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Welcome to the Department of Surgery at McMaster University. Our large faculty contributes extensively to the department's ability to provide specialty care for Hamilton and the surrounding communities through St. Joseph's Healthcare and the Hamilton Health Sciences.

Committed to integrating innovative clinical care, world-leading research and outstanding educational resources, the Department of Surgery aspires to continue to be a leading department in academic surgery nationally and internationally.

MESSAGEFrom the Academic Chair,
Dr. Susan Reid

Report from the Chair

Welcome to the Academic Department of Surgery!

As the sixth chair of the department, my goal is to continue the legacy of academic excellence exemplified by its inaugural chair, Dr. C. Barber Mueller, in 1967.  At that time, the department’s faculty consisted of four assistant professors; it now encompasses 97 full-time and over 200 part-time and adjunct faculty. Many changes have taken place in the department over the decades, including a change in its executive committee, which now includes an Associate Chair of Education (Dr. Stephen Kelly) and an Associate Chair of Research (Dr. Mohit Bhandari); however, the department’s dedication to the pursuit of high quality clinical service, education, research and clinical scholarship remains the same. 





General Surgery

  • Dr. Aristithes Doumouras (R3) receives the Juravinski Fellowship
  • Dr. Paul Lysecki (R5) has the top score in Canada for the Canadian Association of General Surgery Exams.
  • Dr. Paul Lysecki(R5) receives the Hamilton Health Sciences Medical Staff Association (MSA) Resident of the Year Award


  • Dr. Nathan Evaniew has been awarded a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research


  • Dr. Vasudha Gupta (R5) receives the Dr. Sher Research Award at the First Annual Ophthalmology Resident Research Day


Research2Reality Interview with Dr. Singh

Read this great Research2Reality interview with our own Dr Sheila Singh. Find out what inspired her to become a surgeon scientist!

Click here to read the interview

NASA -International Space Station Research and Development Awards

On July 7th, Dr. Mehran Anvari was presented with an award for innovation in biology and medicine for his work with IGAR at the NASA-International Space Station Research and Development Awards. Dr. Anvari used the robotic technology that was used to create the Canadarm, Canadarm2 and Dextre for the Canadian Space Agency as a method to better diagnose and treat breast cancer. Dr. Anvari used this technology to develop an image guided robot called IGAR, which is used to perform detailed breast biopsies and destroy lesions in a less invasive, quicker and less painful procedure. Click here to view the NASA-International Space Station Research and Development Awards Ceremony or click here to view photos from the conference. CBC news has done a feature of the award presentation to Dr. Anvari which can be viewed here

Research2Reality Social Media Campaign

On Monday May 11th, the Research2Reality Campaign was launched at MaRS. It is an online initiative that shines a spotlight on Canadian scientists who are engaged in innovative and leading edge research. The goal is to spread the word about Canadian research and raise awareness about it to the public and government. McMaster University's Dr. Sheila Singh was featured in a Public Service Announcement entitled "In a Perfect World" that will be featured on the Discovery Channel on a later date. Click here to view the Public Service Announcement. Dr. Singh was also featured in an article "Do Stem Cells Hold the Secret to Curing Pediatric Cancer?". Click here to view Dr. Singhs interview, and click here to view the Research2Reality webpage.

Department of Surgery Researcher Receives $3.5 Million in Grants

McMaster Researcher, Dr. Jehonathan Pinthus and his team will receive up to $3.5 million over five years from the Movember Foundation and Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC) to address the potential link between androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) and an increased risk of cancer diovascular disease.




Photo of Dr. Barber Mueller in 2006

Dr. Barber Mueller, the founding chair of the Department of Surgery, was featured in the August edition of the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons.

The in memorium article titled,
"C. Barber Mueller, MD, FACS, FRCSC, recognized for contributions to the ACS and academic surgery" highlights the great accomplishments and contributions of the late Dr. Barber Mueller.

View the article here


Surgery Reunion Gala Report

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