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Dr. Sandro Rizoli appointed the first St. Michael’s Hospital-University of Toronto Endowed Chair in Trauma Research

Toronto, July 10, 2013

Dr. Sandro Rizoli
Dr. Sandro Rizoli

Dr. Sandro Rizoli has been appointed as the first St. Michael’s Hospital-University of Toronto Endowed Chair in Trauma Research, beginning July 1. The five-year chair will support Dr. Rizoli’s research and innovation in trauma care.

A national leader in trauma resuscitation research, Dr. Rizoli plans to use the chair’s support to continue his work in developing new, more effective approaches to stopping life-threatening bleeding and ensuring that blood products are used appropriately in acute trauma patients.

As the director of trauma at St. Michael’s Hospital, Dr. Rizoli is uniquely positioned to apply his research discoveries to improve outcomes for trauma patients. St. Michael's is one of 11 Ontario hospitals designated by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care as a Level 1 trauma centre, equipped to receive the most severely injured patients.

Dr. Rizoli is also a full professor in the Department of Surgery and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Toronto and a research scientist at the Keenan Research Centre of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, chief of Region XII (Eastern Canada) of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons and president of the Trauma Association of Canada.

Dr. Rizoli completed his MD and surgical training at the State University of Campinas in Brazil and at the University of Toronto, where he also completed a PhD. In 2006 he was awarded the Royal College Gold Medal in Surgery, and in 2008 received the Endowed De Sousa Chair in Clinical Trauma Research and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research/NovoNordisk New Investigator Award.

The St. Michael’s Hospital-University of Toronto Endowed Chair in Trauma Research is funded by generous donations to the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation.

About St. Michael’s Hospital

St Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the Hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael’s Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.