Dr. Giuseppe Papia


A short biography


Dr. Giuseppe Papia is a member of the Division of Cardiac and Vascular Surgery and the Division of Critical Care Medicine at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre since 2008.

Dr. Papia is a graduate of the University of Ottawa Medical School who subsequently pursued specialty training in General Surgery, Vascular Surgery and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Toronto, where he also received a Master of Science degree in the Surgeon Scientist Program.

He then pursued further fellowship training in Endovascular Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic prior to joining Sunnybrook. He has also completed the Patient Safety Officer Executive Development Program at the Institute for Health Care Improvement (IHI) in Cambridge Massachusetts as well as the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Program at U of T. His area of academic interest is in patient safety and quality improvement in peri-operative care.

He served as the Physician Lead for the OHA in the implementation of the Surgical Safety Checklist in Ontario, and as the Executive Faculty Lead- Checklist Implementation for the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) Safer Healthcare Now! across Canada.

Dr. Papia is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Surgery. He is currently leading the Department of Surgery initiative in Surgeon Wellness and Burnout. He is spearheading an initiative at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre to build awareness and reduce limb loss in patients with diabetes called Project Saving Legs (@savinglegs) and currently holds the J. Ross and Patricia Quigley Chair in Limb Preservation at the University of Toronto.

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