• Clinical Researcher, Toronto General Research Institute (TGRI)
  • Affiliated Faculty, Techna Institute for the Advancement of Technology for Health (Techna)

Leonard Tse, MD FRCSC MASc

Dr. Tse graduated with his M.D. degree in 1997 from the University of Toronto. He completed Vascular Surgery at McGill University in 2004. He practiced vascular surgery in Calgary for 4 years prior to returning in 2008 to the University of Toronto Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering as a full-time graduate student in the MASc program. In 2010, he completed his research thesis on computational fluid dynamics in aortic stent-grafts under the supervision of Professor Cristina Amon. He is now an assistant professor in the Division of Vascular Surgery at the Toronto General Hospital, PMCC, UHN.

His research interests involve the engineering aspects of minimally-invasive endovascular technology used in vascular surgery, and the use of computational modeling for aortic pathology. In collaboration with the Université de Montreal, he published the world’s first antegrade in-situ fenestration of an aortic stent-graft. Development of the technique of in-situ fenestration has led to further study in materials and collaboration with the NCSU College of Textiles. In addition to active bench research, he maintains a relevant clinical practice that includes implanting North America’s first Fenestrated Anaconda device, and sitting on the RCPSC Examination Board in Vascular Surgery.

As the field of vascular surgery has become very technology-dependent, close collaboration between engineering and practicing clinicians has become imperative.