2011 News and Events

Fall 2011


Dr. Ganesh Shanmugam, Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery, CHEO

Dr. Shanmugam obtained his training in General Surgery in India. He pursued Cardiothoracic training in India, Australia and the UK. He did 2 fellowships, first in Halifax and then in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery in Edmonton. Dr. Shanmugam will be working at CHEO.

Dr. Angel Arnaout, General Surgery

Dr. Arnaout is a Surgical Oncologist with a special interest in Breast Cancer. She attended Medical School at Dalhousie University and also obtained her General Surgery training in Halifax. She went on to pursue a Masters of Science degree in the Surgeon Scientist Program at the University of Toronto. She also completed a Surgical Oncology Fellowship at Sunnybrook Hospital and the Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre. She has a special interest in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery.

Dr. Jacinthe Lampron, General Surgery

Dr. Lampron attended Medical School at Université Laval in Québec City where she also trained in General Surgery. She obtained Royal College certification in critical care in 2008 following a critical care fellowship in Ottawa. She pursued further training in trauma at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and Stellenbosh University in South Africa. She also performed as a trauma surgeon for the Canadian Forces in Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. Prior to coming to Ottawa she was a faculty member of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). She is currently pursuing a MSc. Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Dr. Kyle Cowan, Pediatric General Surgery, CHEO

Dr. Cowan holds a PhD from the University of Toronto where he graduated from Medical School in 2004. He completed his General Surgery residency at the University of Western Ontario including a post doctoral fellowship. He then pursued further training in Pediatric General Surgery at CHEO. Dr. Cowan has received many research-related awards including a Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) and the Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation Joint Resident Research Award.

The Department of Surgery 2011 Competitive Research Awards

Dr. Breau receiving award from Dr. Watters.

Again in the spring of 2011 the Department of Surgery faculty members were invited to submit research proposals. Three winning projects were chosen from a total of ten well written sophisticated research submissions representing almost all surgical divisions. The proposals were reviewed by Dr. Marc Ruel, Professor and Associate Dean of Research at the University of Ottawa, Tim Ramsay MSc, PhD Scientist, Clinical Epidemiology, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and Director, The Ottawa Methods Centre, and Dr. James Watters, Professor, University of Ottawa  and Director of Research, Department of Surgery. Each of the three highest rated submissions is awarded a one time $25,000.00 grant from the Department of Surgery to support their research. The 2011 winners are:

Dr. Tim Brandys
« The Use of Visualization in Surgical Simulation Training to Evaluate Performance of Vascular Anastamosis on a High-Fidelity In-Vivo Model »

Dr. Angel Arnaout
« The NEO (Neoadjuvant Endocrine Outcomes) TRIAL. Neoadjuvant endocrine therapy for primary breast cancer:  Investigation of Clinical and Translational Outcomes »

Dr. Rodney Breau
«Evidence-Based Development of a Threshold Approach to Pre-operative MRI in Patients with Prostate Cancer »

The Department of Surgery would like to recognize and thank Drs. Ruel and Ramsay for again contributing their time and expertise to this important program.

Summer 2011

Collins Day 2011

Neurosurgery group at 2011 Collins Surgcial Day Reception and Dinner, held at the Rideau Club.

The 28th Collins Surgical Day was held Friday, May 14, 2010. This annual event began in 1979 and in 1984 was named in honor of Dr. W.E. Collins, Emeritus Professor of Surgery and the first Coordinator of the Surgical Training Programs (1976-1984).

Our honoured guest this year was Dr. Andres Lozano, Professor and Dan Family Chair of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto, RR Tasker Chair in Functional Neurosurgery at Toronto Western Hospital, Senior Scientist at Toronto Western Research Institute, and Canada Research Chair in Neuroscience.

The scientific session was held for the first time in the University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre. There were fourteen platform and twenty-seven poster presentations, selected competitively and reflecting a great diversity of high quality research. Dr. Lozano gave an excellent keynote address, entitled: “Towards restoring function in neurological and psychiatric disorders with neurological surgery.”

The scientific program was very well attended and highly successful. The latter reflects the skill, commitment and hard work of the residents and fellows in our training programs, but thanks are also very much due to their supervisors and mentors in the Department and elsewhere. Thanks are also due to the adjudicators for Collins Day, Drs. Luis Guerra, Mohamed Shamji, Eve Tsai, and Eugene Wai, and to Dr. Rebecca Auer for chairing the poster session.

The Collins Day Reception and Dinner were held at the Rideau Club, where the Main Dining Room was at full capacity with residents, staff, spouses and others. Mr. David Hill was again kind enough to be our host, although he was unable to attend in person this year. A key part of the evening were the presentations of the research prizes and teaching awards (see below), and recognition of the graduating residents and fellows.

Royal College CPD accreditation was obtained for this year’s scientific program for the first time.

Skills and Simulation Centre

University of Ottawa’s Skills and Simulation Centre.

The University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre had its official opening on October the 14th 2010. The opening was attended by the president of the University of Ottawa, the honorable Alan Rock, the Dean of Medicine Dr. Jacques Bradjwen and the CEO of the Ottawa Hospital Dr. Jack Kitts. The opening ceremonies set the tone for what was to be a very successful academic year at the center .The Skills and Simulation Centre with over 20,000 square feet of working space is the largest of its kind in Canada and one of the largest in North America.

Highlights: Surgery played a dominant role in the activities hosted at the center over the last year. For every level of learner from medical student to practicing surgeon, the surgical divisions put on a variety of skills based and didactic educational sessions.

Medical students: Rotating through surgery received hands on workshops in wound care and suturing.

Residents: The CORE surgery program ran its usual biweekly curriculum of surgical skills, knowledge acquisition and CANMEDS activities for first and second year residents from all surgical specialties. Divisions such as General Surgery, Plastics, Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics, Thoracic Surgery and Urology all ran high end technical training sessions for their residents.

Practicing Surgeons: CME events were run for practicing surgeons including the Canadian Network for International Surgery (CNIS) Instructors Course, Orthopaedic Knee Symposium and General Surgery Colorectal MIS courses.

Departmental Events: Collin’s Day was held at the center on May 13th 2011.

The Future: The state of the art Skills and Simulation Centre in a short period of time has already proven itself to be an invaluable component in the education of medical students, residents and practicing surgeons. Looking forward, the Department of Surgery looks to see surgical education and research opportunities grow exponentially at the centre. One such initiative beginning in the 2011 - 2012 academic year includes the Department of Surgery joining forces with the Academy for Innovation in Medical Education (AIME) and the Skills and Simulation Centre to create a Surgical Education Research Fellowship. Enrolled trainees will develop expertise in surgical education research and achieve Master’s Credentials in Education.

W.E. Collins Award for Best Overall Paper

Dr. R. Seth

Surgical stress promotes the development of cancer metastases by a coagulation-dependent mechanism in a murine model. Rashmi Seth, Lee-Hwa Tai, Agnieszka Kus, Theresa Falls, John Bell, Marc Carrier, Harold Atkins, Robin Boushey, Rebecca Auer.

Graeme Barber Award for Best Clinical Paper

Dr. T. Malas

A randomized evaluation of simulation training on performance of vascular anastomosis on a high-fidelity invivo model: the role of deliberate practice. Tarek Malas, Joel Price, Viren Naik, Munir Boodhwani, Tim Brandys, Paul Hendry, Buu-Khanh Lam

John P. Collins Award for Best Basic Science Paper

Dr. Talal Al-Atassi

Pre-clinical evaluation of biopolymer delivered endothelial progenitor cells in hibernating myocardium. Al-Atassi, Talal; Giordano, Céline; Thorn, Stephanie; Suuronen, Erik J; Boodhwani, Munir; Renaud, Jennifer; Zhang, Pingchuan; deKemp, Robert A; Beanlands, Rob SB ; Ruel, Marc.

Best Poster Presentation

Dr. Beverly Chan

Validation of electronically derived short term outcomes in colo-rectal surgery. Beverley P Chan, John BP Armstrong, Robin P Boushey, Dean A Fergusson, Alan J Forster.

Award for Best Surgical Teacher (chosen and presented by the residents of the Department of Surgery)

Dr. Tim Brandys
Dr. Steven Papp
Dr. Sudhir Sundaresan

Award for Best Resident Teacher (chosen by the medical students rotating in the Department of Surgery, presented by Dr. F. Shamji, Director, Undergraduate Education)

Dr. Malika Oberoi
Dr. Michael Creech
Dr. Mathieu Carriere