Ralph William Gilbert, MD, FRCSC


Otolaryngologist-in-Chief, University Health Network
Gullane / O’Neil Chair, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, University Health Network
Head Division of Head and Neck Oncology, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University of Toronto
Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, University of Toronto

Dr. Gilbert is a Professor in the Departments of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He completed his undergraduate training at the University of Toronto in 1980. His residency training was in Surgery and Otolaryngology at the University of Toronto and he is currently a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Gilbert did post residency fellowships in Head and Neck Oncology at the University of Toronto under Dr. Patrick Gullane and Microvascular Surgery at the University of Linkoping in Sweden.

Dr. Gilbert’s academic focus is in head and neck oncology and reconstructive microsurgery. His current research is focused in clinical trials in Head and Neck Oncology and outcomes based research in Head and Neck with a particular focus on the outcomes related to reconstruction and function. His current focus is in laryngotracheal and maxillary reconstruction. Dr. Gilbert has extensive clinical experience in oncologic and reconstructive surgery of the head and neck. He has delivered numerous international keynote presentations on head and neck oncology and innovation in head and neck reconstruction. Most notably in 2010 he was invited along with seven other international leaders in head and neck oncology to be a member of the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncology Society World Tour Event.

Dr. Gilbert has served in a number of administrative roles in his career:

  • He served as the inaugural Head of Surgical Oncology at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre from 1991-2001
  • At the University Health Network, he has served as Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee
  • He is Chair of Quality at Princess Margaret
  • Currently he is the Head of the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, University Health Network, University of Toronto.