Jory Simpson


Investigator, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


Dr. Jory Simpson obtained his undergraduate degree in Psychology from McGill University and then completed medical school at the University of British Columbia in 2006. He subsequently went on to complete his General Surgery residency training at the University of Toronto. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2011. Dr. Simpson completed a Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation funded clinical fellowship in Breast Surgical Oncology.

His academic and research interest is Surgical Education and he obtained his Masters degree in Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education with a focus on Adult Education and Community Development. He is currently the Division Head of General Surgery at St. Michael’s Hospital and the Director of MD Program for the Department of Surgery. His clinical practice is focused on providing care to patients with both benign and malignant breast diseases.

Recent Publications

  1. Khondker, A, Lee, MH, Kangasjarvi, E, Simpson, JS. Educational exposures associated with preclinical medical student interest in pursuing surgical residency: Longitudinal mixed-methods study with narrative evaluation. Surg Open Sci. 2023;12 :43-47. doi: 10.1016/j.sopen.2023.03.002. PubMed PMID:36936451 PubMed Central PMC10017410.
  2. Tran, MA, Simpson, JS. Artist's Statement: Tug of War. Acad Med. 2021;96 (8):1104. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000004143. PubMed PMID:36047873 .
  3. Alkhaifi, M, Clayton, A, Kishibe, T, Simpson, JS. The Association Between Smoking Status and Breast Cancer Recurrence: A Systematic Review. J Breast Cancer. 2022;25 (4):278-287. doi: 10.4048/jbc.2022.25.e23. PubMed PMID:35657004 PubMed Central PMC9411030.
  4. Alkhaifi, M, Clayton, A, Kangasjarvi, E, Kishibe, T, Simpson, JS. Visual art-based training in undergraduate medical education: A systematic review. Med Teach. 2022;44 (5):500-509. doi: 10.1080/0142159X.2021.2004304. PubMed PMID:34807802 .
  5. Sorouri, K, Khan, S, Bowden, S, Searle, S, Carr, L, Simpson, JS et al.. The Glaring Gender Bias in the Operating Room: A Qualitative Study of Factors Influencing Career Selection for First-Year Medical Students. J Surg Educ. 2021;78 (5):1516-1523. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2021.01.014. PubMed PMID:33579653 .
  6. Zhao, G, Simpson, JS. A Whole New World: A Medical Student's Reflection on the Moments Before Surgery for Breast Cancer. J Cancer Educ. 2021;36 (5):1129-1130. doi: 10.1007/s13187-020-01955-3. PubMed PMID:33432467 .
  7. Lau, K, Simpson, JS. Re-approximated: a Medical Student's Reflection on the Surgical Approach to Cancer Treatment. J Cancer Educ. 2021;36 (4):894-896. doi: 10.1007/s13187-020-01902-2. PubMed PMID:33067669 .
  8. Butkowsky, C, Gill, G, Bisiker, M, McCrady, M, Scheer, A, George, R et al.. A novel educational method for creating a safe environment for transgender patients in a breast centre. Breast J. 2021;27 (1):84-86. doi: 10.1111/tbj.14033. PubMed PMID:32864793 .
  9. Kangasjarvi, E, Ng, SL, Friesen, F, Simpson, JS. Patients as teachers and arts-based reflection in surgical clerkship: A preliminary exploration. Med Teach. 2020;42 (12):1362-1368. doi: 10.1080/0142159X.2020.1807482. PubMed PMID:32847442 .
  10. Elfassy, MD, Simpson, JS. Artist's Statement: Violet: Humanism Amidst Critical Illness. Acad Med. 2020;95 (9):1307. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000003525. PubMed PMID:32841997 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronot