2015 BC Surgical Society Annual Spring Meeting

The 2015 BC Surgical Society Annual Spring Meeting was held at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler from April 30-May 2, 2015.   A PDF version of the Program can be found here: Program April 2015 Whistler
Visiting Professor:


Dr. Robin McLeod is a Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Health Policy Management and Evaluation the University of Toronto. As well, she is the Surgical Lead of the Quality Improvement and Knowledge Transfer Program in the Surgical Oncology Program of Cancer Care Ontario. She is a past president of the Canadian Association of General Surgeons and is currently a Regent of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. McLeod’s clinical and research interests are colorectal cancer, IBD and evidence based medicine. She has led several multicentre Canadian clinical trials in colorectal surgery and has authored over 200 peer reviewed articles and 40 book chapters. Dr. McLeod is also the Chair of the Steering Committee for Evidence Based Reviews in Surgery, an internet journal club jointly sponsored by the Canadian Association of General Surgeons & American College of Surgeons. Lastly, Dr. McLeod holds the Angelo and Alfredo De Gasperis Families Chair in Colorectal Cancer and IBD Research.

 Banquet Speaker:


Mr. Rex Murphy has won several national and provincial broadcasting awards.  From Newfoundland he has contributed many items on current affairs issues for radio and television. For The National he has done a number of documentaries, including the highly acclaimed “Unpeopled Shores,” as well as interviews with immensely popular authors, the late Frank McCourt of Angela’s Ashes, among them.

Once a week he offers commentary on The National’s Point of View, and is additionally the host of radio’s long-running Cross Country Checkup. He also writes Japes of Wrath, his Saturday column for The Globe and Mail.

Murphy is also a commentator on Definitely Not the Opera, and has contributed to Morningside, Land and Sea, The Journal, Midday and Sunday Report.

Guest Speaker

JackPaceyIn his capacity as a vascular surgeon, Dr. J. Pacey, inventor and researcher recognized a clear need for improvement in anesthesia intubations. The pioneering work of Dr. Pacey and his team resulted in the introduction in 2001 of the innovative GlideScope video laryngoscope which has now become a routine practice in health care facilities worldwide.  He shares his insight on product development, intellectual property, financing, market development, and advice to prospective inventors. 

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity eligible for up to 9.5 Section 1 credits as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. This program has been reviewed and approved by UBC Division of Continuing Professional Development.