Division of Pediatric Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

The Pediatric CVT Division has always maintained a high standard of care. The surgeons have attended courses and meetings every year in order to bring new technology to enhance surgical skills, to master new surgical techniques, and to provide the best care. A neonatal program was developed four years ago whereby all neonatal surgeries were performed by a single surgeon to increase the caseload and ensure ongoing expertise. This strategy has improved the surgical outcomes, and currently specific neonatal protocols per cardiac anomalies are being developed by the cardiac sciences team in a continuous effort to decrease mortality and morbidity.

The mortality for infants less than one year old and children less than 17 years old has decreased steadily and is now approaching 0%. These results are biannually benchmarked with the 5 centers members of the Toronto database. These outcomes have been obtained through teamwork with meticulous preoperative assessment, attention to surgical techniques, and aggressive postoperative care. A strong quality assurance program has helped to ensure continuity and a high standard of care. The replacement of our internal database by the Toronto Sick Children’s database software five years ago has provided the capability to benchmark our results with five other Canadian centres. The data information is completed every six months with a full report. It is a very important component of the Cardiac Surgical Quality Assurance Program.

Faculty Members:

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Sanjiv K. Gandhi

Division Head, Clinical Professor, UBC

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Andrew I.M. Campbell

Assistant Professor, UBC

Staff Members:

Ms. Allison Jamieson, Research Assistant and Surgical Scheduling Coordinator
Ms. Stephanie Ingham, Office Administrative Assistant
Ms. Tessa Diaczun, NP
Ms. Misty Reis, NP
Ms. Emily Tai, NP
Ms. Lisa Papau, NP

Department of Pediatric Dentistry

The Department of Pediatric Dentistry is located in BC Children’s Hospital. It is part of the Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia and is located at 4480 Oak Street, Room 162 in the Ambulatory Care Building. The Children’s Hospital Dental Service has been a Department of the hospital since the late 1940s. The mandate of the Dental Department has changed over the years to meet the needs of secondary and tertiary level patients to be cared for in the province and for healthy children under the age of 4 years. The first salaried Head of Pediatric Dentistry was appointed in July, 1985.

Since 1985 oral health care services have been provided to the children of BC who cannot be treated in the community, either with local or general anesthesia. Dentistry has a dedicated operating room that is located in the main operating room area is available for the provision of comprehensive oral health care services and minor oral surgery under general anesthesia. Major oral maxillofacial surgery is performed in the Main OR. The three chair dental clinic is now located in the new Ambulatory Care Building. The service provides 24/7 emergency coverage for the management of oral trauma, infection and pain. Professional staff is on call as back-up to the dental residents who share call on a rotational basis.

Faculty Members:

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Karen Campbell

Department Head, Assistant Professor UBC

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Winnie Zhao

 

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Kavita Mathu-Muju

 

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Phoebe Tsang

 

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Nancy Vertel

 

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Rosamund Harrison

Professor and Head, Oral Health Sciences Pediatric Dentistry Chair

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Elsa Hui-Derksen

 

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WaSham Cheung

 

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Joy Richman

Professor, UBC

Staff Members:

Dr. Clive Bethel, Associate GP
Dr. Martin Braverman, Active oral and maxillofacial surgeon
Dr. Mark Casafrancisco, Active pediatric dentist
Dr. Anabel Chan, Active pediatric dentist
Dr. Peter Chan, Active pediatric dentist
Dr. Brian Chanpong, Active Dental anesthesiologist
Dr. Sam Chiang, Consulting orthodontist
Dr. Theresa Chiang, Active pediatric dentist
Dr. Ed Chin, Active pediatric dentist
Dr. Jason Choi, Provisional Active oral and maxillofacial surgeon
Dr. Jeff Coil, Active endodontist
Dr. Lisa Coveney, Active pediatric dentist
Dr. Hasnain Dewji, Active pediatric dentist
Dr. Joel Fransen, Temporary endodontist
Dr. Leo Fung, Provisional consulting prosthodontist
Dr. Janice Garrett, Associate GP
Dr. Anita Gartner, Active pediatric dentist
Dr. Geoff Grant, Provisional active pediatric dentist
Dr. Paul Helpard, Consulting orthodontist
Dr. John Hung, Active, GP
Dr. Ben Kang, Provisional active oral and maxillofacial surgeon
Dr. Christine Kim, Provisional active pediatric dentist

Dr. Young Kuah, Active orthodontist and pediatric dentist
Dr. Louisa Leung, Active pediatric dentist
Dr. Angelina Loo, Active orthodontist
Dr. David MacDonald, Provisional consulting oral radiologist
Dr. William McDonald, Active oral and maxillofacial surgeon
Dr. Reza Nouri, Active pediatric dentist
Dr. Carter Ng, Temporary pediatric dentist
Dr. Benjamin Pliska, Provisional active orthodontist
Dr. Gerry Pochynok, Active pediatric dentist
Dr. Paul Pocock, Active orthodontist
Dr. Mark Reichman, Active oral and maxillofacial surgeon
Dr. Bradford Scheideman, Temporary pediatric dentist
Dr. Dorothy Sonya-Hoglund, Active orthodontist and oral radiologist
Dr. Isaac Tam, Provisional Active pediatric dentist
Dr. Tim Tam, Active pediatric dentist
Dr. Priscilla Walsh, Provisional active periodontist
Dr. David Yang, Provisional associate oral maxillofacial surgeon
Dr. Jennifer Yee, Provisional active pediatric dentist

Division of Pediatric Surgery

The Division of Pediatric Surgery consists of five surgeons with practices dedicated exclusively to the care of infants and children of BC. The division is committed to clinical programmatic development, basic science and clinical research, undergraduate and postgraduate education, international surgical advocacy, and hospital, university, and national administrative service.

Faculty Members:

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Eric M. Webber

Division Head, Associate Professor UBC

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Erik D. Skarsgard

Professor UBC

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Sonia A. Butterworth

Clinical Associate Professor UBC

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Geoffrey K. Blair

Clinical Professor, UBC

Staff Members:

Ms. Lynda Fynn
Ms. Robyn Walker
Ms. Jill Haynes
Ms. Susan Myhre
Ms. Christine Adamson
Ms. Amie Nowak
Ms. Bindy Sahota

Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery

The Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at British Columbia's Children's Hospital (BCCH) is the major referral centre for pediatric neurosurgical conditions in the province of British Columbia. The Division has established itself as one of the foremost pediatric neurosurgical units in Canada and is acclaimed internationally as a leader in pediatric neurosurgery. The Division currently comprises three full-time pediatric neurosurgeons: namely, Dr. Paul Steinbok who is head of the division, Dr. D. Douglas Cochrane and Dr. Ash Singhal. All three neurosurgeons are fully trained in pediatric neurosurgery and have limited their practices to the care of children with pediatric neurosurgical conditions.

The Division performs approximately 300 neurosurgical operations yearly, and addresses the full range of neurosurgical conditions in children. These include surgeries for brain and spinal tumors, Chiari malformations, Moya Moya disease, syringomyelia, craniosynostosis, hydrocephalus, spina bifida, tethered cord, epilepsy, head injuries and cerebral palsy, among others. The neurosurgeons are experienced with neuroendoscopic and image guided neurosurgery.

The Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery has an ongoing quality assurance program, with regular assessments of complications, mortalities and outcomes. Our Division has consistently had among the shortest postoperative stays in Canada for a variety of neurosurgical conditions, including major craniotomies and shunt procedures, attesting to the low rate of postoperative complications. We also have one of the lowest rates of pediatric neurosurgical operations per unit population in North America, and this in part reflects the careful thoughtful approach of the neurosurgeons to the management of neurosurgical conditions and the ability of the neurosurgical team to achieve enduring results. We have achieved the lowest rates of blood transfusion in the world for open procedures to correct various types of craniosynostosis (see cranio-facial program).

The complications of neurological disease and their treatments are often life long. Some of these complications are not avoidable but may are. Using comprehensive preoperative imaging, intraoperative monitoring and structured techniques including the BCCH surgical safety checklist, modified for pediatric surgery, the Division leads the Canadian pediatric surgical community in providing safe surgery for children with neurological disease.

Faculty Members:

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Patrick McDonald

Division Head, Associate Professor UBC

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Ash Singhal

Clinical Assistant Professor, UBC

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Paul Steinbok

Professor UBC

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Doug Cochrane

Professor Emeritus UBC

Staff Members:

Ms. Helen McGregor, Administrative Manager
Mr. Alexander Cheong, Research Coordinator
Dr. Vesna Popovska, Research Manager

Department of Pediatric Ophthalmology

The Department of Pediatric Ophthalmology at BC Children’s Hospital is the main source of tertiary level eye care for the children of British Columbia. The department also provides care to adults with complex strabismus problems, and electrophysiology services to children and adults of this province whose complex retinal or optic nerve diseases require investigation.

The relationships of the Department within the Hospital are a reflection of the subject, which straddles medicine and surgery. Much of our work occurs in busy outpatient clinics where we contribute to multi-system diagnoses as well as identifying and treating the visually-disabling disorders of childhood. We interact closely with the Department of Pediatrics (especially general pediatrics, neurology, rheumatology and dermatology) as well as surgical specialties (neurosurgery, ENT).

Since we also depend on operating facilities, we are administratively closely affiliated with the Section (now Department) of Surgery, and are members of the surgical PBCU.

Faculty Members:

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Jane Gardiner

Department Head, Clinical Professor UBC

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Christopher Lyons

Professor UBC

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Maryam Aroichane

Clinical Assistant Professor UBC

Faculty, Off-Site:

Dr. David Albiani
Dr. Roy Cline
Dr. T. Alan Demco
Dr. Peter Dolman
Dr. Ross Kennedy
Dr. Patrick Ma
Dr. Andrew Merkur
Dr. Katherine Paton
Dr. Megan Rees
Dr. David Rossman
Dr. Vivian Yin

Research Department:

Dr. Debbie Giaschi
Christine Chapman
Sharneet Sandhu

Orthoptic Staff:

Christy Giligson
Andrea Quan
Vaishali Mehta
Debbie Zylich

Affiliations: Visual Impairment Program:

Dr. Carey Matsuba

Electrophysiology Staff:

Linn Moore

Administrative Staff:

Joan Baldos
Stephanie Borretta
Chloe Gregg
Dolores Latham
Natalie Wong

Department of Pediatric Orthopedics

We diagnose and treat a broad range of musculoskeletal problems

As well as providing general pediatric orthopaedic services, we offer specialized clinics for children with scoliosis and spinal deformities, neuromuscular diseases, leg length discrepancies, musculoskeletal oncology, and traumas.

TRAUMA SERVICES

Our programs and services are available to BC children and adolescents. Thousands of children attend the clinics annually.

RESOURCES

The health-care team has several surgeons, nurses, physiotherapists, an occupational therapist, researchers, orthopaedic technologists, and several support staff. These specialists work in conjunction with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.

OUR TEAM

The Orthopaedics Department has both surgeons and researchers. Many of the surgeons have specialties within orthopaedics in which they conduct research. The department is composed of surgeons, researchers, orthopaedic technologists, clinic nurses and many valuable support staff.

Our Team

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Dr. Chris Reilly (Department Head)

Dr. Chris Reilly is the Head of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at BC Children’s Hospital and Head of the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics at the University of British Columbia. He completed his fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedics at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas before joining the orthopaedic group at Children's. He is a paediatric orthopaedic surgeon specializing in the management of paediatric trauma and spinal deformity. He is also the orthopaedic consultant to the Neuromuscular Clinic. His current research interests include functional and surgical outcomes surrounding pediatric trauma, spinal deformities, neuromuscular conditions and athletic knee injuries.
Research: http://www.bcchr.ca/our-research/researchers/results/Details/christopher-reilly

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Dr. Christine Alvarez

Dr. Christine Alvarez completed her orthopaedic residency at the University of Western Ontario in London and her medical training at the University of British Columbia. Since joining the team at Children’s, she has completed a Masters of Surgery in Molecular Biology. Dr. Alvarez is the Medical Director of the Shriners Gait Lab located at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. Her role includes patient selection for gait assessment, clinical interpretation of the analyses and research for children with various walking difficulties. Dr. Alvarez has been responsible for the formation of the Clubfoot Clinic and the Hereditary Multiple Exostoses (HME) Clinic. Dr. Alvarez’s current areas of research include clubfoot, HME and trauma.

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Dr. Kishore Mulpuri

Dr. Mulpuri completed his medical and orthopaedic training at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University in India and went on to pursue orthopedic fellowships at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide, Australia and the Melbourne Orthopedic Group and Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. He subsequently completed a clinical research fellowship in orthopedics at BC Children’s Hospital and a MHSc in Epidemiology at the University of British Columbia. He is now a Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon at BC Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor in the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics at the University of Columbia. His clinical practice and research interests have a major focus on the pediatric hip and cerebral palsy. He regularly treats patients with a wide range of conditions including developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH), cerebral palsy, Legg–Calvé–Perthes (Perthes) disease, osteogenesis imperfecta (OI), slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) and trauma.
Research: http://bcchr.ca/our-research/researchers/results/details/kishore-mulpuri
Academic: http://orthopaedics.med.ubc.ca/dr-kishore-mulpuri/

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Dr. Firoz Miyanji

Dr Miyanji completed his medical school training at the University of Ottawa. He joined the UBC Orthopaedic Residency Program in 1999 and graduated in 2004. He then completed a one year spine fellowship at Toronto Western Hospital and a one year pediatric orthopaedic fellowship at San Diego Children’s Hospital. Dr Miyanji joins the orthopaedic group in providing emergency and elective orthopaedic care at Children’s Hospital. He, alongside Dr. Reilly and Dr. Ghag provide a combined spinal clinic and operative spinal care service. Dr. Miyanji's areas of research interest include spine surgical outcomes and spinal deformity research. Dr. Miyanji is currently BC’s specialist in vertebral body tethering for scoliosis management. The spine clinic at BC Children’s is part of the Harms Study Group and Growing Spine Study Group, which are multi-center prospective research studies that focus on pediatric spinal deformities.

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Dr. Anthony Cooper

Dr. Anthony Cooper graduated from the University of Leeds - School of Medicine in 2003. He did his basic surgical training in Leeds and then moved to Sheffield for his higher surgical training. After completing his pediatric orthopaedic fellowship at BC Children's Hospital, Dr. Cooper joined BCCH as a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon in 2014. Dr. Cooper is the first surgeon to receive the IGAP award from BCCH. He is also a Clinical Investigator at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

Dr. Cooper specializes in limb reconstruction, hip deformities and trauma. He runs the multidisciplinary Pediatric Limb Reconstruction clinic and research program. His research involves studies on patient reported outcomes, quality of life, complications of limb reconstruction, geometrical modelling and medical imaging studies. He has ongoing research collaborations with various orthopaedic surgeons and researchers across Canada, Ethiopia, India, UK and USA.

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Dr. Ravi Ghag

Dr. Ravi Ghag received his Doctor of Medicine degree and completed a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine. He has acquired a Masters of Science in Health Economics Policy and Management from the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom. Dr. Ghag joined the BC Children's Hospital Orthopaedic team this year after completing a fellowship in Pediatric and Adult Spinal Surgery at the Oxford University Spine Unit in Oxford, United Kingdom. His clinical interests include management of pediatric spinal deformity and back pain. His research areas of interest include surgical outcomes and economic analyses of surgical intervention.

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Dr. Lise Leveille

Dr. Lise Leveille completed her medical school training and orthopaedic residency at the University of British Columbia. She then completed her pediatric orthopaedic fellowship at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas before joining BC Children’s Hospital in 2015 as a staff pediatric orthopaedic surgeon. She currently acts as the Medical Director of the Shriners Gait Lab at the Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. Her clinical and research interests include athletic knee injuries, gait abnormalities and cerebral palsy.

Orthopaedic Technologists

Fidel Brooks

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Ricardo Botia

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Fidel Brooks and Ricardo Botia are the Orthopaedic Technologists at BC Children's. Mr. Brooks and Mr. Botia have extensive training in orthopaedics and medicine.

Research Associates

Emily Schaeffer, PhD

Dr. Emily Schaeffer is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for Dr. Mulpuri. She completed her undergraduate studies in Honours Biochemistry at UBC and holds a PhD in Experimental and Molecular Medicine from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. She has an extensive background in basic science and translational research and her research interests include pediatric hip conditions such as developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH), slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE), hip displacement secondary to cerebral palsy and the genetics underlying DDH. In addition to her role as Postdoctoral Research Fellow, she is also the Study Coordinator for the International Hip Dysplasia Institute and Head Research Coordinator for the International Hip Dysplasia Registry.
Email: emily.schaeffer@cw.bc.ca

Eva Habib, BSc

Eva holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Physiology from SFU and is a research coordinator for Dr. Mulpuri and Dr. Reilly. She coordinates pediatric trauma, hip, and spine research for Dr. Mulpuri and Dr. Reilly.
Email: eva.habib@cw.bc.ca

Harpreet Chhina, PhD Candidate

Harpreet manages the Pediatric Limb Reconstruction Research Program for Dr. Anthony Cooper. She has a Master’s Degree in Human Anatomy (Panjab University) and a Master’s Degree in Experimental Medicine (University of British Columbia). She is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Experimental Medicine, Faculty of Medicine UBC. For her PhD thesis, Harpreet is developing a patient reported quality of life questionnaire for children with lower limb deformities. She has particular interest in qualitative research methodologies, quality of life studies, patient reported outcomes and psychometrics.
Email: hchhina@cw.bc.ca

Staff Members

Brenda Whitworth, Administrative Secretary
Emily Schaeffer, Research for Drs. Reilly and Mulpuri
Eva Habib, Research for Drs. Reilly and Mulpuri
Harpreet Chhina, Research for Dr. Cooper
Fahimeh Karimi, Research for Dr. Miyanji
Michele Stark, MOA to Dr. C. Reilly
Marilynn Timbrell, MOA to Dr. C. Alvarez
Salima Damani, MOA to Dr. K. Mulpuri
Susan Ramiscal, MOA to Dr. A. Cooper
Valerie Walsh, MOA to Dr. F. Miyanji and Dr. A. Ghag
Melissa Hart, MOA to Dr. Leveille

Lauren Paul, Nurse Clinician
Wendy Krishnaswamy, Nurse Clinician
Angela Nowak, Clinic Nurse
Jennifer Dunlop, Nurse Practitioner
Fidel Brooks, Cast Technician
Ricardo Botia, Cast Technician
Shelinah Kabani, Orthopaedic Clinic
Manjit Bains, Orthopaedic Clinic
Victoria Lum, Orthopaedic Clinic
Stacey Miller, PT, CP Hip Surveillance
Maria Juricic, PT, Ortho Clinic
Daphne O’Young, OT, Ortho Clinic

Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology

The Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology provides care for children with disorders of the ears, nose and throat. These disorders can be congenital or acquired. The otolaryngologists care for problems such as ear infections, hearing loss, airway obstruction, snoring, obstructive sleep apnea, tonsillitis, nosebleeds, dysphonia, congenital cysts, sinuses and fistulae of the head and neck, foreign bodies and tumors. Surgery ranges from myringotomy and tympanostomy tube insertion, adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy to cochlear implantation, bronchoscopy and airway reconstruction (often with laser).

In a year, about 8,000 children are assessed in the Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic. In addition, the team members participate in these multi-disciplinary clinics: cleft palate, craniofacial, vascular anomalies and cochlear implantation.

Faculty Members:

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Frederick K. Kozak

Division Head, Clinical Professor UBC

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Neil K. Chadha

Clinical Associate Professor UBC

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Paul Moxham

Clinical Associate Professor UBC

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Jeffrey P. Ludemann

Clinical Associate Professor UBC

Staff Members:

Ms. Patsy Regan, Pediatric Otolaryngology Clinical Nurse
Ms. Michele Freeman, MOA to Dr. Kozak
Ms. Nancy Davies, MOA to Drs. Ludemann & Moxham
Ms. Michele Poulsen, MOA to Drs. Ludemann & Moxham
Ms. Karla Smith, MOA to Dr. Chadha

Research Members:

Ms. Julie Pauwels, Research Coordinator
Mr. Brendan Sorichetti, Research Assistant
Dr. Paula Tellez, Research Fellow

Division of Pediatric Plastic Surgery

The Division of Pediatric Plastic Surgery has a Division Head and five staff surgeons. All of the Division members maintain some area of special expertise within the spectrum of plastic surgical practice. Drs. Bush, Courtemanche, and Verchere provide cleft care. Drs. Bush and Courtemanche also work in the Craniofacial Clinic and the Jaw Clinic. Dr. Verchere runs the Obstetrical Brachial Plexus Clinic. Dr. Courtemanche runs the Vascular Anomalies Clinic. Dr. Verchere and Dr. Hill manage the Complex Upper Limb Clinic and Dr. Verchere is the Children’s Hospital Burn Program Director. Dr. Mark Hill has a special interest in congenital hand and microsurgery and Dr. van Laeken has a special interest in facial re-animation and microsurgery.

Faculty Members:

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Cynthia Verchere

Division Head, Clinical Associate Professor UBC

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Sean Bristol

Clinical Assistant Professor UBC

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Jugpal Arneja

Clinical Professor UBC

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Douglas J Courtemanche

Clinical Professor Emeritus UBC

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Erika Henkelman

Clinical Instructor UBC

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Sally Haynes

Clinical Instructor UBC

Staff Members:

Ms. Norine Mayede, Division Administrative Assistant & Medical Office Assistant to Dr. Verchere
Ms. Wendy Moss, RN
Dr. Marija Bucevska, Research Coordinator
Ms. Rebecca Courtemanche, Research Coordinator
Ms. Rupinder Parhar, Medical Office Assistant to Dr. Courtemanche
Ms. Anastasia Mitzel, Medical Office Assistant to Dr. Arneja
Ms. Audrey Potkonjak, Office Assistant to Dr. Verchere

Division of Pediatric Urology

The Division of Pediatric Urology offers care for children with urinary tract and genitalia disorders. These disorders can be congenital or acquired. The pediatric urologists care for common problems such as urinary tract infections, wetting, undescended testis, hernias, hydronephrosis, hypospadiass, hydroceles and urinary reflux. The urologists perform reconstructive surgery and management of complex gastro-urinary congenital anomalies and chronic renal failure.

In a year, about 6,000 patients are assessed in the ambulatory clinic and 900 surgical procedures are performed. In addition, the multi-disciplinary team members conduct weekly half-day myelomeningocele clinics for BC spina bifida patients.

Faculty Members:

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Andrew E MacNeily

Division Head, Professor UBC

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Kourosh Afshar

Associate Professor UBC

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John ST Masterson

Clinical Professor UBC

Other Staff Members:

Ms. Heidi Scott, Pediatric Urology Nurse Clinician
Dr. Souzan Baharlou, Pediatric Urology Research Associate
Dr. Maryam Noaparast, Pediatric Urology Research Associate
Ms. Danielle Baghii, Administrative Assistant
Ms. Maria Chaperon, Administrative Assistant