2018 41st Annual Residents’ Research Day

May 17, 2018  | Paetzold Health Education Centre, VGH

General Surgery  |  Pediatric Surgery  |  Thoracic Surgery  |  Vascular Surgery


Paola Fata, MD CM, FRCSC

Assistant Dean

Resident Professional Affairs


Canadian Association of General Surgeons (CAGS)

Associate Professor of Surgery

McGill University

Dr. Paola Fata serves as Assistant Dean, Resident Affairs, and is President-Elect of the Canadian Association of General Surgeons (CAGS). A graduate of McGill’s Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Fata completed her postgraduate surgical training at McGill and at the University of Manitoba before completing a trauma fellowship at the Inova Fairfax Regional Trauma Center in Virginia. An Associate Professor of Surgery at McGill University, Dr. Fata has been Program Director of the General Surgery Residency Program for the past 10 years until she accepted her position as Assistant Dean in 2017.

Over the course of her career, Dr. Fata has been nominated for, and received, numerous awards, including multiple Teaching Excellence Awards within the Department of Surgery. In 2012, she was named to the Faculty Honour List for Educational Excellence at McGill University. She has served on numerous national committees, as a member of the Royal College Specialty Committee in General Surgery, as Vice-Chair of the Area of Focused Competence in Trauma and is a previous member of the Royal College Test Committee in General Surgery. Currently, she is Co-Chair for the Canadian Association of General Surgeons Exam Committee and Chair of the General Surgery Educational Leadership Council. She has served on a number of steering committees at the Royal College including work hours, task force planning and the Advisory committee for surgical foundations. Dr. Fata’s research interest is focused on investigating quality improvement in residency training and education as well as trauma.


Trevor Hamilton, MD FRCSC

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, UBC

Director, Postgraduate Education, General Surgical Oncology Subspecialty Program, UBC

General Surgeon & Surgical Oncologist, VGH & UBC

Consultant Surgical Oncologist, BC Cancer Agency


Dr. Trevor Hamilton completed his medical school at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS and General Surgery training at the University of Calgary. Following this, he completed a fellowship in Surgical Oncology at the University of Toronto and an international fellowship at Severance Hospital/Yonsei Cancer Center in Seoul, Korea for advanced training in minimally invasive gastric cancer surgery. He has also completed a Master’s of Science in Clinical Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, MA.

His clinical interest is in advanced gastrointestinal cancers, peritoneal surface malignancies and soft tissue sarcoma. He is appointed as a Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC with privileges at Vancouver General Hospital and BC Cancer. He is also the newly appointed Program Director for the Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship at UBC starting in 2018.


David E. Konkin, MD FRCSC FACS

Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC

Head of Department of Surgery (Local), Eagle Ridge Hospital

Regional Head of Division of General Surgery, Fraser Health Authority

Local Head of Division of General Surgery, Royal Columbian Hospital/Eagle Ridge Hospital


Dr. Konkin was born and raised in British Columbia. He graduated medical school and completed his specialty training at the University of British Columbia. He took a special interested in advanced laparoscopic surgery as well as complex abdominal wall reconstruction. In 2007 he joined the staff of the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster and Eagle Ridge Hospital in Port Moody.

Affiliated with the University of British Columbia, today he holds a position of Clinical Assistant Professor in surgery. He also holds the position of Regional Division Head of General Surgery for the Fraser Health Authority.

Dr. Konkin performs various types of major abdominal operations including gastrointestinal, colorectal, gallbladder, trauma and hernia surgery.

Over his career he has developed a strong interest in improving the rehabilitation of people with abdominal hernias. He has enthusiastically supported the use of local anesthesia and sedation for hernias. He has also embraced the use of laparoscopic repair of inguinal hernias. Today, he has a busy surgical practice, which he performs at Eagle Ridge Hospital in Port Moody and Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. He also has privileges at the New Westminster Surgical Centre in New Westminster. He is a consulting general surgeon for WorkSafeBC Visiting Specialist Clinic and the BC Lions.


Congratulations to last year’s winners!

Best Research Presentations

Dr. Kristin DeGirolamo

Structure, Process and Outcome in Acute Care Surgery


Dr. Dean Percy

Saving the Axilla: Can We Reduce Up Front Axillary Lymph Node Dissection in T1/T2 Breast Cancers?


Best Research Proposal

Dr. Katrina Duncan

Usability of a Mobile Electronic Platform for Trauma Patient Resuscitation and Management

Moderator: Dr. Adam Meneghetti

0730-0800 Breakfast and Registration

0800-0810 Dr. Adam Meneghetti Welcome and Introduction of Visiting Professor & Judges



This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity eligible for up to 7.0 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. Each physician should claim only those credits he/she actually spent in the activity.