News & Honours

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 >

2016 Chung Research Day a Success
On November 7th 2016 the 22ndAnnual WB and MH Chung Research Day was held. Read More >

Residents get a workout during the 2016 Surgical CRASH Course
Many surgical residents participated the Surgical CRASH Course in October 2016. Read More >

Dr. Neely Panton is the commencement speaker at the University College
Dr. Neely Panton (Head, General Surgery) is the commencement speaker this year at the University College of Cayman Island. From the Commencement program: Dr. Neely Panton, is Clinical Professor and Head of the University of British Columbia Division of General Surgery, Vancouver and University of British Columbia hospitals. He is also the Governor of the […] Read More >

Dr. Reza Jalili receives start-up award.
Dr. Reza Jalili (Plastic Surgery) has received a Faculty of Medicine Start-up Award.  Dr. Jalili’s research focuses on developing treatments that can heal chronic wounds.  Wounds consist of skin and extracellular matrix (ECM).  Following an injury, many components of the ECM are impacted resulting in an uneven and rough wound bed.   Dr. Jalili aims to […] Read More >

Dr. Neely Panton talk on “Universal Access to Surgery”
Dr. Neely Panton (Head, General Surgery) was invited to participate in a panel discussion on “Universal Access to Surgery: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly” at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, Washington DC on October 17th. He gave a presentation entitled “ Access to Surgery: The Canadian Experience”. Dr. Morad Hameed was […] Read More >

Dr. Morad Hameed announced as new CAGS President
Dr. Morad Hameed (General Surgery) is the new president of the Canadian Association of General Surgeons Dr. Hameed is a trauma surgeon and intensivist at the Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) whose research focuses on systems of trauma care and acute care surgery, including electronic injury surveillance. Dr. Hameed’s research teams have received grants from the […] Read More >

Surgery Fellow Awarded Research Grant
Dr. Francois Letarte, a Colorectal Surgery Fellow working with Dr. Carl Brown (General Surgery) and the colorectal group at Providence Health, has won the Canadian Society of Colorectal Surgeons 2016 Clinical Research Grant for his proposal Day care ileostomy closure surgery – a multicentre randomized controlled trial. Read More >

UBC researchers develop drug to treat scarring and autoimmune diseases
An anti-scarring drug invented by UBC researchers will soon complete testing to determine its safety in humans as a topically administered drug. This marks the first time UBC researchers have conducted clinical testing of a drug they developed without industry sponsorship. “Our discovery marks a significant medical breakthrough toward the treatment of scars and autoimmune […] Read More >

Synthetic heart valves will help doctors improve surgical skills
A UBC invention has made it possible for doctors to vastly improve their bypass surgery techniques without relying on animals. Full Story. Read More >