A $1.5 million donation from Ray and Margaret Elliot helped put Western's Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, in collaboration with the faculties of engineering, business and health sciences, at the forefront of surgical innovation.
Matched by Western, the donation established the Ray and Margaret Elliott Chair in Surgical Innovation with a $3-million endowment.
From new devices and procedures, to advancing system-wide health-care change, London is internationally recognized for its expertise in surgical innovation and simulation-based education. This gift helped to advance that innovation leadership.
As the head of several companies dealing with surgery-related medical devices, including Boston Scientific, and once named "Best CEO in America" for Health Care (Medical Supplies and Devices) by Institutional Investor magazine, Ray Elliott, BA’74, knows a thing or two about innovation.
Dr. Bob Kiaii has been leading surgical innovation at Western and London Health Sciences Centre thanks to the generosity of Ray and Margaret Elliott.
"The vast majority of my life has been spent in surgery-related medical devices," he said. "We wanted to focus on contributing to improved patient quality of life through less invasive procedures and medical education through global innovation. Our relationship with Western and the establishment of this Chair allowed us to accomplish our mutual goals."
The Department of Surgery's long list of world firsts goes back decades and includes the pioneering of a surgical procedure to treat brain aneurysms, the first successful liver-small bowel transplant and the first robotically-assisted beating heart coronary bypass.