It is a great honor and privilege for me to assume the responsibility as Fred H. Wigmore Professor and Unified Head of the Department of Surgery at the University of Saskatchewan and Saskatoon Health Region in a time when Saskatchewan is undergoing a transformational change. Saskatchewan is considered to have the strongest provincial economy in Canada with record low unemployment, and population growth higher than that of any other province. The two major cities in the Province, Saskatoon and Regina, are the fastest growing cities in Canada.
The University, Health Regions and Provincial Government are committed to deliver the best surgical care to the population of Saskatchewan. Major investments, such as the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative, are well underway to achieve its target of access to surgery by all citizens of the Province within three months. The new 300 million dollar Health Sciences building, the largest capital project in the history of the University, is a clear proof of this commitment. It is in this promising environment of unprecedented growth that the Department will face, with confidence, the challenges of today and the future.My vision for the Department of Surgery is to grow and establish its position as a premier center for world-class patient care, excellence in research, innovation and surgical education. Our goal is nothing short of becoming one of the leading surgical departments worldwide.
Ivar Mendez, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS, DSc (hon), FCAHS
Fred H. Wigmore Professor of Surgery