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

June 12 – Dr. Andrea MacNeill, UBC Department of Surgery

2023/2024 Dates

September 11, 2024
October 9, 2024
November 13, 2024
December 11, 2024
January 8, 2025
February 12, 2025
March 12, 2025
April 9, 2025
May 14, 2025
June 11, 2025

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 | 07:00 AM to 08:00 AM

Topic: Nourishing Change: Leveraging Food for Sustainability, Health, and Recovery in Healthcare Settings

Andrea MacNeill BSc (Hon), MSc, MD
Karina Spoyalo, Resident in General Surgery, UBC Department of Surgery
Stephanie Alexis, Resident in Anesthesiology, UBC Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Annie Lalande, Resident in General Surgery, UBC Department of Surgery


Dr. Andrea MacNeill is a Surgical Oncologist at Vancouver General Hospital and BC Cancer and a Clinical Associate Professor at the UBC where she specializes in sarcoma and peritoneal malignancies. She is the founder and principal investigator of the UBC Planetary Healthcare Lab, the inaugural Regional Medical Director of Planetary Health for Vancouver Coastal Health, and an executive member of CASCADES, a pan-Canadian knowledge mobilization network dedicated to accelerating the transition to low-carbon, sustainable health systems in Canada. She is currently co-chairing a UBC/Yale-led Lancet Commission in sustainable healthcare.

Dr. Karina Spoyalo completed her undergraduate degree in general biology and medical school at UBC. She has a Masters in Quality Improvement from the University of Toronto as well as an Advanced Professional Certificate in Behavioural Insights from the University of Sauder. Her work has been focused on the interface of healthcare sustainability and  quality improvement work, while trying to integrate the field of behavioural insights to increase the uptake of QI interventions.  

Dr. Stephanie Alexis is an anesthesiology resident and a former registered dietitian. She has had the unique privilege of working abroad rehabilitating people with severe acute malnutrition resulting from climate-related disasters, and locally in surgical, oncology and critical care settings. These experiences highlighted the interplay between individual wellbeing and planetary equillibrium, prompting her interest in being part of the paradigm shift towards the planetary health diet for a healthier, sustainable future. She is deeply inspired by the Planetary Healthcare Lab and their tireless pursuit of sustainable healthcare

Dr. Annie Lalande is a fourth-year general surgery resident at the University of British Columbia and a fourth-year PhD student at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at UBC. Her doctoral thesis, co-supervised by Drs. Andrea MacNeill and Jiaying Zhao, focuses on understanding the potential of food as a medicine in healthcare to impact the health of patients, healthcare systems and the planet. She has been leading the implementation and evaluation of a novel planetary health menu piloted at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) for inpatients. This collaborative effort brought together the Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) Food Services team, VGH dietitians, the VCH Planetary Health team, the UBC Planetary Healthcare Lab, VCH Communications, and Executive Chef Ned Bell, with support from VCH leadership. 

Learning Objectives

  • Articulate the strategic role of food in improving environmental sustainability and human health
  • Determine how food in healthcare institutions can be leveraged to improve patient recovery, staff wellness, and environmental impacts of care
  • Apply behavioural insights to promote sustainable change

Online Participants

Meeting ID: 99652042124 Passcode: 042124

Telephone Participants:

Dial +1 778 907 2071 and follow the prompts.

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Meeting ID: 99652042124 Passcode: 042124

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