Join our $42-million campaign so we can do what no one has done before. We’re creating a centre where the world’s top specialists treat the toughest brain and heart cases — together.
St. Michael’s will soon be Canada’s only hospital that takes an integrated approach to health care for the brain and heart – without the silos that get in the way of the best medicine.
Thanks to the remarkable $19.125-million gift from legendary Canadian philanthropists Walter and Maria Schroeder, we’re building the Walter and Maria Schroeder BRAIN&HEART Centre.
It’s based on the latest medical thinking that the separation between brain and heart is artificial. What happens to one very often impacts the other.
· A brain aneurysm can stop a heart.
· A heart attack can cause a stroke.
· Degenerative brain diseases like Alzheimer’s share a genetic link with heart disease.
· Though some diseases may show up in only one area, they still affect both the brain and heart.
So why are the brain and the heart treated separately?
At St. Michael’s Hospital, they’re not. Unlike other hospitals in Canada, our brain and heart specialists work together to treat patients, and to invent medical tools and procedures that are best for both organs.
When it’s completed, The Walter and Maria Schroeder BRAIN&HEART Centre will have state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, and a space dedicated entirely to medical discovery and invention.
For the first time, care will be structured around the patient – not medicine.
Our campaign is 85 per cent completed. Please help us finish our new centre and lead the brain and heart revolution.
Help Us Build
Fund advanced Catheterization Labs so our patients get home within hours or days of their heart procedures.Learn more
Support the Echocardiography Lab where specialists evaluate the heart’s health.Learn more
Donate to establish two high-tech Neurointerventional Operating Suites.Learn more
Support our cutting-edge C-Arms to advance minimally invasive surgical procedures.Learn more
Dr. Mark Peterson
Medical Director, The Walter and Maria Schroeder BRAIN&HEART Centre | Cardiac, Aortic, Transcatheter Heart Valve Surgeon | Chair, Structural Heart Disease Committee | Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute | Associate Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto
Dr. Julian Spears
Head of Neurosurgery | Co-Director of the Neurovascular Program | Associate Program Director of the Division of Neurosurgery Training Program, University of Toronto
Dr. Kim Connelly
Cardiologist | Director of the Krembil Stem Cell Facility at St. Michael’s Hospital | Head of Dr. Kim Connelly’s Lab at the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science | Associate Professor, University of Toronto
Dr. Tim Dowdell
Radiologist-in-Chief | Medical Director of the Centre of Excellence in Medical Imaging | Associate Professor, University of Toronto
Dr. Neil Fam
Interventional Cardiologist | Director, University of Toronto Interventional Cardiology Fellows | Director, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
Dr. Teodor Grantcharov
Staff Surgeon | Professor of Surgery, University of Toronto | Keenan Chair in Surgery at St. Michael’s and the University of Toronto | Canada Research Chair in Simulation and Surgical Safety
Dr. Muhammad Mamdani
Vice President, Data Science and Advanced Analytics | Director, Li Ka Shing Centre for Healthcare Analytics Research and Training (LKS-CHART) | Professor, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto | Odette Chair in Advanced Analytics
Dr. Tom Marotta
Interventional Neuroradiologist in the Medical Imaging Department | Project Investigator in the Keenan Research Centre of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute | Associate Professor, University of Toronto
Did You Know?
St. Michael’s Hospital was the first in the world to remove tumours through bi-nasal endoscopy, now the international standard in brain surgery.
Research & Innovation
St. Michael’s brain and heart experts are surgical innovators who are guided by a spirit of relentlessness.
Dr. Neil Fam goes where other hospitals can’t to perform a life-saving procedure on a 90-year-old cancer survivor.Read more
St. Michael’s neurosurgeon helps lawyer make remarkable recovery after traumatic brain injury.Read more
“The Walter and Maria Schroeder BRAIN&HEART Centre will transform the way we provide care for our patients.”Read more
Sajeevan Eswarakumarsurvived a massive stroke at age 27.Read more
Our donors dare to envision a future where CAN’T and WON’T and NOT-A-CHANCE are not in St. Michael’s vocabulary.
Walter & Maria Schroeder donate nearly $20 million
In conversation with the philanthropists behind The Walter & Maria Schroeder BRAIN&HEART Centre.Read more