Faculty

Division Head


Sebastien Gilbert

Sebastien Gilbert, MD FRCSC

The Ottawa Hospital – General Campus
501 Smyth Road
Ottawa, Ontario, K1H 8L6

Tel: 613-737-8845
sgilbert@toh.ca

Bio

Dr. Sebastien Gilbert is an Associate Professor of surgery at the University of Ottawa and an active member of the division of thoracic surgery.  He is also the director of the Minimally Invasive Aerodigestive Surgery Program of the Ottawa hospital.  The primary objective of this program is to promote and provide integrated, comprehensive, multidisciplinary care to patients suffering from benign or malignant diseases of the lung, esophagus, and stomach.

Appointments and Affiliations:

  • Director, Minimally Invasive Aerodigestive Surgery Program,The Ottawa Hospital, Department of Surgery, Division of Thoracic Surgery
  • Associate Professor, University of Ottawa, Department of Surgery, Division of Thoracic Surgery
  • Certification in Thoracic Surgery: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Certification in Thoracic Surgery: American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  • Certification in General Surgery: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Certification in General Surgery: American Board of Surgery
  • Member of Society for Thoracic Surgeons (STS), Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons (CATS), General Thoracic Surgery Club (GTSC), American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), College des Medecins du Quebec (CMQ),Canadian Medical Association (CMA), Ontario Medical Association (OMA)

Background:

Dr. Gilbert graduated from McGill University medical school in Montréal, Québec in 1996.  He completed his general surgery residency at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.  He obtained further training in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.  He completed additional specialty fellowships in advanced minimally invasive thoracic surgery and in lung transplantation.  Dr. Gilbert began his career as a thoracic surgeon at the University of Pittsburgh.  He joined the Division of Thoracic Surgery of the Ottawa hospital as an associate professor of surgery in January, 2010.

Research and Clinical Interest:

Dr. Gilbert's primary focus is minimally invasive aerodigestive surgery which consists in the use of bronchoscopy, esophagoscopy, thoracoscopy, and the laparoscopy in the treatment of diseases affecting the lungs, mediastinum, esophagus, and stomach.  He is interested in the refinement and development of new and existing minimally invasive approaches to the treatment of diseases such as, esophageal cancer, gastric cancer, lung cancer, mediastinal tumors, gastroesophageal reflux disease, hiatus hernia, achalasia and esophageal diverticulum. 


Faculty Members


Donna E. Maziak

Donna E. Maziak, MD FRCSC

The OttawaHospital
General Campus
501 Smyth Road - Box 700
Ottawa, ON, K1H 8L6
Tel: 613-737-8845
dmaziak@ottawahospital.on.ca

Bio

Dr. Donna Maziak is a Full Professor at the University of Ottawa and is active in the Division of Thoracic Surgery, with a cross appointment to the Department of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Ottawa. In addition, she is the Program Director for Thoracic Surgery at the University of Ottawa and Chair of the Thoracic Specialty Committee at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She also holds the position of President of the Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons and the Ontario Association of Thoracic Surgeons.

Appointments and Affiliations:

  • Active, The Ottawa Hospital, Department of TOH Surgery, Division of Thoracic Surgery
  • Full Professor, University of Ottawa, Department of Surgery, Division of Thoracic Surgery
  • Cross-Appointment, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Clinical Epidemiology
  • Member of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), American College of Surgeons (ACS), Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons (CATS), Society for Thoracic Surgeons (STS), Canadian Medical Association (CMA), Ontario Medical Association (OMA), College des Medecins du Quebec (CMQ), College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), Ontario Association of Thoracic Surgeons (OATS)

Background:

Dr. D E Maziak graduated from McGill University receiving a Doctorate in Medicine in 1987. She then undertook postgraduate training in Surgery at the University of Toronto, first in General Surgery for five years and then in Thoracic Surgery for two years. receiving certification in these two specialties at the RCPSC.. The following two years were spent in Clinical Epidemiology at McMaster University, thus obtaining her Master’s degree and as Clinical Assistant in Thoracic Surgery at Toronto General Hospital. Upon joining the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the Ottawa Hospital as an active staff member she obtained a cross appointment to the Department of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Maziak has a strong interest in clinical trials science having obtained her Masters in Clinical Epidemiology at McMaster University. She has continued her interest in Ottawa with multicenter randomized trials at a national and international level, with CIHR grants to support her work. Through her involvement with Cancer Care Ontario (CCO), she has participated in and written guidelines for care of patients with thoracic malignancies that are used to ensure equal care to all patients in Ontario.

Research and Clinical Interest:

Dr. Maziak has a strong interest in clinical trials science having obtained her Masters in Clinical Epidemiology at McMaster University. She has continued her interest in Ottawa with multicenter randomized trials at a national and international level, with CIHR grants to support her work. Through her involvement with Cancer Care Ontario (CCO), she has participated in and written guidelines for care of patients with thoracic malignancies that are used to ensure equal care to all patients in Ontario.



Andrew Seely

Andrew Seely, MD FRCSC

Director of Research, Department of Surgery
The Ottawa Hospital – General Campus
501 Smyth Road
Ottawa, Ontario, K1H 8L6

Tel: 613-737-8845
aseely@ottawahospital.on.ca

Bio

Dr. Andrew J E Seely is an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa and is active in the Division of Thoracic Surgery and Critical Care. He has a strong interest in research, with appointments as Chair of Research for the Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons and Research Director for the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Ottawa.

Appointments and Affiliations:

  • Active, The Ottawa Hospital, Department of TOH Surgery, Division of Thoracic Surgery and Critical Care.
  • Associate Professor, University of Ottawa, Department of Surgery, Division of Thoracic Surgery
  • Associate Scientist, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • Cross-Appointment, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Graduate & Post-Graduate Studies, Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine
  • Member of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, American College of Surgeons (ACS), Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons (CATS), Society for Thoracic Surgeons (STS), Canadian Critical Care Trials Group (CCCTG), Society for Complexity in Acute Illness (SCAI), Society for Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), Canadian Medical Association (CMA), Ontario Medical Association (OMA)

Background:

Dr. Andrew Seely received his Bachelors of Science (Honours Physics) from Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario Canada and the went to McGill University where he obtained his Doctor of Medicine (MDCM). He stayed at McGill for his General Surgery Residency, at the same time completing his Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in the Department of Experimental Surgery, McGill University, Montréal, Quebec, Canada. He then came to Ottawa where he completed his Thoracic and Critical Care Residencies before joining the staff at The Ottawa Hospital.

Research and Clinical Interest:

Dr. Seely has a strong interest in basic science having obtained his PhD during his general surgery residency at McGill University in the field of neutrophils and the complex systemic host response. He continued his research at The Ottawa Hospital, receiving numerous grants, including CIHR, in his field of interest in understanding and the application of complexity and variability in the care of patients with critical illness. He has numerous appointments in research, including Research Director for the Division of Thoracic Surgery, University of Ottawa and Chair of Research for the Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons. He is also founder and Chief Science Officer for Therapeutic Monitoring Systems (TMS). He has numerous graduate students from the University of Ottawa under his tutelage.



Farid Shamji

Farid Shamji, MD FRCSC

The Ottawa Hospital – General Campus
501 Smyth Road
Ottawa, Ontario, K1H 8L6

Tel: 613-737-8845
fshamji@ottawahospital.on.ca

Bio

Dr. Farid M. Shamji is Full Professor of Surgery at the University of Ottawa and has been Director of Undergraduate Surgical Education at the University of Ottawa since 1983 to the present. He is the Director of the Oesophageal Function Laboratory at The Ottawa Hospital, which he started 1983. He is President of the Canadian Undergraduate Surgical Education Committee (CUSEC). He is the Past President of the Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons (CATS)

Appointments and Affiliations:

  • Active Staff, The Ottawa Hospital, Department of Surgery, Division of Thoracic Surgery
  • Full Professor, University of Ottawa, Department of Surgery, Division of Thoracic Surgery
  • Member of Canadian Undergraduate Surgical Education Committee (Current President), Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons (Past-President), Association of Surgical Education, Ontario Medical Association, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, American College of Surgeons, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Ontario Association of Thoracic Surgeons

Background:

Dr Farid Shamji, originally from Tanzania, attended medical school in England at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where he graduated with MBBS in 1973. After one year of internship in General Medicine and General Surgery, he was appointed as a Junior lecturer in the Department of Anatomy at the University of Leeds in England. It was followed by a 4-year residency in General Surgery, a one-year fellowship in Vascular Surgery, and 1.5-year residency in CVT Surgery at the University of Ottawa. After certification in both specialties General Surgery and Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, he did further 1.5-year clinical training and research at the University of Toronto. He returned to Ottawa in July 1983 to join the Division of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery at the Ottawa Civic Hospital.

From 1983 onwards, he was involved in creating a separate University Division of Thoracic Surgery, establishing Residency Program in Thoracic Surgery, changing focus from Thoracic Surgery Service to a Multidisciplinary Thoracic Program, establishing Oesophageal Function Laboratory, negotiating with the Ottawa Hospital Re-Structuring Process for three years, and finally consolidating the entire Multidisciplinary Thoracic Program at the General Campus of The Ottawa Hospital in June 2002 with the future plans for the Thoracic Centre and Thoracic Oncology Diagnostic and Assessment Unit. He was the Head of Division of Thoracic Sugery for 11years at the University of Ottawa and The Ottawa Hospital.

Since the beginning of his surgical career, Dr Farid Shamji has been involved in the education of medical students and surgical residents. He has coordinated the Surgical Clerkship at the University of Ottawa for 28 years and was the recipient of John Provan Award in 2001 for his commitment to Undergraduate Surgical Education. He was the Program Director for Thoracic Surgery Residency for 12 years until July 2002. He has received awards for excellence in surgical teaching by the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa and by the Department of Surgery at The Ottawa Hospital.

As Director of the Undergraduate Surgical Education, he provided leadership in adapting the surgery clerkship and surgical education both at the base campus and remote sites to accommodate increasing student enrolment, provide comparable didactic surgical education at all sites receiving surgical clerks, and meet the mandate of the province for rural training and took the leadership in initiating the Webcasting Program in the Department of Surgery for Undergraduate Surgical Education - pilot feasibility study for Undergraduate Medical Education at the University of Ottawa.

Research and Clinical Interest:

Dr. Shamji started his basic science research career at the University of Toronto in lung transplantation and flail chest injury. He has since expanded to multicentre clinical trials in oncology and surgical education.



Sudhir Sundaresan

Sudhir Sundaresan, MD FRCSC

The Ottawa Hospital - General Campus
Room 6361, 501 Smyth Road
Ottawa, ON, K1H 8L6

613 737-8845
ssundaresan@ottawahospital.on.ca

Bio

Dr. Sudhir Sundaresan is Professor of Surgery and Division Head of Thoracic Surgery at the Ottawa Hospital, and Chair of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Ottawa. He is also Site Chief of Surgery and Chair of the Operating Room Committee at theGeneral Campus.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Active Staff, The Ottawa Hospital, Division of Thoracic Surgery/Department of surgery
  • Professor and Chair, Division of Thoracic Surgery, University of Ottawa
  • Site Lead, Thoracic Cancer Assessment Center, the Ottawa Hospital
  • Site Chief of Surgery and Head, Operating Room Committee, Ottawa Hospital-General Campus
  • Memberships of College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, Fellow, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, American College of Chest Physicians, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons, Ontario Medical Association, Chair, Thoracic Exam Board, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Background:

Dr. Sundaresan completed his undergraduate studies in the Biology Program at Carleton University and then obtained his MD at the University of Ottawa. This was followed by a Rotating Internship at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Residency in General Surgery at the University of Ottawa. He went on to do is Fellowship training in Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri. He also undertook a 2-year Research Fellowship in Lung Transplantation there. Finally, he spent six months as Senior Registrar to Professor Hugo Matthews at the East Birmingham Hospital, UK, receiving advanced fellowship training in esophageal surgery. Dr. Sundaresan began his career in St. Louis as Assistant Professor at Washington University School of Medicine, where he served for nearly six years. His clinical and research focus was in lung transplantation. He directed basic laboratory investigation in cellular immunology and molecular biology of chronic lung rejection and held several grants from the Veterans Administration and National Institutes of Health. He was later recruited as Associate Professor and Chief of the Section of Thoracic Surgery at Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois. While his interests in lung transplantation continued [as Director of the Pediatric Lung Transplant Program at the Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago], his career focus centered on thoracic oncology. During his four years there, he developed programs in multi-modality therapy for lung and esophageal cancer, airway surgery, mesothelioma, and laser therapy/photodynamic therapy. He served as a national Principal Investigator for the American College of Surgeons Oncology Trials Group [ACOSOG]. He joined the Ottawa Hospital in 2002, where his primary interests have continued in thoracic oncology and in minimally invasive thoracic surgery. He chaired a Cancer Care Ontario provincial panel that published, and he has spoken on the subject of regionalization of thoracic surgery nationally and internationally.

Research and Clinical Interest:

  • Thoracic oncology
  • Minimally invasive thoracic surgery
  • Airway surgery
  • Virtual reality simulators in thoracic surgery education
  • Organization and optimal utilization of resources for surgical quality improvement


Patrick James Villeneuve

Patrick James Villeneuve,MDCM PhD FRCSC

The Ottawa Hospital – General Campus
Room 6359, 501 Smyth Road
Ottawa, Ontario, K1H 8L6
pvilleneuve@toh.ca
613-798-5555 ext. 74035

Administrative Assistant: Shantel Mudge

Bio

Clinical interest:
Lung cancer
Esophagogastric cancer
Thymic neoplasms
Mesothelioma
Surgical oncology
Molecular biology
Translational research

Academic Appointments:
Active staff, Thoracic Surgery, The Ottawa Hospital/University of Ottawa
Assistant professor, Thoracic Surgery, University of Ottawa

Administrative Appointments:
Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (2011)
Membership: Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons (CATS), European Society of Thoracic Surgeons (ESTS), Society of Thoracic Surgery (STS), Society for the Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT), American College of Surgeons (ACS)

Fellowship Training:
Thoracic surgery, UZ Leuven, Leuven Belgium (2012)

Residency Training:
FRCSC Thoracic surgery, University of Ottawa (2011)
FRCSC General surgery, University of Ottawa (2009)

Medical Doctorate:
MDCM, McGill University (2002)

Other Degrees:
PhD, Biochemistry, University of Ottawa (2010)
Clinical Investigator Program (CIP), Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (2006)