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

  • 25 Sep 2014 14:15 | Anonymous

    Congratulations to the following Residents for winning the Canadian Resident Trauma Paper Competition:

    Dr. Rice A Randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled pilot trial on the efficacy of early enoxaparin:  The optimal timing of thromboprophylaxis in a traumatic intracranial hemorrhage study

    Dr. SathyaEvaluating Consistency of Performance Metrics among American trauma Centers Caring for Injured Children 

    Dr. Byrne - When is Dead “Dead”?:  Identifying the unsalvageable patient for the purposes of performance improvement 

    All abstracts will be forwarded to the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma for consideration of presentation at the international competition in Chicago March 12-14, 2015.

  • 19 Jun 2014 17:24 | Anonymous

    Please click on the link below to view the Thank You letter from Dr. Ingo Marzi (congress President) and Dr. Luke Leenen (ESTES President 2013-14)


  • 03 Jun 2014 16:33 | Anonymous
    the abstracts from the Trauma 2014 meeting are now available for viewing from the Canadian Journal of Surgery. The link is
  • 29 Mar 2014 15:03 | Anonymous

    VCH is please to announce that Dr. Richard Simons has received the Meritorious Achievement Award of the American College of Surgeon - Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT) for his many significant contributions to trauma in general, to trauma systems development in Canada, and for his services as an ACS-COT region chief. Dr. Simons’ received award was given during the spring meeting on March 20, 2014 in Philadelphia.

    Dr. Simons is being recognised primarily for his work in trauma systems development in BC and Canada. No regional trauma systems existed in BC prior to his arrival in Vancouver in 1996 but, with the assistance of a committed team at VGH and later from representatives from around the province he was able to establish Ministry support for a province-wide, regionalised trauma system ensuring rapid access to care for injured patients throughout BC. BC’s regionalised trauma system is now one of the most highly developed in North America.

    Later, his work with the Trauma Association of Canada (TAC) and later with Accreditation Canada, he was instrumental in developing national guidelines for trauma systems and performance guidelines for trauma centres through revisions to the accreditation process developed by TAC in the early 1990s. He has served on the TAC accreditation committee for 10 years. His focus has now shifted to supporting trauma systems development in the developing world, primarily Ethiopia and other parts of Africa. He is the past president of the Trauma Association of Canada and the recent RCPSC McLaughlin-Gallie visiting professor promoting trauma systems of care in Canada.

    “Back in the 1990s, Richard was a lone voice in the BC trauma wilderness. His vision, drive and perseverance (and huge amounts of patience) is why we have what we have today. I remember his Intro To Trauma Director and Trauma Management course he put on in 2001, working with almost nothing and was able to get Trauma Directors and Managers into the regions before they were regions. Richard did all of the heavy lifting and gave us the credibility to be taken seriously.  I am extremely pleased he has received this honour.” --- Stephen Wheeler

    “We are so proud to work with such an amazing leader and grateful for Richard’s contribution to trauma care locally, regionally, provincially, nationally and internationally.” --- Nasira Lakha, VGH Trauma Services Manager

  • 17 Jan 2014 06:25 | Anonymous
    Congratulations to Dr. Chethan Sathya (Supervisor Dr. Avery Nathans) for winning the COT Region 12 Resident Trauma Paper Competition and to Dr. markus Ziesmann for winning the COT Region 11 Resident Trauma Paper Competition.  Both Dr. Ziesmann and Dr Sathya were invited to represent Region 11 and Region 12 at the final competition held during the COT annual meeting in Philadelphia in March. 

    Congratulations and recognition are also due to Dr. Niloofar Dehghan who also won the regional competition.
  • 25 Oct 2013 07:05 | Anonymous
    A study released from St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, ON in regards to Operative vs. Non-operative Treatment of Acute Unstable Chest Wall Injuries:  A Multi Centered Randomized Controlled Trial.  

    Click here for more information.
  • 24 Oct 2013 14:43 | Anonymous
    Reminder that the deadline for the abstract submission for the Trauma 2014 Conference is November 15, 2013.  Click here for more details on how to submit.
  • 26 Sep 2013 07:09 | Anonymous
    The competition took place at the 2013 Canadian Surgery Forum in Ottawa, September 21, 2013.  

    Best Paper:

     Region XII (Eastern Canada - Chair, Dr. Rizoli) 
    • "Early Weight-bearing and Mobilization vs. Non-weight-bearing and Immobilization After Surgical Fixation of Unstable Ankle Fractures" by Niloofar Dehghan
    • "Do children with penetrating versus blunt trauma receive better care at adult or pediatric trauma centres?" by Chethan Sathya supervisor Dr. Avery Nathens
     Region XI (Western Canada - Dr. Stephens) 
    • "STARTT - Development of national, multi-disciplinary trauma crisis resource management curriculum:  Results from the Pilot Course" by Dr. Markus T. Ziesmann.
    The following are the list of papers for the 2013 TAC COT Resident and Fellow Trauma Paper Competition:
    1. Directness of transport of major trauma patients to a level-1 trauma centre:  Survival analysis adjusted for infrastructure propensity and geographic mapping

    2. Retrospective Review of the Modified Early Warning Score in Critically Ill Hospital In-Patients in a Community Hospital

    3. Injury care in Tanzania: a nation-wide hospital-based trauma registry's account of its care-utilizing population

    4. Frequency and severity of concussion symptoms following major trauma

    5. The numbers, rates, mechanisms and potential access to trauma care for road traffic injury deaths in India – a nationally representative mortality survey of 1.1 million homes

    6. Early Weight-bearing and Mobilization vs Non-Weight-bearing and Immobilization After Surgical Fixation of Unstable Ankle Fractures

    7. STARTT - Development of a national, multi-disciplinary trauma crisis resource management curriculum:  Results from the Pilot Course

    8. Do children with penetrating versus blunt trauma receive better care at adult or pediatric trauma centres?

  • 22 May 2013 09:06 | Anonymous
    It is with great sadness to inform you all the passing of Joanne Hapgood, RN.  She passed away on April 19, 2013 after a few years of fighting cancer.  Joanne was the ATLS Coordinator in Newfoundland for more than 17 years.  She took pride at what she does and was very supportive and constructive member of the ATLS team.
    Here is link to an article in the ATLS Advance during the time that Joanne was interviewed by Natalie Torres on the topic of "A Coordinator's View".
    Joanne will surely be missed by many.
  • 03 May 2013 13:21 | Anonymous
    All abstracts presented at the Trauma 2013 conference are available for download in the all-digital version of the Canadian Journal of Trauma. You can access the journal here:


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