Vision & Mission

Canadian General Surgery Foundation (formally Canadian Surgery Research Fund)

Canadian General Surgeons have pioneered the development and application of minimally invasive surgical techniques, cancer care, transplantation, the management of trauma and sepsis and in innovative & cost-effective, evidence-informed health care delivery.

The Canadian General Surgery Foundation (CGSF) – formally the Canadian Surgery Research Fund – was founded in the early 1980’s to promote research performed by general surgeons and general surgery residents in both clinical and basic science. The CGSF currently funds two research projects per year as well as the sponsorship of a Research Retreat for Residents in General Surgery.

The Board of the CGSF acknowledges the importance of your donations that assist in funding these important activities. Donors will be recognized on a display at the Canadian Surgery Forum, as well as in the Canadian Association of General Surgeons’ Newsletter.

For more information on how to advance these activities and play a part in surgical healthcare, please contact the CGSF Secretariat at 613 882-6510 or via email at

Canadian General Surgery Foundation

Please click here to access the submission site

Operating Grant Competition 2019

The Canadian General Surgery Foundation (CGSF) was founded in the early 1980’s to promote research performed by general surgeons and general surgery residents in both clinical and basic science. The CGSF currently funds two research projects per year as well as sponsoring a Resident Research Retreat.

Applications are requested for Operating Grants from the Canadian General Surgery Foundation. More information regarding application submission is coming soon.

  1. The deadline for receipt is May 31, 2019.
  2. There are two operating grants of $10,000 each.
  3. Applicants must be CAGS members.
  4. Residents are encouraged to apply with a CAGS member as supervisor.

The application should include:

  • A title page with information regarding all co-applicants and contact information for the principal applicant, including an email address
  • A summary of the application (max. 1 page)
  • A detailed description of the proposed research (maximum 5 pages), a list of references cited, and a detailed budget explaining how the $10,000 of funding will be allocated
  • A curriculum vitae of the principal applicant (max. 3 pages), and if the principal applicant is a resident, of the faculty supervisor (max. 3 pages)
  • A letter of support from the Head of the Division of General Surgery or Chair of the Department of Surgery of the institution where the work will be performed

Applications not received by the stated deadline or not conforming to these requirements will not be considered for funding.

Please click here to submit your application

For further information please contact:
Dr. Alice Wei
Research Committee Chair
10EN – 215, 200 Elizabeth Street
University Health Network
Toronto, Ontario  M5G 2C4
Tel: 416 340-4232
Fax : 416 340-3808
email :

Past Recipients


Dr. Michele Benier, supervisor Dr. Saima Hassan, University of Montreal

“The role of PARP inhibition in estrogen receptor-positive and estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer”

Dr. Tulin Cil, University Heath Network

“The Empress Trial: The Effect of Mental Practice and Rehearsal on Emotion, Stress and Surgical Skills”


Dr. Jerry Dang and Dr. Daniel Birch

“The Microbiology of Bariatric Surgery”

Dr. Yifan Wang and Dr. George Zogopoulos

“Using platinum-based chemotherapy to induce sensitivity to PD-1 checkpoint blockade in BRCA associated pancreas cancer”


Dr. Rebecca Auer, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
“Phase 1b study of perioperative arginine supplementation in resectable colorectal cancer”
Dr. Paul McBeth, Alberta Health Services
“Characterization of early coagulopathy in trauma patients with massive hemorrhage using rotational thrombelastography”


Dr. Guillaume Martel, University of Ottawa and Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
“The PRICE Trial: Phlebotomy resulting in controlled hypovolemia to prevent blood loss in major hepatic resections”
Dr. Richard Garfinkle, McGill University
“Does Bowel Stimulation Before Loop Ileostomy Closure Reduce Postoperative Ileus? A Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial”


Dr. Maria Abou Khalil, McGill University
“Less May be More: Loop Ileostomy with Colonic Lavage for Fulminant Clostridium difficile Colitis. A Prospective National Mutli-Centre Cohort Study”
Dr. Angel Arnaout, University of Ottawa
“The Specimen Margin Assessment Technique (SMART) Trial: A novel 3D method of identifying the most accurate method of specimen orientation in breast cancer surgery”


Dr. Amin Madani, McGill University (Ethicon Research Grant)
“A Curriculum to Teach Safe Use of Surgical Energy Devices: Does the Addition of a Simulation Module Improve Learning and Retention?”
Dr. Carl Brown, University of British Columbia (Ethicon Research Grant)
“To Determine the Effect of Honey Enema in the Treatment of Patients with Acute Pouchitis”
Dr. Steven Paraskevas, McGill University
“Pre-transplant T-reg function and recovery from ischemia-reperfusion injury”
Dr. Mantaj Brar, University of Calgary
“A Manpower and Waiting Times Assessment of Canadian Colorectal Surgery”


Dr. Gabe Chan, University of Montreal (Ethicon Research Grant)
“The effect of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy on the pharmacokinetics of immunosuppressive medications in the morbidly obese renal transplant candidate, a prospective clinical trial”
Dr. Troy Perry, University of Alberta (Ethicon Research Grant)
“Mechanisms of recurrence in post operative Crohn’s disease”
Dr. Sulaiman Nanji, Queen’s University
“Identifying molecular markers for prognostication and treatment in patients with hepatocellular cancer”
Dr. George Zogopoulos, McGill University
“Genetic susceptibility to pancreas cancer in Quebec”


Dr. Jason Park, University of Manitoba (Ethicon Research Grant)
“Optimizing Practice Schedules for Learning Basic Skills on a Computer-based Laparoscopic Simulator”
Dr. Jonathan Cools-Lartigue, McGill University
“Acute Bacterial Pneumonia Promotes Cancer Metastasis Through Toll Like Receptor Activation”
Dr. Lawrence Lee, McGill University
“Incisional hernia after midline versus transverse extraction incision in laparoscopic colectomy: a Pilot Randomized Trial”


Dr. Charles de Mestral, University of Toronto
“Early versus delayed cholecystectomy for acute calculous cholecystitis: Decision and cost-utility analysis”
Dr. Vanessa Davis, University of Alberta
“Changes in Metabolomic Profiles in Screening and Management of Pancreatic Neoplasms”


Dr. Carlos Chan, McGill University
“Molecular mechanism of the CEACAM family genes in cancer metastasis”
Dr. Liane Feldman, McGill University
“Development and validation of the Goals-IH module to assess performance of laparoscopic incisional hernia repair”
Dr. Jeremy Grushka, McGill University
“The effect of in vitro tracheal occlusion on branching morphogenesis in fetal lung explants from the rat nitrofen model of congenital diaphragmatic hernia”


Dr. Najma Ahmed, University of Toronto
“Crisis in the general surgery work force: Identifying barriers to career satisfaction and opportunities to manage attrition among residents and practicing general surgeons”.
Dr. Jonathan Spicer, McGill University
“The role of neutrophils in the early steps of hematogenous cancer metastasis.”


Dr. Allan Okrainec, University of Toronto
“Does virtual surgery translate to better surgery: The impact of high fidelity VR simulation on intraoperative performance”
Dr. Mae Cantos, University of Toronto
“The role of ceramide in oxidant-induced increase in surface TLR4 in macrophages”


Dr. Angel Arnaout, University of Toronto
“A prognostic study of the combined expression of EGFR and cSrc in primary breast cancers”
Dr. Saima Hassan, McGill University
“SDF-1 and CXCR4: Novel predictive plasma marker for breast cancer metastasis and therapeutic target”


Dr. Elijah Dixon, University of Calgary
“Pancreaticojejunostomy vs. Pancreaticogastrostomy Reconstruction Following Pancreaticoduodenectomy: A Meta-Analysis”
Dr. Lynn Mikula, University of Toronto
“Functional Analysis of TPC: a Novel Gene Implicated in Pancreas Cancer”


Dr. Paul Wales, University of Toronto
“Small Bowel Acellular Matrix as a Small Intestinal Substitute in a Porcine Model”
Dr. Sam Wiseman, University of British Columbia
“Tissue Microarray Analysis of Genomic Instability Marker Expression, Diagnostic Utility, and Prognostic Significance in Human Thyroid Carcinoma: A Pilot Study”


Dr. Moishe Liberman, McGill University (Co-Applicants): Dr. D.S. Mulder & Dr. J.S. Sampalis for
“Sonography after Thoracic Surgery (SATS)”
Dr. Belinda Hsi, University of Alberta (Co-Applicants): Dr. N.M. Kneteman & Dr. J. Akabutu for
“Hepatic Regeneration from Differentiated Human Umbilical Cord Blood Cells”


Dr. David R. Urbach, University of Toronto
“Measuring Dysphagia in Patients with Achalasia”
Dr. Sulaiman Nanji and Dr. James Shapiro, University of Alberta
“Tolerance in Experimental Islet Transplantation, Induced by Costimulatory Blockade of the Novel ICOS-B7 Pathway, Using an Anti-ICOS Monoclonal Antibody.”


Dr. Geoffrey Porter, Dalhousie University
“Access to care for surgical treated malignancies”
Dr. David Evans, McGill University
“Evaluation of the Immunomodulatory effects of hypertonic saline in the severely injured patient”


Dr. Oliver Bathe, University of Calgary
“Tumor eradication using subsets of tumor-specific cytotoxic lymphocytes”
Dr. Daryl Gray, University of Western Ontario
“Nitric oxide synthase and heme oxygenase within the small intestine during the systemic inflammatory response syndrome”’


Dr. Mark Basik, University of Montreal
“Detection of naked tumoral DNA in the blood of breast cancer patients”
Dr. Carmen A. Giacomantonio, Dalhousie University
“Development of a gene therapy model using plasmid DNA vector AG85A to treat malignant melanoma”