The Canadian Association of General Surgeons is a proud supporter and Sponsoring Society of the Canadian Journal of Surgery.

The mission of the Canadian Journal of Surgery (CJS) is to contribute to the effective continuing medical education of Canadian surgical specialists, using innovative techniques when feasible, and to provide surgeons with an effective vehicle for the dissemination of observations in the areas of clinical and basic science research.

Hosted by associate editor, Dr. Ameer Farooq, and co-editor in chief, Dr. Chad Ball, Cold Steel highlights the best research being completed by Canadian surgeons, discusses education topics of interest for surgeons and trainees alike, and provides guidance for career development.

Can J Surg 2021 January-February;64(1)

Editorial • Éditorial

Lessons (so far) from the COVID-19 pandemic
E. J. Harvey

Leçons tirées de la pandémie de COVID-19 (à ce jour)
E. J. Harvey

Commentary • Commentaire

A tribute to Dr. Roger Keith (1940–2020)
A. S. MacDonald, V. C. McAlister

COVID-19: pivoting from in-person to virtual orthopedic surgical evaluation
A. Roberts, G.H.F. Johnston, C. Landells

Review • Revue

Clinical effectiveness of therapy with continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices in nonischemic versus ischemic cardiomyopathy: a systematic review and meta-analysis
C. Wavell, A. Sokolowski, M. L. Klingel, C. Yin, A. D. Nagpal

Research • Recherche

Safety of transition from a routine to a selective intensive care admission pathway after elective open aneurysm repair
D. Dion, L. M. Drudi, N. Beaudoin, J.-F. Blair, S. Elkouri

The burden of waiting: wait times for pediatric surgical procedures in Quebec and compliance with national benchmarks
B. Arulanandam, M. Dorais, P. Li, D. Poenaru

Effectiveness of trauma centre verification: a systematic review and meta-analysis
B. Batomen, L. Moore, M. Carabali, P.-A. Tardif, H. Champion, A. Nandi

Implementation of a systematic tobacco treatment protocol in a surgical outpatient setting: a feasibility study
J. Sadek, H. Moloo, P. Belanger, K. Nadeau, D. Aitken, K. Foss, T. Zwiep, D. McIsaac, L. Williams, I. Raiche, R. Musselman, K.-A. Mullen

Evaluating bowel enterotomy closures in simulated deep body cavities using the reversing half-hitch alternating post and square knots: a randomized controlled trial
E. A. Sykes, M. Lemke, D. Potter, T. Li, Z. M. Mir, G. Sheahan, V. Wu, B. Zevin

Optimizing opioid prescriptions after laparoscopic appendectomy and cholecystectomy
A. E. Feinberg, S. A. Acuna, D. Smith, B. Kashin, A. Mocon, B. Yau, J. Chiu, S. Srikandarajah

Variability in research productivity among Canadian surgical specialties
H. Wang, M. W.A. Chu, L. Dubois

Variable effects of obesity on access to total hip and knee arthroplasty
G. Richardson, C. Dusik, L. Lethbridge, M. Dunbar

Presentation and survival among patients with colorectal cancer before the age of screening: a systematic review and meta-analysis
C. D. Griffiths, T. McKechnie, Y. Lee, J. E. Springer, A. G. Doumouras, D. Hong, C. Eskicioglu

Discussions in surgery • Discussions en chirurgie

Is an optical illusion the cause of classical bile duct injuries?
F. Sutherland, C. G. Ball, J. Schendel, E. Dixon

A bundled approach to care: reducing the incidence of postoperative pneumonia in patients undergoing hepatectomy and Whipple procedures
G. Mahama, L. Vigneswaran, A. Silva, A. Maeda, D.-G. Davis, L. Thomas, B. Barretto, S. Weller, A. Okrainec, J. Gajasan, T. Jackson

The Canadian Ophthalmology Society’s adaptation of the Medically Necessary Time-sensitive Surgical Procedures triage and prioritization tool
S. Teja, C. Mann, P. Hooper, Y. Buys, V. T. Yin

Combining enhanced recovery and short-stay protocols for hip and knee joint replacements: the ideal solution
P.-A. Vendittoli, K. Pellei, C. Williams, C. Laflamme

Prioritizing surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic: the Quebec guidelines
M.-E. Bouthillier, M. Lorange, S. Legault, L. Wade, J. Dahine, J. Latreille, I. Germain, R. Grégoire, P. Montpetit, C. Prady, E. Thibault, V. Dumez, L. Opatrny

Types of articles
The Canadian Journal of Surgery (CJS) publishes the following types of articles:

  • Editorials are written by members of the editorial board.
  • Research articles report the results of original research. The journal does not distinguish between full-length articles and brief reports.
  • Reviews present a comprehensive and critical appraisal of a particular topic.
  • Commentaries are similar to reviews but are designed to make a point about published research on a topic without reviewing the topic comprehensively. This section may include consensus statements re­gard­ing clinical practice.
  • Discussions in surgery comment on innovations in surgical education and surgical practice. They include continuing medical education articles, such as evidence-based reviews in surgery and tips for conducting surgical research.
  • Letters to the editor comment on recent articles in the journal.

Note: Survey-based submissions are rarely accepted and will be considered only if they present breakthrough or otherwise compelling surgical events with high response rates.  CJS does not accept case reports.

CJS is an open access journal and charges submission and article processing fees. All manuscripts will be charged a nonrefundable submission fee of $100 (Canadian funds), payable at the time of submission.
**This fee is waived for CAGS members.

Accepted articles are subject to article processing fees of $700 (Research, Review and Continuing Medical Education articles) or $500 (Commentaries and Discussions in surgery), payable in Canadian funds at the time of acceptance.