2023 Faculty

Conference Co-chairs

Brett Beber

Brett Beber MD FACS
Lecturer, Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Department of Surgery
Temerty Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto

Dr. Brett Beber believes in a simple formula for cosmetic surgery: Safety + Precision = Success. For Dr. Beber, it’s a formula that works! Patient safety is maximized with a thorough assessment, proven surgical procedures, and watchful post-operative follow-up. At the same time, successful aesthetic outcomes result from meticulous attention to detail and a customized approach that addresses every patient’s singular needs and personal goals.

The decision to undergo cosmetic surgery is both personal and exciting. For Dr. Beber, step one is always patient education –a private consultation in a comfortable, unhurried environment. Dr. Beber listens attentively to patient concerns, identifies personal goals, and thoroughly reviews the pros and cons of cosmetic surgery techniques. He explains the procedure used, the recovery aspects, and the potential risks of surgery.

Dr. Beber is known for his warm and thoughtful approach, encouraging patients to present questions and be better informed. From breast surgery to body contouring to facial aesthetics, Dr.Beber offers a highly professional approach, using the latest instate-of-the-art techniques. Every procedure is customized, and all personal aesthetic concerns are addressed. This is the best way to make health decisions.

Mitchell H. Brown

Mitchell H. Brown MD MEd FRCSC
Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon
Interim Chair Division of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
Professor, Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Department of Surgery
Temerty Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto

Mitchell Brown is one of North America’s leading plastic surgeons specializing in aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery, body contouring and facial aesthetic surgery. Since opening his clinical practice in 1995, Dr. Brown has been an innovator in developing new aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery techniques. He has been invited to give presentations at conferences and symposia in many countries worldwide and has performed live surgery demonstrations at major breast surgery meetings.

Dr. Brown is the founder and co-course director of the Toronto Annual Breast Surgery Symposium, Canada’s most prominent medical symposium. In 2011, Dr. Brown also founded Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) Day, an annual day to acknowledge the need for education, access and awareness for breast reconstruction following breast cancer treatment. BRA Day is now recognized in over twenty-five countries worldwide.

Dr. Brown is a Professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He recently completed a ten-year term as Residency Program Director for the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He has published numerous articles on plastic surgery and is well-recognized nationally and internationally. His interviews have included CBC Radio and Television appearances, City TV, The Life Channel and Canada AM. Dr. Brown has been quoted extensively as a spokesperson on plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery issues.

Guest Faculty

Nick Carr

Nick Carr MD FRCSC
Plastic Surgery, Vancouver

Dr. Nick Carr is a leading Vancouver cosmetic surgery specialist and has been certified as a plastic surgeon by the Fellow of the Royal College of Plastic Surgeons of Canada since 1990.

Distinguished for his technical skills and problem-solving capabilities, Dr. Carr is often the “go-to” plastic surgeon in tertiary care and complex cosmetic cases. After graduating from UBC with the highest honours in his medical school class, he completed a fellowship year at the renowned Harvard Medical School. His commitment to teaching plastic surgery has paralleled his thriving clinical practice, beginning with his appointment as Director of Vancouver General Hospital Plastic Surgery Unit, followed by Program Director of the UBC Plastic Surgery Residency Training Program and finally, as the Head of Plastic Surgery at UBC; a position he has now held for close to a decade.

After more than 20 years in practice, Dr. Carr is one of Vancouver’s most experienced cosmetic plastic surgeons, specializing in breast, tummy and advanced facial techniques. Dr. Carr has performed hundreds of breast augmentations in his career and is renowned for his pioneer work with endoscopic and minimal incision techniques. Dr. Carr uniquely combines his technical expertise developed over decades with artistic visions to create a safe, natural-looking, esthetically-pleasing outcome for his patients.

Dr. Carr has been credited as one of Canada’s Top Cosmetic Surgeons, and he was peer chosen in 2007-2008 as one of “The Best Doctors in Canada.” His thorough approach ensures that his patients enjoy a rewarding experience and the best esthetic outcome. His extensive knowledge and expertise in cosmetic surgical procedures have made him a frequently sought-after lecturer at worldwide plastic surgery conferences. In 2012, Dr. Carr was again invited as one of the few Canadian plastic surgeons to be an examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, a prestigious invitation extended to the most respected physicians in their respective specialties. Recently, he has been appointed as a member of BC’s Non-Hospital Medical/Surgical Facilities program.

Peter G. Cordeiro

Peter G. Cordeiro MD FACS
Professor of Surgery
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
William G. Cahan Chair in Surgery
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Service
Department of Surgery
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Cordeiro is a renowned oncologic plastic surgeon with a special expertise in breast reconstruction, head and neck reconstruction, and microsurgical procedures. Within breast reconstruction his work has focused on long and short term surgical, aesthetic and patient reported outcomes in addition to extending the use of implants for breast reconstruction, particularly in the previously irradiated patient and patients who need post mastectomy radiation. Within head and neck he has described several defect specific classification systems with algorithms pertaining to free flap reconstruction, particularly in the area of the midface, mandible and the oropharynx.

Dr. Cordeiro received his MD degree from Harvard Medical School, completed his general surgery training at the Harvard Surgical Service and plastic surgery at New York University. He is currently Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University and holds the William G. Cahan Chair in Surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer where he served as Chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center from 2001 to 2016.

Dr. Cordeiro is the author of more than 300 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, two books, has served on 8 editorial boards including Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery, and Annals of Plastic Surgery and has delivered over 250 presentations and lectures around the world throughout the Plastic & Reconstructive Surgical community.

Peter Lennox

Peter Lennox MD FRCSC
Clinical Professor
Head, Division of Plastic Surgery, UBC
Active Staff, Vancouver General Hospital

Peter Lennox was only 12 when he started thinking about becoming a doctor, and he probably couldn’t have imagined he would one day be among the leading plastic surgeons in the Vancouver, BC, area. Certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Dr. Lennox’s accomplishments, extensive training, and role in educating the next generation of plastic surgeons are among the reasons so many women and men choose him for cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.

Exceptional Training and a Passion for Plastic Surgery

Dr. Lennox opted to become a plastic surgeon after earning his medical degree from the University of British Columbia (where he also received his undergraduate degree). After completing an internship at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Dr. Lennox returned to UBC for his plastic surgery residency.

Plastic surgery appealed to Dr. Lennox for a number of reasons.

“Plastic surgery is a unique specialty because, as plastic surgeons, we get to operate on all parts of the body,” Dr. Lennox says. “It also encourages surgeons’ creativity in our approach to problems. Plastic surgery also blends aesthetic and technical skills, and we get to operate at the junction of form and function.”

After his plastic surgery residency, Dr. Lennox completed fellowship training at Emory University in Atlanta. At Emory, he trained under Dr. Felmont F. Eaves III, an elite plastic surgeon who has served as the director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, which is the board that certifies plastic surgeons nationally. Dr. Eaves is one of the surgeons Dr. Lennox cites as a mentor, along with Dr. John Bostwick and additional plastic surgery colleagues in Vancouver.

Leadership in the Field

Dr. Lennox has spent his career dedicated to advancing the field of plastic surgery and is highly regarded as the current head of University of British Columbia’s Division of Plastic Surgery, where he also serves as a clinical professor.

His leadership skills and dedication to the field of plastic surgery led to his election as president of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons (CSPS) for the 2016-2017 term. He continues serving as past president and is also a member of the Canadian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons’ board of directors. Dr. Lennox remains active in several professional organizations, including the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia. He also has authored numerous articles that have been published in scholarly journals.

Dr. Lennox is a well-known speaker and presenter at both national and international conferences and is often called upon by fellow plastic surgeons for advanced training and education.

Dr. Lennox demonstrated his leadership several years ago when he helped fight to have a new technique covered by British Columbia’s Medical Services Plan, AlloDerm™, an acellular dermal matrix. Looking back on the experience, he recalls, “We spent a lot of time, a lot of hours lobbying to get AlloDerm covered.”

Patricia McGuire

Patricia McGuire MD
Clinical instructor of surgery
Washington University of St. Louis

Dr McGuire is a native of St. Louis, Missouri, attending medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, did a general surgery residency at Washington University and plastic surgery at St. Louis University. She is a clinical instructor of surgery at Washington University and has been in private practice with Parkcrest Plastic Surgery since 1991.

She is a member of the Aesthetic Society, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, treasurer for ASERF, past president of the St. Louis Area Society of Plastic surgeons, a Traveling Professor for the Aesthetic Society, Vice Chair of the Aesthetic Society Breast Implant Illness task force, chair of the Aesthetic Society ethics committee, member of the ASPS ALCL patient safety committee, member of the Ask an Expert panel for breast implants for ASPS, board member of ASERF, editorial board member for ASJ.

She is principal investigator along with Dr Caroline Glicksman for the ASERF sponsored study “Systemic Symptoms biospecimen analysis study” the first prospective blinded study of patient with self-described breast implant illness and controls groups.

She has authored multiple papers published in ASJ and PRS as well as book chapters and is a frequent lecturer at national and international meetings.

Local Faculty

Adrian McArdle

Assistant Professor, Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Department of Surgery Temerty Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto

Melinda Musgrave

Melinda Musgrave MD PhD FRCSC
Director of Evaluation and Teaching Innovation, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Director of Undergraduate Education Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Historian, Executive Committee, Canadian Society of Plastic Surgery, Montreal, Canada
Educational Foundation Member, Canadian Society of Plastic Surgery, Montreal, Canada
The Dr. A. Ross Tilley Foundation Board Member, Halifax, Canada
Assistant Professor, Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Department of Surgery Temerty Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto

Laura Snell

Laura Snell MD MSc FRCSC
Assistant Professor, Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Department of Surgery, Temerty Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto

Dr. Laura Snell is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializing in microsurgery at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. She started her practice at Sunnybrook in 2010 after completing a Fellowship in Microsurgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital and a Masters’s Degree in Biostatistics at Columbia University. With her Sunnybrook partner Dr. Joan Lipa, Dr. Snell established the Sunnybrook Breast Reconstruction program at the Louise Temerty Breast Centre in 2011. Patient education, advocacy, and streamlined multidisciplinary care are uniquely prioritized for breast cancer patients in this program. She has also created a simulation tool for plastic surgery residents to learn how to perform microsurgical anastomoses for free flap breast reconstruction. Dr. Snell has a keen interest in the promotion of equity, diversity, and inclusion in surgery and has been fortunate to have the platform of both Co-Director for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto, as well as Surgical Lead for EDI within the Department of Surgery at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Through these roles, Dr. Snell has introduced EDI education for medical students, surgical residents, and faculty into the regular surgery curriculum. She has also spoken and published about race representation in surgical education, gender diversity and equity policies in plastic surgery in Canada, and parental leave policies in surgical residency. She is currently on the U of T Faculty of Medicine Diversity Advisory Council and the TASHN anti-racism committee.

Ron Somogyi

Ron Somogyi MD MSc FRCSC
Assistant Professor, Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Department of Surgery
Temerty Faculty of Medicine
University of Toronto

Dr. Ron Somogyi is a Toronto-based plastic surgeon who trained at the University of Toronto in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and then completed two fellowships in Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. Somogyi has been on full-time staff at North York General Hospital since 2014 and is active academically as an Assistant Professor within the Department of Surgery at The University of Toronto. He looks after his patients through his practice at Form Face & Body.

Dr. Somogyi maintains an active research interest in both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, particularly in breast surgery, and has recently published journal articles and book chapters on breast reconstruction, surgical safety and cosmetic breast surgery. His current focus is on improving patient outcomes with all forms of breast reconstruction – implant-based, microsurgical and oncoplastic. Dr. Somogyi is involved in speaking and teaching nationally and internationally.

Toni Zhong

Surgeon Scientist, UHN – TGH
Belinda Stronach, Chair in Breast Cancer Reconstructive Surgery
UHN Clinical and Research Director of the UHN Breast Reconstruction Program
Fellowship Director, Division of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery
Temerty Faculty of Medicine University of Toronto
Associate Professor, Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and General Surgery
Department of Surgery
Temerty Faculty of Medicine University of Toronto

Dr. Toni Zhong is a staff surgeon at the Toronto General Hospital, Assistant Professor with the Department of Surgery, and winner of many international research and young investigator awards. Her work extends to all forms of post-cancer treatment, breast reconstruction and the evaluation of the patient’s health-related quality of life.

Efforts Abroad

Dr. Toni Zhong is a dedicated member of the Women For Women (WFW) program, recently participating in their second surgical mission. The WFW consists of an international core group of socially conscious female plastic surgeons and aims to “help women suffering from physical injuries as a result of domestic abuse, war, or other socio-cultural reasons in third-world countries.”

Since 2008, Emirates Airlines has provided the Emirates Floating Hotel (EFH) with generous donations and sustainable funding to provide essential services and medical care to the Chilmari residents. In April 2011, the Women For Women (WFW), supported by the International Confederation for Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (IPRAS), held its 9th mission in Chilmari, Bangladesh. A highly marginalized and impoverished region, Chilmari is a frequent victim of natural disasters, and access to essential services is limited due to the nomadic nature of the inhabitants.

In 2011, Friendship and WFW collaborated to provide a surgical mission. Friendship, a value-based Bangladeshi organization, delivers primary and secondary healthcare to inaccessible areas of the country via the EFH along the Brahmaputra River.

As the results of ethnic, societal, marital, and other domestic dispute issues, women in Chilmari often suffer from disfiguring physical injuries that are compounded by inadequate prevention and treatments. Affected women will often withdraw from society to hide their disfigurements and spend the rest of their lives experiencing social shaming, severe physical pain, infections, and possible impairments. The most common crime of female domestic violence committed is acid burning.

In 2011, Dr. Zhong and her team performed approximately 45 procedures on 32 patients ranging from 2 to 70 years of age. The most commonly performed procedure was burn contracture release and reconstruction using full-thickness skin grafts. One notable case included severe burns to the hands, neck, and face of a 22-year-old girl after her mother and sister-in-law set fire to her wedding veil over a dowry dispute.

WFW intends to strengthen its loco-regional presence in assisting marginalized female patients with nowhere else to turn. With the support of local organizations such as Friendship and continued funding from Emirates Airlines and other sponsors, Dr. Toni Zhong and her WFW team strive to establish sustainability through education, prevention, treatment, and social re-integration of female victims of burn injuries.