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Dalhousie University
Faculty of
Medicine
Department
of
Surgery
Research
and
Education
Report
2010
Table of Contents
Agility and Accountability
Dr. David Kirkpatrick, Head, Department of Surgery 1
Research and Education Drive Quality Care
Dr. Greg Hirsch, Director of Research, Department of Surgery
2
Training a Surgeon, a Complex Task
Dr. Brock Vair, Director of Education, Department of Surgery
3
Every Donated Organ Counts
Dr. Ian Alwayn, Transplant Surgeon
4
Restoring Confidence and Energy
Dr. James Ellsmere, Gastrointestinal Surgeon
6
Kids – Returning to their Sports and Activities
Dr. Ron El-Hawary, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon
8
A More Precise Diagnosis and Treatment
Dr. Drew Bethune, Thoracic Surgeon
10
You Never Stop Learning
Dr. Jason Williams, Educator, Plastic Surgeon
12
Finding Answers That Will Improve Patient Care
Resident Researcher, Dr. Devon Richardson
13
Research and Teaching, Integral to a Surgical Career
Resident Teacher, Dr. Dafydd Davies
13
Measurable Indicators in Research and Education
14
Catalogue of Accomplishments: Appendix
17
Cover Photo: Dr. Jason Williams (centre), teaching unit with residents Dr. Reza Ahmadzadeh (far left) and Dr. Amanda
Murphy (far right). Medical student Adam Harris is left of Dr. Williams.
Department of Surgery Annual Research & Education Report 2010, is an annual publication of the Department of Surgery.
Production: Elaine Marsh Editors: Dr. Greg Hirsch, Dr. Adrian Park and Dr. David Kirkpatrick
Contributors: Melanie Jollymore Photography: Jamie Crosby Printing: The Printer Ltd.
Dalhousie University | 1
Agility and Accountability in
Changing Times
Dr. David Kirkpatrick, Head,
Department of Surgery
I
n surgery, as in any health care discipline,
we are constantly evolving how we do
things. This is not change for the sake of
change, but for the sake of improving the
quality of care we provide.
Only through research can we know
what to change and how to change it, and
only through education can we transfer
new methods and ways of thinking to
our trainees and colleagues in the field.
Research and education are the dual pillars
that support our mission to lead the way
to highly effective patient care and the best
possible health outcomes.
The challenge today is to fulfill our mission
in the face of rising demand for our clinical
services and declining human and financial
resources to deliver them. To do so
requires the agility to adapt to a changing
environment, the foresight to anticipate
emerging needs, and the creativity to devise
workable solutions.
I’m optimistic about the future, because I
see that we are developing the culture of
flexibility we need to re-structure our health
care teams and streamline our processes
for maximum effectiveness and efficiency.
For example, we are now collaborating
with hospitals across Atlantic Canada to save
money on surgical supplies by purchasing
as a group. We’re also sharing specialists
across institutions so their skills can be fully
utilized and smaller communities can benefit
from their services.
In the past year, we have
developed systems for
measuring our productivity
in research and education. We can now
generate detailed reports to demonstrate
our accountability to government for the
research and education funds we receive
through our alternative funding plan (AFP).
The AFP is fundamental to our mission, as
it allows us to conduct the research and
teaching that are essential to advancing
patient care. You will see many fine
examples of the progress we are making as
you read through this report.
These are exciting times. We are working
in the midst of an explosion of knowledge
and technology that makes our job more
complex than ever, but also provides us
with the tools, insights and inspiration to
make major improvements in patient care.
And this is what we’re determined to do.
For ultimately our highest accountability is
to the people we serve.
2 | Department of Surgery
Research and Education
Drive Quality Care
Dr. Greg Hirsch,
Director of Research
T
his year our Department
of Surgery report
broadens beyond last
year’s focus on research to
highlight the importance of
education in the department.
Research and education feed directly into
one another and both are essential to our
task of advancing patient care through
knowledge.
Of course, the success of all this research
training relies on the vibrancy of our facultyled research programs. We are fortunate
to have extremely talented and dedicated
researchers among our faculty. Many are
global and national leaders in sophisticated
specialties like heart, liver and multi-organ
transplant, minimally invasive techniques,
spinal surgery, deep-brain stimulation, and
reconstructive surgery.
One of our key missions is to train the next
generation of research-minded surgeons.
All medical students, residents and fellows
learn research skills as they go through our
clinical training programs. They often take
part in clinical research studies that show
them firsthand how research is woven into
the fabric of high-quality clinical care.
Last year, our researchers shared
their findings in more than 160 peerreviewed publications. They continued to
demonstrate stellar performance in funding
competitions, capturing more than $15
million in new research grants. I am proud
to report that the department now holds
grants totaling more than $55 million.
Exposure to research helps clinical trainees
develop the skills and attitudes they need
to incorporate research into their future
surgery careers. It is the attitude, as much
as anything, we seek to foster. We want
our trainees to learn how to question why
things are done a particular way, demand
solid evidence, and go about finding
answers themselves if that’s what needs to
be done to ensure our practices are really
evidence-based.
The researchers you will meet in this
report take a step beyond the expected.
For example, Dr. James Ellsmere is working
with a team of biomedical engineers to
develop new devices for minimally-invasive
gastrointestinal surgeries. Meanwhile, Dr.
Ron El-Hawary is pioneering a sophisticated
means of assessing the stability of spinal
fusion surgery and working with a clinical
psychologist to understand the impact of
post-operative pain.
Our Clinician Investigator Program (CIP) is
designed for those surgery residents who
plan to make laboratory-based scientific
research a major part of their work. The
CIP provides them with funding and
supervision to complete a masters or
doctoral degree over the course of an
extended residency. Our CIP residents
learn how to conduct successful laboratory
research programs that directly address
the challenges they face in their work as
surgeons.
The kind of expertise and leadership
you will read about in this report attracts
top trainees and professional staff who
want to learn, teach and practice highly
advanced procedures in a research-rich
environment where they can help generate
new knowledge for even better care in the
future.
Dalhousie University | 3
The Multi-faceted Pursuit of
Training New Surgeons
Dr. Brock Vair, Director of
Education
T
he role of surgeons today extends
far beyond the operating theatre. In
addition to our work as skilled and
knowledgeable clinicians, today’s surgeons
must be accomplished communicators,
productive researchers, and effective
leaders, teachers and advocates for
healthier lifestyles and policies.
The question for us, as a department, is
how do we educate the next generation of
surgeons to perform in all these roles? And,
how do we evaluate their performance as
they progress through the stages of their
training?
It’s a complex task, further complicated by
new national regulations that significantly
reduce the number of hours residents
are allowed to work on clinical duty each
week. We are working closely with the
Postgraduate Dean’s office to address the
challenges posed by reduced resident work
hours, in terms of training, evaluation,
staffing and professionalism.
Teaching procedures on simulators in the
Skills Centre for Health Sciences is one
important way we provide technical training
outside clinical work hours. Simulator
training has the added benefit of ensuring
trainees are proficient—in skills as basic
as suturing and as complex as removing
tumours—before working with real
patients.
In communication, teaching
and collaborative skills, we
need to teach by example and
by providing clear guidelines,
lots of opportunities for
practice, and ongoing constructive
feedback. To this last end, we’ve introduced
a new ‘360-degree’ evaluation process,
which continuously gathers feedback from
everyone on the health care team who
interacts with our trainees.
As we refine our programs for the
future, we can look with pride at our
accomplishments of the past. For example,
Dalhousie’s undergraduate medical ‘Class of
2009’ placed first in Canada in the surgery
section of the LMCC (Licentiate of the
Medical Council of Canada) exams. Our
residents consistently achieve high marks in
the Royal College exams. And, we continue
to attract talented surgeons and scientists
from around the world to pursue fellowship
training in areas of excellence such as
minimally invasive surgery, otolaryngology,
transplant surgery, orthopaedics, and
thoracic surgery.
Our dynamic training environment is
further enhanced by our department’s keen
interest in research, as you will see in the
research stories on the pages that follow.
4 | Department of Surgery
Transplant Surgery: Making the
Most of Each Precious Donation
Dr. Ian Alwayn,
Dalhousie Abdominal
Transplant Surgeon
Researchers look for new ways to
optimize transplant outcomes
T
ransplant surgery has
come a long way in the
past decade, but there
are still many challenges for
surgeons and their patients. Chief among
these is the shortage of healthy organs for
transplant. Every year in Canada, hundreds
of people die while waiting for an organ.
And, many donated organs are not in
perfect condition, especially by the time
they reach their intended recipient.
The graduate students are developing a
novel way to deliver protective agents
into the cells of the organ to minimize this
damage (see sidebar).
Keeping the donated organ as healthy
as possible is one side of the equation.
Keeping the recipient healthy is the other.
“We need to make every donated organ
count,” says Dr. Ian Alwayn, a Dalhousie
transplant surgeon who heads the kidney
and multi-organ transplant programs at the
QEII Health Sciences Centre. “We need to
do everything we can to ensure the best
possible outcomes for transplant patients,
so we do not waste this precious gift of life.”
“Organ recipients must take anti-rejection
drugs, but these promote weight gain,
which can lead to obesity and diabetes,”
notes Dr. Alwayn. He and his colleagues in
the transplant programs encourage patients
to be physically active, but they want to
take the exercise one step further. They
are collaborating with Dalhousie exercise
psychologist Dr. Melanie Keats on a pilot
study to introduce active video gaming to
their transplant patients.
Dr. Alwayn is working with graduate
students to devise new ways of preserving
the healthy function of transplanted organs
from deceased donors. “Removing an
organ from its blood supply triggers
a process of oxidative damage and
inflammation,” explains Dr. Alwayn. “Putting
the organ on ice slows this process down,
but the organ sustains further injury when it
is re-perfused with the recipient’s blood.”
“People are more likely to exercise if they
perceive the activity to be fun,” says Dr.
Alwayn, who has involved a physiotherapist
and nurse practitioner in the project. “The
system we’re using allows people to create
online communities, which is motivating,
and it also allows us to monitor how often
and how intensely they are exercising. The
better their overall health, the better they
will do with their transplanted organ.”
Preserving quality of donor organs
• Transplant surgeon Dr. Ian Alwayn is leading a research effort to develop means of protecting donated organs
from oxidative damage that occurs between the time the organ is removed from the donor and transplanted
into the recipient. He is supervising surgery resident Dr. Scott Livingstone—a masters student through the
Department of Surgery’s Clinician Investigator Program—and graduate student Kimberley Savage in these labbased investigations. The researchers have engineered a cell-penetrating peptide to carry protective agents into
Dalhousie University | 5
Sisters Share
Profound Gift of Life
M
anon Landry did not hesitate for
a second when faced with the
decision to donate one of her
kidneys to her sister, Dominique. “I had
to do it,” says Manon. “There was no
question.” Dr. Ian Alwayn performed the
successful transplant in August 2009, using
a laparoscopic technique with the donor to
minimize the impact of the surgery on this
healthy individual.
This was not Dominique’s first kidney
transplant—her kidneys failed dramatically
when she was only 19. “The doctors told
me I would have died within a day, if I
hadn’t received medical attention when I
did,” she recalls, adding that Manon rushed
her to the hospital after finding her literally
dying in their Moncton apartment on a
Friday afternoon. “It was so sudden. I had
no symptoms, apart from lack of energy,
before that day.”
Dominique received a kidney from an
anonymous donor in 1986. By 2000, it was
wearing out due to the long-term effects of
her immune system’s attempts to reject it.
Her situation became critical again in 2008,
forcing her onto dialysis. Hemodialysis in
the hospital was so hard on her, Dominique
switched to peritoneal dialysis. This involved
filling her own abdominal cavity with fluid,
through an implanted catheter, four times a
day for a year.
Meanwhile, Manon underwent a battery
of tests in Moncton to confirm her kidney
would be a match and that she was healthy
enough to thrive with one kidney. The
results were sent to Halifax, where Dr.
Alwayn and his team determined that
Manon’s kidney was a perfect match. As a
result, it is working very well for Dominique
and she doesn’t need to take as much
anti-rejection medication as she did with
her first donor kidney. “I have more energy
and feel stronger than I have in years,” says
Dominique. “Manon has given me such an
incredible gift.”
the organs’ cells. They are currently working with a protein that may protect the organ from
oxidative damage... but the same technology could be used to deliver proteins for preventing
rejection or infection of the donor organ.
• Dr. Alwayn is also working with Canadian Blood Services and colleagues nationwide to
develop the Living Donor Paired Exchange Registry. The registry helps people who need a
kidney transplant—but do not have a relative who’s compatible or able to donate—connect
with a match more quickly.
Photo captions:
Page 4: Dr. Ian Alwayn
Page 5, Top: Dominique
and Manon celebrate
following their recoveries.
6 | Department of Surgery
Bariatric Surgery: An Effective
Approach to Obesity
Dr. James Ellsmere,
Dalhousie Gastrointestinal Surgeon
S
tomach-reduction
surgery helps people
lose the weight and
the medications. Over the
past two years, Dalhousie
surgeons Drs. James Ellsmere
and Dennis Klassen have
performed stomach-reduction
surgery on more than 170
morbidly obese people. The results have
been dramatic. On average, these patients
have lost an astounding 65% of their
excess body weight. Many have been able
to stop taking medication for diabetes,
high blood pressure, high cholesterol and
other conditions that go hand-in-hand with
obesity.
“The procedure we use is incredibly
effective,” says Dr. Ellsmere, explaining
that the ‘vertical sleeve gastrectomy’
permanently removes 85% of the stomach.
He performs the surgery laparoscopically,
so it is minimally invasive. “When combined
with a healthy diet and physical exercise, it
transforms people’s lives.”
To qualify for the surgery, candidates must
prove they are motivated to change their
eating and lifestyle habits. As Dr. Ellsmere
explains, people who are referred to him
first meet with nurse practitioner Diana
Lawlor, dietitian Deanne Ortman and
clinical psychologist Dr. Michael Vallis.
“We are all working together through
Capital Health’s Obesity Network,” notes
Dr. Ellsmere. “This multi-disciplinary
team involves health care professionals,
researchers, educators and government in
a concerted effort to address the obesity
epidemic.”
If people commit to the necessary changes,
they can enroll in the weight-loss surgery
program. A dietitian works with them to
help them lose weight before the surgery—
it is high risk to operate on anyone over
400 lbs—and supports them to eat
properly after surgery, as well.
“We’re assessing short- and long-term
outcomes in terms of weight loss, diabetes
and health economics,” Dr. Ellsmere says.
“So far we’re seeing a tremendous impact.”
Within 18 months of surgery, patients have
lost more than half of their excess weight
and regained their blood-sugar control.
Some are saving $3,000 a year, or more,
because they no longer need medication.
According to Dr. Ellsmere, the surgery
produces far better results than weight-loss
drugs. “Studies show that a combination
of drugs, diet and exercise helps people
lose about 5% of their excess weight…
compared to 65% through our approach.”
For morbidly obese people, weight loss
of this magnitude gives them confidence
and energy to re-engage in society. The
benefits, however, go far beyond the
individual. As Dr. Ellsmere notes, “We’re
substantially reducing the overall burden
of disease on our health care system and
society as a whole.”
Advancing minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery
• A general surgeon, Dr. James Ellsmere specializes in endoscopic and laparoscopic approaches to gastrointestinal
surgeries, including weight-loss, anti-reflux, biliary and pancreatic procedures.
• Dr. Ellsmere is working with collaborators and trainees in Dalhousie’s School of Biomedical Engineering to create
new tools and implants for making various endoscopic and laparoscopic procedures safer and more effective. As
director of the Skills Centre for Health Sciences, he has been involved in testing experimental devices in pre-clinical
models.
Dalhousie University | 7
Lifesaving Surgery for
Dwayne MacDonald
I
t’s no exaggeration when Dwayne
MacDonald says weight-loss surgery
saved his life. At 545 lbs, he was plagued
by recurring bouts of severe cellulitis, a
potentially fatal skin infection to which
obese people are vulnerable. At the same
time, he suffered from sleep apnea and
intense hip pain. Unable to work, he was
living with his parents on their farm near
Port Hawkesbury, NS.
“I felt hopeless, beyond repair,” recalls
Dwayne, only 41 at the time. “I began
writing farewell letters to my family and
friends.” In early 2009, concerned for
Dwayne’s life, his family doctor referred
him to Dr. James Ellsmere for weight-loss
surgery. “The call to come to an information
session was like a life preserver,” says
Dwayne.
The recent death of his sister had Dwayne
re-evaluating his own life. He knew it
would be difficult to lose 120 lbs to qualify
for stomach-reduction surgery, but he was
determined. “I told myself ‘I can do anything
for a day’,” he says. “I committed myself to
following the diet they gave me, one day
at a time.” By the time his surgery rolled
around in October 2009, he had lost 175
lbs. Less than a-year-and-half later, he is
approaching his goal of 220 lbs, a healthy
weight for his large frame.
“I’m on a voyage of self discovery,” says
Dwayne, who is actively working on his
parents’ farm and has started his own
business, ‘I Know A Guy,’ doing all manner
of odd jobs. Unlike his previous isolation,
he’s involved in community organizations
and events, coaching other people through
weight-loss surgery, making friends and
getting out. “I’m so grateful to the staff in
the weight-loss surgery program, they’re
there for me 100%.”
• With colleagues at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Ellsmere is running a clinical trial to assess
a novel surgical navigation system to improve laparoscopic ultrasound in assessing pancreatic
cancer.
• Dr. Ellsmere directs the Division of General Surgery’s fellowship program in minimally
invasive surgery, and teaches/supervises medical students, residents and fellows. He teaches
advanced endoscopic techniques to surgeons and trainees across North America through
courses offered by the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, the
American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and the Canadian Association of General
Surgeons.
Photo captions:
Page 6: Dr. James Ellsmere
Page 7, Top: Dwayne
MacDonald’s campaign
photo; he recently ran for
county council.
Page 7, Bottom: Dwayne
enjoys working outdoors on
the family farm.
8 | Department of Surgery
Orthopaedics:
Solutions for Scoliosis
Dr. Ron El-Hawary, Dalhousie
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr. Ron El-Hawary pioneers a new
way to monitor spinal fusion stability
M
any young people
with severe scoliosis
need spinal fusion
surgery to prevent their spines
from continuing to curve and
twist. “If we don’t surgically
stop the scoliosis from progressing, the
misaligned spine will eventually put pressure
on the heart, lungs and other organs,” says
Dalhousie orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Ron
El-Hawary. “This can be dangerous.”
Dr. El-Hawary performs about 70 spinal
surgeries on children and adolescents each
year at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax,
implanting rods into the vertebrae to reduce
the curvature and holding the spine’s position
in place with screws and a bone-grafting
compound.
He and his research team are exploring how
a technique called RSA (radio stereometric
analysis) can best be used to monitor the
stability of the spine and its implants following
fusion surgery.
“If any of the parts are moving even a little
bit, the spine will continue to deform and
we will need to do another surgery,” Dr. ElHawary says. “One the other hand, once we
know the spine is solidly fused, the kids can
return to their sports and activities.”
Dalhousie orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Michael
Dunbar is a global leader in developing
RSA for predicting implant failure in kneereplacement patients. Dr. El-Hawary and his
team are collaborating with Dr. Dunbar to
adapt the technology to the more complex
structure of the spine.
RSA involves putting tiny metal beads
into the bone—and often into prosthetic
implants as well—during surgery. The threedimensional motion of the beads can then
be traced with x-rays to measure the joint’s
stability after surgery.
Last year Dalhousie biomedical engineering
graduate student Antony Francis worked
with Dr. El-Hawary to identify key locations
in the vertebrae where the metal beads can
safely be placed. Now another biomedical
engineering student, Alan Spurway, is
working with patient x-rays to develop
software that takes the variations of individual
spines into account.
“This software will let us determine the
optimal placement of each bead in the
unique spine of each patient,” Dr. El-Hawary
explains. “We need to place them so our
x-ray view will not be blocked by the other
metal implants, so we can detect and
accurately measure any movement.” He
expects to begin enrolling patients in a clinical
pilot study of RSA in the fall of 2011.
Diverse research interests, strong educational role
• One of Canada’s top spinal surgeons, Dr. Ron El-Hawary is involved in multi-site research studies through the
international Chest Wall and Spine Deformity Study Group, which examines the effects of scoliosis on the growing spine
and chest wall. He also heads the Canadian Pediatric Spine Deformity Study Group, which is part of the Canadian Spine
Society. This relatively new group is collecting data and analyzing the results of treatments used for children with scoliosis.
• Dr. El-Hawary and his partner, Dr. Jason Howard, are co-investigators on a Canadian Institutes of Health Researchfunded study of pain in children following spinal fusion surgery. Clinical psychologist Dr. Jill Chorney (IWK Health Centre)
Dalhousie University | 9
Spinal Fusion Keeps
Leslie Barnhart Healthy
and Active
L
eslie Barnhart of Halifax did not know
she had scoliosis until one day her
soccer coach spotted the misalignment
in her spine. When Dr. Ron El-Hawary
examined her, he found that her spine was
severely curved from side to side, creating a
‘S’ shape down her back.
“The curve of my spine was putting
pressure on my lungs,” says Leslie, who
was 15 at the time. “Dr. El-Hawary said it
would start putting pressure on my heart as
well, and that the pressure on my organs
would get worse, unless I had surgery.”
Dr. El-Hawary implanted several titanium
rods in Leslie’s spine, twisted them to
reduce the curve, and secured her spine’s
new position with screws and a bonegrafting compound. “I was an inch and a
half taller after the surgery!” she says. “My
spine was still curved but it wasn’t putting
pressure on anything anymore.”
Leslie recovered well from the surgery and
was back to playing soccer one year later.
She went on to play intramural soccer at
Memorial University of Newfoundland,
where she has been studying to become a
teacher. She plans to return to Nova Scotia
later this year to complete her education
degree at Mount Saint Vincent University.
is heading the five-year study. The researchers want to learn more about the pain scoliosis
causes for some children, how anxiety about their upcoming surgery affects their postoperative pain experience, and how to moderate the children’s anxiety and post-operative
pain. They are also interested in parents’ influence on their children’s ability to cope with
pain, and the economic consequences of the children’s pain.
• Dr. El-Hawary plays an active role in education, supervising the research projects of more
than a dozen Dalhousie trainees. These include medical students and surgery residents and
fellows, as well as graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in biomedical engineering.
Photo captions:
Page 8: Dr. Ron El-Hawary
Page 9, Top: Leslie Barnhart
Page 9, Bottom: Leslie walking
with dogs Delilah (in arms)
and Ernie & Charlie.
10 | Department of Surgery
Thoracic Surgery: New
Approaches for Better Outcomes
Dr. Drew Bethune,
Dalhousie Thoracic Surgeon
Lung tumour tissue bank holds key to
early, precise diagnosis and treatment
A
collaborative research
venture in Halifax could
open the door to new
ways of diagnosing early lung
cancers and customizing
treatment for the greatest
effect. The cornerstones of the new effort
are a lung tumour tissue bank and patient
database established by Dalhousie thoracic
surgeon Dr. Drew Bethune and pathologist
Dr. Zhaolin Xu at Capital Health.
“We have banked more than 300 tumour
samples from patients so far and will be able
to collect new samples and data for many
years to come,” says Dr. Bethune, head of
Dalhousie’s Division of Thoracic Surgery and
the Cancer Care Program at the QEII Health
Sciences Centre.
Drs. Bethune and Xu have joined forces
with Dalhousie molecular biologist Dr. Neale
Ridgway and National Research Council
scientists to take analysis of the tumour
samples to a new, highly sophisticated level.
“These scientists have the equipment and
know-how to analyze 45,000 genes at
a time, or extract individual cancer cells
from blood samples containing millions of
cells,” says Dr. Bethune. He notes that the
researchers are investigating such possibilities
as bloodborne biomarkers and even a
technique of rinsing the lungs to detect
cancer cells early. They are also examining
tiny strands of genetic matter called ‘micro
RNA,’ which they believe will help them
better classify lung cancers.
“Traditional pathology studies cannot tell
us all we need to know,” explains Dr.
Bethune. “Cancers that look the same
under the microscope may actually behave
quite differently. Defining the molecular
characteristics of real people’s cancer
cells—and comparing these to what we
know about the patients’ treatments and
outcomes—will reveal certain patterns.
These will help us predict how aggressive
a person’s cancer will be, and how likely to
metastasize, so we can provide the right
treatments at the right time.”
Earlier detection and more precise diagnosis
and treatment are essential to overcoming
lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer
deaths in Canada. Cure rates for lung cancer
hover at 15%, because it is rarely detected in
the early stages and can be difficult to predict
and eradicate.
In addition to Dr. Bethune’s work with
laboratory scientists, Dalhousie thoracic
surgeon Dr. Michael Johnston is involved
in a national clinical trial of a multi-faceted
approach to detecting early lung cancers
in high-risk populations. Found early, lung
cancer can be cured 80 to 90% of the time.
New techniques and treatments for thoracic cancers
• Although he is a surgeon, Dr. Drew Bethune explores and uses a wide variety of techniques and treatments for patients
with cancers of the lung and esophagus. He works with medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and many others to
provide the best possible care.
• Dr. Bethune is involved in a large clinical trial of a targeted molecular therapy designed to prevent post-surgical
recurrence of a type of lung cancer that tends to strike female non-smokers.
Dalhousie University | 11
Laser Treatment
Saves
John Fenerty’s Life
J
ohn Fenerty’s brush with death began
with a persistent cough. An initial CT
scan and subsequent bronchoscopy and biopsy tested negative for lung cancer,
so the cough remained a mystery. As an
active 49-year-old who had never smoked,
John was not a typical candidate for the
disease.
A month or so later, during a conference
in Las Vegas, John began coughing up large
quantities of blood. An enhanced CT now
revealed a bleeding lesion in the airways,
and multiple blood clots in the arteries, of
his lungs. Doctors were just able to stabilize
the bleeding from the lesion until he could
get airlifted home.
“Not long after I made it to hospital in
Halifax, the bleeding started again…
but a lot more than before…and next
thing I knew I was in the OR,” says John.
“Thankfully, Dr. Bethune was able to stop
the bleeding with the laser and get a tissue
sample.” This time, the biopsy revealed a
rare and aggressive form of lung cancer.
John’s fate was balanced on a knife’s edge.
The cancer was growing fast, invading
more blood vessels and causing further
bleeding made worse by the fact that John
still needed blood thinners to treat the
clots in his lungs. With a second round of
laser treatments and coiling of the bleeding
blood vessels, the bleeding stopped. The
oncology team decided to shrink the
tumour and stop further bleeding with
radiation and chemotherapy while John
remained on blood thinners until it was safe
for Dr. Bethune to operate. After finishing
the treatments, Dr. Bethune successfully
removed John’s left lung to eradicate the
cancer. Now, with all the treatments and
surgery behind him, John is cancer free and
recovering well.
“Lung cancer can strike anyone, and
quickly,” says John. “The laser equipment
saved my life twice. It was the only lifesaving option that was available when it was
not safe to do the big lung operation due
to the clots. If it wasn’t for the laser, and the
skill and dedication of the team at the QEII,
I wouldn’t be alive today.”
• Dr. Bethune and general surgeon Dr. James Ellsmere are investigating high-frequency
ablation of abnormal tissues in the esophagus, to see if this can prevent the lethal form of
esophageal cancer that often arises in such tissue.
• Dr. Giovanni Luca Carboni, a thoracic surgeon from Switzerland, spent 2010 in Halifax
learning advanced techniques of laser surgery, thoracic oncology, and minimally invasive
surgery with Dr. Bethune and other members of the Department of Surgery.
Photo captions:
Page 10:
Dr. Drew Bethune
Page 11: John Fenerty
(2nd from the right)
enjoys vacation time
with his family.
12 | Department of Surgery
Focus on Education
Dr. Jason Williams,
Educator, Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Jason Williams makes surgery
education a top priority
T
he smile of triumph on
a student or resident’s
face as they master a
new skill is one of Dr. Jason
Williams’ greatest rewards.
An assistant professor in the
Division of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Williams
devotes a great deal of his time and
energy to educating the next generation of
surgeons in his field.
“I am very committed to our education
programs,” says Dr. Williams. “I derive
tremendous satisfaction and pride from
seeing our trainees succeed.”
As a surgeon and surgeon educator, Dr.
Williams trains undergraduate medical
students and residents in the techniques and
procedures of plastic surgery, including postcancer-surgery reconstruction and the repair
of burns and hand injuries.
On top of his busy clinical and teaching
schedule, Dr. Williams is pursuing a Masters
degree in medical education through the
University of Cincinnati. “I want to gain a
deeper understanding of what goes into an
effective education program,” he says. “How
we structure the program, set objectives,
deliver the training, and evaluate our trainees
has a profound impact on how well they
perform their future roles.”
Dr. Williams officially takes the reins as
director of the Division of Plastic Surgery’s
undergraduate and resident education
programs later this year when he completes
his Masters. This is a natural progression of
his longstanding passion for education, which
began while he was in training himself.
“I had many inspiring role models during my
time as a medical student and resident at
Dalhousie,” Dr. Williams notes. “I saw and
respected the enormous impact they had
on myself and my peers and knew I wanted
to play the same role.” He didn’t hesitate to
act on his inspiration. As a resident, he won
teaching awards for his work with medical
students. Soon after joining the faculty,
in 2007, he won an excellence award
from the Department of Surgery for his
undergraduate teaching.
As a Masters student, Dr. Williams is
designing and evaluating a different kind of
education program. He is working with
Dalhousie’s Division of Continuing Medical
Education to create an online training
module so family and emergency physicians
can learn how to best manage patients who
present with burns and hand injuries.
“As a physician or surgeon, you never stop
learning,” he says. “Education—of ourselves
and others—is an essential part of what we
do every day.”
Committing to education
• Once Dr. Williams completes his Masters degree in Medical Education, he will step into the role
of Residency Progam Director for the Division of Plastic Surgery.
• Dr. Williams won the Department of Surgery’s award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate
Training in 2007, his first year of practice. He won the Faculty of Medicine Resident Teaching Award
in 2005, and was the first recipient of the Dr. Winston Parkhill Award––given annually in recognition
of excellence in medical student teaching by plastic surgery residents.
Photo captions:
Page 12:
Dr. Jason Williams
Page 13, Top:
Dr. Dafydd Davies
Page 13, Bottom:
Dr. Devon Richardson
Dalhousie University | 13
Spotlight on: Resident Educator
Teaching and learning
go hand-in-hand for
Dr. Dafydd Davies
F
or surgery resident Dr. Dafydd
Davies, teaching is as much a part
of his day-to-day life as learning. “As
residents learn more and gain skills and
confidence, sharing that knowledge with
other residents and medical students
becomes an important part of our
role,” says Dr. Davies. As chief resident
in the Division of General Surgery, he
has a particular part to play in his fellow
residents’ education.
“There is a well-defined body of
knowledge that we need to gain
throughout our residency, but it’s
a challenge to track because we’re
learning through an apprenticeship
model,” notes Dr. Davies. “I work with
the other residents to make sure they’re
being exposed to all the necessary
experiences.” He also coordinates
the resident call and operating room
schedules, organizes journal discussions,
and creates opportunities for other
trainees to practice new techniques in
the Skills Centre for Health Sciences.
Learning by example is the key not
only for technical skills, but also for
the communication skills that are so
important for surgeons. “It takes a lot of
sensitivity and diplomacy to develop a
trusting relationship with a patient over
a few short clinic visits,” Dr. Davies says.
“Senior residents and faculty have to
consistently demonstrate these skills.
We then observe residents’ interactions
with patients and provide them with
feedback and the opportunity to analyze
the situation.”
Dr. Davies also teaches research skills
to some of his peers. Partway through
his residency at Dalhousie, he took a
leave of absence to complete a research
fellowship in pediatric trauma at the
SickKids Hospital/University of Toronto,
and obtain a Masters degree in
epidemiology from the University of
Cambridge, UK. When he finishes his
residency this June, he will head back to
the University of Toronto for fellowship
training in pediatric general surgery.
“I would like to return to Halifax
to work as an academic surgeon at
Dalhousie and the IWK,” he says.
“Research and teaching will definitely
continue to be integral to my career as
a surgeon.”
Spotlight on: Resident Researcher
Dr. Devon Richardson
seeks path to better
care for rectal cancer
A
third-year resident in general
surgery, Dr. Devon Richardson
has already jumpstarted her
research career with a comprehensive
study of rectal cancer in Nova Scotia.
As she mines the data and produces
manuscripts, her findings will have a
growing impact on the management of
rectal cancer in the province.
“I wanted to reveal a clear picture of the
incidence, management and outcomes
of rectal cancer all across Nova Scotia,”
says Dr. Richardson, who examined
the health records of everyone in the
province who presented with rectal
cancer between 2002 and 2006. “I also
want to shed light on any disparities in
the quality of care.”
After gleaning a wealth of information
from more than 700 health records,
Dr. Richardson is working on a series
of papers. These will describe the
demographics of rectal cancer in
Nova Scotia, what stage it has usually
reached by the time of diagnosis, how
it is detected, diagnosed, and treated,
and how patients fare in terms of
recurrence, survival and quality of life in
health districts across Nova Scotia.
“As a surgery resident, I’m particularly
interested in issues related to surgical
treatment,” notes Dr. Richardson. “I’m
exploring how surgeons’ knowledge
influences their surgical practices and
how this in turn impacts such important
outcomes as sphincter preservation,
lymph node harvest and local cancer
recurrence.”
She will share her findings with Cancer
Care Nova Scotia’s Surgical Oncology
Network, which ensures surgeons in
the province are trained in the latest
evidence-based techniques.
Dr. Richardson’s research endeavours
will soon earn her a Masters degree in
community health and epidemiology.
She was able to pursue this degree
through the Department of Surgery’s
Clinician Investigator Program. This
is open to surgery residents who
want to work towards a researchoriented graduate degree while they’re
completing their residency training.
“I want to be able to find the answers
that will lead the way to improved
surgical care for our patients,” Dr.
Richardson says. “I see research as
fundamental to my career as a surgeon.”
14 | Department of Surgery
Re search Pr oduct i vi t y –
Report from the Dal Surgery Research Office
D
al Surgery is charged with a series of formidable challenges. Not only must we deliver the highestquality clinical care, we must play a leadership role in defining what this means. This task demands
constant questioning, discovery, innovation, and testing to determine what truly makes the most
effective evidence-based care. And, to ensure that evidence continues to guide and refine clinical practice in
the future, we must foster the next generation of researchers.
Grant Capture in Millions 2006-2010
In addition to our dedication to research, we must devote ourselves
to our stewardship of the next
18
16
generation of physicians and surgeons. We feel a deep sense of 14responsibility and commitment to transferring
12
our knowledge of skills, and clinical wisdom gained through experience,
to our surgical residents and
10
8
undergraduate medical students.
6
4
2
By tracking our accomplishments in the areas of research productivity
and teaching activities, we have
0
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
established a concrete record of our performance in these vital domains.
RESEARCH DELIVERABLES
Peer-reviewed manuscripts: Our peer-reviewed track
record establishes us as investigators, research teams and as an
academic department of surgery. In 2010, we published 172
peer-reviewed manuscripts. Dal Surgery’s number of peerreviewed publications has steadily increased, as support for
research within the department’s budget allows for investigatordriven research.
Publications
180
160
140
120
100
80
60
40
20
0
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
YEAR
Abstracts and presentations: Abstracts are tied to presentations at national and international
meetings. They remain the key to translating the latest discoveries or findings to new observers and other
investigators. In 2010 our abstracts/presentations numbered 389.
International 153
National 162
Local 74
Grant capture: In 2010, faculty in Dal Surgery were
awarded 19 new grants, totalling $15,362,791. This influx
of new grants brought the total number of grants—held by
faculty as primary investigators, co-applicants or members of
multi-institutional studies or teams—up to 85. The total value
of these grants is $55,367,203.
Grant Capture in Millions 2006-2010
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16
14
12
10
8
6
4
2
0
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
Dalhousie University | 15
Research grants fuel the engines of research here in Dal Surgery. They also stimulate the local economy by
funding good-quality jobs. Dal Surgery research-driven programs employ more than 125 Nova Scotians, in such
roles as research technician, analyst, research nurse, research coordinator, graduate student and administrative
support.
Participation in peer-review work: Taking part in peer-review work provides essential support to the
wider academic enterprise, while raising the stature of the researchers involved. Our investigators give freely of
their time to review research grant applications and manuscripts submitted for publication. Dal Surgery faculty
members act as peer reviewers or editors of more than 40 high-quality journals.
Dal Surgery
Research
Funds
Clinical
trials:
Dal Surgery investigators and research support staff are currently engaged in more than 60
clinical trials. These rigourously designed and conducted studies often involve multiple centres across Canada
200,000.00
Programme
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or around
the world.
253,000.00 Resident
42
38,500.00 Bridge
6.4
52,000.00 Admin
8.6
Dal Surgery
Fund: Our department
continues to support the research efforts of our faculty
24,500.00Research
promo
4.5
members
and
residents.
This
is
an
essential
part
of
our
mandate that serves to expand our research capacity and
32,000.00 Seed
5.5
productivity. In 2010 Dal Surgery invested $600,000.00 towards the research mission of the Department.
600,000.00
100
2010 Dal Surgery Research Fund
Promotion and
Publications
4%
Administration
9%
Seed Funding
6%
Programme
Support
33%
Bridge Funding
6%
Resident
Research
Support
42%
Clinician Investigator Program: Supporting surgery residents’ research studies sets them on the path
to becoming clinician scientists in their future careers. Such investigators are poised to ask the most clinically
relevant questions and pursue research that makes significant impacts on patient care and outcomes. Dal Surgery
embraces the multi-faceted role of the clinician scientist, both by recruiting these in-demand professionals, and
by training the next generation of clinician scientists. Seven surgery residents were enrolled in our Clinician
Investigator Program in 2010:
Dr. Christine Herman
Dr. Lindsay McDonald
Dr. Scott Livingstone
Dr. Matthew Smith
Dr. Paul Yaffe
Dr. Phillipe Magown
Dr. Devon Richardson
16 | Department of Surgery
E d u c ation Product ivi t y –
Report from the Dal Surgery Education Office
A
group of dedicated faculty educators guide the teaching of residents and medical students in the Department of
Surgery. All faculty members participate through teaching and mentoring, which results in an educational
environment of the highest calibre.
The Department of Surgery has residency training programs in six surgical specialties, which in 2010/11 totalled 85
residents and 15 fellows:
Resident Programs
Cardiac Surgery (4)
General Surgery (31)
Neurosurgery (8)
Orthopaedics (20)
Otolaryngology (12)
Plastic Surgery (10)
Fellowships in Subspecialties
Cardiac Surgery (3)
General Surgery (2)
Orthopaedics (6)
Otolaryngology (2)
Plastic Surgery (2)
Dal Surgery has a longstanding history of training its graduates to be qualified leaders in surgery. The Department’s faculty members
are actively involved in the education and training of residents. Education programs include:
Surgical Foundations Program: This program starts in July, and offers skills sessions for the PGY1s throughout the
summer. The seminar series begins in September for PGY1s and PGY2s, which covers a range of topics outlined in the Royal
College Objectives of Surgical Foundations Training. Skills sessions are also offered throughout the year as part of the Surgical
Foundations Program.
Hours taught by faculty for the Surgical Foundations Program:
50 HOURS
Academic Half Days: Every residency program has a designated academic half day. The academic half days cover topics
from the objectives of training provided by the Royal College for each specialty.
Hours taught by faculty for Academic Half Days:
440 HOURS
Skills Centre Teaching: The Skills Centre’s training equipment and models give residents and faculty the opportunity to
practice new skills and techniques in a virtual OR setting. Training of manual skills is done using synthetic models, virtual reality
simulation, cadaveric human tissue and animal tissue.
Undergraduate Education: Faculty members are actively involved in undergraduate teaching including Med 1 and Med
2 Clinical Skills, Professional Competencies, Case Based Learning, and electives. Additionally, each third year clerk will rotate
through the nine week surgical clerkship.
Hours taught by faculty for Undergraduate Education:
1165 HOURS
Clerkship Seminar Series: Dal Surgery faculty members are committed to undergraduate medical education. Faculty
members prepare and deliver seminars based on the surgical clerkship objectives.
Hours taught by faculty for the Clerkship Seminar Series:
192 HOURS
Dalhousie University | 17
A pp end i x
Publications 2010
Ahmed A, Ali IM, Ali IS, Cookey J. Simple techniques to manage the
patent internal mammary artery in re-do cardiac surgery. Open Journal of
Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. 2010. 3:1-4.
Imran S, Ransom T, Buth K, Clayton D, Al-Shaeri B, Ur E, Ali IS. Impact
of admission serum glucose level on in-hospital outcomes following
coronary artery bypass grafting surgery. Canadian Journal of Cardiology.
2010. 26(3): 151-54.
Kalavrouziotis D, Buth K, Ali IS. Reply to Ngage. European Journal of
Cardiothoracic Surgery. 2010. 37: 981-82.
Kalavrouziotis D, Légaré JF, Baskett R, Dickieson A, Ali IM, Ali IS,
Rapchuk I. A case of massive pulmonary embolism after cardiac surgery:
the role of epicardial echocardiography. Journal of Cardiothoracic and
Vascular Anesthesia. 2010. 24 (2): 309-31.
Ouzounian M, Buth KJ, MacPherson C, Ali IM, Hirsch G, Ali IS. The
impact of endoscopic vs open saphenous vein harvest techniques on
outcomes following coronary artery bypass grafting. Annals of Thoracic
Surgery. 2010. 89: 403-9.
Ali IS. Insulin-induced myocardial protection: beyond metabolic
modulation. World Journal of Cardiology. 2010.
Ali IS. Impact of pre-operative and new-onset post-operative atrial
fibrillation on outcomes of cardiac surgery. World Journal of Cardiology. 2010.
Kiberd B, Skedgel C, Alwayn IP, Peltekian K. Simultaneous liver kidney
transplantation: a medical decision analysis. Transplantation. 2010. Oct 20.
Dols LF, Kok NF, Terkivatan T, Tran KT, Alwayn IP, Weimar W,
Ijzermans JN. Optimizing left-sided live kidney donation: hand-assisted
retroperitoneoscopic as alternative to standard laparoscopic donor
nephrectomy. Transplant International. 2010. 1;23(4):358-63.
Dols LF, Kok NF, Terkivatan T, Tran TK, d’Ancona FC, Langenhuijsen JF,
Mertens Zur Borg R, Alwayn IP, Hendriks MP, Dooper IM, Weimar W,
Ijzermans JN. Hand-assisted retroperitoneoscopic vs standard laparoscopic
donor nephrectomy: HARP-trial. BMC Surgery. 2010. 10(1):11.
Stevens MS, Legay D, Glazebrook MA, Amirault D. The evidence for hip
arthroscopy: grading the current indications. Arthroscopy. 2010. 26-10:1370-83.
patulous eustachian tube. Journal of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
2010. Jun: 39(3):259-68.
Torbatian Z, Adamson R, Bance M, Brown JA. A split-aperture transmit
beamforming technique with phase coherence grating lobe suppression.
IEEE Trans Ultrason Ferroelectr Freq Control. 2010. Nov: 57(11):2588-95.
Adamson RB, Bance M, Brown JA. A piezoelectric bone-conduction
bending hearing actuator. Journal Acoustical Society of America. 2010. Oct:
128(4):2003-8.
Deas RW, Adamson RB, Curran LL, Makki FM, Bance M, Brown
JA. Audiometric thresholds measured with single and dual BAHA
transducers: the effect of phase inversion. International Journal of
Audiology. 2010. Dec: 49(12):933-9.
Wang J, Menchenton T, Yin S, Yu Z, Bance M, Morris DP, Moore CS,
Korneluk RG, Robertson GS. Over-expression of x-linked inhibitor of
apoptosis protein slows presbycusis in C57BL/6J mice. Neurobiology
Aging. 2010. Jul: 31(7):1238-49.
Martin BJ, Buth KJ, Arora RC, Baskett R. Delirium as a predictor of
sepsis in post-coronary after bypass grafting patients: a retrospective
cohort study. Critical Care Medicine. 2010. 27;14(5): R171.
Lala Y, Légaré JF, Baskett R. Clinical review of short-term ventricular
assist device (VAD) use. Canadian Journal of Cardiology. 2010. Vol 26
Supple D, 61.
Komatsu T, Coulter L, Henteleff H, Johnston M, Bethune D. Considering
the feasibility of introducing nurse practitioners into Japanese thoracic services.
Annals of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2010. Vol 16, No 4, 303-4.
Bonjer J, et al. International Rectal Cancer Study Group (IRCSG).
International preoperative rectal cancer management: staging, treatment
and impact of multidisciplinary teams. World Journal Surgery. 2010. Nov:
34(11): 2689-700.
McNeil M, Amoodi, Hosam, Brown T. Delayed presentation of hyoid
strangulation fracture. The Journal of Otolaryngology . 2010. Oct.
Brake M, Lee B, Savoury L, Cavanagh J, Burrage K, Smith T, Brown T. A
survey of nasopharyngoscope decontamination methods in Canada. The
Journal of Otolaryngology. 2010. Feb.
Wilson JM, Blagovechtchenski E, Brownstone R. Genetically-defined
inhibitory neurons in the mouse spinal cord dorsal horn: a possible
source of rhythmic inhibition of motoneurons during fictive locomotion.
Journal of Neuroscience. 2010. 30(3): 1137-1148.
Pennings RJ, Morris DP, Clarke L, Allen S, Walling S, Bance M.
Natural history of hearing deterioration in intracanalicular vestibular
schwannoma. Neurosurgery. 2010. Nov 19.
Brownstone R, Bui TV. Spinal interneurons providing input to the final
common path during locomotion. Progressive Brain Research. 2010. 187: 81-95.
Massoud S, Aiken SJ, Newman AJ, Phillips DP, Bance M. Sensitivity of
the human binaural cortical steady state response to interaural level
differences. Ear and Hearing. 2010. Aug 30.
Brownstone R, Krawitz S, Jordan LM. Reversal of the late phase of spike
frequency adaptation in cat spinal motoneurons during fictive locomotion.
Journal Neurophysiology. 2010. Dec 22.
McNeil ML, Gulliver M, Morris DP, Bance M. Quality of life
improvement for BAHA users and their partners. Journal of Laryngology
and Otology. 2010. Sep. Ref :103822.
Buduhan, G, Orlina J, Louie B, Vallieres E, Aye R. Endoscopic
and manometric position-related characteristics of the normal
gastroesophageal junction. Surgical Endoscopy. 2010. Sep: 24(9): 2165-9.
Amoodi H, Bance M, Thamboo A. Magnetic resonance imaging illustrating
change in the Ostmann fat pad with age. Journal of Otolaryngology-Head and
Neck Surgery. 2010. Aug: 39(4):440-1.
Al-Habib AF, Attabib N, Ball J, Bajammal S, Casha S, Hurlburt RJ. Clinical
predictors of recovery following blunt spinal cord trauma: systematic
review. Journal of Neurotrauma. 2010. Apr 8.
Pennings RJ, Ho A, Brown J, van Wijhe RG, Bance M. Analysis of vibrant
sound-bridge placement against the round window membrane in a human
cadaveric temporal bone model. Otology and Neurotology. 2010. Aug:
31(6):998-1003.
Carnini A, Casha S, Yong VW, Hurlburt RJ, Braun JEA. Reduction of PrPc
in human cerebrospinal fluid after spinal cord injury. Prion. 2010. Apr-Jun
4(2): 80-86.
Bartlett C, Pennings R, Ho A, Kirkpatrick D, van Wijhe R, Bance M.
Simple mass loading of the tympanic membrane to alleviate symptoms of
Casha S, Christie S. A systematic review of intensive cardiopulmonary
management after spinal cord injury. Journal of Neurotrauma. 2010. Apr.
18 | Department of Surgery
McMorland G, Suter E, Casha S, du Plessis SJ, Hurlbert RJ. Manipulation
or microdiskectomy for sciatica? A prospective randomized controlled
pilot study. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 2010.
Oct: 33(8): 576-84.
Kwon BK, Casha S, Hurlbert RJ, Yong VW. Review: Inflammatory and
structural biomarkers in acute traumatic spinal cord injury. Clinical Chem
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T Xue M, Mikliaeva E, Casha S, Zygun D, Demchuk A, Yong VW.
Improving outcomes of neuroprotection by minocycline: guides from
cell culture and intracerebral hemorrhage in mice. American Journal of
Pathology. 2010. 176(3) 1193-202.
Christie S, Thibault-Halman G, Casha S. Acute pharmacological DVT
prophylaxis following SCI. Journal of Neurotrauma. 2010. Aug: 27: 1-6.
Thibault-Halman G, Casha S, Singer S, Christie S. Acute management
of nutritional demands following spinal cord injury. Journal of
Neurotrauma. 2010. 27;1-11.
Kiberd MB, MacAulay RJ, Christie S. Skull base hemangiopericytoma:
treatment options. Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. 2010. 37(1):
131-124.
Arnason T, Clarke DB, Imran SI. Thyroid-stimulating hormone secreting
pituitary adenoma. Canadian Medical Association Journal. 2010. In Press.
O’Reilly AM, Currie RW, Clarke DB. HspBI (Hsp 27) expression and
neuroprotection in the retina. Molecular Neurobiology. 2010. 42:124-132.
McGrath BM, Maloney WJ, Wolfsberger S, Hill R, Massoud E, Imran SI,
Clarke DB. Carotid artery visualization during anterior skull base surgery:
a novel protocol for neuronavigation. Pituitary. 2010. 13(3):215-22.
Ironside S, Gonzalez F, Sadler M, Rahey S, Clarke, DB. Long-term
effectiveness of vagus nerve stimulation for refractory epilepsy. The
Journal of the Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation. 2010.
Imran SA, Pelkey M, Clarke DB, Clayton D, Trainer P, Ezzat Shereen.
Spuriously elevated serum IGF-1 in individuals with delayed puberty
- a diagnostic pitfall. International Journal of Endocrinology. 2010. DOI
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PRAISE Investigators (Coles C). PRevalance of Abuse and Intimate
Partner Violence Surgical Evaluation (PRAISE): Rationale and design of a
multi-centre cross-sectional study. 2010. BMC Musculoskeletal Discord. 23:
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Dunbar MJ. The proximal modular neck in THA: a bridge too far:
Affirms. Orthopaedics. 2010. Sep.
Padmos JD, Duchesne P, Dunbar MJ, Zhang P. Gold nanoparticles on
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Sanmartin C, McGrail K, Dunbar MJ, Bohm E. Using population data
to measure outcomes of care: the case of hip and knee replacements.
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Wilson DAJ, Dunbar MJ, Amirault JD, Farhat Z. Early failure of a
modular femoral neck total hip arthroplasty component: a case report.
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery AM. 2010. 92: 1514-1517.
El-Hawary R, Maclellan B, Cook C, Leahey L, Hyndman JC.
Extension type II supracondylar humerus fractures: a radiographic
outcomes study of closed reduction and cast immobilization. Journal of
Paediatric Orthopaedics. 2010.
MacNeil J, Francis J, El-Hawary R. A systematic review of rigid, locked,
intramedullary nail insertion sites and avascular necrosis of the femoral
head in the skeletally immature. Journal of Paediatric Orthopaedics. 2010.
Lewington M, El-Hawary R. Legge Calve-Perthes Disease in a patient
with Albright’s hereditary osteodystrophy: a case report. Journal of Bone
& Joint Surgery. 2010. Feb: 92(2):450-5.
Gould J, Ellsmere J, Fanellie R, Hutter M, Jones S, Pratt J, Schauer P,
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the surgical treatment of obesity. Surgical Endoscopy. 2010. Dec 7.
Soundararajan P, Fawcett JP, Rafuse V. Directed growth of postural
motor axons requires activation of the MAPK/ERK signaling pathway.
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Glazebrook M. End-stage ankle arthritis: magnitude of the problem and
solutions. Instructional Course Lecture. 2010. 59:359-65.
Slobogean GP, Younger A, Apostle KL, Marra CA, Wing K, Penner M,
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Chiodo CP, Glazebrook M, Bluman EM, Cohen BE, Femino JE, Giza
E, Watters WC, Goldberg MJ, Keith M, Haralson RH, 3rd, Turkelson
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American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons clinical practice guideline
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Chiodo CP, Glazebrook M, Bluman EM, Cohen BE, Femino JE, Giza
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treatment of acute Achilles tendon rupture. Journal American Academy of
Orthopaedic Surgeons. 2010.18-8:503-10.
Krause FG, Di Silvestro M, Penner MJ, Wing KJ, Glazebrook M, Daniels
TR, Lau JT, Stothers K, Younger AS. Inter- and intraobserver reliability
of the COFAS end-stage ankle arthritis classification system. Foot Ankle
International. 2010. 31-2:103-8.
Devitt J, King C, Lee T, Hancock Friesen C. Early innate immune
events induced by prolonged cold ischemia exacerbate allograft
vasculopathy. Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery. 2010.
Robertson M, Liu D, Burton H, Fleming K, Jackson S, Warren A,
Hancock Friesen C. Follow up of tetralogy of fallout patients: tertiary
center versus satellite clinic. Cardiology in the Young. 2010. Jun 10:141.
Conte J, Weissman N, Dearani JA, Bavaria J, Heimansohn D, Dembitsky
W, Doyle D, Hancock Friesen C. A North American, prospective,
multicenter assessment of the mitroflow aortic pericardial prosthesis.
Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2010. 90:144-52.
King C, Devitt JJ, Lee T, Hancock Friesen C. Neutrophil mediated
medial smooth muscle cell loss precedes allograft vasculopathy. Journal of
Cardiothoracic Surgery. 2010. Jun 22: 5:52.
Robertson M, Liu D, Hancock Friesen C. Division of the inferior vena
cava for access to post-repair pulmonary venous obstruction. Annals of
Thoracic Surgery. 2010. 89(4):1310-11.
Shahanavaz A, Taylor SM, Trites J, Harris J, Seikaly H, Henry E, Hart R. The
double fat plane of the forearm: implications for the microvascular surgeon.
Journal of Otolaryngology –Head and Neck Surgery. 2010. Jun: 39(3):288-91.
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Brace M, Taylor SM, Bethune D, Attia E, Trites J, Hart R. Endoscopic
stapling versus external transcervical approach for the treatment of
Zenkers diverticulum. Journal of Otolaryngology –Head and Neck Surgery.
2010. Feb: 1;39(1):102-6.
Macdonald K, Taylor SM, Cavanagh J, Trites J, Bullock M, Hart R. Level
VI node size as a predictor of malignancy in papillary thyroid cancer. Journal
of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. 2010. Apr: 39(2):136-41.
Amoodi HA, Makki F, Taylor SM, Trites J, Bullock M, Hart R. Lateral
ectopic thyroid goiter with a normally located thyroid. Thyroid. 2010.
Feb: 20(2):217-20.
Marcato P, Dean C, Pan D, Araslanova R, Gillis M, Joshi M, Helyer L, Pan
L, Leidal A, Giacomantonio CA, Lee P. Aldehyde dehydrogenase activity
of breast cancer stem cells is primarily due to isoform ALDH1A3 and its
expression is predictive of metastasis. Stem Cells. 2010. Nov 23.
Coburn N, Lourenco L, Rossi S, Gunraj N, Mahar A, Helyer L, Law C,
Rabeneck L, Paszat L. Management of gastric cancer in Ontario. Journal
Surgical Oncology. Jul 1: 102(1): 54-63.
Wright FC, Chakraborty A, Helyer L, Moravan V, Shelby D. Predictors
of survival in patients with a non-curative stage IV cancer and malignant
bowel obstruction. Journal of Surgical Oncology. 2010. 1: 101(5): 425-29.
Helyer L, Varnic M, Le L, Leong W, McCready D. Obesity is a risk factor
for developing postoperative lymphedema in breast cancer patients.
Breast Journal. 2010. Jan-Feb: 16(1): 48-54.
Latosinsky S, Thirlby R, Urbach D, Henteleff, H, for members of the
Evidence Based Reviews in Surgery Group. Canadian Association of
General Surgeons and American College of Surgeons Evidence Based
Reviews in Surgery. 32. Canadian Journal of Surgery. 2010. Vol 53, No. 1
Lee D, Buth K, Martin B, Yip A, Hirsch G. Frail patients are at increased
risk for mortality and prolonged institutional care after cardiac surgery.
Circulation. 2010. Mar 2: 121(8): 973-8.
Hassan A, Newman A, Ko DT, Rinfret S, Hirsch G, Ghali W, Tu JV.
Increasing rates of angioplasty vs bypass surgery in Canada 1994-2005.
American Heart Journal. 2010. Nov: 160(5): 958-65.
Herman C, Buth K, Kent B, Hirsch G. Clopidogrel increases blood
transfusion and hemorrhagic complications in patients undergoing cardiac
surgery. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2010. Feb: 89(2): 397-402.
Hong P, Smith N, Johnson L, Corsten G. A randomized doubleblind controlled trial of phosphorylcholine-coated tympanostomy tube
vs standard tympanostomy tube in children with recurrent acute and
chronic otitis media. Laryngoscope. 2010. August.
Hilchie A, Furlong S, Sutton K, Richardson A, Robichaud MR,
Giacomantonio C, Ridgway N, Hoskin D. Curcumin-induced apoptosis
in PC3 prostate carcinoma cells is caspase-independent and involves
cellular ceramide accumulation and damage to mitochondria. Nutrition
and Cancer. 2010. Apr: 62(3): 379-89.
Watson J, Hill R, Yaffe P, Greenshields A, Walsh M, Lee P,
Giacomantonio C, Hoskin D. Curcumin causes superoxide anion
production and p53-independent apoptosis in human colon cancer cells.
Cancer Letter. 2010. Nov: 1:297(1): 1-8.
Watson J, Greenshields A, Hill R, Hilchie A, Lee P, Giacomantonio C,
Hoskin D. Curcumin-induced apoptosis in ovarian carcinoma cells is
p53-independent and involves p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase
activation and downregulation of Bcl-2 and surviving expression and Akt
signaling. Molecular Carcinology. 2010. Jan: 49(1): 13-24.
Komatsu T, Henteleff H. Colopleural fistula with atypical presentation as
a complication of ciaphragmatic hernia repair. Annals of Thoracic Surgery.
2010. 90: 662-3.
Furlong S, Mader J, Hoskin D. Bovine lactoferricin induces caspaseindependent apoptosis in human B-lymphoma cells and extends the
survival of immune-deficient mice bearing B-lymphoma xenografts.
Experimental Molecular Pathology. 2010. Jun: 88(3): 371-5.
Neumayer L, Maraccio M, Visser B, Henteleff H, for Members of the
Evidence Based Reviews in Surgery Group. Canadian association of
general surgeons and American college of surgeons evidence based
reviews in surgery. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2010. Vol
210, No 3.
Conrad D, Furlong S, Doucette C, West K, Hoskin D. The Ca(2+)
channel blocker flunarizine induces caspase-10-dependent apoptosis in
Jurkat T-leukemia cells. Apoptosis. 2010. May: 15(5): 597-607.
Kirkpatrick A, Britt L, Kortbeek K, Tallon J, Henteleff H, for members
of the Evidence Based Reviews in Surgery Group. Canadian Association
of General Surgeons and American College of Surgeons Evidence Based
Reviews in Surgery. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2010. Vol
210, No 6.
Brasel K, Gottesman L, Vasilevsky C, Hentellef H, for members of the
Evidence Based Reviews in Surgery Group. Canadian Association of
General Surgeons and American College of Surgeons Evidence Based
Reviews in Surgery. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2010. Vol
211, No 3.
Mastracci T, Aarts M, Cassivi S, Garcia S, McLean R, McFalls E, Henteleff
H, for members of the Evidence Based Reviews in Surgery Group.
Canadian Association of General Surgeons and American College of
Surgeons Evidence Based Reviews in Surgery. 34. Canadian Journal of
Surgery. 2010. Vol 53, No 5.
Chaudhury P, Marshall J, Solomkin J Henteleff H, for members of the
Evidence Based Reviews in Surgery Group. Canadian Association of
General Surgeons and American College of Surgeons Evidence Based
Reviews in Surgery. 35. Canadian Journal of Surgery. 2010. Vol 53, No 6.
Ouzounian M, Hassan A, Yip AM, Buth KJ, Baskett R, Ali IS, Hirsch G.
The impact of sequential grafting on clinical outcomes following coronary
artery bypass grafting. European Journal Cardiothoracic Surgery. 2010. Nov:
38950:579-84.
Forward N, Furlong S, Yang Y, Lin T, Hoskin D. Signaling through TLR7
enhances the immunosuppressive activity of murine CD4+CD25+ T
regulatory cells. Journal of Leukocyte Biology. 2010. Jan: 87(1): 117-25.
Watson J, Yaffe P, Walsh M, Giacomantonio C, Hoskin D. Oncogenic
BRAF in cutaneous melanoma: Mutational status and implications for
targeted therapy. Canadian Journal of Pathology. 2010. 2:27-33.
Borugian M, Robson P, Fortier I, Parker L, McLaughlin J, Knoppers B,
Bedard K, Gallagher R, Sinclair S, Ferretti V, Whelan H, Hoskin D, Potter
JD. The Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project: building a panCanadian research platform for disease prevention. Canadian Medical
Association Journal. 2010. 182: 1197-1201.
Comstock S, Cook C, Leahey L, El-Hawary R, Hyndman J. Posterior
kyphectomy for myelomeningocele with anterior placement of fixation: a
retrospective review. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. 2010.
Sporici R, Issekutz TB. CXCR3 blockade inhibits T-cell migration
into the CNS during EAE and prevents development of adoptively
transferred, but not actively induced disease. European Journal of
Immunology. 2010. Oct: 40(10): 2751-61.
Shehata N, Palda V, Bowen T, Haddad E, Issekutz TB, Maser B,
Schellenberg R, Warrington R, Easton D, Anderson D, Hume H. The use
of immunoglobin therapy for patients with primary immune deficiency:
an evidence-based practice guideline. Transfusion Medicine Reviews. 2010.
Jan: 24 Suppl 1: S28-50.
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Dokouhaki P, Han M, Joe B, Li M, Johnston MR, Tsao MS, Zhang L.
Adoptive immunotherapy of cancer using ex vivo expanded human T
cells: a new approach. Cancer Letters. 2010. May 25.
Anraku M, Tagawa T, Wu L, Yun Z, Keshavjee S, Zhang L, Johnston MR,
dePerrot M. Synergistic antitumor effects of regulatory T cell blockade
combined with pemetrexed in murine malignant mesothelioma. Journal of
Immunology. 2010.185:956-66.
Brenner DR, Hung RJ, Tsao MS, Shepherd FA, Johnston MR, Narod
S, Rubenstein W, McLaughlin JR. Lung cancer risk in never-smokers: a
population-based case-control study of epidemiologic risk factors. BMC
Cancer. 2010. 10:285.
Jaskolka JD, Kachura JR, Hwang DM, Tsao MS, Waddell TK, Asch MR,
Darling GE, Johnston MR. Pathologic assessment of radiofrequency
ablation of pulmonary metastases. Journal of Vascular Interventional
Radiology. 2010. 21: 1689-96.
Richardson DP, Porter G, Johnson PM. Self-reported patterns of rectal
cancer care among general surgeons in Canada. Canadian Journal of
Surgery. 2010. 53 (suppl):S97.
Richardson DP, Porter G, Johnson PM. A population-based description
of the presentation and management of recurrent rectal cancer. Canadian
Journal of Surgery. 2010. 53 (suppl):S65.
Hart-Matyas M, Nejat S, Jordan JL, Hirsch G, Lee T. IFN-gamma and
fas/fasL pathways cooperate to induce medical cell loss and neointimal
lesion formation in allograft vasculopathy. Transplant Immunology. 2010.
Feb: 22(3-4): 157-164.
Kulkarni AV, Shamas I, Cochrane DD, McNeely PD. Does treatment
with endoscopic third ventriculostomy result in less concern among
parents of children with hydrocephalus? Child’s Nervous System. 2010.
26(11): 1529-34.
Kulkarni AV, Shamas I, Cochrane DD, McNeely PD. Quality of life after
endoscopic third ventriculostomy and cerebrospinal fluid shunting: an
adjusted multivariable analysis in a large cohort. Journal of Neurosurgery:
Pediatrics. 2010. 6(1): 11-16.
Baghbaderani B, Mukhida K, Sen A, Kallos M, Hong M, Mendez I, Behie
LA. Bioreactor expansion of human neural precursors cells in serum-free
media retains neurogenic potential. Biotechnology and Bioengineering.
2010. 105(4) 823-33.
Baghbaderani BA, Mukhida K, Hong M, Mendez I, Behie LA.
Overcoming bioengineering problems for human neural precurser cell
expansion in preparation for clinical trials. Stem Cell. 2010. In press.
Atlaf A, Ellsmere J, Bonjer H, Klassen D. Hand-assisted laparascopic
splenectomy compared to conventional laparoscopic splenectomy.
Canadian Journal of Surgery. 2010.
Alsohaibani F, Porter G, Al-Ashgar H, Walsh M, Berry R, Molinari M,
Peltekian KM. Comparison of cancer care for hepatocellular carcinoma at
two tertiary-care referral centers from high and low endemic regions for
viral hepatitis. Journal Gastrointestinal Cancer. 2010. Sep.
Biosvert R, Bethune D, Action D, Klassen D. Bilateral Killan-Jamieson
diverticula: A case report and literature review. Canadian Journal of
Gastroenterology. 2010. Mar: 24(3): 173-4.
Molinari M, Renfrew PD, Petri N, Walsh MJ, Peltekian K, Alwayn I.
The predictive mortality of MELD and MELDNa is underestimated for
patients living in rural areas. Transplant International. 2010. Sep.
Gelinas L, Falkenham A, Oxner A, Sopel M, Lee TDG, Légaré JF.
Human peripheral blood monocytes produce IL-6 in response to AngII.
Journal Renin Angiotensin System. 2010.
Sharma C, Eltawil K, Renfrew PD, Walsh MJ, Molinari M. Advances in
diagnosis, treatment and palliation of pancreatic carcinoma: 1990-2010.
World Journal of Gastroenterology. 2010.
Sopel M, Lee TDG, Légaré JF. Myocardial fibrosis in response to
angiotensin II is preceded by the recruitment of mesenchymal progenitor
cells. Laboratory Investigations. 2010.
Aljiffry M, Renfrew PD, Walsh MJ, Lareya M, Molinari M. Dominant
bile duct strictures in patients with primary sclerosing cholangitis. Journal
of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery. 2010.
Elghobary T, Légaré JF. What has happened to multiple arterial grafting
in coronary artery bypass grafting surgery? Expert Review of Cardiovascular
Therapy. 2010. Aug: 8(8):1099-105.
Morris DP, Van Wijhe RG. Cholesteatoma in three dimensions: a
teaching tool and an aid to improved pre-operative consent. Journal
Laryngology Otology. 2010. Feb: 124(2):126-31.
Sopel M, Ma I, Gelinas L, Oxner A, Myers T, Légaré JF. Integrins and
monocyte migration to the ischemic myocardium. Journal of Investigative
Surgery. 2010. Apr: 23(2):79-86.
O’Blenes M, Lee C, Walsh JP, Morris SF. An unusal case of turban tumor
syndrome treated with total scalp excision and advancement flap and skin
graft reconstruction. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2010. 65(1); 107-109.
Hawkins JL, Myers GJ, Légaré JF, Swyer W. Arterial filter bypass loop:
what occurs during cardiopulmonary bypass, and are there potential
patient implications? Perfusion Journal. JECT 2010; 42: 71-74.
Morris SF, Tang M, Almutairi K, Geddes C, Yang D. The anatomic basis
of perforator flaps. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2010. Oct: 37(4); 553-570.
Légaré JF, Li D, Buth KJ. How established wait time standards
significantly underestimate wait times for cardiac surgery. Canadian
Journal of Cardiology. 2010. Jan: 26(1):e17-21.
Légaré JF, Baskett RJF. Clinical review of short-term Ventricular Assist
Device (VAD) use. Canadian Journal of Cardiology. 2010. Oct: Vol 26
supple D, 61.
Freed DH, Henzler D, White CW, Fowler R, Zarychanski R, Hutchison
J, Arora RC, Manji RA, Légaré JF, Drews T, Veroukis S, Kesselman M,
Guerguerian AM, Kumar A, The Canadian Critical Care Trials Group.
Extracorporeal lung support for patients who had severe respiratory
failure secondary to influenza A (H1N1) 2009 infection in Canada.
Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia. 2010. Jan 16.
Tang M, Ding M, Almutari K, Morris SF. The three dimensional
angiography of the submental artery perforator flap. Journal of Plastic,
Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery. 2010. Sep 24.
Alqahtani M, Howlett A, Morris SF. Immediate great toe to hand
transfer for reconstruction of amputated thumb. Journal of Reconstructive
Microsurgery. 2010.
Tang M, Morris SF. Three-dimensional angiography of the deep
circumflex iliac artery osteocutaneous perforator flap. A cadaver study. In
press. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2010
Appleton S, Ngan A, Kent B, Morris SF. Risk factors influencing transfusion
rates in DIEP flap breast reconstruction. Plastic Reconstructive Surgery. 2010.
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Almutairi K, Tang M, Morris SF. Three-dimensional anatomical study of
the vascular supply to the tensor fascia lata and overlying skin. Canadian
Journal of Plastic Surgery. 2010. 18(2), 47.
Mendez AI, Hart R, Bullock MJ, Taylor SM. Undifferentiated high-grade
pleomorphic sarcoma of the face. Journal of Otolaryngology–Head and
Neck Surgery. 2010. Oct: 39(5):E61-62.
Bezuhly M, Cullen R, Esmon C, Morris SF, West K, Johnston B, Liwski
R. Role of activated protein C and its receptor in inhibition of melanoma
metastasis. Canadian Journal of Plastic Surgery. 2010. 18(2), 51.
O’Brien JD, Belyea J, Hart R, Trites J, Taylor SM. CO2 laser resection
of a supraglottic rhabdomyosarcoma: case report and review. Dalhousie
Medical Journal. 2010. Spring 37(1):26-28.
Chung B, Morris SF. Factors affecting privatization for consultation
regarding carpal tunnel syndrome. Canadian Journal of Plastic Surgery.
2010. 18(2), 71.
McNeil ML, Bullock MJ, Trites J, Hart R, Taylor SM. Oncocytic
lipoadenoma of the parotid gland with sebaceous differentiation in a
73-year-old male. Journal of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. 2010.
Oct: 39(5):E48-50.
Appleton SE, Ngan A, Kent B, Morris SF. Risk factors influencing
transfusion rates in DIEP flap breast reconstruction. Canadian Journal of
Plastic Surgery. 2010. 18(2), 16.
Arnason T, Hart R, Taylor SM, Trites J, Nasser J, Bullock MJ.
Diagnostic accuracy and safety of fine-needle aspiration biopsy of the
parapharyngeal space. Diagnostic Cytopathology. 2010. Nov 9.
O’Blenes S, LI A. Chen R, Arora R, Horackova M. Engraftment is
optimal when myoblasts are replanted early. The role of hepatocyte
growth factor. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2010. Mar: 89(3): 829-35.
Sader C, Hart R, Trites J, Rigby M, Phillips T, Taylor SM. The
communicating vein in the radial forearm free flap. Plastic and
Reconstructive Surgery. 2010 Aug: 126(2):105-107.
Vyas T, Hart R, Trites J, Phillips T, Archibald K, Phillips J, Taylor SM.
Use of complementary medicine in head and neck cancer patients. Head
and Neck. 2010. Jun: 32(6):793-9.
Sader C, Hart R, Trites J, Phillips T, Rigby M, Taylor SM. Fat graft
pedicle stabilization in head and neck microvascular reconstruction.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2010. Mar: 125(3):893-5.
O’Blenes S, Hancock Friesen C, Ali A, Howlett S. Protecting the
aged heart during cardiac surgery: the potential benefits of delNido
cardioplegia. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2010. Jul 23.
Makki F, Williams B, Rajaraman M, Hart R, Trites J, Brown T, Taylor SM.
Current practice patterns in the management of glottic cancer in Canada:
results of a national survey. The Journal of Otolaryngology. 2010. Dec.
Porter G, Urquhart R, Bu J, Johnson P, Grunfeld E. The impact of audit and
feedback on nodal harvest in colorectal cancer. BMC Cancer. 2010. In press.
Taylor SM. Letter to the editor. Oral Oncology. 2010. Jun.
Alsohaibani F, Porter G, Al-Ashgar H, Walsh MJ, Berry R, Molinari M,
Peltekian KM. Comparison of cancer care for hepatocellular carcinoma at
two tertiary-care referral centers from high and low endemic regions for
viral hepatitis. International Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer. 2010 In Press
Holmes M, Porter G, Tarasuk J, Sullivan J, Trudeau M, Bodie K. Process
analysis and reorganization in three chemotherapy outpatient clinics.
Healthcare Quarterly. 2010. 13:48-55.
Vickers M, Samson B, Colwell B, Cripps C, Jalink D, El-Sayed S, Chen E,
Porter G, Goel R, Villeneuve J, Sundaresan S, Asselah J, Biagi J, Jonker D,
Dawson L, Letourneau R, Rother M, Maroun J, Thirlwell M, Hussein M,
Tehfe M, Perrin N, Michaud N, Hammad N, Champion P, Rajan R, Burkes
R, Barrette S, Welch S, Yarom N, Asmis T. Eastern Canadian Colorectal
Cancer Consensus Conference: setting the limits of resectable disease.
Current Oncology. 2010. 17:70-77.
McConnell Y, Inglis KM, Porter G. Timely access and quality of care
in colorectal cancer: are they related? International Journal Health Care.
2010. 22:219-28.
PRAISE Investigators, Bhandari M, Sprague S, Dosanjh S, Wu V,
Schemitsch EH. Prevalance of Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence
Surgical Evaluation (PRAISE): Rationale and design of a multi-center crosssectional study. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 2010. Apr: 23;11:77.
Rutherford DJ, Hubley-Kozey CL, Stanish W. The neuromuscular
demands of altering foot progression angle during gait in asymptomatic
individuals and those with knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.
2010. 18: 654-661.
Yepes H, Tang M, Geddes C, Glazebrook M, Morris S, Stanish W.
Digital vascular mapping of the integument about the Achilles tendon.
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. 2010. 92:1215-1220.
Rutherford D, Hubley-Kozey CL, Stanish W. The neuromuscular
demands of altering foot progression angle during gait in asymptomatic
individuals and those with knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.
2010. 18(5):654-61.
Sowerby LJ, Taylor SM, Moore CC. The double hatchet flap: a
workhorse in head and neck local flap reconstruction. Archives of Facial
Plastic Surgery. 2010. May-Jun: 12(3):198-201.
Taylor SM. Multidose of restylane for facial augmentation. Archives of
Facial Plastic Surgery. 2010. Nov-Dec: 12(6):433-4.
Taylor SM, Drover C, Maceachern R, Bullock M, Hart RD, Psooy B,
Trites J. Is preoperative ultrasonography accurate in measuring tumor
thickness and predicting the incidence of cervical metastasis in oral
cancer? Oral Oncology. 2010. Jan: 46(2010): 38-41.
Amoodi HA, Makki FM, Taylor MS, Bullock MJ, Hart RD, Trites J.
Synchronous thyroid/parathyroid carcinoma. Journal of Otolaryngology
–Head and Neck Surgery. 2010. Oct: 39(5):E42-7.
Valani R, Hancock BJ, Grant V, Yanchar N. The development of a national
pediatric trauma curriculum. Medical Teacher. 2010. 32(3):e115-9.
Oliveira C, Himidan S, Pastor AC, Nasr A, Manson D, Taylor G, Yanchar
N, Brisseau G, Kim PC. Discriminating preoperative features of
pleuropulmonary blastomas (PPB) from congenital cystic adenomatoid
malformations (CCAM): a retrospective, age-matched study. European
Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 2010. Nov 22.
Hameed SM, Schuurman N, Razek T, Boone D, Van Heest R, Taulu T,
Lakha N, Evans DC, Brown DR, Kirkpatrick AW, Stelfox HT, Dyer D, van
Wijngaarden-Stephens M, Logsetty S, Nathens AB, Charyk-Stewart T, Rizoli
S, Tremblay LN, Brenneman F, Ahmed N, Galbraith E, Parry N, Girotti MJ,
Pagliarello G, Tze N, Khwaja K, Yanchar N, Tallon JM, Trenholm JA, Tegart
C, Amram O, Berube M, Hameed U, Simons RK. Access to trauma systems
in Canada. Journal of Trauma. 2010. 69(6):1350-1361.
Pike I, Piedt S, WardaL, Yanchar N, MacArthur C, Babul S, MacPherson
A. Developing injury indicators for Canadian children and youth: a
modified-Delphi approach. Injury Prevention. 2010. 16:154-160.
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Abstracts &
Presentations 2010
Ali IM, Carver D. The role of the pulmonary artery catheter (Swan–
Ganz) in the early diagnosis of post-cardiac surgery right ventricular
dysfunction. The 59th International Congress of the European Society of
Cardiovascular Surgery.
Ali IM, Fomenko A. Avoidance of fibrillation /defibrillation testing at the
time of internal defibrillator insertion: Is it safe? The 59th International
Congress of the European Society of Cardiovascular Surgery.
Ali IS. Update on the STITCH trial: Should the door remain open?
Canadian Society of Cardiac Surgeons.
Michler R, Pohost GM, Wrobel K Ali IS (STICH Investigators). Influence
of left ventricular volume reduction on outcome after coronary artery
bypass grafting with or without surgical ventricular restoration. American
College of Cardiology.
Bance M. Superior canal dehiscence. Otology on the Nile, Egyptian
Otolaryngology Society.
Bance M. Bilateral cochlear implants. Otology on the Nile, Egyptian
Otolaryngology Society.
Bance M. BAHA mini-course. Otology on the Nile, Egyptian Otolaryngology
Society.
Bance M. Bone conduction hearing devices. 11th International Conference
on Cochlear Implants and Other Auditory Implantable Technologies.
Bance M. Bone conduction hearing aids. Annual Meeting, Canadian
Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists.
Bance M. Eustachian tube dysfunction. Annual Meeting, Canadian
Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists.
Bance M. Vertigo assessment. Annual Meeting, Canadian Association of
Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists.
Bance M. Future imaging technologies for the temporal bone. OtologyNeurotology Days.
Ouzounian M, Buth K, Ali IS. Does preoperative angiotensin converting
enzyme inhibitor use impact the outcomes of CABG surgery? Canadian
Cardiovascular Conference.
Bance M. Cartilage tympanoplasty. Otology-Neurotology Days.
Savage K, Lee T, Alwayn I. Matrix metalloproteinase-9 is a potential
target for therapies aimed at reducing ischemia/reperfusion injury in the
liver. 45th Annual Congress of the European Society for Surgical Research.
Bance M. Bone conduction hearing. Otology-Neurotology Days.
Savage K, Lee T, Alwayn I. In vitro silencing of MMP-9 may alleviate hepatic
IR injury. 16th Annual Congress of the International Liver Transplant Society.
Bance M. Invited panelist: Ossiculoplasty. Otology-Neurotology Days.
Livingstone S, Savage K, Alwayn I. Optimizing steatotic livers for transplantation using cell-penetrating HEM oxygenase protein. 61st Annual
Meeting, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.
Bance M. Middle ear reflectance in various middle disease states. 2nd
Pan-American/Iberian Meeting on Acoustics.
Bance M. Combining auditory and tactile inputs to create a sense of
auditory space. 2nd Pan-American/Iberian Meeting on Acoustics.
Bance M. Miniature, ultrasonic transcutaneous energy transmission
system for powering implantable medical devices. 2nd Pan-American/
Iberian Meeting on Acoustics.
Bance M. High-frequency ultrasound Doppler velocimetry
measurements of intracochlear structures in human temporal bones. 2nd
Pan-American/Iberian Meeting on Acoustics.
Bance M. Microanatomy of the middle ear. Otology-Neurotology Days.
Bance M. Invited panelist: Revision stapedectomy. Otology-Neurotology Days.
Bance M. Future trends in otology. 2nd David Tomlinson Visiting Professor,
University of Toronto Department of Otolaryngology.
Bance M. Bone conduction mechanics. 2nd David Tomlinson Visiting
Professor, University of Toronto Department of Otolaryngology.
Bance M. Future otologic evaluation. Visiting Professor, University of
Western Ontario, Grand Rounds.
Baskett R. LVAD treatment: An overview of our clinical experience for
acute and chronic heart failure. Atlantic Canadian Cardiovascular Congress.
Baskett R. The Levitronix short-term ventricular assist device. Annual
Meeting, Canadian Society of Cardiac Surgeons.
Baskett R. Long-term ventricular assist device experience and
management. Annual Meeting, Canadian Society of Cardiac Surgeons.
Baskett R. The Levitronix VAD: The Canadian Experience. Edmonton AB.
Bance M. Three-dimensional laser Doppler vibrometry of the dry
human skull. 2nd Pan-American/Iberian Meeting on Acoustics.
Brown T. Chair, laryngology forum discussion. 64th Annual Meeting,
Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.
Bance M. Lumped parameter mechanical model of tensor tympani
muscle contraction of the middle ear. 2nd Pan-American/Iberian Meeting
on Acoustics.
Brown T. Chair, paper session for laryngology. 64th Annual Meeting,
Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.
Bance M. 3D skull vibrations in bone conduction hearing. 11th
International Conference on Cochlear Implants and Other Auditory
Implantable Technologies.
Bance, M. Cochlear implants in the presence of acoustic neuromas:
another treatment option. 11th International Conference on Cochlear
Implants and Other Auditory Implantable Technologies.
Bance M. Ossiculoplasty and middle ear mechanics. Otology on the Nile,
Egyptian Otolaryngology Society.
Bance M. New otologic imaging techniques. Otology on the Nile, Egyptian
Otolaryngology Society.
Hilal A, Makki F, Taylor SM, Trites J, Hart RD, Brown T. Accuracy of
laryngoscopic photodocumentation in establishing the diagnosis of early
laryngeal cancer. Annual Otolaryngology Research Day, Dalhousie University.
Brown T. Laryngeal papillomatosis: Virology and transmission. 64th
Annual Meeting, Canadian Society of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery.
Bhatawadekar S, Chen Y, Ohishi J, Hernandez P, Brown T, Mcparland
C, Maksym G. A study of artifacts and their removal during forced
oscillation. Annual Meeting, Biomedical Engineering Society.
Chen, Y, Brown T, Bhatawadekar S, Leary D, Peters U, Maksym G. A
method for assessing glottis aperture variation on airway resistance by
forced oscillation. Annual Meeting, Biomedical Engineering Society.
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McNeil M, Brown T. Laryngology practice in Canada: Current trends and
future directions. 64th Annual Meeting, Canadian Society of OtolaryngologyHead & Neck Surgery.
Jaggi R, Massoud E, Bullock M, Brown T: A rare case of laryngeal
Crohn’s disease with airway obstructive symptoms: Presentation and
management. 64th Annual Meeting, Canadian Society of OtolaryngologyHead & Neck Surgery.
Hilal A, Brown T, Taylor M. Accuracy of flexible versus rigid
laryngoscopic photo-documentation. 64th Annual Meeting, Canadian
Society of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.
Brownstone R. In search of lost motoneurons or “A la recherche du
motoneuruone perdu.” Motoneuron Meeting.
Brownstone R. Towards north-south integration: Possible contributions
of dorsal interneurons to motoneuron output during locomotion.
Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute.
Brownstone R. It makes sense: Characterization of spinal sensorimotor
microcircuit involved in locomotion. Rexed Lecture, Uppsala, Stockholm.
Christie S. Neuromonitoring as it applies to the direct lateral approach.
MAST Course.
Christie S. Interspinous process device concepts. MAST Course.
Christie S. Minimally-invasive decompression and fixation for lumbar
degenerative and traumatic spine. 8th Annual Caribbean Neurosciences
Symposium.
Christie S. Minimally-invasive decompression of lumbar spine. 8th Annual
Caribbean Neurosciences Symposium.
Christie S. Percutaneous instrumentation techniques in the lumbar
spine. 8th Annual Caribbean Neurosciences Symposium.
Christie S. A pilot project to study the effects of conservative treatment
for low back pain. 11th Annual Scientific Conference, Canadian Spine Society.
Christie S. Accelerometric gait analysis of cervical myelopathy. Annual
Scientific Meeting, Canadian Spine Society.
Clarke D. Rubber hose, nose and brain surgery. Dalhousie Department of
Surgery Grand Rounds.
Brownstone R. Probing spinal microcircuits involved in motor activity.
Institute of Experimental Medicine.
Clarke D. Surgical simulation. Annual Meeting, Oregon Neurosurgical Society.
Brownstone R. Spinal locomotor networks: Identification of a cutaneous
reflex microcircuit. Department of Physiology, University of Manitoba.
Clarke D. Getting head-injured patients to neurosurgical care: How are
we doing? Trauma 2010 Conference.
Brownstone R. It makes sense: Characterization of a spinal
sensorimotor microcircuit involved in locomotion. Department of
Physiology, University of Copenhagen.
Clarke D. Diagnosis and treatment in epilepsy: Epilepsy surgery. Capital
District Health Authority Educational Course for Health Professionals.
Casha S. Clinical predictors of recovery following blunt spinal cord
trauma: A systematic review. Annual Meeting, Congress of Neurological
Surgeons.
Casha S. Benefit of minocycline in spinal cord injury: Results of a doubleblind randomized placebo-controlled pilot study. Clinically Isolated
Syndrome & Multiple Sclerosis Trial Investigator Meeting.
Casha S. Thoracolumbar fracture dislocation. Annual Meeting, American
Association of Neurological Surgeons.
Casha S. Evaluation of Fusion. Annual Meeting, American Association of
Neurological Surgeons.
Christie S. Spinal cord injury. MD Trauma Telehealth Education Session.
Christie S. Spine controversies: Course-role of lumbar interbody fusion.
Canadian Neuroscience Federation.
Christie S. Spinal cord injury. Annual Meeting, Trauma Association of Canada.
Christie S. Spinal injuries. Annual Meeting, Trauma Registry Information
Specialists of Canada.
Christie S. Current surgical techniques and approaches to minimallyinvasive spine surgery. 78th Annual Meeting, American Association of
Neurological Surgeons.
Christie S. Complications of cervical fusion. Canadian Motion Focus Group.
Christie S. Best clinical scenario for cervical artificial disc replacement
(ADR). Canadian Motion Focus Group.
Christie S. Failure modes of cervical ADR. Canadian Motion Focus Group.
Christie S. Osteoporotic compression fractures: Overview, radiographic
considerations. Approaches and Techniques. MAST Course.
Christie S. Clinical evidence regarding kyphoplasty. MAST Course.
Clarke D. Qualitative and quantitative analysis of ski and snowboard
helmet use in Nova Scotia. Recreation Nova Scotia Research Symposium.
Clarke D. The effects of helmet use pre- and post-mandatory helmets
for skating: The Halifax experience. Recreation Nova Scotia Research
Symposium.
Clarke D. White matter functional MRI in callosotomy patient. 16th
Annual Meeting, Organization for Human Brain Mapping.
Clarke D. Pre-hospital care pathways for major head injury. Annual
Scientific Meeting, Trauma Association of Canada.
Clarke D. Long-term functional outcomes following major traumatic
brain injury. Annual Scientific Meeting, Trauma Association of Canada.
Clarke D. NCAM is important for retinal ganglion cell function
throughout aging. Canadian Association for Neuroscience.
Clarke D. NCAM is important for retinal ganglion cell function
throughout aging. 14th International Symposium on Retinal Degeneration.
Clarke D. Head injury in Nova Scotia. Trauma Rounds, Dalhousie University.
Clarke D. Virtual reality brain surgery: Training the next generation of
neurosurgeons. Halifax Brain Tumour Information Day Conference.
Clarke D. Helmet safety. Media: Breakfast Television, CTV Atlantic.
Clarke D. Mandatory helmet regulation. Media: Live At 5, CTV Atlantic
and CBC Radio Nova Scotia.
Dunbar MJ. Femoral neck modularity in total hip arthroplasty: The
missing link-opposes. Current Concepts in Joint Replacement.
Dunbar MJ. Minimizing infection risk: Fortune favors the prepared mind.
Current Concepts in Joint Replacement.
Dunbar MJ. Hip and knee arthroplasty: What’s new, what’s true, does it
matter? Current Concepts in Joint Replacement.
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Dunbar MJ. Moderator, Orthopaedic crossfire: Controversies in knee
arthroplasty. Current Concepts in Joint Replacement.
Dunbar MJ. The introduction and evaluation of new technologies in
surgery. Department of Surgery Grand Rounds, University of Saskatchewan.
Dunbar MJ. Computer-assisted total knee arthroplasty: Where are we
now and where are we going with this? Residents’ Research Day, University
of Saskatchewan.
Dunbar MJ. Alternate bearings in total hip arthroplasty. Residents’
Research Day, University of Saskatchewan.
Dunbar MJ. Modern advances in hip and knee arthroplasty. Arthritis
Society Public Forum.
Dunbar MJ. Chair, Symposium II: Innovation in bearing surfaces. Atlantic
Provinces Orthopaedic Society.
Dunbar MJ. Alternate bearing surfaces. Atlantic Provinces Orthopaedic Society.
Dunbar MJ. Keep people moving. Dalhousie Surgery Research Information Day.
Dunbar MJ. Symposium moderator, Joint replacement registries: An
international perspective. Canadian Orthopaedic Association.
Dunbar MJ. Paper session moderator, COA/CORS combined knee
arthroplasty. Canadian Orthopaedic Association.
Dunbar MJ. Instructional course lectures moderator, Alternate bearings
in total hip arthroplasty. Canadian Orthopaedic Association.
Dunbar MJ. Patellar resurfacing in total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Total
Knee Solutions: Complex Primary & Revision Knee.
Dunbar MJ. Rethinking patella replacement: Is it really necessary?
Current Concepts in Joint Replacement.
Dunbar MJ. Femoral neck modularity in total hip arthroplasty: The
missing link-opposes. Current Concepts in Joint Replacement.
Dunbar MJ. Moderator, Revision knee arthroplasty: Doin’ the right thing.
Current Concepts in Joint Replacement.
Dunbar MJ. Case presentations: Revision TKA. Continuing Orthopaedic
Education Meeting.
Dunbar MJ. Moderator, Revision TKA techniques. Continuing
Orthopaedic Education Meeting.
Dunbar MJ. Bearing surfaces in modern TKA. Continuing Orthopaedic
Education Meeting.
Dunbar MJ. Outcomes of primary TKA. Continuing Orthopaedic
Education Meeting.
Dunbar MJ. Choice of implants in revision TKA. Continuing Orthopaedic
Education Meeting.
Dunbar MJ. Revision TKA for periprosthetic fractures. Continuing
Orthopaedic Education Meeting.
Dunbar MJ. Form follows function in TKA: An update on new advances
in total knee surgery. Rheumatology Rounds.
Dunbar MJ. Fractures of the femoral neck: Management and outcomes.
Geriatric Academic Rounds, Dalhousie University.
Wilson DAJ, Hubley-Kozey C, Dunbar MJ, Astephen Wilson JL.
Preoperative muscle-activation patterns affect implant migration.
Canadian Orthopaedic Association.
Dunbar MJ. Trends and updates in total knee arthroplasty: Navigation
and TKA. Canadian Orthopaedic Association.
Bohm E, Dunbar MJ, Frood J, Johnson T, Morris K. Re-hospitalizations,
early revisions, infections and costs following joint replacement surgery.
Annual Meeting, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Dunbar MJ. Techniques in revision total knee arthroplasty. Annual
Meeting, American Academy Of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
El-Hawary R, Sturm, Patrick PF, Cahill J, Samdani AF, Vitale MG, Gabos
P, Bodin N, d’Amato R. Sagittal spinopelvic parameters of children with
early-onset scoliosis. 4th International Congress of Early Onset Scoliosis.
El-Hawary R, Maclellan B, Cook C, Leahey L, Hyndman JC. Extension
type II supracondylar humerus fractures: A radiographic outcomes
study of closed reduction and cast immobilization. 65th Annual Meeting,
Canadian Orthopaedic Association.
El-Hawary R, Francis A, MacNeil J. Systematic review of rigid,
locked, intramedullary nail insertion sites and avascular necrosis of the
femoral head in the skeletally immature. 65th Annual Meeting, Canadian
Orthopaedic Association.
El-Hawary R, Sturm P, Cahill P, Samdani A, Vitale M, Gabos P, Bodin N,
d’Amato C. Sagittal spinopelvic parameters of children with early-onset
scoliosis. 45th Annual Meeting, Scoliosis Research Society.
El-Hawary R, Sturm R, Cahill P, Samdani A, Vitale M, Gabos P, Bodin,
d’Amato C. Sagittal spinopelvic parameters of children with early-onset
scoliosis. 17th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques.
El-Hawary R, Howard J, Cowan K, Sturm P, d’Amato C. Variability in
the measurement of sagittal spinopelvic parameters in children with earlyonset scoliosis. 17th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques.
Douglas H, Goytan M, Lewis S, Jarvis J, Carey T, Gurr K, Labelle H,
Parent S, Abraham E, Manson N, El-Hawary R, Howard J. The
barriers to performing spinal surgery for deformity in Canada: A crosscountry perspective. 60th Annual Meeting, Canadian Spine Society.
El-Hawary R, Francis A, Lee J, Lane R. Pressure distribution of intraoperative chest pad designs in patients with adolescent idiopathic
scoliosis. 65th Annual Meeting, Canadian Orthopaedic Association.
El-Hawary R, Francis A, Lee J. Bead placement protocol for follow-up
of thoracic spinal fusion using roentgen stereophotogrammetric analysis
(RSA). 65th Annual Meeting, Canadian Orthopaedic Association.
El-Hawary R, Camus T, Maclellan B, Cook C, Leahey L, Hyndman
J. Extension type II supracondylar humerus fractures: A radiographic
outcomes study of closed reduction and cast immobilization. Annual
Meeting, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America.
El-Hawary R, Francis A, Lee M. Bead placement protocol for follow-up
of thoracic spinal fusion using roentgen stereophotogrammetric analysis
(RSA). Upstate New York Biomedical Engineering Career Conference.
Wiebe S, Klassen D, Bonjer J, Lawlor D, Plowman J, Ransom T, Vallis
M, Ellsmere J. Starting a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy program:
Short-term outcomes. Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic
Surgeons.
Wiebe S, Klassen D, Bonjer J, Lawlor D, Plowman J, Ransom T, Vallis
M, Ellsmere J. Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy in type II diabetic
patients: Promising early results. Society of American Gastrointestinal
Endoscopic Surgeons.
Ellsmere J, Stoll J, San José Estépar R, Vosburgh K. Tracking laparoscopic
ultrasound probe improves surgeon performance: Early clinical
experience. Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons.
Berzin T, Majumder S, Mahadevan A, Pawa R, Ellsmere J, Sepe P, La Rosa
S, Pleskow D, Chuttani R, Sawhney M. Comparison of EUS vs. surgery
for placement of fiducials in patients with pancreatic cancer. American
Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
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Alawashez A, Ellsmere J. Interventional radiology-assisted endoscopic
transgastric peripancreatic fluid collection drainage. Society for Surgery of
the Alimentary Tract.
Fleetwood I. Asymptomatic aneurysms and arteriovenous
malformations. 10th Stroke Review Course for Neurology Residents.
Fleetwood I. Emergency room diagnosis and subarachnoid hemorrhage.
10th Stroke Review Course for Neurology Residents.
Fleetwood I. Management of other stroke subtypes: Intracerebral
hemorrhage malignant MCA infarction, carotid dissection, cerebellar
stroke. 45th Annual Congress, Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation.
Fleetwood I. Surgical management of arteriovenous malformation. 45th
Annual Congress, Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation.
Fleetwood I. Clinical trials update: Carotid endarterectomy vs. stenting.
6th Atlantic Canada Stroke Conference.
Fleetwood I. Update on Canadian best practice guidelines for stroke.
Dalhousie Clinical Neuroscience Grand Rounds.
Glazebrook M, Boyd G, Lalond K, Daniels T, Copithorne P. Openingwedge versus proximal chevron osteotomy for hallux valgus with
increased intermetatarsal angle. 26th Annual Summer Meeting, American
Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society.
Copithorne P, Boyd G, Lalond K, Daniels T, Glazebrook M. Openingwedge versus proximal chevron osteotomy for hallux valgus with increased
intermetatarsal angle. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Glazebrook, M. Evidence-based medicine: What is it and how should it
be used? 26th Annual Summer Meeting Evidence-Based Medicine Symposium,
American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society.
Glazebrook, M. Developing a scoring system for the clinical use of
Augment® (biomimetic) bone graft substitute in hind foot arthrodesis.
26th Annual Summer Meeting Precourse: Satellite Symposium, American
Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society.
Glazebrook, M. Operative treatment of end-stage ankle arthritis:
Fusion vs. replacement…which is best? Visiting Professor, Annual Meeting,
Canadian Physical Therapy Orthopaedic Division.
Glazebrook, M. Combined paper session: Arthroplasty knee. Canadian
Orthopaedics Association and Canadian Orthopaedic Research Association.
Glazebrook, M. Evidence-based medicine for treatment of tendon
pathology: Achilles. Annual Meeting, Canadian Orthopaedics Association.
Glazebrook, M. Evidence-based treatment of Achilles tendon ruptures.
Annual Meeting, Canadian Orthopaedics Association.
Glazebrook, M. Update on ankle arthritis clinical care and research.
Visiting Professor, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Campbell Clinic—Grand
Rounds Presentation.
Glazebrook M. The diagnosis and treatment of acute Achilles
tendon ruptures: Guideline and evidence report. American Academy of
Orthopaedic Surgeons: AAOS Guidelines and Media Briefing.
Gross M, Amirault D, Hennigar A, Dunbar MJ. One-year results of
an RCT using RSA to compare minimally-invasive surgery to standard
exposure in primary uncemented modular total hip arthroplasty.
Canadian Orthopaedic Association.
Gross M, Amirault D, Dunbar MJ. Femoral neck fractures with a
modular THR System. Canadian Orthopaedic Association.
Hancock Friesen C, O’Blenes S. Morbidity in pediatric cardiac
surgery: A standardized approach for classification and weighting.
Congenital Heart Surgeons’ Society.
Hancock Friesen C, O’Blenes S. Continuous quality improvement in
cardiac surgery: Morbidity workshop. Canadian Cardiovascular Congress.
Hancock Friesen C. Mitral valve surgery: Options and challenges.
Pediatric Cardiology Symposium: Canadian Cardiovascular Congress.
Spencer R, Bower J, Yates G, Miller J, Kirk S, Hancock Friesen C. The
role of peer mentors in enhancing school-based physical activity: Phase I.
Canadian Cardiovascular Congress.
Hancock Friesen C. Improving pediatric cardiac surgical morbidity
capture and classification. Canadian Cardiovascular Congress.
Shanmugam G, Hancock Friesen C. Exploring our horizons: Changes,
challenges and future directions of health research. Interdisciplinary
Research Conference.
Spencer B, Bower J, Miller J, Yates G, Mullenger R, Kirk S, Hancock
Friesen C. Advancing population health intervention research to
promote health equity. Canadian Institutes of Health Research Population
Health Symposium.
Burton H, Morrison S, Mahon K, Soder C, O’Blenes S, Hancock
Friesen C. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in a low-volume
program: The role of RRTs and RNs. 21st Annual Conference,
Extracorporeal Life Support Organization.
Shanmugam G, Clark L, Burton H, Warren A, O’Blenes S, Hancock
Friesen C. The new horizon for improving patient outcomes: Morbidity.
Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, IWK.
King C, Devitt J, Lee T, Hancock Friesen C. Neutrophil-mediated
smooth muscle loss precedes allograft vasculopathy. American
Transplantation Congress.
Devitt J, King C, Lee T, Hancock Friesen C. Prolonged cold ischemia
exacerbates cardiac allograft vasculopathy through an enhanced innate
immune response. American Transplantation Congress.
Spencer R, Xei W, Hoyt J, Yates G, Miller J, Hancock Friesen C. Results
of an intensive physical activity intervention in an urban elementary
school. Integrated Health Research Training Program Research Day.
Abonowara A, Quraishi A, Sapp J, Hart RD, Alaqambar M, Saric A,
Rajaraman M, Imran A. Patients with thyroid cancer on TSH suppression
have a high risk of atrial fibrillation. Endo 2010: The 92nd Annual Meeting.
Hart RD. Technology in thyroid surgery. Annual Meeting, Canadian
Society of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.
Macdonald K, Hart RD, Taylor SM, Mendez A. Eyelid and brow
asymmetry in patients evaluated for blepharoplasty. Annual Meeting,
Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.
Al-Gilani M, Taylor SM, Williams B, Trites J, Bullock M, Hart RD. A
case of sarcomatoid carcinoma of the maxilla. Annual Meeting, Canadian
Society of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.
Belyea J, Taylor SM, Rigby M, Trites J, Hart RD. Wait times for head
and neck cancer patients in the Maritime provinces. Annual Meeting,
Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.
Annamalai S, Taylor SM, Trites J, Hart RD. A Canadian-based survey
on pre and postoperative microvascular free flap management. Annual
Meeting, Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.
Amoodi H, Hart RD. Causes of otolaryngology same-day surgery
cancellation at two Canadian centres. Annual Meeting, Canadian Society of
Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.
Macdonald K, Taylor SM, Trites J, Dunbar M, Henigar A, Hart RD.
The effect of fibula and anterolateral thigh free flaps on the gait of
head and neck cancer patients. Annual Meeting, Canadian Society of
Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.
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Williams B, Al-Gilani M, Taylor SM, Trites J, Bullock M, Hart RD. Intraoperative factors associated with adverse outcomes in head and neck
cancer patients. Annual Meeting, Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head
& Neck Surgery.
Shahnavaz A, Taylor SM, Trites J, Nasser J, Bullock M, Hart RD.
Molecular biology of well-differentiated thyroid cancers. Annual
Otolaryngology Research Day, Dalhousie University.
Fung E, Taylor M, Bullock M, Rajaraman M, Trites J, Hart RD. The role
of PET-CT scans in directing neck dissections in oropharyngeal squamous
cell carcinoma following primary radiation. Annual Otolaryngology Research
Day, Dalhousie University.
Williams B, Taylor SM, Gilani M, Trites J, Hart RD. Factors affecting
morbidity and mortality in free flap patients. Annual Otolaryngology
Research Day, Dalhousie University.
Smith M, Giacomantonio C, Hoskin D. Fisetin-induced apoptosis in breast
cancer cell lines involves cell-cycle arrest and mitochondrial destabilization.
Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute Cancer Research Symposium.
Conrad C, Hilchie A, Hoskin D, Liwski R. Human hepcidin is cytotoxic
to multiple myeloma cells. Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute
Cancer Research Symposium.
Conrad C, Doucette C, Hilchie A, Hoskin D, Liwski R. Pleurocidinderived cationic antimicrobial peptides are cytotoxic to multiple myeloma
cells in vitro and in vivo. Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute Cancer
Research Symposium.
Greenshields A, Hoskin D. The anti-malarial compound artesunate
induces reactive oxygen species-dependent anti-breast cancer activity.
Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute Cancer Research Symposium.
Cavanagh J, Taylor SM, Bullock M, Trites J, Hart RD. Hypercalcemia
after level VI neck dissections completed for papillary thyroid cancer.
Annual Otolaryngology Research Day, Dalhousie University.
Hilchie A, Doucette C, Patrzykat A, Douglas S, Hoskin D. The cationic
antimicrobial peptides NRC-03 and NRC-07 cause cytolysis in breast
cancer cells and exhibit anti-tumour activity in vivo. Beatrice Hunter
Cancer Research Institute Cancer Research Symposium.
Gilani M, Taylor M, Brake M, Trites J, Hart RD. Reconstruction
using free flaps in total laryngectomy patients: Does it decrease the
incidence of pharyngocutaneous fistulae? Annual Otolaryngology Research
Day, Dalhousie University.
Setog, Moore J, Hoskin D, Wang J. IL-17A and IL-17F inhibit breast
cancer cell growth in vitro. Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute
Cancer Research Symposium.
Grandy M, Taylor M, Trites J, Bullock M, Hart RD. Parotid masses and
malignancy at the QEII: A 20-year perspective. Annual Otolaryngology
Research Day, Dalhousie University.
Shahanavaz A, Trites J, Taylor M, Bullock M, Pinto D, Karakach T, Douglas
S, Singh R, Hart RD. Quantitative analysis of serum markers for welldifferentiated thyroid cancer. Annual Meeting, American Head & Neck Society.
Abonowara A, Quraishi A, Sapp J, Hart RD, Alaqambar M, Saric A,
Rajaraman M, Imran A. Prevalence of atrial fibrillation in patients taking
thyroid/TSH suppression therapy for the management of thyroid cancer.
Research Day, Dalhousie University Department of Medicine.
Jordan J, Zaki A, Ross B, Hirsch G, Lee TD. Contribution of pre-existing
vascular disease to allograft vasculopathy in a murine model. International
Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation.
Maher A, Helyer L, Coburn N. A systematic review of the benefits
of palliative or non-curative surgery in gastric cancer management.
International Congress on Palliative Care.
Helyer L. Gastric cancer; advances in treatment. Dalhousie General
Surgery Refresher Course.
Helyer L. Prevention of the contra-lateral breast cancer; what is the risk
and what can we do? Cape Breton Cancer Update.
Helyer L. Peri-operataive breast cancer considerations. ACOG Charlottetown.
Hirsch G. The etiology of allograft vasculopathy. International Society for
Heart & Lung Transplantation.
Hirsch G. The role of CD8+ T cells in the development of allograft
vasculopathy. Dalhousie Department of Surgery Research Day.
Hirsch G. The etiology of allograft vasculopathy. Dalhousie Department of
Pathology Research Day.
Hirsch G. The etiology of allograft vasculopathy. Dalhousie Department of
Medicine Research Day.
Yaffe P, Walsh M, Hoskin D. The dietary phytochemical piperine inhibits
HT-29 human colon cancer cell growth. Annual Meeting, American Society
of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.
Smith M, Giacomantonio C, Hoskin D. Exploring the flavonoid fisetin
as a novel treatment for breast cancer. Canadian Surgery Forum.
Johnson M. Update on the Terry Fox Research Institute. Atlantic Cancer
Research Institute.
Johnson, M. Mesothelioma: Can we cure the incurable? Flanders Visiting
Lectureship in Lung Oncology, McGill University.
Johnson, M. National lung screening study. Terry Fox Research Institute
Atlantic Node Research Symposium.
Johnson M. Terry Fox Research Institute Atlantic Node. Beatrice Hunter
Cancer Research Institute.
Richardson DP, Porter GA, Johnson P. Self-reported patterns of rectal
cancer care among general surgeons in Canada. Canadian Surgery Forum,
Canadian Association of General Surgeons.
Richardson DP, Porter GA, Johnson P. A population-based description
of the presentation and management of recurrent rectal cancer. Canadian
Surgery Forum, Canadian Association of General Surgeons.
Altaf A, Ellsmere J, Bonjer J, Klassen D. Hand-assisted laparoscopic
splenectomy compared to conventional laparoscopic splenectomy.
Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons.
Sopel M, Lee T, Légaré JF. Fibrocytes, a novel cellular mediator,
infiltrate the myocardium prior to the development of myocardial
fibrosis. Canadian Cardiology Society.
Kelly R, Buth K, Heimrath O, Basta M, Légaré JF. Under-utilization of
implantable cardioverter-defibrillators after coronary artery bypass grafting in
patients with impaired left ventricular function. American Heart Association.
Rosin N, Sopel M, Lee T, Légaré JF. The role of connective tissue growth
factor in fibrosis after angiotensin II exposure. Canadian Cardiology Society.
Kelly R, Buth K, Légaré JF. Completeness of revascularization predicts
long-term survival benefit in CABG surgery. Canadian Cardiology Society.
Kelly R, Buth K, Légaré JF. BIMA grafting as compared to multiple
arterial grafts without BIMA confers improved long-term survival after
CABG. Canadian Cardiology Society.
Rosin N, Sopel M, Oxner A, Ma I, Falkenham A, Darosa M, Lee T, Légaré
JF. Mesenchymal progenitor cells play a role in the development of cardiac
fibrosis secondary to angiotensin II exposure. Young Investigator Forum.
Sopel M, Lee T, Légaré JF. The role of activated protein C (APC) in
myocardial fibrosis. Young Investigator Forum.
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LeGay D. Rehabilitation of the post-op rotator cuff repair concepts.
Nova Scotia Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Association.
Mendez I. Survival and function of grafter cells in Parkinson’s disease and
Huntington’s disease animal models in the clinic. NeuroStemcell Workshop.
LeGay D. The evidence for hip arthroscopy: Grading the current
indications. Clearwater Innovative Arthroscopy Meeting 2010.
Mendez I. Brain repair and robotics: Medicine of the future. Government
House Public Lecture Series.
Fieldhouse E, Campbell-Yeo M, Yanchar NL, Lopushinsky S. A clinical
practice update on the Nova Scotia experience with sutureless nonoperative closure of gastroschisis performed in the NICU. Neonatal
Advanced Nursing Practice Forum.
Mendez I. Robotics in medicine: Explore innovation and technology for
medical work in remote and isolated communities. Department of Health
and Community Services.
McNeely D. Surgical management of sagittal carniosynostosis.
Craniosynostosis Symposium.
Molinari M. Familial pancreatic cancer registry: A framework
for clinical epidemiological and genetic studies. Queen Elizabeth II
Foundation Presentation.
McNeely D. Tethered cord syndrome: Pediatric and adult
considerations. Atlantic Spine Meeting.
Molinari M. Biliary leaks after laparoscopic cholecystectomy.
Nova Scotia General Surgery Refresher Course.
McNeely D. Pediatric neurotrauma. Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Nursing
Education Day, IWK.
Molinari M. Limitation of liver resection for primary and
secondary liver tumours: GIANT Meeting.
McNeely D. Transition of care to an adult spina bifida clinic: Patient
perspectives and medical outcomes. National Conference, American
Academy of Pediatrics.
Molinari M. Evidence-based approach to hepatocellular
carcinoma: Resection, ablation, liver transplantation. Live-Right
Public Forum Session.
McNeely D. Distraction osteogenesis for expansion cranioplasty in
symptomatic craniostenosis. AANS/CNS Pediatric Section Meeting.
Molinari M. Surgical management of colorectal liver metastases.
Surgical Oncology Education Day, Dalhousie University.
Mendez I. Art and science: Two sides of the human brain. Academia
Nacional De Bellas Artes.
Molinari M. Evidence-based evaluation of ablation therapy
for primary and secondary hepatic tumours. Gastrointestinal
Medicine Rounds, Dalhousie University.
Mendez I. Neurosurgery of the 21st century: Brain repair and robotics.
Medtronic Headquarters.
Mendez I. Neurosurgical techniques for cell transplantation into the
human brain. National Institute of Health – Sham Neurosurgical Procedures
in Clinical Trials.
Mendez I. The Halifax Injector: A computer system for cell
transplantation. Transeuro Research Consortium Meeting.
Mendez I. Clinical neural transplantation for Parkinson’s disease:
Methodological considerations. International Conference of Stem Cells and
Regenerative Medicine.
Mendez I. Neurosurgery of the future: Robotics and brain repair. Visiting
Professor, Havana, Cuba.
Mendez I. Science, art and humanities: A neurosurgeon’s journey. The
Kris Kumar Lecture.
Mendez I. Neurosurgery of the future: Brain repair and robotics.
Canadian Orthopaedic Nurses Association.
Mendez I. Beautiful Minds series with Dr. Norman Cornett. Guest
Speaker, Montreal.
Mendez I. Brain injury and repair. Neuroscience in the Courtroom Conference.
Mendez I. New advances in brain repair. Department of Ophthalmology,
Dalhousie University.
Mendez I. Narrowing the gap of inequality: A physician’s personal
responsibility. Global Health Lecture Series, Dalhousie International Health Office.
Mendez I. Activa rechargeable battery. CBC Radio.
Mendez I. Activa rechargeable battery. CBC Television.
Mendez I. School laptop program in Nain, Labrador. CBC Radio.
Mendez I. Brain repair in Parkinson’s disease: The clinical challenge.
Activated Egg Symposium.
Molinari M. The predictive mortality of MELD And MELDNA
is underestimated for patients living in rural areas. International
Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Association Meeting.
Molinari M. Evidence-based medicine for ablation of hepatic masses.
International Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Association.
Alhawsawi A, Molinari M, Aljiffry M, Walsh M, Alwayn I, Peltekian
K. Meta-analysis of ischemic pre-conditioning in liver transplantation.
International Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Association.
Hilal A, Van Wijhe R, Morris DP. Joint knives in stapes surgery: Are they
fit for purpose? 64th Annual Meeting, Canadian Society of Otolaryngology.
Morris, DP. Cholesteatoma: The science. Meeting of the Section of
Otology, Royal Society of Medicine.
Morris DP. BAHA and unilateral sensorineural hearing loss. BAHA UK
Professionals Group Annual Meeting.
Yohn DC, Van Wijhe R, Morris DP. Transcranial transmission with the
BAHA after graded temporal bone resections. 64th Annual Meeting,
Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.
Desrosiers M, Kelty, S, Morris DP. Biofilms and the ear. 64th Annual
Meeting, Canadian Society of Otolaryngology.
Bezuhly M, Cullen R, Esmon C, Morris SF, West K, Johnston B, Liwski R.
Activated protein C and over-expression of its receptor inhibit tumour
metastasis. Plastic Surgery Research Council Annual Meeting.
Chung B, Morris SF. Validation of the Michigan hand questionnaire in
Canadian Maritime population. Plastic Surgery Research Council Annual Meeting.
Almutairi K, Tang M, Morris SF. Three-dimensional anatomical study
of the vascular supply to the tensor fascialata and overlying skin. Annual
Meeting, Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Bezuhly M, Cullen R, Esmon C, Morris SF, West KA, Johnston B, Liwski
R. Role of activated protein C and its receptor in inhibition of melanoma
metastasis. Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting.
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Chung B, Morris SF. Factors affecting privatization for consultation
regarding carpal tunnel syndrome. Annual Meeting, Canadian Society of
Plastic Surgeons.
Daigle R, Urquhart R, Cox M, Grunfeld E, Porter GA. A populationbased study of emergency room presentation in colorectal cancer.
Canadian Surgical Forum.
Appleton S, Ngan A, Kent B. Morris SF. Risk factors influencing
transfusion rates in DIEP flap breast reconstruction. Annual Meeting,
Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Urquhart R, Bu J, Porter GA, Dewar R, Moineddin R, Grunfeld E. Relationship between survival and lymph node assessment from a populationbased study of colorectal cancer patients. Annual Meeting, American
Society of Clinical Oncology.
Morris SF. Basic anatomical knowledge of skin perforators. 13th
International Course Perforator Flaps.
Prasad V, Almutairi K, Kinble F, Stewart F, Morris SF. Dorsolateral
musculocutaneous perforators of the posterior intercostal artery—
anatomical study. 13th International Course Perforator Flaps.
Morris SF. Disasters of the masters. 13th International Course Perforator Flaps.
Morris SF. Live surgery ALT flap to lower leg defect. 13th International
Course Perforator Flaps.
Bezuhly M, Cullen R, Esmon C, Morris SF, West K, Johnston B, Liwski R.
Activated protein C and over-expression of its receptor inhibit tumour
metastasis. Plastic Surgery Research Council.
Chung B, Morris SF. Validation of the Michigan hand questionnaire in a
Canadian Maritime population. Plastic Surgery Research Council.
Morris SF. Vascular anatomy of the integument and its importance to
reconstructive surgery. Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, Dalhousie
University.
Morris SF. Research update in plastic surgery. Dalhousie University
Research Information Day.
Morris, SF. Panelist, Perforator flaps. QMP Reconstructive Surgery Symposium.
Morris, SF. Panelist, moderator, upper extremity reconstruction. QMP
Reconstructive Surgery Symposium.
Morris, SF. Panelist, moderator, lower extremity reconstruction. QMP
Reconstructive Surgery Symposium.
Ali A, Hancock Friesen C, Howlett S, O’Blenes S. The sodium-calcium
exchange inhibitor SEA0400 prevents myocardial injury and enhances
myofilament sensitivity to Ca2+ when used as a cardioplegia additive.
American Heart Association.
Ali A, Hancock Friesen C, Howlett S, O’Blenes S. Impact of the
sodium/calcium exhchage inhibitor SEA0400 on intracellular calcium and
contraction amplitude in an isolated cardiomyocyte model of cardioplegic
arrest and reperfusion. Canadian Cardiovascular Congress.
Porter GA, Urquhart R, Bu J, Johnson P, Grunfeld E. The impact of audit
and feedback on nodal harvest in colorectal cancer (CRC). Annual Meeting, American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Porter GA, Urquhart R, Bu J, McConnell Y, Grunfeld E. Timely access
and quality of care in colorectal cancer: A population-based analysis.
Annual Meeting, Society of Surgical Oncology.
Urquhart R, Bu J, Porter GA, Dewar R, Moineddin R, Grunfeld E.
Relationship between survival and lymph node assessment from a
population-based study of colorectal cancer patients. Annual Meeting,
Canadian Digestive Diseases.
Donahoe L, Druhan K, Inglis K, Porter GA. Patient satisfaction with
timeliness of care in surgically treated gastric cancer. Annual Meeting,
Society of Surgical Oncology.
Porter GA, Urquhart R, Bu J, McConnell Y, Grunfeld E. Timely access
and quality of care in colorectal cancer: A population-based analysis GI
cancer symposium. American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Porter GA. Quality in cancer surgery: What is it and how do we
measure it? HTG Williams Visiting Professor, University of Alberta
Department of Surgery.
Porter GA. How does science get into clinical cancer care? An open
dialogue. Launch, Terry Fox Research Institute Atlantic Node.
Porter GA. Colorectal liver metastases. Symposium for Surgical
Treatment of Metastatic Disease, Cancer Care Nova Scotia Surgical
Oncology Symposium.
Stanish WD. Osteoarthritis of the knee. The Community Hospital
Program, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University.
Stanish WD. An Olympic experience. Gaspers Senior Group.
Stanish WD. Cartilage and bone transplantation. Academic Rounds,
Dalhousie University.
Stanish WD. University sports: Their importance. Annual Fundraising
Dinner, University of Prince Edward Island Hockey.
O’Blenes S. Continuous quality improvement in cardiac surgery.
Canadian Cardiovascular Conference.
Harris AA, Smith TD, Stanish WD, Sun J, Marchand C, Carli A,
Henderson, J, Hoemann CD. Optimization of pre-solidified hybrid
implants for subchondral bone reconstruction. Dal Surgery Research Day.
Maddison A, Asada Y, Burge F, Johnston G, Urquhart R, Porter GA.
Inequity in access to cancer care: A review of the Canadian literature.
Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research Conference.
Rutherford D, Hubley-Kozey C, Stanish WD. Knee-joint effusion affects
periarticular muscle function during gait in moderate knee osteoarthritis.
Dal Surgery Research Day.
Urquhart R, Porter GA, Sargeant J, Grunfeld E. Exploring factors that
influence the use of an innovation—synoptic reporting—in cancer care.
Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research Conference.
Restrepo A, Stanish WD, Hoemann CD, Buschmann MD, Shive M.
Challenges in designing randomized clinical trials for cartilage repair: The
BST-CarGel experience. National Orthopaedic Educational Society Meeting.
Urquhart R, Bu J, Porter GA, Dewar R, Moineddin R, Grunfeld E.
Relationship between survival and lymph node assessment from a
population-based study of colorectal cancer patients. Canadian Digestive
Diseases Annual Meeting.
Stanish WD. The evolution of orthopaedic nursing: One surgeon’s
perspective. 33rd Annual Conference, Canadian Orthopaedic Nurses
Association.
Gordon ML, Cornacchi S, Farrokhyar F, Hodgson N, Porter GA, Quan
ML, Wright F, Lovrics. Practice patterns and perceptions of margin status
for breast-conserving surgery: A national survey of Canadian general
surgeons. Canadian Surgical Forum.
Stanish WD. Glenohumeral instability and SLAP. Academic Rounds,
Dalhousie University.
Stanish WD. Labral repair. Rotator cuff repair. 2nd Annual Meeting,
Atlantic Arthroscopy Society.
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Stanish WD. Cartilage regeneration: Recent advances, and Shoulder:
Hands-on Assessment. Cutting Edge Sport Medicine Symposium.
Rutherford D, Landry S, Hubley-Kozey C, Stanish WD. Toe-out gait
affects knee biomechanics and neuromuscular function in asymptomatic
individuals and those with moderate knee osteoarthritis. 44th Annual
Meeting, Canadian Orthopaedic Research Society.
Stanish WD. Arthroscopic management of shoulder instability. Shoulder
Arthroscopy Symposium.
Stanish WD. Forty years of sport medicine. Dalhousie Medical School
Reunion.
Restrepo A, MacDonald P, Mohtadi N, Marks P, Malo M, McCormack R,
Desnoyers J, Pelet, Stanish WD. Randomized multi-centre clinical trial
comparing BST-CarGel to microfracture in repair of the femoral condyle:
Interim results from 41 patients. 9th World Congress, International Cartilage
Repair Society.
Methot S, Hoemann CD, Rossomacha E, Restrepo A, Stanish WD,
MacDonald P, Mohtadi N. ICRS histology scores of biopsies from an
interim analysis of a randomized controlled clinical trial show significant
improvement in tissue quality at 13 months for BST-CarGel versus
microfracture. International Cartilage Repair Society.
Changoor A, Nelea M, Tran-Khanh N, Methot S, Restrepo A, Stanish WD.
BST-CarGel treatment shows trend of improved collagen architecture
and stratified hyaline structure compared to microfracture in 13-month
biopsies from an interim analysis of a randomized controlled clinical trial.
International Cartilage Repair Society.
Hoemann CD, Tran-Khanh N, Methot S, Chen G, Marchand C, LascauComan V, Rossomacha E, Jarry C, Restrepo A, Stanish WD. Correlation of
tissue histomorphometry with ICRS histology scores in biopsies obtained
from a randomized controlled clinical trial comparing BST-CarGel versus
microfracture. International Cartilage Repair Society.
Lafantaisie Favreau CH, Guzman-Morales J, Sun J, Harris A, Smith TD,
Carli A, Henderson J, Stanish WD. Novel pre-solidified chitosan/
blood implant provides local bone-marrow stimulation-associated
biological activity in skeletally aged rabbits after a three-week treatment.
International Cartilage Repair Society.
Hoemann CD, Sun J, Gosselin Y, Hurtig MB, Carli A, Chen H, Stanish
WD. Effect of microfracture and Jamshidi needle biopsy on ex vivo
symptomatic OA knee condyles. International Cartilage Repair Society.
Stanish WD. CarGel: A prospective study. Symposium, Innovation in Cartilage
Regeneration, 49th Annual Meeting, Atlantic Provinces Orthopaedic Society.
Stanish WD. Implications for return to work: Case management and
clinical decision making. Knowledge translation workshop, “Why people
keep hurting their backs: Recurrent low back injury: New directions
through multi-disciplinary research.” Workers Compensation Board of
Nova Scotia.
Macdonald K, Taylor SM, Fung EW, Trites J, Barnsley P, Dunbar M,
Leahey L, Hart RD. Effect of fibula free flap harvest on the gait of head
and neck cancer patients. Annual Otolaryngology Research Day, Dalhousie
University.
Belyea J, Hart RD, Trites J, Taylor SM. Post-cancer treatment: Whistle
deformity of the lip reconstruction. Annual Meeting, American Academy of
Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.
Hilal M, Brown T, Taylor M. Accuracy of flexible versus rigid
laryngoscopic photo-documentation. Annual Otolaryngology Research Day,
Dalhousie University.
Mendez A, Taylor SM, Hart RD, Trites J, Bullock M. Undifferentiated
high-grade pleomorphic sarcoma of the face. Annual Meeting, American
Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.
Reynolds L, Taylor SM, Rigby M, Trites J, Hart RD, MacLean M. Outcomes
of endoscopic CO2 laser surgery for recurrent head and neck cancer. Annual
Meeting, Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.
Mendez A, Taylor SM, Hart RD, Trites J. Malignant carotid body tumours.
Annual Meeting, Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.
Brake M, Taylor SM, Al-Gilani M, Hart RD, Trites J. Submental
liposuction: A new treatment option for lymphedema in head and neck
cancer patients. Annual Meeting, Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head
& Neck Surgery.
Brake M, Hart RD, Jain L, Trites J, Taylor SM. Submental liposuction
for post-treatment lymphedema in the head and neck cancer patient.
Annual Otolaryngology Research Day, Dalhousie University.
Jaggi R, Hart RD, Trites J, Taylor SM. Donor site morbidity following
para-median forehead flap reconstruction. Annual Otolaryngology Research
Day, Dalhousie University.
Belyea J, Hart RD, Rigby M, Trites J, Taylor SM. Wait times for head
and neck cancer patients in the Maritime provinces. Annual Otolaryngology
Research Day, Dalhousie University.
Hilal A, Hart RD, Brown T, Taylor SM. Accuracy of flexible versus rigid
laryngoscopic photo-documentation in diagnosing confusing laryngeal
pathology. Annual Meeting, Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head &
Neck Surgery.
McNeil M, Bullock M, Hart RD Trites J, Taylor SM. The impact of
multi-focal pattern of invasion on patient outcomes in oral squamous cell
carcinoma. Annual Meeting, Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head &
Neck Surgery.
Bartlett C, Hart RD, Trites J, Taylor SM. Incidence of pulmonary
complications in head and neck surgery patients. Annual Otolaryngology
Research Day, Dalhousie University.
Makki F, Hart RD, Rajaraman M, Trites J, Brown T, Taylor SM. Current
practice patterns in the management of glottic cancer in Canada: Results of
a national survey. Annual Otolaryngology Research Day, Dalhousie University.
Restrepo A, MacDonald P, Mohtadi N Stanish WD. BST-CarGel and
microfracture in repair of focal articular cartilage lesions on the femoral
condyle. Clearwater Innovative Arthroscopy Meeting.
McNeil Ml, Hart RD, Bullock M, Trites J, Taylor SM. The impact of
multi-focal pattern of invasion on patient outcomes in oral squamous cell
carcinoma. Annual Otolaryngology Research Day, Dalhousie University.
Baker N, Buth K, Sullivan J. The relationship between left ventricular
end-diastolic dimension and patient outcomes in isolated aortic valve replacement surgery: A retrospective study of cardiac cases in Nova Scotia.
Canadian Cardiovascular Congress.
Rigby M, Orlic J, Hong P, Broen T, Trites J, Hart RD, Taylor SM.
Stroboscopy in the staging of laryngeal carcinomas. Annual Meeting,
American Head & Neck Society.
Sullivan J. Percutaneous valve implantation. Atlantic Canada
Cardiovascular Symposium.
T Rigby M, Hart RD, Reynolds L, Bullock M, Trites J, Taylor SM.
Glottic carcinoma: Analysis of recurrences. Annual Otolaryngology
Research Day, Dalhousie University.
Rajaraman S, Taylor SM, Hart RD, Trites J, Bullock M, Hollenhorst
H, Wilke D, Rajaraman M. PET scanning in head and neck cancer. 2010
Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute Cancer Research Symposium.
McNeil M, Bullock M, Hart RD, Trites J, Taylor SM. The impact of
multi-focal pattern of invasion on patient outcomes in oral squamous cell
carcinoma. Annual Meeting, American Head & Neck Society.
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Arnason At, Hart RD, Nasser J, Trites J, Taylor SM, Bullock
M. Diagnostic accuracy of fine needle aspiration biopsy of the
parapharyngeal space. US & Canadian Academy of Pathology.
Walling S. The effects of enforcement and education on helmet use in
rural and urban Nova Scotia. Recreation NS Research Symposium.
Walling S. The effects of enforcement and education on helmet use
in rural and urban Nova Scotia. Annual Scientific Meeting, Trauma
Association of Canada.
Walling S. Long-term function outcomes after major traumatic brain
injury. Annual Scientific Meeting, Trauma Association of Canada.
Bance M. New bone-conduction technologies. Atlantic Innovation Fund
(AIF), with team of six co-investigators. $3.1 million. 2006-2011.
Bance M. XIAP transfection protection against age-related hearing loss.
CIHR. $587,000. 2008-2013.
Bance M, Dunbar M, Kozey C, Ellsmere J. Biomedical devices
innovation. NSERC CREATE grant. $2.1 million. 2009-2014.
Bance M. Tactile transducers in unilateral hearing loss. NSHRF.
$150,000. 2008-2011.
Bance M. Brain imaging of hearing deficit. NSHRF. $150,000. 2007-2010.
Oliveira C, Pastor AC, Nasr A, Himidan S, Manson D, Yanchar NL,
Brisseau G, Kim PCW. Discriminating preoperative features of
pleuroplumonary blastomas (PPB) from congenital cystic adenomatoid
malformations (CCAM): A retrospective age-matched study. American
Pediatric Surgery Association Meeting.
Bance M. Binaural integration and asymmetric hearing loss. Hearing
Foundation of Canada. $25,000. 2009-2010.
Parker JA, Chambers CT, Kalousek KS, Mcgrath PJ, Yanchar NL, Moore
C, Von Baeyer CL. Are you okay? Parents’ responses to their children’s
everyday pains. 8th International Symposium on Pediatric Pain.
Bance M. Program support competition: Otology research program.
Department of Surgery Research Fund, Dalhousie University. $150,000.
2009-2012.
Yanchar NL. Management of major pediatric trauma cases. Pediatric
Emergency Care Conference.
Bance M. New tools for auditory imaging. Dalhousie Medical Research
Foundation (DMRF). $10,000. 2009-2010.
Yanchar NL. Acute abdominal pain and appendicitis in children.
Dalhousie Videoconference CME Lecture Series.
Bance M. Neural integration: Effect of stimulus level. CDHA. $15,000.
2009-2010.
Currently Held Grants
2010
Alwayn I. Faculty of Medicine Clinical Scholar Award, Dalhousie
University. $400,000. 2008-2013.
Alwayn I. Optimizing steatotic livers for transplantation using a novel
gene therapeutic approach. Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).
$277,000. 2010-2011.
Alwayn I, Légaré JF. Impact of obesity on transplantation. Nova Scotia
Health Research Foundation (NSHRF). $10,000. 2010.
Alwayn I. Optimizing steatotic livers for transplantation using a novel
gene therapeutic approach. Capital District Health Authority (CDHA).
$15,000. 2010.
Brown J, Adamson R, Bance M. A high-resolution ultrasound endoscope
for imaging the ear and auditory system. InNovacorp Early Stage
Commercialization Fund. $33,000. 2010-2011.
Brown J, Adamson R, Bance M. Beamformer for high-frequency
ultrasound imaging of the auditory system. Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council (NSERC). $150,000. 2010-2011.
Adamson R, Bance M, Brown J, Wang J, Filliagi M. An implantable
subcutaneous, piezoelectric hearing aid. NSHRF. $150,000. 2010-2013.
Brown J, Bance M, Adamson R, Wang J. A high-resolution endoscopic
ultrasound for the ear. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
$118,600. 2010-2011.
Brown J, Adamson R, Bance M. Technique for miniaturizing an ultrasonic
endoscope for the auditory system. CDHA. $15,000. 2010.
Adamson R, Brown J, Bance M. An optical coherence tomography system
for high-resolution imaging of the middle ear. CDHA. $15,000. 2010.
Bance M. Binaural integration: Effect of stimulus level. CDHA. $15,000.
2009-2010.
Baskett R. Reducing post-operative major adverse cardiac events in
cardiac surgery: Towards a prospective intervention. Heart and Stroke
Foundation of Canada (HSFC). $42,025. 2010-2013.
Baskett R. Reducing post-operative major adverse cardiac events in cardiac
surgery: Towards a prospective intervention. CDHA. $14,060. 2010.
Brownstone R. Control of movement: Regulation of spinal muscular
circuits. CIHR. $833,775. 2010-2015.
Brownstone R. Control of movement: Regulation of the pattern of
locomotion. CIHR. $773,392. 2009-2014.
Brownstone R. Control of movement: Brain stem control of
locomotion. CIHR. $643,654. 2008-2013.
Brownstone R. (PI). Brain Repair Centre: An integrative approach for
functional restoration. CFI. $13,943,657. 2007-2010.
Brownstone R. Control of movement: Regulation of motoneuron
excitability. CIHR. $553,010. 2005-2010.
Brownstone R, Fawcett J. Barbara Turnbull Award for highest-ranking
spinal cord grant (tied in the rankings). CIHR. $50,000 (shared award). 2010.
Casha S. Cerebrospinal fluid and MRI determinants of recovery from
acute spinal cord injury in humans. Alberta Paraplegic Foundation.
$200,000. 2010-2012.
Casha S. Minocycline in acute spinal cord injury—a Canadian multicentre study. Alberta Paraplegic Foundation. $140,256. 2010-2012.
Casha S. Post-traumatic NO-GAPDH-Siah 1-mediated apoptosis in the
spinal cord. AO Spine North America. $31,558. 2009-2010.
Casha S. A translational approach to neuro-inflammation and functional
outcomes after human spinal cord injury. CIHR. $351,444. 2009-2012.
Christie S. The legacy project. QEII Foundation. $5,000. 2010.
Clarke DB. Influence of cell-adhesion molecules on neuron survival and
plasticity in the adult central nervous system. NSERC. $132,500. 2006-2011.
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Coles CP. Hip fracture evaluation with alternative of total hip
arthroplasty versus hemi-arthroplasty (HEALTH): A multi-centre
randomized trial comparing total hip arthroplasty and hemi-arthroplasty
on re-operations and quality of life in patients with femoral neck
fractures. CIHR. $140,721. 2008-2010.
Glazebrook M. Feasibility trial to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of
carticept MTP hemi-arthroplasty compared to MTP arthrodesis. Cartiva.
$75,000. 2009-2010.
Dunbar M. Preventing mobility and physical activity impairments:
A longitudinal, multifactorial investigation of knee osteoarthritis
progression. CIHR. $10,000. 2009-2010.
Glazebrook M. A prospective, randomized, controlled, multicentre pivotal human clinical feasibility trial to evaluate the safety and
effectiveness of Augment™ compared to autologous bone graft as a bone
regeneration device in foot and ankle fusions. Biomimetic Therapeutics
contracted research grant. $150,000. 2009-2010.
Dunbar M. Conservative and surgical management of knee
osteoarthritis based on an objective patho-mechanical framework.
Department of Surgery Research Fund, Dalhousie University. $150,000.
2009-2012.
Glazebrook M. A multi-centre, prospective, parallel group, randomized
pilot study evaluating safety and preliminary effectiveness of Amplex
compared to autograft bone in subjects undergoing foot and ankle fusion
surgery. Bioset Therapeutics contracted research grant. $200,000. 2010.
Dunbar M. Collaborative research and training experience program.
NSERC. $2,000,000. 2009-2014.
Hancock Friesen C. H2K: The role of peer mentors in enhancing
school-based physical activity. NSHRF. $150,000. 2009-2012.
Dunbar M. Co-investigator access to appropriate care across the
continuum: Strategic management for timely treatment. CIHR.
$2,500,000. 2008-2013.
Hancock Friesen C. H2K: Expanding the program. Pfizer Canada Inc.
$10,000. 2010.
Dunbar M. Development of a clinical diagnostic system for
assessing orthopaedic implant stability. AIF. $5,000,000. 2008-2013.
Dunbar M. Extended prophylaxis in total hip replacements. CIHR.
$2,900,000. 2006-2011.
Dunbar M. Biomechanical and neuromuscular characteristics during
gait in moderate knee osteoarthritis: A framework for developing and
evaluating non-invasive interventions. NSHRF. $39,500. 2007-2010.
Dunbar M. Biomechanical and neuromuscular characteristics during
gait in moderate knee osteoarthritis: A framework for developing and
evaluating non-invasive interventions. CIHR. $118,500. 2007-2010.
Dunbar M. Psychosocial predictors of prolonged pain and disability
following total knee arthroplasty. CIHR. $275,442. 2006-2011.
El-Hawary R, Howard J. Pain at home in children following major
surgery: Physical, psychological, and economic consequences. CIHR.
$878,775. 2010 – 2015.
El-Hawary R, Howard J. Validity of TcMEPs and SSEPs as early
indicators of neural compromise in rat model of spinal cord compression.
American Society of Neurophysiological Monitoring. $5,000. 2010.
El-Hawary R, Howard J. Validity of TcMEPs and SSEPs as early
indicators of neural compromise in rat model of spinal cord compression.
IWK Health Centre. $4,000. 2010.
Fawcett J. Maud Menten Finalist Award for highest-ranking CIHR grant
for a new investigator. CIHR. $1,000. 2010.
Fawcett J. Developing specific motoneuron subtypes from embryonic
stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells to treat neuromuscular
disorders and paralysis due to injury. CIHR. $653,700. 2010-2015.
Hancock Friesen C. H2K: Expanding the program. GlaxoSmithKline.
$10,000. 2010.
Hancock Friesen C. H2K: Anthropomorphic data endpoints. IWK.
$4,000. 2010.
Hancock Friesen C. Faculty of Medicine Clinical Scholar Award,
Dalhousie University. $405,000. 2007-2012.
Hancock Friesen C. Early innate events in allograft vasculopathy are
exacerbated by ischemia reperfusion. CIHR. $102,375. 2009-2012.
Hancock Friesen C. Follow-up of tetralogy of fallout patients: Transition
from pediatric to adult care. IWK. $3,430/year, ongoing.
Hancock Friesen C. Assembling a multi-disciplinary team to study the
role of obesity in impaired solid organ transplant outcomes. NSHRF.
$20,000. 2010.
Hart R, Taylor SM, Trites J. Biomarkers for human health and wellness:
Thyroid cancer. NSERC. $210,000. 2009-2010.
Hoskin D. Thy-1: a T cell molecule with novel T cell receptor-like and costimulatory signaling properties. NSERC. $312,000. 2005-2010.
Hoskin D. Molecular basis of selective killing of human breast cancer cells
by the pleurocidin-like cationic antimicrobial peptides NRC-03 and NRC07. Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF). $116,000. 2008-2010.
Hoskin D. Treatment of intestinal inflammation with piperine, a dietary
phytochemical with immune-modulating activity. CIHR. $239,781. 2008-2011.
Hoskin D. Shared equipment for counting and sizing of cell populations.
NSERC. $74,000. 2009-2010.
Fawcett J. Elucidating the development of neural circuits involved in
locomotion. CIHR. $804,170. 2010-2015.
Hoskin D, Porter G, Johnston M. Cancer Research Training Program:
A research legacy for Atlantic Canada. The Terry Fox Foundation
Strategic Health Research Training Program in Cancer Research at CIHR.
$1,950,000. 2009-2015.
Fawcett J. YFP laser for spinning disk microscope. DMRF equipment
grant. $30,000. 2010.
Johnston M. (Halifax site PI) Pan-Canadian early lung cancer detection
study. Terry Fox Research Institute. $6,500,000. 2008-2013.
Fawcett J. Defining a role for CAPOM in the synapse. EJLB Foundation.
$350,000. 2009-2012.
Johnston M. Controlled trans-lymphatic delivery of chemotherapeutic
agents for treating lymphatic metastasis in lung cancer. CIHR. $150,000.
2007-2010.
Fawcett J. Elucidating the development of neural circuits involved in
locomotion. NSERC. $290,115. 2007-2010.
Giacomantonio C. Faculty of Medicine Clinical Scholar Award,
Dalhousie University. $400,000. 2009-2014.
Lee T. CD8+ T cell activation and effector mechanisms. NSERC.
$250,000. 2009-2014.
Lee T. Role of antibody in allograft vasculopathy. HSFC. $150,000. 2009-2012.
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Lee T. The role of angiotensin II in myocardial inflammation. NSHRF.
$150,000. 2008-2011.
Stanish W. The effect of Car-Gel on knee cartilage regeneration. Private
anonymous donor. $250,000. 2005-2010.
Lee T. Etiology of allograft vasculopathy after cardiac transplantation:
Role of pre-existing disease. HSFC. $150,000. 2008-2011.
Stanish W. Effect of knee bracing on proprioception. Private anonymous
donor. $50,000. 2002-2010.
Lee T. Novel immunotherapy for the treatment of breast cancer
metastases. CBCF. $120,000. 2008-2010.
Stanish W. Biomechanical and neuromuscular characteristics during gait
in moderate knee osteoarthritis. CIHR. $118,500. 2007-2010.
Lee T, Alwayn I, Hirsch G, Hancock Friesen C, Légaré JF. Building
research capacity at the Atlantic Centre for Tranplantation Research.
Department of Surgery Program Support Grant. $150,000. 2009-2011.
Stanish W. Biomechanical and neuromuscular characteristics during
gait in moderate knee osteoarthritis: A framework for developing and
evaluating non-invasive interventions. NSHRF. $39,500. 2007-2010.
Légaré JF. Development of a quality report card in cardiac surgery.
Capital Health Innovation Fund. $50,000. 2009-2010.
Stanish W. Biomechanical assessment of the effect of BMP on bone and
tendon healing. Private anonymous donor. $150,000. 2007-2010.
Légaré JF. Role of angiotensin II in myocardial inflammation. NSHRF.
$150,000. 2008-2011.
Yanchar N. Canadian Injury Indicators Development Team: Policy
indicators for children and youth. CIHR operating grant: Partnerships for
Child and Youth Health Indicators. $150,000. 2008-2011.
Légaré JF. SIRS steroids in cardiac surgery, randomized controlled trial.
CIHR. $1,500,000. 2010-2014.
Légaré JF. Mobilization of fibrocytes after cardiac surgery. CDHA.
$15,000. 2010.
Leighton R. Prospective randomized clinical study to evaluate the
effects of less invasive stabilization system (LISS) plating techniques in
distal femoral fractures. AO North America. $198,000. 2008-2010.
McNeely D, Walling S. Butyrylcholinesterase: A potential diagnostic
and therapeutic target for primary brain tumours. $14,994. 2009-2010.
Morris DP. Assessment of bone-anchored hearing aid performance after
temporal bone resection. Dalhousie Summer Studentship Grant Award.
$20,000. 2009-2010.
Morris DP. Faculty of Medicine Clinical Scholar Award, Dalhousie
University. $400,000. 2006-2011.
Morris SF. The vascular anatomy of bone flaps. CDHA. $15,000. 2010.
Morris SF. Microsurgical breast reconstruction. BCF. $50,000. 2010.
O’Blenes S. The importance of timing in the repair of myocardial
infarction by transplantation of skeletal myoblasts: Defining the role and
therapeutic potential of hepatocyte growth factor. Heart and Stroke
Foundation. $100,000. 2008-2010.
O’Blenes S, Hancock Friesen C, Légaré JF. Building a capacity for
multidisciplinary translational research with the Cardiovascular Research
Group. Department of Surgery Program Support Grant. $150,000. 20102012.
Porter G. Towards improving access to quality colorectal cancer services
across the cancer control continuum. CIHR. $1,497,513. 2007-2012.
Porter G. A randomized trial of a patient-centred strategy to facilitate
transition of breast cancer survivors’ routine follow-up from specialist
to primary care. Canadian Breast Cancer Research Alliance. $740,662.
2006-2011.
Porter G. Knowledge sharing award: Colorectal cancer research in Nova
Scotia. NSHRF. $11,500. 2010.
Porter G. Showcase and strategy: Moving forward with colorectal
cancer research in Nova Scotia. CIHR. $11,500. 2010-2011.
Porter G. Towards understanding and improving cancer screening
practices in cancer survivors: systematic review and meta-analyisis. CIHR.
$31,900. 2010-2011.
Yanchar N. Faculty of Medicine Clinical Scholar Award, Dalhousie
University. $400,000. 2008-2013.
Yanchar N. IWK Research Associateship for the Department of Surgery
and Division of Pediatric Opthalmology. $114,750. 2007-2010.
Dal Surgery
Research Committee
Dal Surgery
Undergraduate
Education Committee
Dal Surgery
Postgraduate
Education Committee
Chair:
Dr. Greg Hirsch
Head, Cardiac Surgery
Members:
Dr. Ian Alwayn
General Surgery
Dr. Robert Brownstone
Neurosurgery
Dr. Michael Dunbar
Orthopaedics
Dr. James Fawcett
Pharmacology
Dr. Mark Glazebrook
Orthopaedics
Dr. Robert Hart
ENT
Dr. David Hoskin
Pathology
Dr. Thomas Issekutz
Pediatrics /Immunology
Dr. Paul Johnson
General Surgery
Dr. J.F. Légaré
Cardiac Surgery
Dr. Tim Lee
Microbiology & Immunology
Dr. Steve Morris
Plastic Surgery
Dr. Natalie Yanchar
Pediatric General Surgery
Elaine Marsh
Coordinatior
Chairs:
Dr. Brock Vair
General Surgery Dr. Chad Coles
Orthopaedics
Members:
Dr. John Grantmyre
Urology
Dr. Greg Hirsch
Cardiac Surgery
Dr. Timothy Brown
ENT
Dr. Jason Williams
Plastic Surgery
Dr. Simon Walling
Neurosurgery
Dr. Gordon Buduhan
Thoracic Surgery
Dr. Min Lee
Vascular Surgery
Dr. Guy Brisseau
Pediatric General Surgery
Sheila Reid
Coordinator
Resident Member:
Dr. Maria Brake
ENT
Student Member:
Coleman Black
Chair:
Dr. Brock Vair
General Surgery
Members:
Dr. Greg Bailly
Urology
Dr. Roger Baskett
Cardiac Surgery
Dr. Mark Walsh
General Surgery
Dr. Emad Massoud
ENT
Dr. William Oxner
Orthopaedics
Dr. Ken Wilson
Plastic Surgery
Dr. Daniel McNeely
Neurosurgery
Dr. Min Lee
Vascular Surgery
Dr. Guy Brisseau
CORE
Dr. James Ellsmere
Atlantic Skills Centre
Sheila Reid
Coordinator
Resident Members:
Dr. Simon Frank
General Surgery
Dr. Lindsay McDonald General Surgery
Dr. Greg Hirsch and Elaine Marsh would like to thank everyone for their advice, feedback
and editing. We would like to thank our department’s leaders, Dr. David Kirkpatrick and
Dr. Adrian Park, our contributing faculty profiled in this report, and most importantly the
patients and their families for sharing so unselfishly their stories.
A very special thanks to Heather Travis, RN (Kidney Transplant), Diana Lawlor, NP
(Bariatric Clinic), Jennifer Muirhead, RN (Pediatric Orthopaedics) and Sheila Reid
(Education Office).
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