Surgery Grand Rounds

The UBC Department of Surgery Grand Rounds is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

These rounds are typically scheduled on the second Wednesday every month during the academic year (September to June), from 7 am to 8 am, and are held at:

Paetzold Health Education Centre
1st floor, Jim Pattison Pavilion South
Vancouver General Hospital
899 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver BC

(Refreshments sponsored by Johnson & Johnson are served at 6:45 am)

2023/2024 Dates

September 20 – Dr. Eitan Prisman, Clinical Professor in the UBC Division of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery: Advanced Technology for Head and Neck Reconstruction Surgery
October 11 – Drs. Kathryn Isaac, UBC; Philip Edgcumbe, UBC; Philip Pratt, Medical iSight (USA), Pieter de Backer, Orsi Academy (Belgium): AI and Augmented Reality (AR) in Surgery – Report from the front lines
November 8 – TBD
December 13 – Dr. Alice Mui, UBC Dept. of Surgery: AI in Education and Surgery
January 10 – pending speaker’s confirmation
February 14 – pending speaker’s confirmation
March 13 – TBD
April 10 – History of Surgery
May 8 – Dr. Ian Pollack, University of Pittsburgh: Pediatric Neurosurgery
June 12 – TBD

September 20, 2023 | 07:00 AM to 08:00 AM

Topic: Advanced Technology for Head and Neck Reconstruction Surgery


Dr. Eitan Prisman, Clinical Professor in the UBC Division of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery


Dr. Eitan Prisman, a Clinical Associate Professor in UBC’s Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology, and a head and neck surgeon at Vancouver General Hospital, has been actively involved in research since his UBC appointment in 2014. He focuses on integrating technology into head and neck reconstructive surgery, collaborating with UBC’s Biomedical and Computer Engineering departments. His lab developed an in-house virtual surgical planning system, including 3D-printed cutting guides for upper and lower jaw reconstruction, in clinical use since 2017. Dr. Prisman initiated Western Canada’s first Trans-oral Robotic Surgery (TORS) Program in 2014 and led the randomized controlled clinical trial (RCT) ORATOR from 2014 to 2017. He is committed to improving head and neck oncology patient care through technology, with ongoing research in evaluating virtual surgical planning via an RCT, establishing a virtual platform for interdisciplinary collaboration in head and neck cancer treatment, exploring ultrasound applications in TORS, and incorporating machine learning into medicine for enhanced diagnostics and treatment.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the process and benefits of virtual surgical planning for maxilla and mandible reconstruction
  • Apply image-guided surgery to head and neck reconstruction to develop an in-house day-of-surgery system.
  • Demonstrate the potential utility of ultrasound in improving accuracy of transoral robotic surgery.

Online Participants

Meeting ID: 96854415353 Passcode: 415353

Telephone Participants:

Dial +1 778 907 2071 and follow the prompts.

You will be prompted to enter the Zoom Meeting ID and Passcode below followed by “#”

Meeting ID: 96854415353 Passcode: 415353

Evaluation & Attendance Form – Must be completed for Maintenance of Certification Program credit.

Archived Grand Rounds Presentations (Videos)

Access recorded presentations here: UBC Canvas

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Video-recorded Grand Rounds presentations are posted on the UBC’s e-Learning System and accessible with a UBC Campus-Wide Login (CWL) account.