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Dr. Heather Baltzer

Dr. Heather Baltzer Dr. Heather Baltzer is a Director, Toronto Western Hand Program; Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, at University Health Network: Toronto Western Hospital, Krembil Research Institute.

Dr. Heather Baltzer
Dr. Heather Baltzer is a Director, Toronto Western Hand Program; Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, at University Health Network: Toronto Western Hospital, Krembil Research Institute.

Undergraduate: University of Guelph
Master of Science in Medical Biophysics: University of Toronto
Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research: University of Toronto
Medical School: University of Toronto
Residency: University of Toronto
Hand, Wrist and Microsurgery Fellowship: Mayo Clinic

Research Interests:

Which of your research publications is your favorite?
I think the publication that Iím most proud of is the first cost utility analysis that I had ever conducted, which examined Dupuytrens management in Canada. Although it may not be the most generalizable study, I was proud of it because I worked so hard to learn how to conduct a CUA and to use the necessary software. Since then I have applied these skills to other hand surgery questions ranging from lymphedema to wrist arthritis.

What advancements are you most excited about in your field of research?
A main focus of my research is thumb CMC OA. I collaborate closely with arthritis researchers who are studying OA in other joints and I learn so much about the techniques that they are using to study OA progression and to identify potential therapeutic targets. These techniques can easily be applied to ask the same questions in the thumb and is where we are heading with our work.

Why did you join the PSRC?
Joining the PSRC is way to learn about the cutting edge and innovative research happening in our field. It is a way to identify scientists and/or surgeons who share similar research interests and develop collaborations.

What advice would you give to an aspiring academic plastic surgeon?
To find a collaborator, preferably someone who is a pure researcher, who complements your skill set and interests, and build a research program together. You will be much more productive and conduct better science.

What do you like to do for fun? What is a fun/interesting fact about yourself?
Iím a new mom (which is super fun!) and back at work, so figuring out the balance. But prior to this I was an avid runner and have run the Boston Marathon twice. Iím working hard to get back to BQ status!


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