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)

2022/2023 Dates

September 14
October 12
November 9
December 14
January 11
February 8
March 8
April 12
May 10
June 14

February 8, 2023 | 07:00 AM to 08:00 AM

Title: A Pediatric Surgeon’s Perspective on Providing Surgical Care During War

Presenter: Shahrzad Joharifard, MD MPH FRCSC, Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC Division of Pediatric Surgery | Adjunct Professor, UBC Branch for Global Surgical Care | Associate Director, UBC Global Surgery Lab

Shahrzad Joharifard

Bio: Shahrzad Joharifard is a Canadian surgeon of Iranian-Australian heritage with a long-standing passion for global health, particularly in conflict and post-conflict settings. She holds an AB in History cum laude from Princeton University, an MD from Duke University, and an MPH in Clinical Effectiveness from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her residency in General Surgery at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2017, followed by fellowship in Pediatric Surgery at CHU Sainte-Justine at the Université de Montréal in 2020. Dr. Joharifard has extensive work experience in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to entering medicine, she spent two years working with the International Rescue Committee in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sierra Leone. During her medical training, she worked as a clinician at Kolofata District Hospital in the Extreme North of Cameroon, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, South Africa, Mbingo Baptist Hospital in Northwest Cameroon, Gondor University Hospital in Gondor, Ethiopia, and Partners in Healthaffiliated hospitals in Rwinkwavu and Butaro, Rwanda. Immediately after completing General Surgery residency, she began working as a surgeon for Partners in Health at JJ Dossen Memorial Hospital, a remote referral hospital in Harper, Liberia. There, she initiated a surgical program and served as one of only 11 surgeons in the entire country of 4.7 million people—and only 1 of 3 outside the capital.Dr. Joharifard is an attending Pediatric Surgeon at British Columbia Children’s Hospital and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at UBC. She is an Adjunct Professor at the UBC Branch for Global Surgical Care and co-founded the UBC Global Surgery Lab, a research and mentorship hub for undergraduate, medical, and graduate students. Clinically, Dr. Joharifard practices full-spectrum pediatric surgery, with particular interests in neonatal and thoracic surgery, in addition to antenatal consultation and counselling. Her research interests lie in implementation science, technology and innovation, quality improvement, and outcomes. Additionally, she currently spends 2-3 months per year in the field with Médécins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders where she operates on patients of all ages. Her most recent assignments were in Aweil, South Sudan in 2021 and Rutshuru, Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2022. In the DRC, she gained valuable experience in war surgery after finding herself in the midst of fierce conflict between the M23 rebel movement and the Congolese army.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the challenges of providing surgical care during active conflict
  • Examine the breadth and scope of humanitarian surgical care

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)

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