VISION:  Improve the lives of all those affected by or at risk of traumatic injury.


Job Opportunity for General  Surgeon- Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region

The Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region is seeking a General Surgeon to join its Deparment of Surgery, Section of General Surgery in Regina Saskatchewan. Please read more below.

General Surgeon Apr-2017.pdf

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  • 30 Jan 2018 17:07 | Patrick Mahon (Administrator)

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  • 12 Aug 2016 11:03 | Anonymous

    Dr Rob Green, Medical Director for Nova Scotia Trauma (formerly the Nova Scotia Trauma Program) is pleased to inform people of the launch of the Program's new website. Please take the time to visit it at

  • 27 Jul 2016 14:55 | Anonymous

    Established in 1999, The Canadian Collaborating Centres for Injury Prevention (CCCIP) is a community of practice representing injury prevention centres throughout Canada. Its membership represents all of the provincial injury prevention centres and the leading national injury prevention organizations in Canada. The CCCIP provides a unique opportunity for leading injury prevention professionals to share knowledge and experiences, support individual and collective initiatives, policies, and research, and further the work of injury prevention throughout Canada.

    For more information, visit

  • 17 Apr 2016 20:43 | Anonymous

    The WINFOCUS Critical Ultrasound Journal would like to invite you to submit your next manuscript to the fully open access journal as well as some articles published in Critical Ultrasound Journal.

    Visit for more information.

  • 04 Apr 2016 19:40 | Anonymous

    The Trauma Association of Canada is pleased to congratulate Dr. James P Byrne as the winner of the Best Clinical Research Paper at the 39th Annual Resident Trauma Paper Competition held March 10th at the Annual Meeting of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons in San Diego, California, (Dr Avery B Nathens, Supervisor).

    Dr Bryne & Dr Avery won with the study: "Timing of venous thromboembolism prophylaxis in severe traumatic brain injury:  A propensity-matched cohort study."

     Dr Byrne is a PGY-4 General Surgery Resident pursuing his PhD in Clinical Epidemiology at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto.  Specific focuses of his research are currently on the Influence of Prehospital Trauma Systems of Care on Trauma Patient Outcomes and Trauma Center Performance, as well as Venous Thromboembolism Following Major Trauma.


  • 28 Mar 2016 11:47 | Anonymous
    Summer hits the emergency room at VGH and the air conditioning is down; an aging population creates unique problems; and Mondays test resource limits! Emergency Room: Life + Death at VGH is back with a second season, premiering on BC’s public broadcaster, Knowledge Network, April 12, 2016 at 9 p.m. PT.

    After a two-year wait, your colleagues in emergency medicine return at the centre of this unique documentary series featuring the clinicians and staff who support, manage, and work in one of Canada’s busiest emergency departments. Season two of the six part series was again conceived and commissioned by Knowledge Network and produced by Lark Productions. Shot over several months, with unrestricted and unparalleled access to all areas of the Vancouver General Hospital emergency department (ED), the series picks up with returning familiar faces as well as introducing new staff and care providers, and patient stories.

     “We originally planned Emergency Room: Life + Death at VGH as a single stand-alone documentary series, but soon after broadcasting the first episodes, our viewers let us know they wanted to see more,” says Rudy Buttignol, president and CEO of Knowledge Network Corporation. “This told us just how deeply British Columbians care about the state of health care in our province. Through its privileged access to behind-the-scenes in the emergency room, we hope this second series will continue to be popular with viewers and help create meaningful conversation about the hot button health-care issues of our time.”

    The emergency department at VGH is staffed with a talented team of 245 doctors, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, and administrative staff who work together to provide dedicated care for more than 93,000 patient visits every year. This is where patients are often the sickest and at their most vulnerable. Granting unlimited access to film in the ED is not a typical situation, even for the second time around.

     “We at VGH were amazed by the show’s popularity and are very proud of our teams and the care we provide. We believe the show plays an important educational role in creating a better understanding about the type of care and operational processes and challenges that occur in emergency departments, so people can feel more at ease and be more understanding should they visit,” says Dr. Chad Kim Sing, head of VGH Emergency Department and UBC Hospital Urgent Care Centre. “Because of this, VGH made a commitment to do a second series, and we hope both the public and the health care community alike will continue to be engaged, work with us to further improve our health care system, and find meaning in the stories they see.”

    The interest and support season one of Emergency Room: Life + Death at VGH received helped make the premiere episode the most-watched program of its timeslot, topping major network shows. It was also the biggest documentary series premiere in Knowledge Network’s history, breaking audience records throughout its run.

    Emergency Room: Life + Death at VGH Season 2 is a project all health-care providers in this province will be proud to watch. Tune in again to watch your colleagues in action, and share your comments and stories at
  • 26 Jan 2016 14:18 | Anonymous

    John B. Kortbeek MD is a graduate of the University of Alberta. He completed a transitional residency at St. Thomas Hospital , Akron Ohio and a General Surgery residency at the University of Calgary . He trained as a critical care fellow at the University of Calgary and as a Trauma fellow at Carraway Methodist Medical Centre. He has held an appointment at the University of Calgary since 1991 and is currently a Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Critical Care.

    Dr. Kortbeek has served as regional Trauma Services Director for Calgary as well as director of the Intensive Care unit at the Foothills Medical Centre. Current administrative roles include Head of the Department of Surgery for the University of Calgary and for the Calgary Zone, Alberta Health Services & co-chair of the Alberta Surgical Strategic Clinical Network. He has been an active member of many surgical and trauma organizations. Dr Kortbeek is a recipient of the American College of Surgeon’s Committee on Trauma Meritorious Achievement Award. He has previously served as President of the Trauma Association of Canada as well as Chair of the Advanced Trauma Life Support subcommittee of the American College of Surgeon’s Committee on Trauma. He served as a Governor for the American College of Surgeons until October 2015.

    Read here about the Dr. Charles Burns TAC Recognition Award

  • 26 Jan 2016 14:15 | Anonymous

    The Dr. Charles Burns Board Recognition Award was created in 2015 and will be awarded for the first time in 2016, to recognize and honour the visionary leadership of Dr. Burns, the first Chairman of the Coordinating Committee on Trauma for C.A.G.S. that met on Feb 19, 1983 to discuss the formation of a trauma association in Canada. He subsequently chaired the founding Executive Committee that led to the creation of a proposal for a Canadian Trauma Association. On Sept 20, 1983, Dr. Burns became the first President of the Trauma Association of Canada/L'Association Canadienne de Traumatologie (TAC/ACT). Dr. Burns' hard work and volunteer efforts, combined with his unrelenting passion to make a difference to the care of trauma patients and their families resulted in a significant contribution to the creation of TAC, bringing together and strengthening the network of trauma specialists who care for the injured patient. He was highly respected for his efforts in developing, maintaining and sustaining the Trauma Association of Canada over many years. He passed away in Winnipeg on December 9, 2013. In his honour, the Board of Directors of TAC has created and sponsored this recognition award to be presented to an individual (Physician or other Health Care Professional) who has been a past member of TAC and who, on a consistent basis, exemplifies the characteristics of Dr. Burns by demonstrating outstanding leadership, endless passion, a spirit of volunteerism and who is considered a visionary and innovator in the field of trauma care by their colleagues.

  • 26 Jan 2016 14:00 | Anonymous

    The  Board of Directions extends congratulation to Dr James Byrne (Eastern Region) and Dr Eiman  Zargaran (Western Region) in having their papers chosen by the COT judges for presentation at the 2016 Committee on Trauma Annual Meeting being held in San Diego on March 10th – 12th this year.

    Dr. James Byrne (Eastern Region COT Residents Paper Competition Winner)

    Dr. Byrne is a PGY-4 General Surgery Resident pursuing his PhD in Clinical Epidemiology at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto.  Specific focuses of his research are currently on the Influence of Prehospital Trauma Systems of Care on Trauma Patient Outcomes and Trauam Center Performance, as well as Venous Thromboembolism Following Major Trauma.

    Title of Paper:

    "Timing of Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis in Severe Traumatic Brain Injury:  A Propensity Matched Cohort Study"

    Dr. Byrne's preceptor is Dr. Nathen Avery

    Dr. Eiman Zargaran (Western Region COT Resident Paper Competition Winner)

    Dr Zargaran is in his final year of General Surgery training at the University of British Columbia after spending two years living in Cape Town, South Africa working on this project with the guidance and mentorship from project supervisors Dr.Morad Hameed and Dr. Andrew Nicol. During this time he was also able to work clinically as a general surgery resident at Groote Schuur Hospital, one of the world's busiest trauma hospitals. The team is currently working to expand the trauma health record to additional low resource trauma centres in Africa and Latin America. Dr Zargaran will be starting a Critical Care Fellowship July 1, 2016 followed by a Trauma Fellowship while maintaining his global health surgical interests.

    Title of Paper:

    "Real-time trauma surveillance in an African Trauma Centre"

    Read more about Dr. Zargaran and his project by going to:

  • 31 Dec 2015 08:00 | Anonymous

    In recent months, the Board of Directors of the Trauma Association of Canada (TAC) has been made aware of information being distributed without our knowledge, to many individuals, organizations and government officials, with a link to the TAC website advertised (or the implied involvement of TAC) in the form of letters, pamphlets and other communication from Donna Collins, CEO & Consultant from Crystal Clear Transitional Care Inc.

    The Trauma Association of Canada wishes to inform the public and our members and affiliates that Ms Collins does not represent TAC in any capacity and furthermore that TAC is not involved with this individual nor has any business with Crystal Clear Transitional Care Inc. TAC in no way endorses any information being released with links to our organization.  Ms Collins has been previously requested by TAC to cease and desist in distributing such information with any links to our Association, but continues to do so. Please disregard any further communication from this individual or Crystal Clear Transitional Care Inc as it relates to the implied endorsement by the Trauma Association of Canada of any information being distributed.


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