News & Honours


Resident Spotlight: Khalil Merali
Dr. Khalil Merali is a PGY4 in the UBC General Surgery Residency program. He is also currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Engineering at the John Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering. Surgical Residency in the Pandemic Khalil’s experience as a surgical resident during the COVID-19 pandemic was an eye-opening experience for him. He reflected on […] Read More >


Dr. Megan Levings’ T Regulatory Cell Therapy to Transform Human Health
Dr. Levings' team is working on cell-based therapies to provide advanced targeted cure for diseases such as type 1 diabetes and MS Read More >


2022 Year End Newsletter
We are delighted to share the 2022 Year End Newsletter in recognition of the accomplishments and successes of the UBC Department of Surgery. Read More >


Dr. Ahmer Karimuddin Elected the Next President of Doctors of B.C.
Doctors of B.C. announced Dr. Ahmer Karimuddin to be their next president-elect. Read More >


Dr. Robert Olson’s Breakthrough Finding for Use of High-Dose Radiation Therapy
Dr. Robert Olson, Associate Head, Research in the UBC Department of Surgery, suggested a new method for minimizing side effects in cancer patients going through radiation therapy Read More >


2022 Chung Research Day
The Department of Surgery 2022 Chung Research Day took place on November 7, with a hybrid format of in-person and virtual attendance. Dr. Chad Ball, Professor of Surgery and Oncology, gave the Chung Lectureship on Surgical Innovation: Failure, Success, and Everything in Between. The faculty, residents and medical students who were selected for presentations showcased the […] Read More >


Resident Spotlight: Dr. Annie Lalande
Dr. Annie Lalande, a UBC General Surgery Resident, is pursuing her PhD at UBC’s Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, focusing on the role of food in healthcare for patient and planetary health. Read More >


2022 Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Researcher Award Recipient: Dr. Megan Levings
Dr. Megan Levings has been recognized for her distinguished research career, contributions to trainee educational growth, and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. Read More >


2022 Faculty of Medicine Award Recipients
Each year, the Faculty of Medicine recognizes faculty and staff members for excellence in teaching, research, administration, innovation and public service. Congratulations to our 2022 recipients from the Department of Surgery: Dr. Heather Emmerton-Coughlin – Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching Dr. Eitan Prisman – Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Research Dr. Nadine Caron – Distinguished […] Read More >


In Memoriam of Dr. Gordon Bruce Thompson
Dr. Gordon Bruce Thompson, MD, FRCSC Feb 6, 1925 – Sept. 24, 2022 Professor and Head Emeritus, Division of Neurosurgery Department of Surgery, University of British Columbia By Dr. Felix Durity It is with deep remorse that the Department of Surgery announces the death of Dr. Gordon Thompson, who, after a short illness, passed away […] Read More >


Resident Spotlight: Dr. Akie Watanabe
Dr. Akie Watanabe is a PGY3 in the UBC General Surgery Residency program. Read More >