Toronto East General Hospital Doctor finishes first in Ontario

Nov 30, 2012, 11:23 ET from Toronto East General Hospital

Urologist Dr. Rajiv Singal puts words into action in Movember Campaign

TORONTO, Nov. 30, 2012 /CNW/ - With the completion of Movember, the Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH) Foundation has congratulated Dr. Rajiv Singal for his inspirational campaign that saw him finish first in Ontario by raising over $42,000 in support of the fight against prostate cancer.

Dr. Singal, longtime Head of the division of urology and current Lead of the surgical robotics program, demonstrated his leadership in prostate cancer awareness by putting his words into action.  He completed the challenge with his moustache intact and finished second across Canada

"I started Movember this year after a three year hiatus to support our patients and annoy my family," said Dr. Singal.  "Urologists of course treat prostate cancer on a daily basis and often in a very profound way but have never taken the lead on this grassroots initiative."

Under Dr. Singal's leadership, the Hospital has invested significantly into the robotic surgery program that has started to establish TEGH as the training ground for the next generation of robotic surgeons. Thanks to donors and a partnership with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, TEGH's recent acquisition of the revolutionary da Vinci System, aka "The Robot" provides patients with the latest in Minimally Invasive Surgical technology. It enhances an already exceptional program and enables surgeons to dramatically change the experience for prostate cancer patients.

"As the month has progressed I have been overwhelmed by the support and it has reinforced why I think we should lead the way," added Dr. Singal. "If the goal is to promote awareness for both the disease and the clinical programs that we run at our institutions then finishing strongly and hopefully on top will most widely achieve that goal."

Dr. Singal's achievements are well-timed in a month where prostate cancer is high on the radar. At an alarming rate, one in seven Canadian men will develop prostate cancer during their lifetime and an aging population is pushing these rates even higher. The good news is that prostate cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer and new research, technology and surgical techniques are bringing better outcomes for prostate cancer patients.

About Toronto East General Hospital:
Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH) has been proudly serving the community of East Toronto since 1929, when it opened its doors as a 110-bed general hospital. Over the years TEGH has continually renewed its commitment to the community it serves. Today TEGH is a large, urban, full-service community teaching hospital, providing comprehensive care to a diverse population of 400,000, representing over 45 cultural and linguistic groups. TEGH boasts Centres of Excellence in Thoracic Surgery, Family Medicine Residency Program, and Progressive Ventilation Weaning among its leadership programs.

About the TEGH Capital Redevelopment Campaign:
TEGH has received final approval for redevelopment from the Government of Ontario and the City of Toronto. TEGH Foundation is currently in the midst of a $60 million private sector campaign to raise funds for the Hospital's $211-million redevelopment project. More than $50 million has been raised to-date. The most significant component of the campaign is the Ken and Marilyn Thomson Patient Care Centre that will improve access and infection control.

SOURCE Toronto East General Hospital