February 26, 2019 Department of Medicine and Department of Surgery member, Dr. Tony Jevnikar and Lawson Scientist, Professor Shengwu Ma discuss the use of tobacco plants in producing the protein IL-37.
February 25, 2019 The study, "Sex-Related Differences in Patients Undergoing Thoracic Aortic Surgery: Evidence from the Canadian Thoracic Aortic Collaborative" by Dr. Michael Chu and colleagues compares post-aortic surgical outcomes between men and women. Celine Moreau of CTV News reports on the results of the study and what investigators will be working toward.
February 04, 2019 The Dr. Robert Zhong Department of Surgery Research Day will take place on June 24, 2019. The deadline to submit an abstract for a poster presentation or a pitch for the Inaugural Surgical Dragon’s Den Awards is March 18, 2019.
January 23, 2019 St. Joseph's Health Care London and the St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation shine a spotlight on the excellent work being done by Department members Drs. Stephen Pautler and John Denstedt.
January 09, 2019 Congratulations to Dr. Peter Wang, Assistant Professor, Divisions of Paediatric Surgery and Urology, on his successful grant application to the Lawson Fall 2018 IRF competition. Dr. Wang’s project, “Augmented Reality and Competence Assessment for Open Surgery” will receive approximately $14,300.
January 09, 2019 Congratulations to Dr. Alan Getgood, Assistant Professor, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, and the Stability study team on being awarded the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) O’Donoghue research award for best clinical paper. The team’s findings, “Stability Study: 'Lateral Extra-Articular Tenodesis Reduces Failure of Hamstring Tendon Autograft ACL Reconstruction –Two Year Outcomes from the STABILITY Study Randomized Clinical Trial’” will be presented this summer in Boston at the Society’s annual meeting.
September 18, 2018 Southwestern Ontario’s largest hospital is celebrating not one but two first-of-their-kind surgeries to replace damaged heart valves – both of which happened just a week apart in the spring.
July 06, 2018 Dr. Gregor Reid, a pioneer in the field of human microbiome and probiotics research, has been awarded with the 2018 Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM) Murray Award for Career Achievement. He accepted his award at the CSM meeting in Winnipeg in June 2018.
June 28, 2018 “Studies have shown that the addition of the LET procedure helps keep about 40 per cent of the stress to the ACL graft off the knee of athletes who return to pivoting contact sports such as basketball,” says Dr. Litchfield.
June 21, 2018 The 2018 Dr. Robert Zhong Department of Surgery Research Day was held on June 15th, 2018. This annual event features platform and poster presentations by residents and postdoctoral fellows. The 2018 program featured research on aortic surgical repair, negative pressure wound therapy, gender trends, and procedural review.
June 19, 2018 Dr. Bob Kiaii has been re-appointed as the Ray and Margaret Elliott Chair in Surgical Innovation in the Department of Surgery, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2023.
May 10, 2018 This project communication update is provided to the key project stakeholders to keep everyone up to date on the current status of the project. Key milestones are described below, with a brief explanation of what has been accomplished.
March 21, 2018 Congratulations to Judy Bornais, a professor in University of Windsor’s Nursing program, and an adjunct faculty member and educator at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry – Windsor Campus, who was recognized by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) as one of its 2018 3M National Teaching Fellows.
March 07, 2018 Congratulations to Judy Bornais, Professor and Experiential Learning Specialist, Faculty of Nursing, University of Windsor, on being chosen as one of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education’ 2018 3M National Teaching Fellows.
January 11, 2018 Study co-authored by Dr. Kelly Vogt, Assistant Professor, Division of General Surgery, finds limiting complete anesthesia handovers in adults undergoing major surgery lowers the risk of adverse postoperative outcomes.
January 04, 2018 Congratulations to Dr. Andreana Butter, Associate Professor in the Division of Paediatric Surgery, and Dr. Brent Lanting, Assistant Professor in the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, on their success in the Fall 2017 Lawson Internal Research Fund Competition.
January 02, 2018 Congratulations to Dr. Peter Fowler, Professor Emeritus in the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, on being appointed to the Order of Canada for his pioneering contributions to the development of sport medicine in Canada.
September 07, 2017 Drs. John Landau, Luc Dubois, and Michael Chu, from the Divisions of Vascular Surgery and Cardiac Surgery, report the successful treatment of recurrent type Ia endoleak after TEVAR and arch debranching with a hybrid arch and frozen elephant trunk graft.
August 28, 2017 Research published by Dr. Vivian McAlister, Professor, Division of General Surgery, and Dr. Shane Smith, PGY 4, Division of General Surgery, shows injuries resulting from close contact with IEDs are more serious than injuries resulting from banned landmines.
August 09, 2017 Dr. Adam Power, Assistant Professor in the Division of Vascular Surgery, has recently invented the world's first 5Fr Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta (REBOA) device. Smaller than what is currently available, this device will lead to fewer complications and better outcomes for trauma patients experiencing bleeding into their abdomen.
July 20, 2017 Dr. Joy MacDermid, James Roth Research Chair in Musculoskeletal Measurement and Knowledge Translation, talks to Paul Mayne at Western News on her approach to tackling the problems many face as a result of musculoskeletal disorders of the bones, joints and muscles.
June 06, 2017 BACKGROUND: Surgical approach to type A acute aortic dissection (AADA) is usually dictated by the presenting anatomy. We compared long-term outcomes of AADA repaired with a root replacement versus a supracoronary tube graft, regardless of the proximal extent of the intimal tear.
May 24, 2017 Dr. Toni Zhong, Director of the University Health Network’s Breast Reconstruction Program, is a graduate of our Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery residency program ('07) and daughter of the late Dr. Robert Zhong. Dr. Zhong travelled to Bangladesh with the German-based charity Women for Women and six other doctors to treat women and children disfigured by burns. The team performed 60 surgeries in the week they were stationed on the remote Bangladeshi island. Full story available on the Toronto Star website.
May 11, 2017 The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry will be welcoming a delegation from Nanjing Medical University (NMU) on Tuesday, May 16. Presentations will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Room 101 of the Health Sciences Addition and focus on family medicine, clinical skills training, and medical education research. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about advances in medical education in China and our partnership with NMU. All in the community are welcome to attend.
May 08, 2017 Dr. John Denstedt, Professor, Division of Urology, spent a week in Haiti at St. Francis de Sales Hospital in the center of Port-au-Prince, one of several hospitals impacted by the magnitude seven earthquake in 2010. Invited by Project Haiti, a non-profit organization dedicated to medical care and education, Dr. Denstedt taught non-invasive surgical techniques to local surgeons and operated on 16 people in need of care.
April 06, 2017 Congratulations to Shane Smith, MSc in Surgery Candidate, on coming in second place at Western's 3MT competition! All 3MT finalists' presentations are available to watch on 3MTWestern's YouTube Channel.
April 05, 2017 CTV London's Celine Moreau speaks to Drs. Alan Getgood and Robert Litchfield about the multi-centre clinical trial evaluating the tissue implant NeoCart® to treat cartilage defects in the knee.
April 03, 2017 Dr. Alan Getgood, Assistant Professor, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and the team at Fowler Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic are the first in Canada to enrol patients into a multi-centre study evaluating a tissue implant called NeoCart®
April 03, 2017 Congratulations to Shane Smith on making it to the finals of the Western 3MT Competition. Western's 2017 3MT Final will be held on Wednesday, April 5 at 10:00 a.m. in the Davenport Theatre, Talbot College.
March 06, 2017 Orthopaedic Surgery members and colleagues at U of T Vascular Surgery and Lawson Health Research Institute examine the effects of water-soluble CORM-3 on the extent of IR-induced muscle injury.
February 02, 2017 Study by Dr. Joseph Chin, Professor, Division of Urology, and colleagues finds Salvage high intensity focused ultrasound (S-HIFU) as an effective treatment option for radiorecurrent prostate cancer, with acceptable morbidity.
January 19, 2017 The deadline to submit an abstract for this year's Dr. Robert Zhong Department of Surgery Research Day is February 27. Abstract Submissions are open to all clinicians and scientists in the Department of Surgery. Poster competition is open to residents, fellows and graduate students
January 16, 2017 Drs. Megan Cashin and Debra Bartley of the Division of Paediatric Surgery, and colleagues in the Department of Paediatrics publish a report on four cases of children presenting with severe isolated arthritis of the hip, wrist or elbow and were diagnosed with oligoJIA.
January 03, 2017 Study by Dr. Mackenzie Quantz, Associate Professor, Division of Cardiac Surgery, and cardiac surgeons across the country, details the results of the 2015 Canadian Society of Cardiac Surgeons (CSCS) workforce survey undertaken as part of the CSCS strategy for active workforce management.
December 20, 2016 Congratulations to Dr. Emil Schemitsch, Professor and Chair/Chief, Department of Surgery, whose paper, "Simple Decompression vs Anterior Transposition of the Ulnar Nerve for Distal Humerus
Fractures Treated with Plate Fixation - A Multi Centre Randomized Controlled Trial" has been selected by the Orthopaedic Trauma Association for the prestigious Bovill Award.
December 13, 2016 Division of General Surgery members, on behalf of the Western Ontario Research Collaborative
on Acute Care Surgery, conclude that the rate of index cholecystectomy for acute biliary admissions is an appropriate indicator of quality and readily available to measure and report.
November 29, 2016 Congratulations to Drs. James Howard and Brent Lanting of the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery on receiving the President’s Award for Innovation. The President’s Award for Innovation recognizes an individual or team who has demonstrated innovation capabilities that have made a significant difference to the effectiveness of London Health Sciences Centre.
November 24, 2016 The topic, "Translational Study of Liver Cancer and Hypertrophy: TranSLiCH" will be presented by Dr. Mauro Tun Abraham, MSc Candidate, on Friday, November 25, Room B2-116, London Health Sciences Centre – Victoria Hospital, at 4:00 PM.
November 23, 2016 Congratulations to Division of Orthopaedic Surgery members, Dr. Graham King, Professor and Director, Roth McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Centre, and Dr. Mark MacLeod, Associate Professor and Chief Medical Officer, London Health Sciences Centre, on being recognized for their outstanding contributions and leadership by the Joint Medical Advisory Committee.
November 16, 2016 John Matheson is one of inaugural recipients of the Western Medical Innovation Fellowship. Created in partnership with the Western Bone and Joint’s Collaborative Training Program in Musculoskeletal Health, the 10-and-a-half-month fellowship focuses on developing new medical technologies.
November 16, 2016 Dr. Neil Parry, Associate Professor, Division of General Surgery, on caring for trauma patients and their families. Read a family's perspective on trauma care in the winter issue of InsideLHSC.
November 14, 2016 Staff of the No. 10 Canadian Stationary Hospital and the No. 14 Canadian General Hospital retained excellent morale throughout the war despite heavy medical demand, poor conditions, aerial bombardment and external medical politics.
October 20, 2016 Clinical scenario addressed by Dr. Sumit Dave, Associate Professor in the Divisions of Paediatric Surgery and Urology, in the current issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
October 18, 2016 Drs. Luc Dubois, Division of Vascular Surgery, Kelly Vogt, Division of General Surgery, Chris Vinden, Division of General Surgery, and colleagues at ICES Western find that the day of the week on which elective surgery took place has no effect on postoperative mortality.
October 17, 2016 Case report by members of the divisions of Vascular Surgery, General Surgery and the Trauma Program at LHSC describes the point-of-care diagnosis of Blunt thoracic aortic injury (BTAI) using transesophageal echocardiog-raphy (TEE).
October 13, 2016 Dr. David Sanders, Professor, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, comments on the Willett K, et al study, "Close contact casting vs surgery for initial treatment of unstable ankle fractures in older adults" in the October issue of JAMA.
October 11, 2016 Cardiac Surgery faculty and colleagues from the departments of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Critical Care, and Clinical Perfusion Services determine whether sevoflurane was non-inferior to isoflurane on a clinically important primary outcome in a heterogeneous group of adults undergoing cardiac surgery.
October 06, 2016 Initial findings of study by General Surgery, Paediatric Surgery, and Trauma Program faculty indicate LHSC Home Safety Program is effective in reducing home injuries in children up to 2 years of age.
October 03, 2016 Drs. Gregor Reid and Jeremy Burton, Division of Urology, discuss the roles bacteria may have in a number of urological conditions such as urge incontinence, and the implications for how urologists diagnose disease and treat patients.
September 30, 2016 Dr. J. Robert Giffin, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, and colleagues compare differences in knee kinematics and kinetics between patients with posttraumatic versus nontraumatic medial compartment knee OA.
September 21, 2016 Dr. Sandrine de Ribaupierre and colleagues investigate the effects of variations in task complexity on novices’ cognitive load and learning during simulation-based procedural skills training.
September 20, 2016 FSRE grants are intended to support full-scale education research projects and pilot projects where there is a plan to collect preliminary data in preparation for a larger upcoming application to an external funding agency.
Deadline: Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 4:00 pm
September 20, 2016 Darren Gilmour, Executive Director of the RSC, along with two members of the RSC Secretariat are visiting Western University on September 22nd. They will join the RSC Foreign Secretary, Dr. Jeremy McNeil (department of Biology) in delivering a talk about the mission and vision of the society, its role as our National Academy, international relationships with other academies, and opportunities for Western researchers within their three main awards programs.
A lunch celebration will take place in honour of the Western members of the RSC 2016 Class.
August 23, 2016 9-Month Efficacy and Safety Study of Testosterone Solution 2% for Sex Drive and Energy in Hypogonadal Men: Results of a 6-Month Open Label Extension of a 3-Month Double-Blind Study. Brock G, et al. J Urol. 2016;doi:10.1016/j.juro.2016.04.065.
August 22, 2016 Recently, a shorter version of Western Ontario Rotator Cuff Index (Short-WORC) was proposed as a subset of 7 items from the original 21-item WORC. However, the reproducibility of the Short-WORC has not been established.
August 19, 2016 Surgical fixation is currently recommended for unstable anteromedial coronoid fractures, but the role of nonoperative management is not well defined. Our purpose was to report the functional and radiographic outcomes of select patients managed nonoperatively.
Study by Roth McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Center members Drs. Kevin Chan, Ken Faber, Graham King and George Athwal.
August 16, 2016 Intended to improve the quality of medical and surgical practice in Canada. The fellowship will enable the recipient to visit medical centres in Canada (other than their own) or abroad, to study or gain experience in the use or application of new knowledge or techniques or to further the pursuit of a project relevant to clinical practice or research.
July 19, 2016 If you are registered in a Master's or PhD-level program for studies in Medical Education, visit the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada website for details on this fellowship.
July 13, 2016 The Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) annually recognizes hospital and professional staff who go above and beyond the call of duty. These individuals are recognized for their outstanding contributions to St. Joseph's Health Care London and London Health Sciences Centre through nominations endorsed by the Medical Advisory Executive Committee. There are four different awards in total. Visit the MAC Awards intranet site for nomination form and Award Criteria. Nominations are due Friday Sept. 16.
July 12, 2016 The Western Medical Innovation Fellowship is the first-of-its-kind in Canada. It is a 10.5-month program, providing fellows the opportunity to work with clinicians in identifying market needs and developing solutions with researchers, clinicians, and technology transfer offices to generate new intellectual property.
June 07, 2016 Congratulations to Dr. Douglas Ross, Chair/Chief, Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and Dr. Anthony Jevnikar, Department of Medicine and cross-appointed to the Department of Surgery.
May 01, 2016 Earlier this month, Western University announced that it is beginning the next phase of the project to replace its campus-wide email platform (known as Convergence) to a new cloud-based system called Microsoft Office 365. This next phase includes moving the Western email accounts (i.e. those ending in @uwo.ca) of all faculty and staff in Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. This change will likely impact you...
April 13, 2016 Dr. Nawar Alkhamesi, assistant professor, and the colorectal surgery team have performed Canada's first robotic ventral rectopexy. Read more about how the procedure was used to treat obstructive defecation syndrome (ODS).
February 05, 2016 Hon Leong, PhD, assistant professor at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry and scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute, and his team have repurposed a machine once used to detect airborne pathogens in the second Gulf War.
February 03, 2016 This in situ, or on-site, simulation scenario occurred in the operating room with the participation of thoracic surgeons, operating room nurses, respiratory therapists, and residents.
January 26, 2016 A new study from Western’s Bone and Joint Research Institute could save the health-care system millions of dollars while also preventing some of the more than 250 million knee osteoarthritis (OA) sufferers from going under the knife.
January 06, 2016 We are pleased to announce that Dr. Emil Schemitsch has been appointed as Chair of the Department of Surgery, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University and Chief of the Department of Surgery for London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph's Health Care London, effective January 1, 2016.
December 08, 2015 When Dr. Manal AlNaimi left her native Saudi Arabia to train in the subspecialty of thoracic surgery at London Health Sciences Centre and the Schulich School of Medicine at Western University she knew that she would break new frontiers. She would begin a three year chapter in her life in a new country and upon completion of her training she would return home and to King Fahad Specialist Hospital in Dammam as the first female thoracic surgeon in Saudi Arabia.
December 03, 2015 Ali Tavallaei is making better use of his time these days. As one of three young scholars chosen as part of the recently launched Western Medical Innovation Fellowship program, his focus has been streamlined.
December 03, 2015 Matthew Teeter, PhD, assistant professor, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and researcher at Lawson Health Research Institute, is a winner of the 2015 John Charles Polanyi Prize. The $20,000 award recognizes the excellence of Teeter’s research in joint replacement. It was presented at a ceremony in Toronto by the Honourable Reza Moridi, Ontario’s Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, on Tuesday, November 17.
March 19, 2019 Congratulations to Dr. Emil Schemitsch on receiving the Canadian Orthopaedic Research Legacy Grant and to Dr. George Athwal on being this year's recipient of the J. Édouard Samson Award.