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Elizabeth van Veen-Berkx, PhD
Benchmarking Operating Room Performance in Dutch University Medical Centers
Wednesday, May 29 2019 | 8:00 -9:00 AM
Theatre A | Basic Medical Sciences Building
Bannatyne Campus 


The Thorlakson Paper of the Year Competition recognizes excellence in advancing surgical knowledge and education through published journals from members within the Department of Surgery.  The award recognizes an article with the most significant contribution to surgery research published by a surgical journal from the preceding year.


  • First Place $5,000
  • Second Place $2,500

The competition is now closed. Thank you to all who took part in the 2019 Thorlakson Paper of the Year competition.

The awards were announced and presented at the Annual Thorlakson Lecture held on May 29, 2019.

2019 Thorlakson Paper Winners

FIRST PLACE: Dr Perry Dhaliwal
Intrathecal Morphine Following Lumbar Fusion: A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled

SECOND PLACE: Dr Frederick Zeiler
Comparison of Performance of Different Optimal Cerebral Perfusion Pressure Parameters for Outcome Prediction in Adult Traumatic Brain Injury: A Collaborative European NeuroTrauma Effectiveness Research in Traumatic Brain Injury (CENTER-TBI) Study

Previous Award Winners

Dr Jasmir Nayak (2018)
The impact of readmission hospital on failure-to-rescue rates following major urologic cancer surgery

Dr Ashley Vergis (2018)
Synoptic operative reporting: assessing the completeness, accuracy, reliability, and efficiency of synoptic reposting for Roux-en-Y gastric bypass

Dr Fred Zeiler (2017)

Analgesia in neurocritical care: An international survey and practice audit

Dr Biniam Kidane (2017)
Baseline measure of health-related quality of life (functional assessment of cancer therapy-esophagus) is associated with overall survival in patients with esophageal cancer 

(Submissions from Thorlakson Paper Competition 2017)

The Relationship Between Pulsatile Flow Impingement and Intraluminal Thrombus Deposition in Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms. Lozowy RJ, Kuhn DC, Ducas AA, Boyd AJ. Cardiovasc Eng Technol. 2017 Mar;8(1):57-69. doi: 10.1007/s13239-016-0287-5. Epub 2016 Nov 28. PMID: 27896659

Simulated Trauma and Resuscitation Team Training course-evolution of a multidisciplinary trauma crisis resource management simulation course. Gillman LM, Brindley P, Paton-Gay JD, Engels PT, Park J, Vergis A, Widder S. Am J Surg. 2016 Jul;212(1):188-193.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2015.07.024. Epub 2015 Oct 24. PMID: 26507290

Mental health outcomes of burn: A longitudinal population-based study of adults hospitalized for burns. Logsetty S, Shamlou A, Gawaziuk JP, March J, Doupe M, Chateau D, Hoppensack M, Khan S, Medved M, Leslie WD, Enns MW, Stein MB, Asmundson GJ, Sareen J. Burns. 2016 Jun;42(4):738-44. doi: 10.1016/j.burns.2016.03.006. Epub 2016 Apr 3.

Pathological Upstaging of Clinical T1 to Pathological T3a Renal Cell Carcinoma: A Multi-institutional Analysis of Short-term Outcomes. Nayak JG, Patel P, Saarela O, Liu Z, Kapoor A, Finelli A, Tanguay S, Rendon R, Moore R, Black PC, Lacombe L, Breau RH, Kawakami J, Drachenberg DE. Urology. 2016 Aug;94:154-60. doi: 10.1016/j.urology.2016.03.029. Epub 2016 Mar 31. PMID: 27041471

Change in CD3ζ-chain expression is an independent predictor of disease status in head and neck cancer patients. Upreti D, Zhang ML, Bykova E, Kung SK, Pathak KA. Int J Cancer. 2016 Jul 1;139(1):122-9. doi: 10.1002/ijc.30046. Epub 2016 Mar 8. PMID: 26888626

Early craniometric tools as a predecessor to neurosurgical stereotaxis. Serletis D, Pait TG. J Neurosurg. 2016 Jun;124(6):1867-74. doi: 10.3171/2015.6.JNS15424. Epub 2015 Nov 27. PMID: 26613170

Development of consensus-derived quality indicators for laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. Stogryn S, Park J, Hardy K, Vergis A. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2017 Feb;13(2):198-203. doi:0.1016/j.soard.2016.08.018. Epub 2016 Aug 18. PMID: 27639983

Great work everyone!




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