Heroes, citizens, and the shoulders of giants

Heroes, citizens, and the shoulders of giants

Can J Surg 2020;63(2):E118-E119 | PDF

David R. Urbach, MD


Is the hero role the best self-image for surgeons in the modern world? As Donald Berwick, founder of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, has pointed out, health care is an exercise in interdependency, not personal heroism. In my president’s address to the Canadian Association of General Surgeons, I examine the role of the surgeon as hero and citizen.

This article is an excerpt from the CAGS president’s address, Sept. 14, 2018

Accepted July 28, 2019

Competing interests: None declared.

DOI: 10.1503/cjs.018419

Correspondence to: D.R. Urbach, 76 Grenville St, Room 8332, Toronto ON M5S 1B2, david.urbach@wchospital.ca