Heather Baltzer, MSc, MD, FRCSC, FACS

I am a hand surgeon and a clinician investigator at the University Health Network's Krembil Research Institute. I am currently furthering my research credentials through a post-graduate degree in health services research at the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Specifically, my thesis will focus on health care utilization and health economics among hand surgery populations using large administrative databases. This research was awarded peer-reviewed funding through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Additionally, I am applying my past training as a basic scientist to translational research with my collaborators who are world-class researchers in proteomics and cellular biology at the Krembil Research Institute. This research interest combines clinical and basic science research to investigate systemic and joint-specific biomarkers related to the development and progression of symptomatic osteoarthritis in the hand and wrist. The potential application of translational proteomics research in hand OA is a better understanding of disease progression and predicting response to OA treatment based on patient reported outcomes. This research has received peer-reviewed start-up funds through the University Health Network Arthritis Program and will align with ongoing translational arthritis studies affecting the spine and large joints in the lower extremity.

I am the Research Director for the Toronto Western Hand Program currently establishing a sustainable research program within our unit. This has involved instituting a prospective clinical intake database for all hand surgery patients, which enables prospective outcome data and is designed to incorporation of prospective cohort studies. The vision for this is to develop a rich, prospective dataset including patient reported outcomes with linkage to external population health data. Additionally, this database will be instrumental in our ongoing translational studies.

Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 Aug;144(2):395-407
Safran T, Retrouvey H, Gorsky K, Baltzer HL
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 May 07;:
Safran T, Retrouvey H, Gorsky K, Baltzer HL
Microsurgery. 2019 Apr 16;:
Retrouvey H, Makerewich JR, Solaja O, Giuliano AM, Niazi AU, Baltzer HL
J Wrist Surg. 2019 Apr;8(2):139-142
Shrouder-Henry J, Novak CB, Jackson T, Baltzer HL
Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2019 Apr 01;:
Willoughby LI, D'Abbondanza JA, Baltzer HL, Mahoney JL, Musgrave MA
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 02;143(2):495-502
Retrouvey H, Solaja O, Baltzer HL
Hand (N Y). 2018 Sep 05;:1558944718798834
Maqbool T, Novak CB, Jackson T, Baltzer HL
Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018 May;141(5):689e-696e
Retrouvey H, Krahn M, Baltzer HL
Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2017 Jun;5(6):e1328
Baltzer HL, Winocour S, Harless C, Saint-Cyr M


Assistant Professor, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto