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Dr. Steven McCabe - University Health Network. Toronto, ON, CA

Dr. Steven McCabe Dr. Steven McCabe

Clinical Researcher, Krembil Research Institute (Krembil) | University Health Network

Toronto, ON, CANADA

Hand Surgeon and Director, Hand and Upper Extremity Transplant Program, Toronto Western Hospital (TWH)



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Dr. McCabe graduated from The University of Toronto Medical School in 1980 and trained in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in London, Ontario. He completed Hand Fellowships at Sunnybrook Health Science Center and the Workers’ Compensation Board of Ontario and at the Kleinert Institute in Louisville Kentucky. While in Toronto he studied in the Clinical Epidemiology program at McMaster University finishing with a Master of Science degree.

Dr. McCabe has been the President of the American Society for Peripheral Nerve and the American Association for Hand Surgery. Dr. McCabe finished a certificate program in health professions education and subsequently travelled to Italy as a Fulbright scholar where he taught research methodology at the University of Siena.

Dr. McCabe is Director of the Hand Program. His goals are to collaborate with UofT Hand surgeons, to develop a program in hand transplantation, and to invigorate the academic activities of the Hand Program. Dr. McCabe is married and has three children.

Industry Expertise (4)

Health and Wellness Health Care - Services Research Education/Learning

Areas of Expertise (6)

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Hand Surgery Hand Transplant Upper Extremity Trauma Nerve Compression Arthritis

Education (4)

McMaster University: M.Sc., Sciences 1992

University of Toronto and Louisville: Fellowship, Hand and Microsurgery 1988

University of Western Ontario: Residency, Plastic Surgery 1984

University of Toronto, Medical School: M.D., Medicine 1980

Affiliations (2)

  • American Society for Peripheral Nerve : Past President
  • American Association for Hand Surgery : Past President

Media Appearances (5)

UHN's multi-disciplinary team successfully completes Canada's first transplant of the upper limb

News Medical  online


In a Canadian first, a multi-disciplinary team, led by Dr. Steven McCabe, has successfully completed the country's first transplant of the upper limb.

During a procedure lasting approximately 14 hours, a team of 18 surgeons attached the forearm and hand matched from a donor to a patient who had been evaluated as a suitable candidate. This required the cooperation of a variety of different surgical disciplines from a number of hospitals and the University of Toronto...

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First successful hand transplant in Canada performed in Toronto

CBC  online


"She's doing well," Dr. Steven McCabe, who led the team of surgeons, told reporters on Tuesday. "The hand has good circulation [and] she's had no medical problems since the time of the transplant."

Full recovery will take about two years, according to McCabe, because nerves regenerate at a rate of one millimetre per day...

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Team of Toronto doctors perform Canada's first hand and forearm transplant

The Chronicle Herald  online


"To the best of our knowledge, it is the first one for Canada," said Dr. Steven McCabe, who led the surgery at the Toronto Western Hospital. "It's not a breakthrough as far as doing a new operation, but it means that we have it available now here and that we have a capability of doing this procedure."

McCabe was part of a team in Louisville, Ky., that performed the world's first successful hand transplant in 1999. He returned to Canada three and a half years ago to become the director of Toronto Western Hospital's hand and upper extremity transplant program...

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Hospital performs first hand transplant in Canada

The Toronto Star  online


The surgery was led by Dr. Steven McCabe, director of the Toronto Western Hospital’s hand and upper extremity transplant program.

He was part of a surgical team in Louisville, Ky., that performed the world’s first successful hand transplant in 1999.

To date, more than 110 hand transplants have taken place worldwide in more than a dozen countries...

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Canada's first hand, forearm transplant takes 18 U of T surgeons and five years of planning

University of Toronto News  online


Professor Steven McCabe, director of U of T’s Hand Program and director of UHN’s Hand and Upper Extremity Transplant Program at Toronto Western Hospital, led the team.

“We are very proud to have successfully performed this forearm and hand transplant procedure," said McCabe (pictured below). "This is a tremendous accomplishment, and we are excited to be able to provide this procedure to patients who would benefit from it.”...

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Articles (5)

The prevalence and characteristics of nerve compression symptoms in the general population The Journal of Hand Surgery


The purpose of this cross-sectional study was to evaluate the prevalence and intensity of nerve compression symptoms and to estimate the prevalence of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) in the general population. A survey that included the Katz hand diagram, the Carpal ...

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Kienböck Disease and Negative Ulnar Variance The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery


We compared the degree of ulnar variance, measured on standardized radiographs of the wrist, in forty-four patients who had Kienböck disease with that in ninety-nine control subjects who had been selected from a general clinic population and had radiographs of ...

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The seven deadly sins of statistical analysis Annals of Plastic Surgery


In a pedantic but playful way, we discuss some common errors in the use of statistical analysis that are regularly observed in our professional plastic surgical literature. The seven errors we discuss are the use of parametric analysis of ordinal data ...

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Verification of the pressure provocative test in carpal tunnel syndrome Annals of Plastic Surgery


Three provocative tests (pressure, Phalen's test, and Tinel's sign) were studied in 30 patients with carpal tunnel syndrome and 30 control subjects. The pressure provocative test had a sensitivity of 100%. In contrast, Phalen's test was 88% sensitive and Tinel's sign only 67% sensitive...

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Direct in vivo observations of embolic events in the microcirculation distal to a small-vessel anastomosis Plastic and Reconstructive Surgert


This study was done to determine whether microemboli are produced by an arterial anastomosis. Direct in vivo observations were made in an isolated microcircu-latory bed lying directly downstream from a newly made anastomosis. The tissue used was the ...

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