Dr. Gary Levy – Visionary transplant leader marks 25 years of service

Celebrating a silver anniversary this past year was Dr. Gary Levy, Medical Director of University Health Network's Multi-Organ Transplant Program. In 1986, Dr. Levy joined Toronto General Hospital where he founded the Liver Transplant Unit. He served as the Unit's Co-Director until 1990 when he was appointed Director of the newly-formed Multi-Organ Transplant Program.

With Dr. Levy at the helm, the Program has emerged as an internationally-renowned centre of excellence. In 2009, he was appointed Founding Director of the University of Toronto Transplantation Institute. Today, Dr. Levy continues to play a transformative role in growing the Program into Canada's first and the world's foremost transplantation institute. Under his direction, a number of world firsts have since become routine procedures.

"From the time he joined Toronto General Hospital, Gary has been the heart and soul of the Transplant Program," says former UHN Surgeon-in-Chief Dr. Bryce Taylor. "He's the reason for its success."