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Dr. Keijzer’s clinical interest concentrates on minimal invasive pediatric general surgery and his research focuses on congenital anomalies in general and congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) and abnormal lung development. He has expertise in the mechanisms of normal and abnormal lung development due to congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Currently, his research focuses on delineating the role of microRNAs and circular RNAs during normal and abnormal lung development due to CDH. By improving the understanding of the pathogenesis of CDH and its abnormal lung development he aims to develop a prenatal therapeutic intervention to modulate the natural course of the abnormal lung development in these babies before they are born.

Biography

Dr. Keijzer received his MD (with honours), PhD (medicine) and master of science (molecular medicine) from ErasmusMC in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Before starting his specialist training, he did a one-year research fellowship (as part of his PhD) at the lung biology program of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He received his training in General Surgery at ErasmusMC and did a postdoctoral fellowship in physiology and experimental medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He then finished his pediatric general surgery training at ErasmusMC-Sophia and completed a pediatric endoscopic surgery fellowship in the Children's Hospital of Alabama. Subsequently, he moved to Canada to pursue a career as a pediatric surgeon-scientist at UM and the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. He is the Thorlakson Chair in Surgical Research and is the director of research for the surgery at UM. Dr. Keijzer was the first pediatric surgeon-scientist funded in the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP) and he is currently the chair of the selection committee and co-director of CCHCSP . In 2018, he became the site director for surgery in HSC-Children’s Hospital.

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Awards

  • Travelling Fellow for the James IV Association of Surgeons (2021)
  • Pediatric Chairs of Canada COVID Leadership Award (2020)
  • Second and third best presentation award Annual Child Health Research Days, Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (2020)
  • New Investigator Salary Award – CIHR/Manitoba Lung Association/Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (2013)
  • Career Development Award, Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (2012)
  • Endowed Chair: Thorlakson Chair in Surgical Research (2012)

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Surgery
Max Rady College of Medicine
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University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3A 1R9 Canada

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