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Sections within Surgery

Cardiac Surgery Section

An integral part of the Cardiac Sciences Program, the Cardiac Surgery Section at the University of Manitoba integrates cardiac surgical trainees in all cardiac specialties, including cardiology, cardiac surgery, cardiac anaesthesia, cardiac critical care and cardiac rehabilitation.

General Surgery Section

In the General Surgery Section, surgical trainees train under faculty with a broad range of general surgery subspecialty disciplines at the Health Sciences Centre and St. Boniface General Hospital, as well as at community hospitals in Winnipeg, Selkirk and rural Manitoba.

Neurosurgery Section

The only neurosurgical unit in Manitoba, the Section of Neurosurgery at UM serves Northwestern Ontario, Nunavut and Manitoba in state-of-the-art neurosurgical operating theatres. Within the section, eight neurosurgeons specialize in all neurosurgical subspecialties which include cerebrovascular, spinal functional, cranial nerve, peripheral nerve, stereotactic and paediatric neurosurgery.

Orthopaedic Surgery Section

Established in 1907, the Section of Orthopaedic Surgery specialties include spine, arthroplasty, foot and ankle, hand, sports, trauma, upper extremity, lower extremity and paediatrics. The section is part of innovative research initiatives that benefit patient care, residents and stakeholders in the Orthopaedic and academic communities.

Pediatric Surgery Section

The referral centre for Manitoba, Nunavut and Northwestern Ontario, the Pediatric Surgery Section provides general surgical services for neonates, infants, and children up to and including 16 years of age. 

Plastic Surgery Section

The Plastic Surgery Section provides all plastic surgical care to the province of Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario and a significant portion of Nunavut. All microvascular reconstruction, breast reconstruction, major burn treatment and hand surgery are solely provided by plastic surgeons in the province. The section also provides significant care in craniofacial surgery, upper extremity and lower extremity reconstruction, skin cancers, complex wound reconstruction and aesthetic surgery.

Thoracic Surgery Section

Located at Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre, the Thoracic Surgery Section provides a full range of general thoracic surgery procedures, including surgery for lung, esophageal, gastric, tracheal and mediastinal cancers as well as specializing in minimally invasive surgery for benign and malignant diseases of the chest and upper gastrointestinal tract. The Wilf Taillieu Thoracic Surgery Endoscopy Unit and Clinic allows this section to deliver advanced and minimally-invasive diagnostic and therapeutic services to patients, rapidly and safely.

Urology Section

The Section of Urology provides tertiary care in a wide range of adult and pediatric urological services, including urological oncology, shock wave lithotripsy, endourology, male infertility, insertion of prosthetic urinary sphincters and penile prostheses, and surgical management of incontinence and voiding disorders. Oncology surgery performs major open surgery and laparoscopy, including laparoscopic nephrectomy, pyeloplasty, partial nephrectomy and radical prostatectomy. 

Vascular Surgery Section

Vascular Surgery is the surgical specialty concerned with the diagnosis and management of diseases of the arterial, venous, and lymphatic vascular systems. The Vascular Surgery Section serves patients from Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario and offers a full range of vascular procedures, treating patients through open surgical and endovascular techniques. 

What we offer

  • Surgical Residency Programs

  • Surgical Fellowship programs

Department research

Research in the Department of Surgery is a growing part of our faculty, supporting surgeons and patients through the development of evidence-based medicine.

Cardiac surgery academic enrichment

During the course of their training, resident trainees are expected to pursue at least one year of academic enrichment outside of clinical service.

Basic Science

Two dedicated basic science laboratories are situated at the St. Boniface Research Centre, under the direction of Dr. Arora. We have a formal collaboration with the NRC, with specialization in novel cardiac imaging.


We have dedicated office and clinic space on the 3rd floor of the Asper Institute. Two clinical research nurses and support staff facilitate industry-sponsored and peer-reviewed funding clinical trials. This allows for an outstanding infrastructure for resident trainees to participate in and develop clinical trial investigations.


Over the past 12 years, we have collected data on patients undergoing cardiac surgery in Manitoba. With information on nearly 13 000 patients, we have one of the largest and most complete databases in Canada. More importantly, we are establishing a link with the Manitoba Centre of Health Policy that will allow trainees to study truly novel hypotheses for Manitobans, as well as for those with cardiac disease worldwide.

Orthopaedic surgery specialty program research

Research within this section occurs at all teaching and clinical sites with all of our specialty programs:


Research Director – Dr. T. Turgeon

Martin Petrak, Director of Research Operations, Trevor Gascoyne, Clinical Research Manager, and two Study Coordinators: Shannon Barker and Sarah Tran. The extant implant retrieval lab and RSA lab have recently been augmented by dedicated lab space in the new Concordia Hip and Knee Institute. The research project has applied for funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health (CIHR), and an RSA network is being created.


Research Director – Dr. B. Black

A review of 154 cases of fracture dislocations in the elbow is currently underway, supported by a database held by Dr. Martin Reed from Radiology. Also under study are accidental and non-accidental death injuries in children and the orthopaedic manifestations of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.

Sport medicine and upper extremity

Research Director – Dr. P. MacDonald

Dr. Jeff Leiter, Albrechtsen Research Chair, Dr. Sheila McRae, Research Associate, Research Affiliates: Drs. Jason Peeler and Barb Shay. Research staff includes Dean Cordingley, Celeste Ferguson, Richard Girardin, and Sarah Flett. Graduate students: Marc Morissette (PhD), Alison Longo (PhD), Travis Hrubeniuk (MSc), and Darren Hart (MSc). 

Over 40 studies are currently active, many of which include randomized controlled trials investigating surgical techniques in rotator cuff repair and ACL reconstruction. The research team published 16 peer-reviewed manuscripts last year.


Research Director – Dr. T. Tufescu

Located at Health Sciences Centre, the trauma research team participates in COTS trials, including hip fracture classification studies and retrospective reviews, as well as in bio-mechanical testing of a new plate and synthes implants. Also on the horizon is possible involvement in a multi-centre study examining fluid lavage and open fractures. The research assistant is Nigar Sultana.

Resident research

Resident research is coordinated by Jeff Leiter, Albrechtsen Research Chair at Pan Am Clinic. This includes sessions such as critical appraisal and review of journals, as well as assistance in setting up, coordinating and carrying out a research project.

Pediatric general surgery research

The attending surgeons within the Section of Pediatric General Surgery participate in clinical research activities. Resident research projects involving clinical reviews and presentations are supervised by staff surgeons. The section participates in CAPSNet (Canadian Pediatric Surgery Network), a national surgical database for research purposes. Dr. Hancock participates in national and international trials related to pediatric intensive care.

Plastic Surgery Residency Research

We have a Director of Resident Research within the Section of Plastic Surgery. All residents are expected to prepare a research paper yearly for Residents' Day and are encouraged to submit papers for the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Annual Meeting of the American College of Surgeons - local chapter. Upon approval by the Section, funding for travel is available for PGY1-5's to present papers at meetings. The Department of Surgery employs a Biostatistical Analyst. An emphasis is placed on clinical trials research.

  • Thoracic surgery research

    The research program in the Section of Thoracic Surgery is primarily focused on clinical studies, although we have a close collaboration with basic scientists at the University of Manitoba and CancerCare Manitoba.

    Our research is also collaborative by nature and involves working with the following specialties: anesthesiology, respirology, ENT, medical oncology, radiation oncology. We welcome trainees interested in any of these specialties to participate in our research studies.

    Our research program can provide a wonderful opportunity for students and trainees interested to further their research experience.

Basic research themes

  1. Esophageal cancer
    • RCT comparing two neoadjuvant therapeutic approaches to locally advanced esophageal cancer (Dr. Buduhan).
  2. Health Services Research in Oncology
    • Health resource utilization after esophagectomy (Dr. Kidane).
    • Invasive mediastinal staging in lung cancer (Dr. Kidane).
  3. Intraoperative management of thoracic surgery patients
    • Impact of single-lung ventilation on respiratory complications after thoracic surgery (Dr. Kidane).
    • Vocal Cord dysfunction (Dr. Srinathan)
  4. Perioperative outcomes after non-cardiac surgery
    • Multiple large multi-centre studies (Dr. Srinathan).

Within this broad outline, there are a number of ongoing studies, some of which are being led by trainees. The research program is supported by two full-time and three part-time research assistants.  

  • Urology surgery research

    All members of the Section are involved in clinical research, investigating questions in the areas of metabolic stone disease, endourology, urological oncology and urinary retention. Together with radiation and medical oncologists, the Section of Urology participates in many multidisciplinary studies within the field of urological oncology.

    Currently research in the Section of Urology is expanding with the addition of new faculty members who bring expertise from fellowship training such as transplant surgery and robotics. There is considerable expertise in urologic oncologic research that has been demonstrated in past years and continues to be very strong with local projects, collaborative national projects, and a strong clinical trial portfolio in all areas of genito-urinary oncology.

    All residents in urology are currently involved in research efforts and are expected to complete projects during their resident years. An annual Section of Urology research day has been successful in the past and continues to be resulting in publications of resident research projects. Medical students with interest are also actively engaged in urologic research during research electives with the research director and these have resulted in publications that aid in medical student application to residency programs. The research capabilities for the Section of Urology will continue to be strong and grow with recent expansion of research personnel including data coordinator and dedicated research nursing positions at the Manitoba Prostate Centre.

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Max Rady College of Medicine
AE101-820 Sherbrook Street
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3A 1R9 Canada