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Queen’s University Department of Surgery

The Department of Surgery has 54 full-time clinical faculty members including 2 SEAMO clinician scientists, and 2 SEAMO Medical Education Scholars. In addition, Surgery has 3 full time research faculty members and several adjunct appointees. The department consists of eight distinct specialties including General Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Thoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery, Otolaryngology, and Vascular Surgery. Each faculty member is provided with office space and has access to administrative, financial and research support staff. Over the past several years, the Department established 5 Endowed Chairs which support the academic mission of the Department.


The collaborative research efforts of the Department range from clinical trials, to educational studies, to laboratory experiments. Faculty members work closely with other clinicians, bench researchers, other health professionals, and other researchers throughout the university and other institutions nationally and internationally. Such studies include: biomedical engineering; biomechanical testing; randomized controlled trials; gait analysis; surgical navigation and image guidance; minimally-invasive procedures, clinical outcome studies; colon, rectum, lung, and breast cancer; educational research including simulation-based training, evaluation of graduate and undergraduate medical education curriculum; basic science investigations in the brain including mechanisms of brain injury, stroke and Alzheimer’s Disease and epidemiological studies.

The Department of Surgery faculty conducts research at various multi-disciplinary research centres and institutes that address basic science, translational research and clinical outcomes.

Queen’s and its academic hospital partners have established a satellite centre where clinical researchers and data experts apply epidemiological studies using multiple medical and health record databases to improve health sciences research, policy and promotion. The Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) provides access to data from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The Centre for Neuroscience Studies (CNS) explores the mysteries of neurological conditions including cellular function, psychology, neurosurgery, new methods to understand, diagnose, restore health, and to preserve quality of life. The Human Mobility Research Centre (HMRC) facilitates a multidisciplinary research group comprised of researchers from Orthopaedic Surgery, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Rehabilitation Therapy and School of Computing to develop effective and innovative treatment strategies for bone and joint disorders such as those caused by arthritis, osteoporosis or injury.

The Queen’s Cancer Research Institute (QCRI) research extends from population studies of cancer etiology, through tumor biology and clinical trials, to outcomes and health services research. The Institute is committed to fostering transdisciplinary investigation of areas of cancer control that lie at the interface between fundamental, clinical and population research.

ABiL - Advanced Biomaterials Laboratory (Department of Chemical Engineering)

Biomechanics Ergonomics Lab (School of Kinesiology and Health Studies)

Human Mobility Research Laboratory (Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering)

The High-Speed Skeletal Imaging Laboratory (Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering)

Med-i Lab - Medical Informatics Laboratory (School of Computing Science)

The Perk Lab - Laboratory for Percutaneous Surgery (School of Computing Science)

QBiT - Queen's Biomedical Innovation Team (Engineering Society of Queen's University)

Randy E. Ellis Lab (Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences)