Professor Tirone David

Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgery

Appointed a University Professor in 2004

Professor Tirone David is one of the most outstanding technical cardiac surgeons in the world.  He is renowned for the innovative work that he has done in changing the nature of cardiac valvular operations, for his passionate devotion to excellent patient care, and for his extraordinarily extensive contributions to educating surgeons the world over. 

Academically and clinically, Professor David is recognized by his peers, clinical fellows and residents as an international authority on the management of cardiac surgical conditions.  Professor David’s students regularly report that he has taught them knowledge, skills and judgment that they could not have acquired elsewhere.  In his tenure at the University Health Network and University of Toronto, Dr. David has trained a generation of Cardiac Surgery residents and clinical fellows from around the world.  Large cohorts of Professor David’s trainees, who now occupy teaching positions worldwide, have spread his excellence over an entire specialty.

Professor David’s notable contributions include improving the understanding the role of the mitral valve in the systolic function of the heart, developing and refining a variety of techniques to repair rather than replace the mitral valve, the development of new approaches to reconstruct ventricular septal defects after myocardial infarction, the introduction of stentless porcine aortic valves, and an operation that is named after him – the Tirone David reimplantation method of aortic valve sparing for aortic root aneurysm.  Contributions made by Professor David to the field of cardiothoracic surgery have improved patient safety, revolutionized thought processes in the operative care and management of patients and have produced seminal changes in the specialty.

Professor David is the President of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, which is the oldest and most prestigious scientific cardiac surgical organization in the world.  He has contributed extensively to the surgical literature with the authorship or co-authorship of 181 papers, numerous book chapters and four surgical textbooks.  He has lectured widely in North and South America and around the world, as an invited speaker in virtually every major cardiac centre. His live cardiac surgical teleconferences from the Toronto General Hospital are world renowned.

Professor David has been the recipient of numerous awards including honourary memberships in a variety of cardiovascular and cardiothoracic societies, the Order of Ontario, and the Order of Canada.

Professor David has a Diplomate, American Board of Thoracic Surgery (1977), a Certificate, Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery (1977) and a MD from the University of Parana, Brazil.  He has been a faculty member in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto since 1980.  He is also currently Head, Division of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Toronto General Hospital.

June 2004