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Toronto East General Hospital Doctor finishes first in Ontario

November 30, 2012

Urologist Dr. Rajiv Singal puts words into action in Movember Campaign

TORONTO, Nov. 30, 2012 /CNW/ – With the completion of Movember, the
Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH) Foundation has congratulated Dr.
Rajiv Singal for his inspirational campaign that saw him finish first
in Ontario by raising over $42,000 in support of the fight against
prostate cancer.

Dr. Singal, longtime Head of the division of urology and current Lead of
the surgical robotics program, demonstrated his leadership in prostate
cancer awareness by putting his words into action.  He completed the
challenge with his moustache intact and finished second across Canada

“I started Movember this year after a three year hiatus to support our
patients and annoy my family,” said Dr. Singal.  “Urologists of course
treat prostate cancer on a daily basis and often in a very profound way
but have never taken the lead on this grassroots initiative.”

Under Dr. Singal’s leadership, the Hospital has invested significantly
into the robotic surgery program that has started to establish TEGH as
the training ground for the next generation of robotic surgeons. Thanks
to donors and a partnership with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre,
TEGH’s recent acquisition of the revolutionary da Vinci System, aka
“The Robot” provides patients with the latest in Minimally Invasive
Surgical technology. It enhances an already exceptional program and
enables surgeons to dramatically change the experience for prostate
cancer patients.

“As the month has progressed I have been overwhelmed by the support and
it has reinforced why I think we should lead the way,” added Dr.
Singal. “If the goal is to promote awareness for both the disease and
the clinical programs that we run at our institutions then finishing
strongly and hopefully on top will most widely achieve that goal.”

Dr. Singal’s achievements are well-timed in a month where prostate
cancer is high on the radar. At an alarming rate, one in seven Canadian
men will develop prostate cancer during their lifetime and an aging
population is pushing these rates even higher. The good news is that
prostate cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer and new
research, technology and surgical techniques are bringing better
outcomes for prostate cancer patients.

About Toronto East General Hospital:
Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH) has been proudly serving the
community of East Toronto since 1929, when it opened its doors as a
110-bed general hospital. Over the years TEGH has continually renewed
its commitment to the community it serves. Today TEGH is a large,
urban, full-service community teaching hospital, providing
comprehensive care to a diverse population of 400,000, representing
over 45 cultural and linguistic groups. TEGH boasts Centres of
Excellence in Thoracic Surgery, Family Medicine Residency Program, and
Progressive Ventilation Weaning among its leadership programs.

About the TEGH Capital Redevelopment Campaign:
TEGH has received final approval for redevelopment from the Government
of Ontario and the City of Toronto. TEGH Foundation is currently in the
midst of a $60 million private sector campaign to raise funds for the
Hospital’s $211-million redevelopment project. More than $50 million
has been raised to-date. The most significant component of the campaign
is the Ken and Marilyn Thomson Patient Care Centre that will improve
access and infection control.

SOURCE Toronto East General Hospital

Source: PR Newswire