Burn Surgery Section Visitor

Associate Professor Joel Fish

Toronto, Canada

Dr Joel Fish is a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon who specializes in burns and complex wound care. He holds the position of Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto and is the Medical Director of the Burn Program at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto. SickKids has the largest paediatric burn program in Canada with more than 300 new patients treated each year. In addition, it is the only Canadian paediatric burn program that has been verified by the American Burn Association. Dr Fish’s clinical practice focuses on the treatment of paediatric burn injuries, and includes the full continuum from the acute injury, rehabilitation, and secondary reconstruction when needed. Dr Fish also specialises in treating severe complex wound conditions from a variety of other causes. Prior to his current role, Dr Fish was the Medical Director
of an adult burn program where he treated many patients who had experienced electrical injuries and developed a clinical research program focused on understanding how these injuries are related to muscle fatigue, psychological changes, and pain control. In addition to his clinical role at SickKids, Dr Fish is an active member of the University of Toronto and currently supervises several graduate students. His research team is focused on evaluating the effectiveness of laser therapy to improve burn scars using objective measures as well as developing patient-reported outcome tools for children with scars.