Sure Hair has always been dedicated to patient care, safety and satisfaction. To achieve this we have always been motivated to incorporate innovation and new discoveries. We found that Toronto is an ideal place for situating our practice due to its history of hair science innovation, proximity to world-leading health care service, easy transportation, great accommodations, attractions, and international renown.
Toronto: An incubator of hair research
Toronto has been home to many great hair restoration surgeons, most notably Dr. David J. Seager and Dr. Walter P. Unger. Both of these hair surgeons contributed to the surgical practices that we utilize and have made a positive impact, changing so many patients’ lives.
Dr. David J. Seager MD, MBBS, ABHRS
Dr Seager was born in 1945 in London, England. He trained at King’s College Hospital at London University. In 1970, Dr. Seager established himself in Markham Ontario where he practiced family medicine. Much later in 1989, Dr Seager visited Dr. Pierre Bedard in Montréal, Québec, where he studied current hair transplant techniques for three months. The treatment of hair loss was close to Dr. Seager as he had lost the majority of his hair by the age of 18 and had sought treatment from many surgeons but was consistently informed that he was not a good candidate. This personal experience drove him to innovate and treat people with advanced hair loss like himself.
In 1992, Dr. Seager, armed with his new training, founded the Seager Hair Transplant Centre. At his new facility he developed the “stick and place” technique where incisions for implanting grafts are made immediately before implantation of the graft. The “stick and place” technique ensured that the incisions could be made exactly the size required as they would shrink with time if there was not available graft. Traditional techniques of the time called for the creation of all recipient sites at one time, requiring that the sites be made larger to accommodate the later shrinkage.
One Area – One session
Dr. Seager pioneered the so called mega sessions by successfully placing 3000 grafts in single session. In this way he could achieve excellent coverage and density. Eventually Dr. Seager and his staff could routinely perform such surgeries well before it had become industry standard. This work led to Dr. Seager being awarded a Golden Follicle Award from the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS).
Dr. Unger is another Golden Follicle Award recipient that has roots in Toronto. His medical training and residency took place in Toronto. Dr. Unger’s contribution comes in the form of teaching and standardizing hair restoration information. The American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS) recognizes the Hair Transplantation text edited by Unger as the primary text from which they create their board exam. Dr. Unger continues to make great contributions to the field of hair restoration surgery.
Toronto: A leader in the healthcare industry
Toronto has a robust and world-leading health care system. In fact, Toronto has over 30 hospitals!
Toronto Area hospitals:
1. Micheal Garron Hospital
2. Etobicoke General Hospital
3. Queensway Health Centre
4. Baycrest Health Sciences
5. Centric Health Surgical Centre Toronto
6. Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
7. Humber River Hospital
8. North York General hospital
9. Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
10. Bellwood Health Services
11. Bridgepoint Hospital
12. Casey house Hospice
13. Centre for addiction and Mental Health
14. Hospital for Sick Children
15. Pediatric Research Hospital
16. Mount Sinai Hospital
17. Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
18. Runnymede Healthcare Centre
19. St. Joseph’s Health Centre
20. St. Michael’s Hospital
21. Toronto General Hospital
22. Toronto Grace Health Centre
23. Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
24. Toronto Western Hospital
25. Women’s College Hospital
26. Providence Healthcare
27. Rouge Valley Centenary Hospital
28. The Scarborough Hospital and Rouge Valley Hospital
29. West Park Healthcare Centre
30. York Finch Medical Centre
Toronto Area Transportation
Toronto may seem big with a metro population of almost 6 million people but the transportation is incredibly easy!
Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)
The subway, street car and bus system of Toronto go back to 1921! The subway system runs east to west with stations strategically throughout downtown. There is even a station right at the CN Tower and Rogers Centre! The street car system compliments the subway system fantastically that allows for easy travel north and south. The fares are $3.25/ride, $13.00/day, and $64.95/week so you can leave the car at home! Also for those coming out of town the TTC there is an Express bus that runs right from the Pearson International Airport to the subway. The subway runs as far east as Scarborough.
Train to city (UP Express)
For those flying into Pearson International Airport, there is a train that runs every 15 minutes, directly from the airport straight to Union Station (heart of downtown) or Bloor. The current rate $12.35/rider with discounts for return tickets families. The cost with this service is greater but it requires much less navigation and does not make any stops!
Licensed Toronto Pearson Airport Taxi or Limo
Taxis and Limos are available at the designated pick up area on the terminal curbs on the arrival levels. Fares from the airport into Toronto are based on flat rates that are pre-negotiated when you are picked up.
Car rental are available at Pearson International Airport, and throughout the metro Toronto area.
Go Train Service
The Go Train Service of southern Ontario offers commuters access from as far north as Allandale, east as Oshawa, south as Hamilton, and west as Kitchener.
Bike Share Toronto
Toronto is lucky to have a bicycle sharing system. Stations dispensing bikes are found throughout the downtown area of Toronto. Bikes are $7/day or $15/3-day. They are great for touring around and taking in the sights.
Accommodations in Toronto
Toronto is home to a wide range economic to luxury accommodations. Listed here are a few hotels that we recommend near our surgical suite:
Travelodge Toronto East (3.8 km)
20 Milner Business Ct, Scarborough, ON M1B 3C6
Holiday Inn Express Toronto East (3.4 km)
50 Estate Dr, Scarborough, ON M1H2Z1
Best Western Plus Executive Inn (3.8 km)
38 Estate Dr, Scarborough, ON M1H 2Z1
Knights Inn Toronto Scarborough (4.0 km)
4694 Kingston Rd, Scarborough, ON M1E 2P9
Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto East (8.6 km)
2035 Kennedy Rd, Scarborough, ON M1T 3G2
Toronto Tourism Info
Toronto is destination city for people to visit from within Canada and abroad. The city is home to four major sports teams:
• Toronto Blue Jays (MLB), https://www.mlb.com/bluejays
• Toronto Raptor (NBA), https://www.nba.com/raptors/
• Toronto Argonauts (CFL), https://www.argonauts.ca/
• Toronto FC (MLS), https://www.torontofc.ca/
Information on the numerous festival and can be found on https://www.seetorontonow.com/.
There are various Canadian landmarks located in heart of Toronto like the CN Tower, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Casa Loma, the Distillery District, and Canada’s Wonderland!
We chose Toronto because it is a wonderful place to work and visit with a long history of medical and hair restoration innovation!