Dr Hofer received his medical degree and PhD at the University of Amsterdam and completed his plastic surgery training at the University Medical Center in Groningen, The Netherlands. He became the first plastic surgeon to be awarded the highly prestigious Dutch Cancer Society clinical fellowship.
Dr Hofer has authored over 130 peer reviewed scientific publications and is the immediate past Editor of the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (JPRAS) and JPRAS Open. He is Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at University Health Network in Toronto, holds the Wharton Chair in Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, Full Professor in the Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto and Associate Member in the Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto.
The focus of his clinical research is in the development, refinement and evaluation of innovative plastic & reconstructive surgical techniques for the face, head & neck and breast following oncology surgery. Dr Hofer is also involved in innovative regenerative medicine projects focusing on adipose derived stem cell applications. He has a strong interest in the functional, aesthetic and quality of life outcomes after reconstructive surgery and has received grant funding for research projects investigating these outcomes.