In light of my recent reappointment as division head of plastic surgery at one of the largest hospitals serving Mississauga and Toronto, I thought it would be helpful to talk a little about how patients can benefit from surgeons who fill leadership roles.
As has been the case for many plastic surgeons who hold top positions with hospitals, my time serving Toronto and Mississauga patients has been an invaluable learning experience. Program leaders help ensure that a health centre’s vision is being followed and oversee services, patient care, how the facility functions, affiliations with medical schools, and so on. They also coordinate work with highly trained and experienced surgical staffs.
On one hand, surgeons in leadership roles at hospitals have the benefit of a high-level perspective. They learn from their colleagues’ contributions and challenges, and they are part of big-picture meetings with other health centre leaders. On the other hand, they often work with patients daily, giving them that important direct, firsthand contact.
For me, all this has meant that my skills have been honed and my perspective broadened by the challenges of my job. My patients benefit from what I have learned. Surgeons who are appointed to top positions at health centres are highly vetted and experienced, so patients can trust that they are in capable hands. When searching for a surgeon, patients should inquire about health centre affiliations or appointments, because they can be a sign of quality care.