Dr. Robert Zhong Department of Surgery Research Day

General Information

The Dr. Robert Zhong Department of Surgery Research Day 2022 will be held in person on June 24, 2022 at the Darryl J. King Student Life Centre in King's University College. 


Poster Session:
7:45 AM (View PDFs of the posters presented here.)
Opening Remarks: 9:00 AM
Closing Remarks: 12:20 PM
Node breakout meetings: 2:00 pm via Zoom

Highlights of Research Day 2022

  • Poster Session
  • Award Winning Resident Research Presentations
  • Invited Speaker: Dr. Najma Ahmed
  • Acknowledgement of Graduating Residents

Important COVID-Precautions

  • You must pre-register for the day so we have contact information on file for all attendees.
  • You must complete a COVID-19 screening form (either Hospital Screening or Western University). A “pass” must be shown at the registration table.
  • Masks must be worn at all times.
  • Physical Distancing is in effect. Please sit every other  seat and every other row in the auditorium.
  • There will be an outdoor coffee break at 10:15 AM where coffee, juice and light refreshments will be available.
  • Please note that, to minimize risk, there will not be refreshments prior to the start of research day and lunch will not be provided
Pre-registration is required.  Please fill in the Registration Form.

Guest Speaker: Najma Ahmed, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS

N_Ahmed_for-web.jpgDr. Ahmed completed Medical School and General Surgery Residency at McGill University. She holds a PhD in Surgical Infections and Sepsis. Following Residency, Najma pursued fellowship training in Trauma Surgery and Critical Care at the University of Michigan and the University of Toronto.

Najma was recruited to St. Michael’s Hospital in the Division of General Surgery in 2001. Her clinical focus and practice is in Acute Care Surgery, Trauma and Critical Care. She has been committed to clinical training processes and outcomes since the beginning of her career. From 2008 until 2018, Najma was the Residency Program Director for General Surgery, responsible for the largest and arguably most complex surgical training program in North America. Under her leadership, the program was known for its stellar clinical and academic training, diversity and engagement of trainees.

Najma holds the positions of Vice Chair of education, Department of Surgery at University of Toronto and Professor of Surgery. In this role, she provides visionary leadership for training success for medical students, residents and fellows, as well as career success of surgeon-teachers within the Department of Surgery. Her contributions to post graduate surgical education have been recognized by numerous awards, including the prestigious Royal College AMS/Donald Richards Wilson Award in 2016.

Her scholarly activities relate to Resident duty hours, Resident wellness, the application of a competency based framework to surgical training and gun violence prevention. Dr. Ahmed has been an Examiner as well as a Clinician-Educator at the Royal College.

Dr. Ahmed is a member of the Board of a grass roots organization called Canadian Doctors for Protection from Gun. She recently was awarded the CMA Canadian Medical Association, Sir Charles Tupper Award for her work on physician advocacy related to gun violence prevention.

Najma has provided trusted leadership as Surgeon-in-Chief at St. Michael’s Hospital over the last many months, and especially during the unprecedented period of the COVID19 pandemic.


Past Research Days

Research Day 2021

The Dr. Robert Zhong Department of Surgery Research Day was held virtually on the afternoon of November 11, 2021.

Opening Remarks

Attached is a PDF of the opening presentation given by Dr. Emil Schemitsch, Professor & Chair/Chief, Department of Surgery.  Please note there was an error in the live slideshow.  A corrected version has been posted below.

Guest Speaker

Dr. Chad Ball, associate professor of surgery and oncology at the University of Calgary. He currently practices Hepatobiliary, Pancreas, Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at the Foothills Medical Centre (quaternary care regional referral facility). A recording of Dr. Ball's talk entitled, "Finding efficiency and yourself, in the process of eliminating unproductive behaviour in an academic surgical career" is available here.

Award Winners 

Best Resident/Fellow Research Oral Poster presentation 

Dr. Ge Shi, PGY 2, Division of General Surgery, — The Development and Validation of a Mixed Reality Thoracic Surgery Anatomy Atlas

Walker Research Day Award

Dr. Noah Stern, PGY 4, Division of Urology — A CUSUM Analysis of Operative Times and Complications for a Surgeon Initiating Robot Assisted Pyeloplasty - a Predictable Decrease in Operative Time is Possible by Case 30


Research Day 2020

The Dr. Robert Zhong Department of Surgery Research Day was held virtually on November 11, 2020.

Walker Resident Research Day Award

Congratulations to Dr. Farhad Ghasemi (General Surgery) on receiving the Walker Resident Research Day Award for his paper: “High Levels of Class I Major Histocompatibility Complex mRNA are Present in Epstein-Barr Virus Associated Gastric Adenocarcinomas”.


  • Resident Research Paper Presentations
  • Node Updates and Faculty Presentations
  • Faculty & Resident Dragon’s Den Sessions



Research Day 2019

The Dr. Robert Zhong Department of Surgery Research Day was held at the Joanne and Peter Kenny Theatre in King's University College on June 24, 2019.

Guest Speaker

Dr. Toni Zhong, Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery and the inaugural Belinda Stronach Chair in Breast Cancer Reconstruction at University Health Network (UHN)

Award Winners

Best Poster Presentation
Node 1: Big Data/ICES
Dr. Jeffrey Law

Node 2: Surgical Education Research
Dr. George Pang

Node 3: Fundamental Sciences and Surgical Innovation
Dr. Supriya Singh

Node 4: Patient Centered Research
Dr. Michaela Fernandes

Best Resident Paper Presentation
Dr. Kitty Wu

Surgical Dragon’s Den Winners
Node 1: Big Data/ICES
Dr. Chris Bailey

Node 2: Surgical Education Research
Dr. Peter Wang

Node 3: Fundamental Sciences and Surgical Innovation
Dr. Nicholas Power

Node 4: Patient Centered Research
Dr. Parham Rasoulinejad