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Ronald Zuker MD

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Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC)

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555 University Avenue, Room 1524, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1X8 - Canada

The Hospital for Sick Children
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Dr. Ronald Zuker was born in Niagara Falls, Canada and received his medical degree from the University of Toronto in 1969. After a rotating internship in Vancouver, BC and a brief period of family practice in Scarborough, Ontario he pursued his interest in anthropology and jungle medicine, spending one year working with the Shipibo Indians in the Amazon Basin, in the area of eastern Peru. He then entered the McGill University training program in surgery and completed the FRCSC in Plastic Surgery in 1976 through the Gallie Programme at the University of Toronto. He received a one- year McLaughlin Travelling Fellowship to study microvascular surgery and paediatric plastic surgery in Japan, New Zealand, Australia and Europe. In 1978 he joined the staff of The Hospital for Sick Children as a consultant in plastic surgery. He was appointed as a lecturer in surgery in 1978 in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. Dr. Zuker was promoted to assistant professor in 1982, associate professor in 1987 and full professor in 1994. He served as Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at SickKids from 1986-2002.

As a paediatric plastic and reconstructive surgeon, his primary interest is in facial reanimation and is the recognized worldwide authority. Dr. Zuker is currently co-director of the Facial Paralysis Program at SickKids. He also has a major interest in the management of cleft lip and palate, and serves on the Plastic Surgery Council of the International Volunteer Organization “Operation Smile.” He also directs and coordinates the Educational Exchange Program between SickKids and The Guwahati Comprehensive Cleft Care Centre in Assam, India. He was the Medical Director of the SickKids Cleft Lip and Palate Program for over a decade.

He is very active in teaching and in the training of future reconstructive surgeons. His clinical focus is on facial paralysis reconstruction, Moebius Syndrome, congenital naevi and cleft lip and palate.