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Leyland new chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Published: July 13, 2010

Dr. Nicholas Leyland, a leading researcher in the development of new minimally invasive surgical techniques, has been appointed chair and chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Formerly of the University of Toronto, Dr. Leyland has been a part-time associate clinical professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster since 2009 and is now a full-time professor.

He is chair of the Gynecology Clinical Practice Committee of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada and president-elect of the Society of Minimally Invasive Gynecologists of Canada.

Dr. Leyland is former chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto where he was also medical director of the hospital’s Women’s, Children’s and Family Health Program.

While at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, he conceptualized an innovative, non-invasive surgical procedure known as laparoscopic cervical cerclage to prevent early pregnancy loss. The technique has been performed in Australia, Indonesia, Israel, the United Kingdom and many Canadian centres.

Dr. Leyland has traveled across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe discussing these cutting-edge techniques. In Botswana, he trained doctors from China, the Czech Republic and India, among other countries with the hope they would pass these innovative techniques on to other physicians.

Dr. Leyland is editor of the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology. He is a contributor to the book Controversies in Obstetrics and Gynecology: Laser Global Endometrial Ablation and author, or contributing author, to 20 journal articles on numerous obstetrical and gynecological issues.

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