News & Honours


MSFHR Innovation to Commercialization Awards
Three Department of Surgery faculty members are among the 11 award recipients in the first Innovation to Commercialization (I2C) competition. These awards will help BC health researchers bridge the gap between discovery and practical application to improve health outcomes in BC. http://secure.campaigner.com/csb/Public/show/iq87f–d6jni-5kohqi96 Dr Aziz Ghahary (Plastic Surgery) Liquid skin substitute accelerates burn and non-healing wounds. […] Read More >


General Surgery Resident wins Friedman Award for Scholars
Shahrzad Joharifard, a graduating general surgery resident, is one of four 2017 recipients of the prestigious Freidman Award for Scholars. Read More >


Congratulations to the 2017 winner of the Dorken Award for Excellence in Service
On Thursday, June 22, 2017, Eleni Tsakumis was presented with the Dorken Award for Excellence in Service. Read More >


Department of Surgery Academic Year End Celebration 2017
The Department of Surgery held our Annual Academic Year End Celebration for 2017 at the Arbutus Club. This provided an opportunity to congratulate and celebrate the accomplishments of all graduating residents, PHD/MSC students and clinical fellows for the 2016/17 academic year Read More >


Dr. Francis Lynn study published
Dr. Francis Lynn (General Surgery) and his PhD student Nicole Krentz have published their studies showing how the NEUROG3 transcription factor regulates pancreatic islet beta cell differentiation in the journal Developmental Cell.  These studies provide insight into how stem cells can be stimulated to generate beta cells for treatment of diabetes.  Developmental Cell is a […] Read More >


Dr. Nadine Caron receives Wallace Wilson Leadership Award
Dr. Nadine Caron (General Surgery) is the 2017 recipient of the UBC Medical Alumni Association Wallace Wilson Leadership Award.  The annual Wallace Wilson Leadership Award is presented to a graduate who has demonstrated high ethical standards and outstanding leadership to the profession.   Read More >


Richard Simons Honoured
Dr. Richard Simons (General Surgery) Simons was honoured with the Dr. Charles Burns Board Recognition Award at the 2017 Trauma Association of Canada’s (TAC) annual conference. Read More >


Dr. Mick receives CIHR Award
Dr. Paul Mick (Otolaryngology) and his research colleagues have been awarded a highly competitive CIHR Grant Award to study the “Interactions of sensory, cognitive, and social factors and their influence on the health and quality of life of older Canadians”. Read More >


Dr. Megan Levings awarded UBC Killam Research Prize
Dr Megan Levings (General Surgery) has won a prestigous UBC Killam Research Prize. Killam prizes are awarded to full-time faculty members in recognition of outstanding research and scholarly contributions in all fields of research. Read More >


Dr. Dan Luciani promoted to Associate Professor
Dr. Dan Luciani (General Surgery) has been promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery.  Dr.  Luciani studies the mechanisms underlying pancreatic islet β-cell death.  Intriguing new findings suggest that the cellular machinery that mediates cell ‘suicide’ also has important roles in normal β-cell function and can control if β-cells adapt or fail during […] Read More >


$1.8 million to support stem cell based therapies
Department of Surgery investigators have received $1.8 million to develop stem cell therapies or to explore ways of making them more effective or feasible. One of the grants will fund a first-of-its-kind clinical trial that will recruit Type 1 diabetes patients in British Columbia. Read More >