Thomas Forbes

Dr. Forbes is Professor of Surgery and Chair of the Division of Vascular Surgery at the University of Toronto, a position he has held since 2014. He obtained his medical degree in 1990 from the University of Toronto and completed his general surgery and vascular surgery training at the University of Western Ontario. He is the co-Program Director of the Advanced Aortic Surgery Fellowship at the University of Toronto, a collaborative fellowship between vascular and cardiac surgery in open and endovascular therapies for thoracoabdominal aortic pathologies. Previously he was Chair/Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery at the University of Western Ontario (2005-2014) and the inaugural Graduate Program Chair of the Masters of Science in Surgery program. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers, editorials and book chapters and given over 100 invited lectures or guest professorships. He is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Vascular Surgery and the Canadian Journal of Surgery and a member of several editorial boards. He is the Past-President of the Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery, Section Editor of Rutherford’s Textbook of Vascular Surgery and the Chair of the Vascular Care Working Group of the Cardiac Care Network in Ontario. He is also a former Program Director and vice-Chair of the Vascular Surgery Specialty Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  

Dr. Forbes’ research interests centre around making aortic surgery safer through advanced imaging, collaborations with engineering and spinal cord protection.
J Pediatr Surg. 2017 Apr 29;:
Kayssi A, Metias M, Langer JC, Roche-Nagle G, Zani A, Forbes TL, Wales P, King SK
Can J Cardiol. 2017 Apr;33(4):554.e1-554.e3
Keir M, Al-Jundi W, Ouzounian M, Crean AM, Hemeon S, Horsburgh S, Forbes TL, Oechslin EN
J Vasc Surg. 2017 Feb 16;:
Bihari A, Cepinskas G, Forbes TL, Potter RF, Lawendy AR
Med Educ. 2017 Feb;51(2):207-214
Cristancho S, Lingard L, Forbes T, Ott M, Novick R
Ann Vasc Surg. 2016 Nov 24;:
Kidane B, Gupta V, El-Beheiry M, Vogt K, Parry NG, Malthaner R, Forbes TL
PM R. 2016 Sep 21;:
Kayssi A, Dilkas S, Dance DL, de Mestral C, Forbes TL, Roche-Nagle G
Can J Cardiol. 2016 Jun;32(6):703-13
Appoo JJ, Bozinovski J, Chu MW, El-Hamamsy I, Forbes TL, Moon M, Ouzounian M, Peterson MD, Tittley J, Boodhwani M, CCS/CSCS/CSVS Thoracic Aortic Disease Guidelines Committee
J Vasc Surg. 2016 May 13;
Crawford SA, Sanford RM, Forbes TL, Amon CH, Doyle MG
Can J Surg. 2016 Apr;59(2):99-106
Kayssi A, de Mestral C, Forbes TL, Roche-Nagle G
J Invest Dermatol. 2016 May;136(5):1042-50
Walker JT, Elliott CG, Forbes TL, Hamilton DW


Professor & Chair, Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Toronto