Dr. Gelareh Zadeh appointed as the Head of the Division of Surgical Oncology at UHN



We are pleased to announce that Dr. Gelareh Zadeh has been appointed as the Head of the Division of Surgical Oncology at University Health Network.

Dr. Zadeh completed her neurosurgery training, and a  PhD in brain tumor research at University of Toronto.  She is presently an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of  Toronto and a Surgeon Scientist in the Division of Neurosurgery at University Health Network. She holds the Wilkins Family Chair in Brain Tumor Research, which has a focus to promote surgical clinical trials and translation of neuro-oncologic discoveries to clinical practice. She is also the co-director of the Elizabeth Raab Neurofibromatosis Program and Director of the UHN brain tumor biobank.

Dr. Zadeh has a dedicated neuro-oncology and skull base practice, including a number of multidisciplinary specialized programs: skull base, brain metastases, pituitary tumors, gamma knife and neurofibromatosis clinics. In parallel she has an active research laboratory focusing on integrated multi-platform molecular analysis of brain tumors, together with a focus on understanding molecular response to targeted therapies, such as anti-angiogenesis and metabolic inhibitors. Dr. Zadeh’s research is based at The Princess Margaret, where she co-leads the MacFeeters Hamilton Centre for Neuro-Oncology Research. 

She is actively involved with a number of national and international organizations in the field, including:  World Federation of Neurological Surgeons, North American Skull Base Society and is presently the Secretary/Treasurer of The Society of Neuro-Oncology (SNO), the largest organization in the world dedicated towards advance of neuro-oncology.  She is excited to promote Surgical Oncology advancing its clinical, academic and educational missions; working closely together with the talent in the Division of Surgical Oncology at UHN.

Of course we have to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank Dr. Jonathan Irish for his leadership of Surgical Oncology at UHN over the past thirteen years.  He will continue to lead in his position of Provincial Surgical Lead at Cancer Care Ontario.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Zadeh and wishing her every success in her new role.