TG is cited for leading transplant research and innovation, including a triple organ transplant, and for cardiovascular care at Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, named for philanthropist and founder of Barrick Gold, whose most recent gift of $100 million brought his total giving to over $175 million before his passing in 2018.
The ranking references 1,000 institutions and is managed by a global market research company in partnership with Newsweek magazine. The top 10 list was finalized by a panel of doctors, medical professionals and administrators across four continents. It was published on Wednesday.
TG is a proud member of University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest health sciences research and education hospital, affiliated with the University of Toronto.
“UHN is proud to be recognized amongst this elite group of hospitals,” says Dr. Kevin Smith, UHN President & CEO. “This recognition is a testament to our staff, Board and volunteers – past and present. None of this would be possible without the support of our Foundations and donors who support our drive to excellence.”
Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation donors and volunteers play an important role by fueling advances in care and knowledge.
“We are delighted for our colleagues at Toronto General, UHN for this tremendous accomplishment,” says Tennys Hanson, Chief Executive Officer, Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation and Vice President and Chief Development Officer, UHN. “Their work inspires our supporters, who generously support programs across the hospital and contribute to the creation of a healthier world.”
Among TG’s other world firsts, insulin was developed here in 1922 and saw its first clinical use in the treatment of diabetes. TG performed the world’s first successful single and double lung transplant in 1983 and 1986. In 2008, TG increased the number of donor organs available for transplant world-wide through the development of the Toronto Ex Vivo Perfusion System. In 1950, the first external heart pacemaker was used in an open-heart resuscitation.