The Pediatric Surgeons at BC Children’s Hospital published their vision of Pediatric Surgical Services in British Columbia, “For Care, for Quality, for Life.” Integral to the vision was the creation of the Office of Pediatric Surgical Evaluation and Innovation (OPSEI). OPSEI is a key element of the new vision for pediatric surgery within the Province of British Columbia. With the ongoing advancement of surgical technology and the need to work within constrained resources, it is imperative that the Department of Pediatric Surgery at BCCH strives to provide the best surgical care to pediatric patients in the best setting for the best outcomes.


To achieve this goal requires comprehensive evaluation of new technologies, work processes and care delivery coupled with the ability to be innovative and progressive. OPSEI serves to provide unique scientific insight to help policy makers, managers, planners, clinicians, and researchers to shape the future of pediatric surgical care in BC. In collaboration with the University of British Columbia, the Provincial Health Services Authority, the Child and Family Research Institute, OPSEI’s research will encompass the assessment of clinical care delivery, patterns of utilization and new technology and treatment modalities for pediatric surgery.


OPSEI is committed to fostering an environment which creates opportunities for student and faculty partnerships in clinical research and education.  Each year the department supports over 20 medical and undergraduate students for summer research projects.  The students and their assigned faculty mentor have, in the past, conducted research in a variety of areas ranging from safe sharps handling to outcomes evaluation in epilepsy surgery.  Many of these projects have been presented at various national and international conferences.