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Congratulations to Dr. Ian Witterick, an internationally recognized surgeon-oncologist, who has been appointed as Surgeon-in-Chief for Sinai Health, effective January 2, 2024. Dr. Witterick has been an integral part of Mount Sinai Hospital since 1993 and is currently Sinai Health’s Otolaryngologist-in-Chief.

As Surgeon-in-Chief, Dr. Witterick will play a pivotal role in optimizing and expanding the operating room capacity in our state-of-the art surgical unit, while ensuring excellence in care, research, and education across all surgical specialties. His responsibilities will include defining hospital strategy in surgical and perioperative areas, fostering internal and external partnerships, and prioritizing physician wellness and diversity initiatives.

Dr. Witterick graduated with an MD from Western University and completed his residency in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and Masters in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Witterick served as University of Toronto Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery from 2012 to 2022. He is  past President of the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery (2019 to 2021) and past President of the North American Skull Base Society (2017-2018). Currently, he is Chair of the Skull Base Section for the American Head and Neck Society and a Member of the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies.

He is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and 36 book chapters. His contributions have been recognized with numerous awards, including the Charles Mickle Fellowship Award, the highest award in postgraduate medical education at the University of Toronto, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, University of Toronto. Dr. Witterick’s international impact on medical education is underscored by Presidential Citations from the American Head and Neck Society in 2005 and again in 2018.