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Welcome to the online edition of the Canadian Journal of Surgery (CJS). CJS  is an open access journal. The mission of CJS is to contribute to the effective continuing medical education of Canadian surgical specialists, using innovative techniques when feasible, and to provide surgeons with an effective vehicle for the dissemination of observations in the areas of clinical and basic science research. Submissions to CJS must be done using our online manuscript submission system.

All articles published are available, free of charge, on this website as well as on PubMed Central. To receive free copies of the digital version of CJS, sign up for our email alerts.

Canadian Surgery

  • In memoriam: Dr. Allan Sherwin (1932–2016). Dr. Sherwin was a neurologist in Montreal who specialized in epilepsy. He was also a noted historian who wrote the biography of Dr. Peter Jones, a pioneer First Nations physician with a western medical doctorate. Dr. Sherwin supported CJS as a reviewer. Our condolences to his wife, Fiona Clark.
  • On Remembrance Day, CJS launches a series of articles to remember and analyze the contributions made by Canadian universities to the medical care of Canada’s soldiers in the First World War. The journal intends to continue the series until the centenary of the Armistice. Read the first article here.
  • Canadian Surgery Forum: a most successful annual meeting of Canadian surgical societies has just been held in Toronto. If you would like to check abstracts, you may do so here. Presenters are encouraged to complete their papers and submit to CJS here.

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Debate and Consensus

CJS is dedicated to the development of best surgical practice.  The CJS consensus protocol encourages discussion of consensus statements and articles before publication. The following article is currently in-progress:

CJS Debate: Mammography is useful in average risk screening for breast cancer

Please send your comments to cjs@cma.ca. You must include article name in the subject and your name(s) plus affiliation(s) in the message. Your comments will be sent anonymously to the authors in the same way that referees reviews are sent. You will be acknowledged in the annual list of CJS reviewers but will not receive any other communication.

Sponsoring Societies and Academic Partners

CJS was founded in 1957 by a collaboration of the Canadian Medical Association, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and Canadian university departments of surgery. Dr Robert Janes, President of the Royal College was its first editor. The chairs of the surgical departments made up the first editorial board. Today the following organizations take part in the Academic Program of the Canadian Journal of Surgery:

Departments of Surgery

University of Toronto, Department of Surgery