements through education and outreach across neurosurgery and non-neurosurgery centres (NEON Terms of Reference, revised April 17, 2018).

Contact information:

NEON is comprised of Neurosurgery Nurse Educators and Clinical Outreach Specialists/Advanced Practice Practitioners from each neurosurgery centre, supported by hospital administrators.

The representatives for NEON at St. Michael’s Hospital are:

Clinical Nurse Specialist: Neurosurgical Outreach, Trauma & Neurosurgery Program
Daniela Gaeta
Daniela.gaeta@unityhealth.to

Clinical Nurse Educator: Trauma & Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit
Les Porter
Les.porter@unityhealth.to

Clinical Nurse Educator: Trauma & Neurosurgery Inpatient Unit
Jeannelle Nichol
Jeannelle.nichol@unityhealth.to

Resources

The Trauma and Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit (TNICU) provides traumatic and neurosurgical care to patients from across the province.

9th Floor Donnelly Wing
416-864-5725
Clinical leader manager: Liz Butorac

Inpatient Unit
9th Floor Cardinal Carter Wing
416-864-5814
Clinical leader manager: Shannon Swift

Information to help you understand how your pituitary disorder will be diagnosed and treated at St. Michael’s Hospital.

Go to Pituitary Innovation and Teaching page

ATLS

The Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course teaches a systematic, concise approach to the immediate management of the trauma patient. ATLS has been taught to more than 1 million doctors worldwide and provides a common language that can save lives in trauma situations. This 1.5 day Hybrid course includes 13 online modules that allow learners to study at their own pace prior to attending the hands-on course.

Course dates:

March 22-23, 2024
June 21-22, 2024
July 19-20, 2024
August 16-17, 2024
September 20-21, 2024
October 18-19, 2024
November 15-16, 2024

Course fees:

Resident – $1400
Physician – $1700
Auditor – $350

For more information or to register, please contact Anthie Dimoglou at Anthie.Dimoglou@unityhealth.to or 416-456-8216.

ATCN

The Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN) course teaches well-established treatment methods and approaches trauma care in a systematic manner, presenting to the nurse a concise method of establishing assessment and management priorities in the care of the trauma patient. This 1.5 day Hybrid course is comprised of 13 online modules that learners may complete at their own pace. After completing these modules, learners will proceed to the course site to complete the hands-on skills portion of the course.

Course dates:

February 9-10, 2024
April 19-20, 2024
October 4-5, 2024

Course fees:

RN – $650
Auditor – $250

For more information or to register, please contact Anthie Dimoglou at Anthie.Dimoglou@unityhealth.to or 416-456-8216.

ASSET

The Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET) course is a one day cadaver-based course that presents key surgical exposures in five anatomic areas: neck, chest, abdomen and pelvis, and upper and lower extremities. Low student-to-faculty ratio allows for extensive faculty guidance during the hands-on portion of the course.

Course dates:

May 31, 2024

Course fees:

Surgical Resident/Fellow – $1000
Practicing Surgeon – $1250

For more information or to register, please contact Anthie Dimoglou at Anthie.Dimoglou@unityhealth.to or 416-456-8216.

ATOM

The Advanced Trauma Operative Management (ATOM) course increases surgical competence and confidence by teaching proper operative techniques for penetrating injuries. This one day advanced surgical course is intended for senior surgical residents, trauma fellows, military surgeons and general surgeons that would like to improve their skills in treating penetrating injuries.

Course dates:

May 29-30, 2024

Course fees:

Surgical Resident/Fellow – $1850
Practicing Surgeon – $2100

For more information or to register, please contact Anthie Dimoglou at Anthie.Dimoglou@unityhealth.to or 416-456-8216.

Every patient who receives care in our trauma room at St. Michael’s Hospital is included in a study that records information about the care we provided. The study does not affect the care received, and it allows us to continue to improve the care we provide.

This study has the power to improve care for future trauma patients. Every patient who is included brings us one step closer to this goal.

Please click on the link below to learn more.

Clinics & Services

The Head Injury Clinic is the largest of its kind in Ontario with 2,000 patient visits per year. This clinic provides assessment, diagnosis and management of physical, cognitive and behavioural/psychological symptoms for patients who have sustained mild and moderate traumatic brain injury (mTBI). The clinic is run by a multidisciplinary team including physiatrists, neuropsychiatrist, neuro-otolaryngologist, RN clinical coordinator, social worker, cognitive speech-language pathologist, and research associate.

Goals of the Head Injury Clinic:

  • Early Assessment, diagnosis and comprehensive medical management (pharmacological and non-pharmacological) of TBI and related disability
  • Coordination of community supports and rehab services
  • Provide reintegration support for patients returning to work/school
  • Collaborate with other providers across the system to best meet patient’s needs (OHIP and third party-funded services)
  • Provide education related to mTBI to patients /family to guide them in their recovery
  • Serving a unique patient population, this clinic is committed to providing excellence in care and effective treatments. Patients are referred directly from the Trauma Neurosurgery Department, Emergency Department and Family Practice at St. Michael’s.
View Head Injury Clinic

The neurosurgery service at St. Michael’s is a busy inner city urban practice and one of 11 adult neurosurgical centres in Ontario. The Division of Neurosurgery distinguishes itself by providing neurosurgical care to patients with:

  • Brain and spinal tumours
  • Complex skull base lesions including pituitary tumours
  • Spinal stenosis, spinal fractures and spinal cord injury
  • Brain hemorrhages
  • Neurovascular disease
View Neurosurgery Clinic

The Neurovascular service provides highly specialized endovascular services for neurovascular disease including:

  • Coiling/stenting of aneurysms
  • Carotid artery stenting
  • Vascular malformation management

RADIS Lab

Program Managers

Nicole Cancelliere is the Neurovascular Research Program Manager at St. Michael’s Hospital and also works as a medial radiation technologist specialized in supporting neurointerventional & robotic-assisted procedures. She completed her collaborative undergraduate degree and X-ray technology diploma at Queen’s University and the Eastern Ontario School of X-ray Technology in 2013, and then went on to complete her Master’s degree in Neuroscience.

As a clinical research technologist, Nicole works with both the clinical and research teams, supporting innovative patient care in the field of brain hemodynamics and neurovascular disease. As co-lead of the RADIS lab, the collaborative research team uses advanced technologies, including Robotics, AI, Dynamic Flow, Imaging and Simulation, to develop
new approaches to improve diagnosis and treatment of neurovascular diseases. Nicole is certified as a specialized neurovascular robotic technologist and was a part of Dr. Pereira’s clinical team which performed the world’s first robotic neurovascular intervention in the world on November 1, 2019.

She is also very passionate about advancing minimally invasive neurosurgery and radiography training & education and has helped run several ischemic and hemorrhagic workshops globally using advanced simulators and 3D-printed vascular models. She is also actively involved with the Medical Radiation Sciences program at the University of Toronto and Michener Institute where she is involved in course development and interventional
radiology education. Nicole sits on the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) Research Grant Committee that works to advance the field by providing financial support for worthy humanitarian, educational and scientific contributions through research by the profession. Nicole is committed to promoting a model of research integration with clinical specialty among future fellow technologists.

Eileen Liu is a certified Project Manager who is currently working as a Research Coordinator III for the Neurovascular Program at St. Michael’s Hospital. She obtained her Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree at Queen’s University and obtained her Master’s degree in Medical Science at the University of Toronto. Eileen is involved in the management and coordination of various clinical trials and projects involving neurovascular diseases including stroke, carotid artery stenosis, brain aneurysms, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, and more.

View Neurovascular Clinic

Injury recovery and wellness

The Trauma Clinic at St. Michael’s is a Nurse Practitioner-led, post-injury assessment clinic for trauma patients who have received treatment in the emergency department or have been admitted to the hospital. The Trauma Clinic provides follow up care for patients who have sustained single and multi-system injuries related to motor vehicle collisions, gun violence, self-harm, falls or been injured in their place of work. Our team consists of nurse practitioners, nurses, social work and psychiatry.

Goals of the Trauma Clinic:

  • Provide patients with comprehensive assessments to evaluate their physical, functional, cognitive and psychological recovery after injury
  • Identify and provide early intervention to optimize post-trauma and injury outcomes
  • Enhance collaboration with community teams to strengthen wrap around care
  • Improve access to care and services after discharge that include: wound care, pain management, screening and referrals to specialty clinics and programs
View Trauma Clinic

Did you suffer a traumatic injury?

Were you:

  • In a car crash?
  • Injured at work?
  • Injured in a fall?
  • Injured on your bike?
  • A pedestrian struck by a vehicle?
  • A victim of a violent attack?

Are you:

  • Trying to figure out what happens next?
  • Wondering how you will cope with your life?
  • Wondering how your life will change?
  • Worried about what you need to do?

Monthly support group meetings are open to any interested participants who have sustained or been affected by traumatic physical injury.

View Trauma Survivors Peer Support Group

Last updated June 13, 2024