Faculty

Adam Meneghetti, MD MHSc CCFP FRCSC

Program Director
adam.meneghetti@vch.ca


 

Ahmer Azhar Karimuddin, BSc MAEd MD FRCSC

Associate Program Director
Assistant Program Director for Rotations
akarimuddin@providencehealth.bc.ca

Dr. Ahmer Karimuddin is a colorectal surgeon working at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, BC. Dr. Karimuddin completed medical school at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario 2001. He completed general surgery training at the University of Saskatchewan in 2007, with a year completing a Masters in Adult Education, with a focus on surgical education and CanMEDS. In 2007, he moved to Toronto to train as a subspecialist in Colorectal Surgery. He gained substantial expertise in all aspects of Colorectal Surgery, working with renowned mentors in Zane Cohen, Robin McLeod, Marcus Burnstein, Helen MacRae and Nancy Baxter. After completing his fellowship, Dr. Karimuddin began practice in Victoria, BC where he established himself as a Colorectal Surgeon. While in Victoria, he established an Enhanced Recovery Colon Surgery Pathway, which has received much acclaim. In 2012, he was recruited to join the group at St. Paul’s Hospital and Providence Health. Within the field of colon and rectal surgery, Dr. Karimuddin has a particular interest in laparoscopic colorectal surgery, colorectal cancer, colonoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease and the pelvic pouch procedure. His research interests include patient outcomes in these areas and ERAS pathways. Dr. Karimuddin has maintained a strong focus on surgical education in his practice, and served for 3 years as the Discipline Specific Site Leader for Surgery at the Island Medical Program of the University of British Columbia. He has received the Excellence in Clerkship Teaching award of the University of British Columbia twice (2009 and 2011), along with the Preceptor Teaching Excellence award (2012). He is currently the Assistant Program Director for the General Surgery residency program at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Karimuddin is one of three surgeons in the province who have completed the Training the Trainer program for colonoscopy. Dr. Karimuddin is the President of the BCMA Section of General Surgery, and has served on multiple committees related to provision of surgical and medical care in British Columbia. He is an active member of the Colorectal Cancer Tumour Group, and has participated in development of Clinical Guidelines for Colorectal Cancer at the BC Cancer Agency. He is also involved in the development and maintenance of screening guidelines for colorectal cancer in BC. Dr. Karimuddin offers referral-based consultations for problems related to the colon, rectum and anus. He has special expertise in management of Cancer of the Colon and Rectum, Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Proctology (hemorrhoids, anal fissures, fecal incontinence).


 

Tracy M. Scott, MD MHPE FRCSC

Associate Program Director


 

Garth L. Warnock, BMedSc MD MSc FRCSC FACS

Assistant Program Director for Research
garth.warnock@vch.ca

Dr. Warnock is currently the CN Woodward Professor at the Department of Surgery at the University of British Columbia and he is also Scientific Director of the Ike Barber Human Islet Cell Transplant Laboratory. He received his BMedSci from the University of Lethbridge and the University of Alberta, and his MD and MSc (Experimental Surgery) from the University of Alberta. He did his surgical training in the University of Alberta teaching hospitals in Edmonton and with support from the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR), pursued research training first at the University of Alberta and then at Oxford University. He returned to Edmonton in 1985 and has had career support from AHFMR, initially as a clinical investigator then a medical scholar and currently as a senior medical scholar.His principal research interests are in basic and clinical aspects of cell transplantation with emphasis on the Islets of Langerhans –clusters of cells in the pancreas — and he has been a pioneer in clinical islet cell transplantation.He is an active clinical surgeon and is involved in acute general surgery, gastrointestinal surgery with a focus on diseases of the endocrine and exocrine pancreas.