Neurology Research Donors

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Neurology Research Donors

The Baycrest/Baycrest Foundation hospital donors include TD Bank Group, the Yogen Früz, the Slaight Family Foundation, Canada Foundation for Innovation, and Scotiabank. The University Health Network donors include BMO Financial Group, John and Myrna Daniels Foundation, the Slaight Family Foundation, and the Peter and Melanie Munk Charitable Foundation.

Baycrest Hospital Brain Research Department Overview

  • Baycrest Hospital's brain research department is the Rotman Research Institute (RRI).
  • The Rotman Research Institute focuses on "memory and brain function, both in normal aging and in the presence of diseases and conditions that affect the brain, such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease, and other dementia."
  • The key themes the department conducts research on include cognitive neuroscience, neuroinformatics, aging and brain health, and Alzheimer’s and other related dementia.

Baycrest/Baycrest Foundation Donors

TD Bank Group

The Yogen Früz

The Slaight Family Foundation

Canada Foundation for Innovation

Scotiabank

University Health Network Brain Research Department Overview

  • The University Health Network's brain research department is the Krembil Research Institute at the Toronto Western Hospital.
  • The Krembil Brain Institute focuses on researching and confronting brain and spine related issues in patients.
  • The institute is dedicated to finding new and innovative treatments and cures for "chronic neurological disorders (e.g., Parkinson’s disease, stroke, epilepsy, spinal cord injuries, dementia, concussion, pain and depression), ophthalmologic disorders (e.g., glaucoma, macular degeneration and retinopathy) and musculoskeletal system disorders (e.g., osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and ankylosing spondylitis). "

University Health Network Donors

BMO Financial Group

  • The Bank of Montreal (BMO) is a financial and banking service corporation in Canada.
  • The BMO announced a $21 million donation to Toronto academic hospitals and the University Health Network is one of the beneficiaries.

John and Myrna Daniels Foundation

  • John and Myrna Daniels Foundation is a charitable organization that donates to various health and social causes in Canada.
  • They donated $20 million to the University Health Network in 2017.

The Slaight Family Foundation

  • The foundation donated $3 million to support the University Health Network in 2019.

The Peter and Melanie Munk Charitable Foundation

  • The Peter and Melanie Munk Charitable Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to providing funding for healthcare, higher education, and public policy.
  • The foundation donated $100 million to the University Health Network in 2017.
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Neurology Research Donors P2

Hundreds of people and corporations donate to Toronto General Hospital and Toronto General Hospital through the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation, rather than directly to one of the hospitals. The 2018-2019 Foundation Report to Donors lists over 3,000 names of donors to the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation. Some of the donations are directed to neurology research, but most are not targeted to a specific health area. Several very large donations have been made to the Foundation in the last 10 years.

Helpful Findings

University Health Network (UHN)
  • Both Toronto General and Toronto Western Hospitals are part of the University Health Network (UHN) that includes 5 institutions.
  • University Health Network (UHN) "is the largest health research organization in North America and ranks first in Canada for total research funding. It was named Canada's top research hospital by Research Infosource from 2015 to 2017. It was created in 1986 by the Government of Ontario through the merger of four major hospitals: Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, with the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute merged in with The Toronto Hospital in 1999 and the name changed to the University Health Network."
  • The five institutions benefit from philanthropy organizations called the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation (TG&TWF), Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, and Toronto Rehab Foundation. The Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital do not conduct separate fundraising activities outside the TG&TWF.
  • "Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation raises funds for research, education and the enhancement of patient care at Toronto General and Toronto Western hospitals, as well as the Michener Institute of Education at UHN."

Donors to General & Western Hospital Foundation (TG&TWF)
  • In March 2019, the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation (TG&TWF) Summary of operations and fund balances presented gross revenues (not including events) of $144,459,000, and Total Fund Balances, March 2019, of $690,644,000.
  • The Foundation's 2018-2019 report to donors dated March 2019 contained lists of more than 3,000 donors, organized by the amounts of the donations:
  • Partners for Discovery: those who made cumulative gifts and pledges of over $1 million (more than 250 names in list).
  • A Legacy for Life: those who have left a bequest in their will, estate, life insurance policy, or other means (lists for each year from 2007 to 2019) include several hundred names.
  • The donor lists include names of individuals, couples, families, corporations, and institutions.

Overview of Brain/Neuro Departments and Clinics
  • Toronto Western Hospital is the site of the neurology clinics, neurosurgeries, and neurology tests for the University Health Network (UHN). "The Krembil Brain Institute at Toronto Western Hospital (UHN) is home to one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive teams of physicians and scientists uniquely working...to prevent and confront problems of the brain and spine."
  • The General Neurology Clinic, Neuro-Ophthamology Clinic, Neurophysiology Lab, Neuropsychology Clinic, Neurosurgeon's Clinic, Tourette Syndrome Neurodevelopmental Clinic, Transient Ischemic Attack and Minor Stroke (TAMS) Unit, Medical Surgical/Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (MSNICU), Neurosurgery/Neurology Inpatient Unit, Spinal/Neurosurgery Inpatient Unit, Sleep Deprived Electroencephalography (EEG), Electroencephalography (EEG), Electromyography (EMG) and Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS), Medical Surgical/Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (MSNICU), and Neurosurgery/Neurology Inpatient Unit are all housed at Toronto Western Hospital.
  • Toronto General Hospital (TGH) does not have neurology services. Toronto General Hospital is the site for "cardiac care, organ transplants and the treatment of complex patient needs." The hospital is the teaching hospital for the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. "In 2019, Newsweek ranked TGH as seventh among the top-ten best hospitals in the world. In 2019, the hospital was ranked 1st for research in Canada by Research Infosource for the 9th year in a row."
  • TGH "houses the major transplantation service for Ontario, performing heart, lung, kidney, liver, pancreas, and small intestine, amongst others, for patients referred from all over Canada. The hospital is the largest organ transplant center in North America, performing 639 transplants in 2017. The hospital is also renowned for cardiac and thoracic surgery."
Major Donations in the Past Ten Years
  • In 2014, the Rogers Foundation gave $130 million to University Health Network, The Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto "to create the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research." The donation was reported to be "the largest private donation in Canadian health care history." The donation was to be matched by $139 million in additional funds from the three institutions, for a total of $269 million to fund the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research.
  • A gift of art pieces by an anonymous donor in 2017 to the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation provided Toronto Western Hospital (TW) with art to display in the hospital. Art installations by Canadian artists were placed in both the atrium and food court on the hospital's main floor. Other pieces will be placed in "the Main Pavilion's fourth floor Day Surgery area and the East Wing's sixth and seventh floor Ophthalmology clinics."
  • The University Health Network (UHN) reported in 2017 that it would receive a very large gift: $100 million "for the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, donated by the Peter and Melanie Munk Charitable Foundation."
  • Also in 2017, the John and Myrna Daniels Foundation made a major donation of $20 million to University Health Network (UHN) "to help advance the face of health care in our local community, in Canada and around the globe." The gift will be used to "support three world-leading programs at UHN: Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, the Krembil Neuroscience Centre and the Multi-Organ Transplant Program."
  • BMO Financial Group pledged $21 million in 2018 to Toronto academic hospitals affiliated with the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine to establish "the BMO Education & Conference Centre, where global healthcare professionals gather to share the latest in medical education and research innovation."

Research Strategy

The very first fact learned in this part of the project was that Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital do not function as separate entities, but are part of the University Health Network formed in 1986. In forming that network, the institutions divided up the services they offered so that there was no duplication. For this reason, we could not present findings about neurology services for Toronto General Hospital, because it does not house those services. Also, because of the existence of the Toronto General & Toronto Western Foundation, we could not provide separate lists of donors to the individual hospitals, because the donations are aggregated when given to the Foundation. And because there were more than 3,000 donors listed in the 2018-2019 Foundation Report to Donors, space did not permit providing each name for this report. There were no other available sources of TG&TWF donor lists that could be checked.

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Neurology Research Donors P3

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, previously known as Princess Margaret Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital, and Alzheimer Society of Ontario receives donations to conduct research regarding neuroscience. After extensive research, information on specific neurology research donors for all three hospitals were not found. However, general donation information, along with the overview of the brain and neuro departments at Princess Margaret Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital, and Alzheimer Society of Ontario are detailed below.

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

Overview

Brain/Neuro research departments

  • "The Princess Margaret Research Institute, the research arm of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, is one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world."
  • It has 857 staff members, composed of researchers and scientists, who studies "all aspects of cancer through research in stem cells, cell signalling, cell biology, structural biology, immunology and immune therapy, psychosocial oncology and palliative care."
  • The institute consists of "state-of-the-art tools for research including facilities for molecular imaging, guided therapeutics, genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics."
  • The researchers are grouped into seven categories, which are cancer biology and imaging, computational biology and medicine, genetics and epigenetics, immuno-oncology, protein structure and function, stem cells, and supportive care.
  • The supportive care program focuses on three areas, which are cancer, advanced cancer, and the brain, survivorship and rehabilitation.
  • Researchers in the supportive care program investigates "neurocognitive effects of primary and secondary brain cancers and of cancer treatment; biopsychosocial effects of cancer and of cancer treatment across the cancer trajectory; and health services, intervention and implementation research to reduce suffering, optimize health, and improve quality of life."

Donors

  • After extensive research on the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre's website, as well as online research, information on specific neurology research donors were not found.
  • Eleven organizations donated more than $10,000,000, which includes Family of Michael H. McCain, the FDC Foundation, and the Slaight Family Foundation.
  • Seventeen organizations donated between $5,000,000 to $9,999,999, which includes BMO Financial Group, IBM Canada, and The Gerry and Nancy Pencer Brain Trust.
  • The total organizations that donated between $1,000,000 to $4,999,999 equaled 124. These organizations include the Inmet Mining Corporation, Pfizer Canada Inc., and the TD Bank Group.
  • The total organizations that donated between $500,000 to $999,999 equaled 103. These organizations include ABC Group Inc., The Kresge Foundation, and Abbott Nutrition.
  • The total organizations that donated between $250,000-$499,999 equaled 192. These organizations include The Ernst & Young LLP, Under Armour Canada ULC, and McMaster University.
  • The total organizations that donated between $100,000 - $249,999 equaled 458. These organizations include GE Canada, The Northpine Foundation, and Sage Investments Ltd.
  • The total organizations that donated between $50,000 - $99,999 equaled 645. These organizations include Ontario Acoustic Supply Inc., Four Seasons Drywall, and Revlon Canada Inc.
  • The total organizations that donated between $25,000-$49,999 equaled 1195. These organizations include Georgia-Pacific Gypsum, Zzen Group of Companies Ltd, and Gentile Contracting Ltd.

The Mount Sinai Hospital

Overview

Brain/Neuro research departments

  • The inpatient neurology service opened in 1900.
  • It offers clinical services along with innovative research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which looks into "the causes of neurological disorders and discover better ways to treat them."
  • The neurology department utilizes "technologies for diagnostics, surgical planning, patient education, and improving outcomes."
  • The neurosurgery department has six services, which are brain and cranial tumors surgery, stroke and cerebrovascular services, pediatric cerebrovascular surgery, spine disorders surgery, pain management, and neurocritical care.
  • The Friedman Brain Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is a "clinical and research hub" that conducts research in neuroscience and brain.
  • Some of Friedman Brain Institute's research focuses on brain aging, brain tumors, movement disorders, stem cells, and brain injury.

Donors

  • After extensive research on the Mount Sinai Hospital's website, as well as online research, information on specific neurology research donors were not found.
  • The Nash Family, Jennifer and Marc Lipschultz, as well as Hirschell E. Levine and John Cohen who are the trustees of the Beatrice and Samuel A. Seaver Foundation, have donated to The Friedman Brain Institute. These donations support the institute's neuroscience research.
  • Emily and Len Blavatnik through the Blavatnik Family Foundation donated $10,000,000 to the Mount Sinai Health System in 2018.

Alzheimer Society of Ontario

Overview

Brain/Neuro research departments

  • The Alzheimer Society Research Program (ASRP) focuses on dementia research by "helping the best and brightest minds in the field spark their work from ideas to impact."
  • Alzheimer Society of Ontario has six areas of research, which are aetiology, developing treatments for Alzheimer, diagnosis and detection, improving care and support, risk and prevention of Alzheimer and dementia, and therapy.

Donors

  • Alzheimer Society of Ontario's "major provincial partners" are the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Ministry of Seniors Affairs from the Government of Ontario, and the Federated Health Charities Corporation.
  • Alzheimer Society of Ontario received $9,447,599 through public support in 2019.
  • While the specific donors for the Alzheimer Society of Ontario were not found, there were organizations who donated $50,000 and more to the Alzheimer Society of Canada. These donors include BulkBarn, Sears, and Roche.
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  • ""Princess Margaret, Toronto Rehab, Michener Institute, Toronto General, and Toronto Western are part of the University Health Network. UHN" "General Neurology Clinic only accepts internal referrals. Toronto Western Hospital. The General Neurology Clinic is an outpatient service that provides comprehensive, individualized assessment and care for a full range of neurological conditions that affect the brain, spinal cord and nerves.""
  • " "Division of Neurology at UHN lists 29 physicians. The Division of Neurology at UHN offers specialized care to patients suffering a wide array of neurological disorders, including epilepsy, stroke, dementia, concussion, pain and Alzheimer's disease." · "Neurosurgery/Neurology Inpatient Unit, Toronto Western Hospital. The primary focus of this 28-bed inpatient unit is provision of care for patients with neurological and neurosurgical conditions. Nurses care for patients with tracheostomies, feeding tubes, lumbar drains and have advanced skills in neurological assessment. In addition, they are skilled in epilepsy assessment and monitoring. The majority of patients have diagnoses of: Brain tumour(s) Epilepsy Movement disorders Neuromuscular disease" "
  • " "The Neurology Service is located at Toronto Rehab-University. Admission to the program is based on referral by the Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB). Any questions about the referral process can be directed to the Service Coordinator. The Neurology Service is a fee-for-service outpatient assessment program for individuals who have sustained a head, brain, neck or other neurological injury, usually through a work-related incident. " "Brain Tumour Clinic at Princess Margaret Cancer Center. Gerry & Nancy Pencer Brain Tumour Centre. The Pencer Centre is dedicated to managing tumours of the brain and spinal cord. At the Pencer Centre, cancer experts on your team work with you to ensure you get the best care possible." "
  • " "The Krembil Brain Institute at Toronto Western Hospital (UHN) is home to one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive teams of physicians and scientists uniquely working hand-in-hand to prevent and confront problems of the brain and spine. " "Welcome to the Division of Neurosurgery at the Krembil Neuroscience Centre. Our surgeons specialize in treating patients with diseases and injuries to the brain, spinal cord and eyes. As the largest neurosurgical centre in Canada, we are world leaders in advancing patient care. Find a Clinic or a Unit Pre-Admission Clinic at Toronto Western Hospital Aneurysm Clinic Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Clinic Brain Metastases Clinic Brain Tumour Clinic (Pencer) Epilepsy Clinic Epilepsy Monitoring Unit The Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Family Gamma Knife Centre Movement Disorders Clinic Neuro-Oncology (Brain Tumours) Clinic Neurosurgery Inpatient Unit Pituitary Clinic Spinal Cord Clinic""
  • " " The Krembil Neuroscience Centre Krembil Research Institute Research and Innovation at the Krembil Neuroscience Centre The Brain Campaign The Tanz Centre for Research in Neurodegenerative Diseases " · " About UHN Foundations Supporting UHN in our vision to achieve global impact are our three partner foundations: Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation Toronto Rehab Foundation " · "The Foundations work as catalysts to transform our hospitals. From the creation of new medical and research facilities, the recruitment and retention of the best health care professionals in the world to the establishment of Chairs, Fellowships and Professorships – the Foundations facilitate progress and development through various fundraising mechanisms to ultimately benefit patients. There are a variety of ways to donate and fund innovative programs and breakthrough research at UHN. From tribute donations to legacy giving and event participation, we appreciate all the support we receive from our donors. "
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  • ""Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation is committed to upholding Canadian and international principles in privacy legislation. This commitment is evinced by the approval of a Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation Privacy Policy on October 14, 2011, by the Board of Directors. We do not lend, exchange, rent or sell our donor lists to third parties." · "Lists of donors in 2018-2019 Report to Donors: Honorary Lifetime Patrons: those who gave more than $1 million (100+ names in list) Partners for Discovery: those who made cumulative gifts and pledges ov over $1 million (more than 250 names) A Legacy for Life: those who have left a bequest in their will, estate, life insurance policy, or other means. (lists for each year from 2007 to 2019) Donors of $25,000 or more since 1986: 19 pages of 150 names each page. Fundraising events donations: from $25,000to $50 million. 44 events. " · "Summary of operations and fund balances. 2019 $144,459,000 gross revenues not including events. Total Fund Balances, March 2019, $690,644,000 https://tgwhf.ca/about-us/publications/2018-19-report-to-our-donors/" · "Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation raises funds for research, education and the enhancement of patient care at Toronto General and Toronto Western hospitals, as well as the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. Together with our donors, we are helping UHN pursue the knowledge that makes all our lives better. " "
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  • " "Toronto General Hospital's list of clinics and inpatient units, and tests does not list any neuroscience categories. Toronto General Hospital (TGH) is leading the way in cardiac care, organ transplants and the treatment of complex patient needs." "
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  • " "The Krembil Brain Institute at Toronto Western Hospital (UHN) is home to one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive teams of physicians and scientists uniquely working hand-in-hand to prevent and confront problems of the brain and spine. One in three Canadians will experience a brain-related condition such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s or Stroke in their lifetime. Through state-of-the-art patient care and advanced research, we are working relentlessly toward finding new treatments and cures. The General Neurology Clinic, Neuro-Ophthamology Clinic, Neurophysiology Lab, Neuropsychology Clinic, Neurosurgeon's Clinic, Tourette Syndrome Neurodevelopmental Clinic, Transient Ischemic Attack and Minor Stroke (TAMS) Unit, Medical Surgical/Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (MSNICU), Neurosurgery/Neurology Inpatient Unit, Spinal/Neurosurgery Inpatient Unit, Sleep Deprived Electroencephalography (EEG), Electroencephalography (EEG), Electromyography (EMG) and Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS), Medical Surgical/Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit, (MSNICU)Neurosurgery/Neurology Inpatient Unit""
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  • " "The Toronto Western Hospital (TWH) is a major research and teaching hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is part of the University Health Network (UHN). It has 256 beds, with 46,000 visits to its emergency department annually. It is known for neurosurgery and was one of the first centres in Canada to use the gamma knife. It is also home to the Donald K. Johnson Eye Centre and the Krembil Discovery Tower where the Krembil Research Institute is based. " "
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  • ""University Health Network (UHN) is a hospital network in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is the largest health research organization in North America and ranks first in Canada for total research funding. It was named Canada's top research hospital by Research Infosource from 2015 to 2017.[2][3] It was created in 1986 by the Government of Ontario through the merger of four major hospitals: Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, with the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute merged in with The Toronto Hospital in 1999 and the name changed to the University Health Network.[1] All four hospitals are affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and serve as teaching hospitals for resident physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professions. UHN also operates The Michener Institute, an applied health sciences college that opened in 1958. ""
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  • " "The Rogers Foundation has announced a landmark $130-million gift to University Health Network, The Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto to create the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research." · "The largest private donation in Canadian health care history, it will be matched by $139 million in additional funds from the three institutions, bringing the total investment to $269 million." "
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  • " "Thanks to a generous donation of art pieces by a great partner of the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation (who wishes to remain anonymous), Toronto Western Hospital (TW) is getting the chance to enhance some of its healing spaces. Over the last few weeks, art installations by a variety of Canadian artists have begun to appear in both the atrium and food court on the hospital's main floor, with plans to distribute other pieces to the Main Pavilion's fourth floor Day Surgery area and the East Wing's sixth and seventh floor Ophthalmology clinics." "
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  • " "BMO Financial Group announced a $21 million commitment to Toronto academic hospitals affiliated with the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine. UHN and Toronto Western Hospital are benefiting from a portion of that donation to establish the BMO Education & Conference Centre, where global healthcare professionals gather to share the latest in medical education and research innovation" "
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  • " "The University Health Network (UHN) announced Tuesday it would be receiving the largest gift to a Canadian hospital ever made — $100 million for the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, donated by the The Peter and Melanie Munk Charitable Foundation. "This gift represents the largest commitment to a Canadian hospital in our country's 150-year history and builds on Peter and Melanie's extraordinary legacy of philanthropy," said Dr. Peter Pisters, president and CEO of UHN." "
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  • " " February 14, 2017 (Press Release) - John and Myrna Daniels Foundation is making a major investment into what knowledge can do for health care with an incredible $20-million gift to University Health Network (UHN). "For philanthropists John and Myrna Daniels, giving back to the community that has been so good to them is a way of life," said John and Myrna Daniels Foundation spokesperson Jim Aird. "The Foundation is proud to make this substantial donation to help advance the face of health care in our local community, in Canada and around the globe." The gift will support three world-leading programs at UHN: Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, the Krembil Neuroscience Centre and the Multi-Organ Transplant Program.""
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  • " "The Toronto General Hospital (TGH) is a major teaching hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and the flagship campus of University Health Network (UHN). " · "The hospital serves as a teaching hospital for the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. In 2019, Newsweek ranked TGH as seventh among the top-ten best hospitals in the world.[1] In 2019, the hospital was ranked 1st for research in Canada by Research Infosource for the 9th year in a row.[2]" · "the hospital also houses the major transplantation service for Ontario, performing heart, lung, kidney, liver, pancreas, and small intestine, amongst others, for patients referred from all over Canada. The hospital is the largest organ transplant center in North America, performing 639 transplants i in 2017.[3] The hospital is also renowned for cardiac and thoracic surgery.""
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