Research Awards

The Research Awards are open to residents from our member departments. We also take applications from nursing students and engineers.

Congratulations to past winners of our research awards! The Branch is excited to see the continued global scope of research projects that residents pursue.


Past award recipients

Vanessa Fawcett, General Surgery

Towards Comprehensive Injury Surveillance in Africa: the Cape Town Trauma Registry

Field Mission: January 2010 – South Africa (Cape Town)


Intentional injury and violence in Cape Town, South Africa: an epidemiological analysis of trauma admissions data.

Trauma Surveillance in Cape Town, South Africa: An Analysis of 9236 Consecutive Trauma Center Admissions.

Collecting injury surveillance data in low- and middle-income countries: the Cape Town Trauma Registry pilot.


Sonia Yeung, Ophthalmology

Corneal Transplantation in India: Indications, Outcomes, and Impact on Eye Banking

Field Mission: July-August 2009 – India




Paul Mick, Otolaryngology

Identifying Barriers to the Effective Treatment of Chronic Middle Ear Disease in Uganda

Field Mission: October-November 2009 – Uganda

Danielle MacNeil, Otolaryngology

Identifying the Barriers to the Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Oral Cancer in Uganda

Field Mission: October-November, 2010 – Uganda




Zaheer Kanji, General Surgery

The Status of Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP) in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: a Systematic Review of the Literature and the Development of Future Strategies for Surveillance

Field Mission: December 2010-January 2011 – South Africa (Cape Town)



Jacqueline Hudson, Anesthesiology

Development and Evaluation of a Wireless Pulse Oximeter on a Cell Phone (iPleth) for Safe Perioperative Care in Uganda

Field Mission: August-September, 2010 – Uganda


Usability testing of a prototype Phone Oximeter with healthcare providers in high- and low-medical resource environments.


Monica Langer, Pediatric General Surgery

Coaching Surgical Trainees in Africa: a feasibility study using video replay to maximize short-term training opportunities


Pediatric surgical camps as one model of global surgical partnership: a way forward.

Gastroschisis in Uganda: Opportunities for improved survival.

Pediatric surgery as an essential component of global child health.

The Global Paediatric Surgery Network: A Model of Subspecialty Collaboration within Global Surgery.

Outcomes and unmet need for neonatal surgery in a resource-limited environment: estimates of global health disparities from Kampala, Uganda.  

Gareth Eeson, General Surgery

Prevalence and Risk Factors of Fungal Colonization and Infection in Burn Patients at Mulago Hospital, Kampala

Field Mission: Fall 2011 – Uganda (Kampala)


Costs and cost-effectiveness of pediatric inguinal hernia repair in Uganda.

Pediatric surgical camps as one model of global surgical partnership: a way forward.


Anali Dadgostar, Otolaryngology 

Mental Practice in Surgical education: A Pilot Study using an Otologic Surgery Model in Uganda

Field Mission: Uganda



Lise Leveille, Orthopaedic

Medical devices for diagnosis and management of orthopaedic trauma: a needs assessment study of orthopaedic services in Uganda

Field Mission: September-October 2011 – Uganda (Kampala)



Flora Teng, Obstetrics and Gynecology

The ASPIRE Project: Advances in Screening and Prevention in Reproductive Cancers

Field Mission: March-April 2012 – Uganda (Kisenyi)


Determinants of quality of life in ovarian cancer survivors: a pilot study.

Understanding the role of embarrassment in gynaecological screening: a qualitative study from the ASPIRE cervical cancer screening project in Uganda. 

Sean McLean, Anesthesiology

A Mobile Diagnostic and Advisory Device for Management of Children with Sepsis in Developing Countries

Field Mission: March 2013 – Uganda


Pediatric surgical camps as one model of global surgical partnership: a way forward.


Eiman Zargaran, General Surgery

Distribution and determinants of injury in Cape Town, South Africa: A prospective cohort study using an injury surveillance tool

Field Mission: January 2012 – South Africa (Cape Town)


Injury Severity Score coding: Data analyst v. emerging m-health technology.

An Objective Assessment of the Surgical Trainee in an Urban Trauma Unit in South Africa: A Pilot Study.

Mobile health technology transforms injury severity scoring in South Africa.

A global agenda for electronic injury surveillance: Consensus statement from the Trauma Association of Canada, the Trauma Society of South Africa, and the Panamerican Trauma Society.

Trauma Surveillance in Cape Town, South Africa: An Analysis of 9236 Consecutive Trauma Center Admissions.

The electronic Trauma Health Record: design and usability of a novel tablet-based tool for trauma care and injury surveillance in low resource settings.


Sheona Mitchell Obstetrics and Gynecology

Determining an optimal cervical cancer screening paradigm in a low-resource setting: A community-based randomized controlled trial comparing self-collected HPV testing with visual inspection and acetic acid (VIA) screening in Kampala, Uganda


Cost-effectiveness of cervical cancer screening methods in low- and middle-income countries: A systematic review.

Self-collection based HPV testing for cervical cancer screening among women living with HIV in Uganda: a descriptive analysis of knowledge, intentions to screen and factors associated with HPV positivity.

Strategies for Community Education Prior to Clinical Trial Recruitment for a Cervical Cancer Screening Intervention in Uganda.

Uptake of community-based, self-collected HPV testing vs. visual inspection with acetic acid for cervical cancer screening in Kampala, Uganda: preliminary results of a randomised controlled trial.

Understanding the role of embarrassment in gynaecological screening: a qualitative study from the ASPIRE cervical cancer screening project in Uganda.

Factors associated with high-risk HPV positivity in a low-resource setting in sub-Saharan Africa.

Results of a community-based cervical cancer screening pilot project using human papillomavirus self-sampling in Kampala, Uganda.

Assessing women's willingness to collect their own cervical samples for HPV testing as part of the ASPIRE cervical cancer screening project in Uganda.


Kristelle Chueng, Otolaryngology

Endemic Thyroid Goiters in the Rural Philippines: Prognostic Indicators for Improvement in Health-Related Quality of Life Post-Thyroidectomy

Field Mission: February 2013 – Philippines



Florin Gheorghe, Mechanical Engineering

Participatory Design for Surgical Innovation in the Developing World

Field Mission: October 2012


Development of a Unifying Target and Consensus Indicators for Global Surgical Systems Strengthening: Proposed by the Global Alliance for Surgery, Obstetric, Trauma, and Anaesthesia Care (The G4 Alliance). 

Kimberly Luu, Otolaryngology

Validity Testing a Lo-Fidelity Simulator for Ear Surgery in a Low-Resource Setting

Field Mission: January 2016 – Uganda


Assessing the impact of a longitudinal collaboration on a developing residency program in low resource setting. Presented at WB & MH Chung Lectureship and Research Day, October 2017.


David Stockton, Orthopaedic Surgery

Clinical outcomes for open tibial shaft fractures: A prospective randomized trial comparing external fixation to unreamed intramedullary nailing in Uganda

Field Mission: September 2015 – Uganda


Report on global surgery from Canadian academic orthopaedic programs. Presented at the Canadian Orthopaedic Association 2017 Annual meeting in Ottawa.

A resident’s perspective of the USTOP experience: Challenges and new directions. Presented at the Canadian Orthopaedic Association 2016 Annual meeting in Quebec City.

Oleksandr Butskiy, Otolaryngology

Development of a centre-specific head and neck microvascular surgery clinical care pathway in Mongolia

Field Mission: September 2017 – Mongolia (Ulaanbaatar)



Joseph Margolick, General Surgery

Implementation of a bilateral, sustainable clinical exchange between UBC and HCC Polanco.

Field Mission: August 2017 – Mexico


The foundations of a bilateral academic exchange between a high- and a middle-income country ‐ the UBC‐HCC Polanco partnership. Presented at WB & MH Chung Lectureship and Research Day, October 2017.

An Analysis of Collaboration and Sustainability in Global Surgery. Presented at UBC Residents’ Research Day, May 2017.

Procedural skills training for Canadian medical students participating in international electives 


Heather Armstrong, PGY3 Obstetrics and Gynecology

Assessing the impact of cervical cancer mortality on communities and children in Uganda

Field Mission: July 2017 Uganda (Kampala)