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Brain gain: first Labatt Chair Visiting Professor in International Neurosurgical Education

Toronto, February 24, 2016

By Geoff Koehler

Dr. Henry Marsh
Dr. Henry Marsh speaks at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute as the first Labatt Chair Visiting Professor in International Neurosurgical Education.

Most guest lecturers at St. Michael’s Hospital are not Commanders of the Order of the British Empire nor New York Times best-selling authors, but in the case of Dr. Henry Marsh, the lecturer was both.

Dr. Marsh, the author of Do no harm: Stories of life, death, and brain surgery, was at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute as the first Labatt Chair Visiting Professor in International Neurosurgical Education.

A leading British neurosurgeon and a pioneer of neurosurgical advances in Ukraine, Dr. Marsh spoke to the crowd of surgeons and trainees about the importance of honesty in medicine. He’d remarked that “Toronto has a rich history and strong reputation for neurosurgery,” and it seemed Dr. Marsh was as excited to be at St. Michael’s as the Division of Neurosurgery was to have him.

“I couldn’t imagine a more entertaining, informative and esteemed guest for our first Labatt Chair Visiting Professor in International Neurosurgical Education,” said Dr. Julian Spears, head of the Division of Neurosurgery for St. Michael's Hospital. “It was a wonderful experience for our Division. Future visiting professors will have some very large shoes to fill.”

Dr. Marsh also spent time speaking directly to students and trainees as part of the visiting professorship.

The generosity of the Labatt family made Dr. Marsh’s visiting professorship possible.

“Arthur and Sonia Labatt have made it possible for African neurosurgeons to enhance their training by spending three to six months at St. Michael’s,” said Dr. Richard Perrin, the St. Michael’s neurosurgeon who performed Arthur’s brain surgery in 2006. “St. Michael’s is fortunate and blessed to have such philanthropists dedicated to neurosurgical education and training.”

The lecture was co-hosted by St. Michael’s Hospital’s Division of Neurosurgery and by the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto.

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.