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Congratulations to former CJS Co-editor in chief, Dr. Vivian McAlister, who is the recipient of the CMA’s John McCrae Memorial Medal in recognition of his service to the Canadian Forces. Read more about it in French or English.

The inaugural Canadian Conference for the Advancement of Surgical Education (C-CASE) will be held Sept. 25–26, 2019, in Ottawa, Ont. Abstract submissions considered until July 15. Experience Canada’s wealth of expertise in and enthusiasm for surgical education. Registration is now open, and a preliminary program is available here.

The 2018 impact factor of CJS is 2.306, which is five times higher than it was a decade ago.

A supplement to the December issue studies mobile damage control trauma care close to the point of injury.

The First World War series of commentaries written in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice is now complete. View the topic collection.

Congratulations to Dr. William Fitzgerald, formerly surgeon-in-chief at St Anthony’s Newfoundland, on receiving the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s James H. Graham award of merit.

Congratulations to Dr Robin Mcleod, University of Toronto, on becoming President-elect of the American Surgical Association. Many of the greats of North American surgery have occupied this prestigious position since 1880. Dr Mcleod joins a small group of distinguished Canadians who have attained the honour including Drs. Maclean, Drake, Gallie and Archibald. Dr Mcleod established Evidence Based Reviews in Surgery, published by CJS.

The Surgery Journal Editors’ Group is considering this consensus statement which would require authors to include a statement of justification if a single sex is reported in a clinical or experimental study. Comments may be made in a letter to the editor.

Earn Royal College MOC credits through Can J Surg

Abstracts for the Canadian Surgery Forum (Victoria BC, 14 -16 Sep 2017) are available here.

The 2016 Impact Factor for CJS is 1.924, representing a continuous improvement over the last decade (2006 IF was 0.5).

In memoriam: Dr David J White PhD, FRCPath, (1946–2017). Dr. White devoted his life to fundamental research in transplantation. First in Cambridge, UK, and then in London, Ontario, Dr. White made significant contributions to the development of immunosuppression (cyclosporine), transgenic xenotransplantation (hDAF) and cell transplant delivery systems. A selection of his papers is available here.

Canadian Surgery Forum. September 14-16, 2017. Victoria Conference Centre & The Fairmont Empress Hotel, Victoria, BC. Preliminary program available here.

In memoriam: Dr. Tom Starzl (1926–2017). A once-in-a-generation surgical pioneer, Dr. Starzl was a great friend of Canadian surgeons and a mentor for Canadian surgery. Tavvauvutit.

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.

The Royal College is accepting submissions for Charles Peter W. Warren History of Medicine Essay PrizeThis essay prize is named after the late Charles Peter W. Warren, MD, FRCPC, the inaugural chair of the Royal College’s History and Heritage Advisory Committee, until his sudden death in May 2011. The prize is supported by the Dr. Robert A. Macbeth Library and Archives Fund. This opportunity is open to residents in a Canadian medical school postgraduate program.

The 2016 Canadian Surgery Forum will be held at the Fairmont Royal York, Toronto, Ont., Sept. 8–12. The deadline for submission of abstracts is Apr. 1, 2016. Information available here.

Military-specific research and knowledge translation are critical to Armed Forces, which must operate in a unique context of extreme environments; exceptional physiological and psychological stresses; and extraordinary operational, occupational and environmental hazards. Peruse the latest CJS supplement on military medicine: The Canadian Armed Forces Supplement on Military Medicine: Caring for the Wounded in the Future Can J Surg 58 (3 Supple 3): S77-S156

Reminder: the deadline for all Canadian Surgery Forum 2015 abstract and video submissions is April 1.  Please follow this link to submit your entries:!abstracts/c1awh.

December issue editorial discusses Ebola virus disease and its implications for surgeons. Send your comments to

CJS article “Prophylactic surgery prior to extended-duration space flight: Is the benefit worth the risk?” mentioned in BBC news magazine
Posted October 16, 2014

The 2014 Canadian Surgery Forum is underway in Vancouver. The best papers are being recognized at the Canadian Journal of Surgery session.
Posted September 18, 2014

The Royal College turns 85. In 1929, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada was founded by a special Act of Parliament. Several months later, the two divisions of the Royal College, Medicine and Surgery, were established.
Posted July 2, 2014

Bethune Round Table Conference 2014, Hamilton
Posted May 21, 2014

Surgical professor honoured for excellence in education
Posted May 15, 2014

Surgical professors take top honors
Posted May 15, 2014

Edmonton’s ‘lungs in box’ device marks eighth successful transplant
Posted May 15, 2014

Surgeons and industry collaborate in support of Operation Smile which provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe.
Posted May 8, 2014

Canadian Surgery Forum 2014 Vancouver preliminary program released.
Posted May 8, 2014

What Would I Want For My Surgery? A response to the recent NEJM article “Introduction of surgical safety checklists in Ontario” (Urbach et al. (2014)
Posted April 28, 2014

Department of Surgery at Western highlights role of international connections in Canadian academic surgery
Posted April 2, 2014

Royal College examines the modern role of the generalist general surgeon. The history shows the boundaries between specialties is not fixed.
Posted April 2, 2014

Consortium looks at resident duty hours, fatigue and training effectiveness. Canada leads the world.
Posted April 2, 2014

In Memoriam

In memoriam: Dr. Louis Kristal, GP–surgeon, colliery doctor, who was known to the people of New Waterford, Cape Breton, as the “head cutter,” has died at the age of 100 years. Read the CJS editorial on Dr. Kristal and the evolution of surgery in Canada.

In memoriam: Dr. Thomas D McLarty (1925–2017) was a Canadian pioneer of minimally invasive surgery and a mentor to several generations of physicians and surgeons from Southwest Ontario. Dr. McLarty, always known as the surgeon “with good hands,” combined a career in surgery with one as a farmer, which probably explains his reputation as a practical innovator. His publications are available here.

In memoriam: Jean Couture (1924 – 2016), chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec et membre de l’Ordre du Canada. Dr Couture was chairman of surgery at Université Laval, chief of surgery at l’Hôpital du Saint-Sacrement, president of the Canadian Association of General Surgeons (CAGS) and president of the Royal College. As president of CAGS, he secured sponsorship by specialty surgical societies of this journal that continues today as the CJS academic program. His CJS publications are available here.

In memoriam: Donald Richards Wilson (1917 – 2017) “Dr. Wilson set up the cardiovascular unit at the Toronto Western Hospital and later became surgeon-in-chief. He chaired the University of Toronto’s Department of Surgery for 10 years and was made professor emeritus in 1984. During Dr. Wilson’s 2-year term as president of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, he assisted in the formulation of guidelines for medical-ethics education and campaigned to incorporate medical ethics as part of every postgraduate training program. While president of Associated Medical Services, a charitable organization, he provided leadership and enthusiasm for the formation of the Canadian Bioethics Society. He was a driving force behind the Educating Future Physicians for Ontario (EFPO) project, a remarkable effort at curriculum reform in medicine. EFPO principles were recently adopted by the Royal College as a basis for specialty training. Dr. Wilson brought a national scope to the Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine, and was instrumental in creating the Canadian Medical Forum for all national organizations involved in educating future physicians” (CMA award citation). His CJS publications are available here.

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.

In memoriam: Dr  Griffith “Griff” Pearson. Dr Pearson, who trained with Dr William Bigelow, was a pioneer thoracic surgeon introducing mediastinoscopy, developing tracheal and esophageal surgery.

In memoriam: Ein, Sigmund H., Oshawa, Ont.; McGill University, 1961; pediatric general surgery; Associate Editor, CJS. Died Jan. 25, 2015, aged 78. Survived by his wife Arlene, 5 children and 11 grandchildren.

In memoriam: Ein, Sigmund H., Oshawa, Ont.; McGill University, 1961; pediatric general surgery; Associate Editor, CJS. Died Jan. 25, 2015, aged 78. Survived by his wife Arlene, 5 children and 11 grandchildren.

In memoriam: Normand J. Belliveau (1946–2015). Dr. Belliveau, former president of the Quebec Medical Association and the 100th president of the Canadian Medical Association, has passed away at the age of 92. He was the first francophone to practise at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, where he was a senior surgeon for 50 years.

In memoriam: Cy Frank, Calgary AB, innovative orthopedic surgeon.

In memoriam:  Lloyd D. MacLean, M.D. (1924-2015). Dr Maclean, editor of the Canadian Journal of Surgery from 1972 to 1992, has died at the age of 90. One of Canada’s great surgeons, he served as chairman at McGill for 3 terms and as president of the American Surgical Association (1992) and the American College of Surgeons (1993). His honours include the Order of Canada (1985) and the Gairdner Wightman Award (1989).

In Memoriam: Dr Thomas Russell FACS (1940 – 2014), executive director of the American College of Surgeons from 2000 – 2010

MACBETH, Robert Alexander (Bob)  B.A., M.D., M.Sc, (Hon), RACS, FRCSC. August 26, 1920 – June 17, 2014. Born in Edmonton, Dr Macbeth received his medical education from the University of Alberta. He served in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps for four years during World War II before he undertook research training under JB Collip and general surgery residency at McGill. Dr Macbeth was a fellow of the American Surgical Association and a director of the James IV Association of Surgeons. He was U of A professor and chairman of surgery from 1960 until 1975. Dr Macbeth then began a new career dedicated to scholarship in history and education. He recently completed a thorough history of surgery in Edmonton. He wrote frequently for CJS including a seminal paper Canadian Surgery During the French Regime, 1608 to 1763.

MUELLER, C. Barber, Hamilton; Washington University (St. Louis), 1942; founding chair, Department of Surgery, McMaster University; editor, Canadian Journal of Surgery, 1972-92. Died Feb. 13, 2014, aged 97. Survived by 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. “He was a decorated veteran of WW II and was in the first class of Markle Scholars.” See Canadian Journal of Surgery Editors-in-Chief