Vascular Surgery

The Division of Vascular Surgery provides specialist care to patient’s suffering from conditions affecting the blood vessels (arteries and veins).  The broad categories of conditions we specialize in treating are:

  • Aortic Aneurysms
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Arteriovenous Access creation for Dialysis
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Varicose Veins

On-site, we have an inpatient ward, an outpatient clinic, a non-invasive vascular ultrasound laboratory, and access to the angiography suite in interventional radiology. We have a brand-new state-of-the-art hybrid operating room and all five of our surgeons are highly experienced in both open and endovascular procedures. As St. Michael’s is a level 1 trauma centre, we are often involved in the management of trauma patients with vascular injuries.

Physicians

St. Michael’s Hospital
Associate Professor, Surgery, University of Toronto

Dr. Wheatcroft is a graduate of Edinburgh University medical school, UK and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.  He trained in the UK and completed a fellowship in vascular surgery at the University of Toronto prior to his appointment as a staff vascular surgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital in 2012.

His clinical practice encompasses all aspects of vascular surgery but with a particular interest in the endovascular and open surgical management of aortic disease and extra cranial carotid disease.  He is the current interim Division Head of vascular surgery and is the lead clinician of the EVAR program.

Dr. Wheatcroft is an Associate Professor within the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto and is the program director for Surgical Foundations and the International Fellowship in Vascular Surgery.

Clinical interests and areas of expertise: Open and Endovascular (inc. advanced) Aortic Aneurysm Repair, Extracranial Carotid Disease / Stroke

Academic interests:  Education and teaching

Department: Surgery

Division: Vascular Surgery

Clinics: Vascular Surgery Out-Patient Clinic, 7 Queen Wing, St Michael’s Hospital

Contact information:

Office – 416-864-5212

Fax – 416-864-6012

Location: St. Michael’s Hospital

Vascular Surgeon, St. Michael’s Hospital
Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery and IHPME, University of Toronto
Senior Adjunct Scientist, ICES

Dr. Charles de Mestral is a graduate of the McGill University Faculty of Medicine. He completed General Surgery followed by Vascular Surgery training at the University of Toronto. During his general surgery residency, he obtained a PhD in health services research and economic evaluation.

Clinical interests and areas of expertise: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Peripheral arterial disease and amputation prevention in diabetes, vascular trauma, emergency vascular care, varicose veins, aortic aneurysms and carotid disease

Academic interests (research, teaching/education, quality improvement etc.): clinical effectiveness as well as the provision, quality and cost of surgical care; primary area of focus is foot care and amputation prevention in diabetes and peripheral artery disease

Publications: Link

Department: Surgery

Division: Vascular Surgery

Clinics: Vascular Surgery Clinic

Languages: English, French

Contact information: Clinical:  416-864-5459

Admin: 416-864-5459

Fax: 416-864-6012

Location: St. Michael’s Hospital

Vascular Surgeon, St. Michael’s Hospital
Faculty Wellness Lead, Dept of Surgery, St. Michael’s Hospital
Medical Director, Vascular lab St Michael’s Hospital
Program Director, Vascular Surgery, University of Toronto
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Elisa Greco studied medicine at the University of Ottawa, and is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She trained in general surgery and vascular surgery in Toronto and obtained a Masters of Education from the University of Toronto (OISE) during her training through the Surgical Scientist Training Program, as well as obtaining a Fellowship at the Wilson Centre for Research in Education. Once completing her General surgery training, she completed the 2-year vascular surgery fellowship before coming on staff as a vascular and endovascular surgeon at St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto.

Currently, Dr. Greco is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and is committed to the educational development of medical students and residents. She was the Division Director for Undergraduate medical education for Vascular Surgery and created a new curriculum in 2018 for the Faculty of Medicine. She is the director of the Vascular Lab at St. Michael’s Hospital. She has become the Program Director for the Vascular surgery residency program at the University of Toronto. As well, she has become the Faculty Lead of Wellness and Development for the Department of Surgery at St. Michael’s Hospital. She sits on the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons specialty committee for Vascular surgery and has been integrally involved in the development of the Competency by Design residency curriculum for Vascular surgery. In addition, Dr. Greco is on the Editorial board for the Journal of Vascular Surgery.

Dr. Greco’s clinical interests are in secondary prevention of peripheral vascular disease, wound care with a focus on limb salvage and preservation, complex dialysis access as well as aortic aneurysm and carotid disease. She has been asked to teach at different venues on topics spanning from wound care to vascular access, wellness and leadership. Most recently, she was invited to speak at the American Society of Nephrology pre-conference meeting to discuss complex vascular access. She has also won the 2021-2022 DH Gales Education Award for outstanding contributions to surgical skills education.

Clinical interests and areas of expertise: Open and Endovascular surgery for Aortic aneurysm, and Peripheral Arterial disease including limb salvage, complex renal access, wound care, Carotid disease

Academic interests (research, teaching/education, quality improvement etc.): Curriculum Development, Leadership, knowledge translation

Publications: Link

Department: Surgery

Division: Vascular Surgery

Clinics: Vascular Surgery Clinic; Vascular Wound Clinic

Languages: English, Italian

Contact information:
Phone: 416-864-5236
Fax: 416-864-6012

Location: St. Michael’s Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital
Assistant Professor, Surgery, University of Toronto

Dr. Mohammad Qadura is a Staff Surgeon in the Division of Vascular Surgery at St. Michael’s Hospital, a Scientist at the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science of St. Michael’s Hospital, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. He earned his PhD at Queen’s University, after which he completed his medical school and vascular surgery residency training at McMaster University. To further enhance his expertise, he then underwent a mini-fellowship at Stanford University, focusing on advanced endovascular surgery techniques.

Dr. Qadura’s clinical interests encompass a wide spectrum of medical and surgical treatments in patients with aortic aneurysms, carotid disease, peripheral arterial disease, and peripheral venous disease. His research endeavors encompass both clinical and translational studies, with a particular interest in biomarker discovery. Through meticulous research efforts, his team has successfully identified biomarkers that exhibit a strong association with peripheral arterial disease. Additionally, Dr. Qadura’s laboratory actively explores personalized approaches to anti-platelet and anti-coagulation therapies for patients with atherosclerotic vascular disease.

Clinical interests and areas of expertise: Vascular and endovascular treatments for aortic pathology, peripheral vascular disease, cerebrovascular occlusive disease, and venous diseases.

Academic interests: Biomarkers, vascular diseases, personalized medicine and developing medical device innovations.

Department: Surgery

Division: Vascular Surgery

Clinics: Vascular Surgery Out-Patient Clinic, 7 Queen Wing, St Michael’s Hospital

Contact information: Office – 416-864-6047

Location: St. Michael’s Hospital

Vascular Surgeon, St. Michael’s Hospital
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto

Dr. David Szalay is a Vascular Surgeon and Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery. He is graduate of the Temerty School of Medicine (MD) and Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (Masters in Education) at the University of Toronto. He began his career at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Toronto then joined the Department of Surgery at McMaster University as an Associate Professor where he served in various academic and clinical leadership positions including Academic Program Director, Academic Division Head and Clinical Service Leads for Vascular Surgery at Hamilton Health Sciences, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant (HNHB) LHIN. He returned to Toronto in May 2023 to join the Division of Vascular Surgery at St. Michael’s.

Dr. Szalay is very active in medical / surgical education and quality improvement with numerous past and current roles at a local, provincial and national level including many years as an examiner and member of the Specialty Committee in Vascular Surgery with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and as a Surgeon Champion for the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP). He has held discipline leadership responsibilities such as Chair of the Section for Vascular Surgery with the Ontario Medical Association, and more than a decade on the provincial (CorHealth) Advisory Committee for Vascular Surgery.  His academic interests focus on surgical education, practice change, and participation / collaboration in clinical research trials in vascular surgery and vascular medicine. He was the project lead and first author for the most recent Canadian practice guidelines for the management of chronic venous disease and co-author for the Canadian best practice guidelines for peripheral arterial disease (2022).

Clinical interests and areas of expertise: Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

Academic interests (research, teaching/education, quality improvement etc.): Surgical and Medical Education, Quality Improvement and Best Practice

Publications: Link

Department: Surgery

Division: Vascular Surgery

Clinics: Vascular Surgery

Languages: English

Contact information: 

Phone: 416-864-6047

Admin: 416-864-6047

Fax: 416-864-6012

Location: St. Michael’s Hospital, 7-074A Bond Wing

Location

St. Michael’s Hospital

30 Bond St.,
Toronto, ON
M5B 1W8
The main entrance is located near Queen St. East and Victoria St. The Bond St. entrance is not open to the public at this time.

Contact

Phone: 416-864-6047

FAX: 416-864-6012

Patients

Our team

Our team consists of five vascular surgeons, anesthetists, interventional radiologists, vascular Ultrasound technicians, a nurse practitioner, nurses, specialist wound care nurses, chiropody, clerical and administrative support staff.

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