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This is a comprehensive training program in advanced non-cardiac thoracic surgery, intended for those who have graduated from or intend to complete an ACGME cardiothoracic residency.  Foreign medical graduates who do not plan to practice in the United States are also eligible.  It is not intended as an alternative path to thoracic credentialing, but rather as an enhancement for specialized training in minimally invasive and robotic techniques, advanced endoscopy,  multidisciplinary thoracic and foregut oncology, and benign and malignant foregut surgery.

The Division of Thoracic Surgery consists of 5 thoracic surgeons who contribute to high volume and considerable academic pursuit. Their backgrounds, training and experience are varied creating a rich exposure to diverse problem-solving approaches and concepts.  Within the Division is a co-existing interventional pulmonary program with 2 interventional pulmonologists, adding additional experience and training in imaging, staging, and pleural and airway disease management.  Lastly, there is a lung cancer screening and pulmonary nodule program.

The practice includes multidisciplinary management of thoracic oncology through weekly GI and thoracic oncology conferences and team interaction, including locally advanced lung cancer, esophageal and gastric malignancy, mediastinal neoplasms, malignant primary and metastatic pleural disease.  The Thoracic Fellowship coexists and overlaps with an Advanced Minimally Invasive Foregut Fellowship for benign and malignant esophageal disease, giving the thoracic fellow significant esophageal experience.  Through these combined experiences the fellow gains a broad range of skill sets in the evaluation, management, and surgical options for common and complex general thoracic surgical diseases.

While minimally invasive surgical approaches including robotics, interventional bronchoscopy and endoscopic surgery are used extensively, the emphasis is on a thorough understanding of the underlying pathophysiology and/or oncology of disease processes, proper utilization of diagnostic modalities, decision-making regarding surgical interventions, proper choice and performance of surgical procedures, and postoperative management of complex patients. Advanced bronchoscopic experience in endobronchial ultrasound, CT navigational bronchoscopy, and rigid bronchoscopy with management of obstruction and other complex airway diseases leads to additional proficiency and versatility.

Academically the fellow is responsible for participating in 6 journal clubs and 3-6 resident education conferences per year, as well as monthly morbidity and mortality conference and weekly radiology rounds and multidisciplinary oncology conferences. At least one significant research project must be substantially completed during the year, though typically authorship in more than one paper results from the year’s activities. Time and funding are provided for 1 educational conference per year.  A research coordinator, a research fellow in thoracic surgery, a database in thoracic surgery and research staff support the research work.

The work environment is excellent and confined to one facility with dedicated fellow work-space, state of the art equipment and a good support structure that minimizes busy work. The fellow is supported by a third-or fourth-year surgery resident and two nurse practitioners. The office is on-campus and its staff are available to the fellow.

The fellow is in charge of the clinical service for 1 week at a time alternating with a back-up week, and first call is taken every other weekend. The attendings are personally involved in each aspect of their patients’ care, providing mentorship. They round with the fellow daily and the on-call attending rounds on the weekend in person with the fellow.


Brian E. Louie MD, MHA, MPH, FRCSC, FACS

Director of Thoracic Research and Education
Co-Director – Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery Program
Surgical Chair – Swedish Digestive Health Institute
Division of Thoracic Surgery
Swedish Medical Center and Cancer Institute
P: 206-215-6800
F: 206-215-6801

Posted 2018-10-05

Posted 2018-09-25

Posted 2018-07-06

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As one of British Columbia’s six regional health authorities, we, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) are a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents living in Vancouver, Vancouver’s North Shore, Richmond, the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Sunshine Coast, Bella Bella, Bella Coola, and the Central Coast. We are dedicated to delivering the highest quality services in areas including primary care, community-based residential and home health care, mental health, substance use, public health and research. We are an organization fully committed to supporting healthy lives in healthy communities with the robust resources of 13 hospitals, a number of community health centres, 2,500 physicians, more than 13,500 full time staff, and over $3 billion in funding.

But that’s only part of the story. VCH is about something bigger; this is a place where we embrace thinking boldly, taking smart risks, and “going first” – on everything from new surgical techniques to funding models – when we believe it will lead to the best possible outcomes for patients and their families. We are proud to hold best-in-class awards in everything from research, surgical care and infection control, to harm reduction, community care, communications and community engagement. At our core, we are a people-focused organization where entrepreneurial spirit runs deeps, and opportunity exists for all those see themselves in the transformation of health care as we know it. We invite you to be part of the team and part of the journey as a Thoracic Surgeon at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH).

Due to high patient volumes, there is a now an immediate need to supplement the 22-bed specialty inpatient unit at VGH for an additional Thoracic Surgeon. As the designated regional centre for thoracic surgery, there are a wide range of operations performed – benign and malignant diseases of the chest with an emphasis on lung cancer, esophageal disorders, and lung transplantation. As the ideal candidate, you bring transplant experience with a depth of experience in VATS Lobectomy and minimally invasive thoracic surgery. Experience in ECMO or cardiovascular surgery is an asset. You must hold, or be eligible to obtain certification in Thoracic Surgery by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada to practice on this team.

This is an exciting opportunity to have significant impact in one of Canada’s largest health authorities on the beautiful west coast of Vancouver. If you would like to explore this opportunity further please apply to Health Match BC Posting #VCHA-1515 by clicking on the “Request Info” link below.

Please include with your application a cover letter, CV and any other relevant documents for review.

Both Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and University of British Columbia hire on the basis of merit and are committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply.

For more information click here.

Posted 2018-03-19



The Department of Surgery Dalhousie University/Nova Scotia Health Authority is seeking an academic Thoracic Surgeon to join the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  The Division currently comprises four surgeons and has a 20 bed inpatient service.  Expertise in advanced endoscopy would be preferred.  The Division of Thoracic Surgery currently provides comprehensive care to Nova Scotia as well as Prince Edward Island and provides quaternary care to New Brunswick and Newfoundland.  Applicants should be eligible for licensure in Nova Scotia and certified in Thoracic Surgery.

Halifax is a growing city of 400,000 with exceptional educational, cultural and recreational opportunities and facilities.

The Department of Surgery is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness.  The Department of Surgery encourages applications from Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community.

Send applications to Dr. Harry Henteleff

Division of Thoracic Surgery
QEII Health Sciences Centre
VG Site, 7S Room 012, Victoria Building
1276 South Park Street
Halifax NS  B3H                         Email:

Thoracic Surgeon – St. Joseph’s Health Centre Toronto

St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Toronto, in conjunction with the University of Toronto is seeking a Thoracic Surgeon. The position will be based at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, a large, community-academic teaching hospital serving Toronto’s west-end. St. Joseph’s Thoracic Surgery program is a Level-1 Designated Thoracic Centre of Excellence as per Cancer Care Ontario with approximately 200 major lung cancer resections performed per year. The successful candidate will join two other thoracic surgeons and take 1 in 3 thoracic surgery on-call.

The successful candidate will be expected to have successfully obtained certification in Thoracic Surgery from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The successful candidate will have experience and skill in the multidisciplinary management of benign and malignant thoracic conditions. Candidates will be expected to show evidence of exceptional interpersonal and collaborative skills with initiative to further advance the clinical, teaching, and academic productivity of the Thoracic Surgery division at St. Joseph’s Health Centre. A commitment and demonstrated interest in surgical education at all levels is essential.

The candidate must be eligible for licensure in the Province of Ontario. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

Applications must include an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae, and a description of previous academic experience, as well as of specialty training.   Applications must be received by February 28, 2018.  Applications are to be submitted to:

Dr. Christopher Compeau
Chief of Surgery,
St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Toronto,
30 The Queensway
Sunnyside wing room 214
M6R 1B5

Tel: 416 530 6530
Fax: 416 530 6529



Thoracic Surgery Position in Moncton New Brunswick

The Moncton Hospital, a facility within Horizon Health Network, is recruiting a full-time Thoracic Surgeon.  The department at present consists of five and a half general surgeons, two hepatopancreatobiliary surgeons, two thoracic and two vascular surgeons.  The senior thoracic surgeon will be retiring within the next year.

Applicants must be eligible for licensure in New Brunswick and hold subspecialty certification in Thoracic Surgery.  Applicants will be expected to deliver appropriate inpatient and outpatient services in the field of Thoracic Surgery and provide on-call coverage in coordination with other members of the Division of Thoracic Surgery.  A typical weekly schedule will include:

  • Daily inpatient rounds
  • Operating sessions as assigned by the OR Utilization Committee
  • Inpatient consultations
  • Hospital-based clinics
  • Office hours
  • Involvement in teaching residents and medical students
  • Bronchoscopy suite
  • NCIC affiliated and opportunities exist for research

Horizon Health Network is the largest health-care organization in Atlantic Canada, operating 12 hospitals and more than 100 medical facilities, clinics and offices providing medical services ranging from acute care to community based health services to New Brunswick, northern Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.  With 1,000 physicians, an annual budget exceeding $1 billion and approximately 13,000 employees, Horizon Health Network’s strategic vision focuses on research, innovation and education.

The Moncton Hospital is a 386-bed tertiary and critical care facility within Horizon Health Network.  It is a major referral hospital which serves communities throughout New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and northern Nova Scotia.  It is a Level II Trauma Centre which offers tertiary services in neurosurgery, oncology and neonatal care and includes all other major services and subspecialties.  The hospital has two state of the art MIS suites as well as a new outpatient complex including an up-to-date GI/endoscopy suite, clinics and minor OR suites.

The city, with adjoining municipalities, has a population of more than 144,000, and was ranked as one of the best Canadian cities for quality of community life.  There is an abundance of educational, cultural and recreational opportunities including easy access to warm water beaches of the Northumberland Strait, and also the scenic Bay of Fundy area.  Visit the City’s website at


The Department of General Surgery, specific to its divisions of General Surgery and Thoracic Surgery, requires that its active and courtesy members have passed the examination of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.


Standard remuneration for the position is based on New Brunswick Medicare’s Alternate Funding Plan for Thoracic Surgery, approximately $457,000/year based on credentials and experience.  Financial provision to support the physician’s practice is also available.  If one chooses to participate in call for another specialty, they will receive the mandated on-call stipend and fee-for-service billings plus premiums.

Applicants are invited to forward their CV to Dr. Jody Enright, Medical Director, 135 MacBeath Ave., Moncton, NB, E1C 6Z8, fax (506)857-5545, or email at



The Department of Surgery at Windsor Regional Hospital (WRH) is currently recruiting for a General
Surgeon with certification in General Thoracic Surgery. As one of three surgeons in the Regional
Thoracic Program (Level 2), this position will provide an an opportunity to work along side a dynamic
multidisciplinary team of physicians providing comprehensive surgical service to Windsor and Essex
county. Additionally, as WRH is also the Trauma centre for the region, the successful candidate will be
participating fully in the Trauma programme.

About Windsor Regional Hospital

Windsor Regional Hospital (WRH) offers the opportunity for a fantastic career in an award winning
health care facility. WRH is a multi-site health service organization providing Acute Medical and Surgical
Services including Renal, Trauma, Emergency, Family Birthing Centre, Neonatal Intensive Care,
Paediatric Services, Critical Care (ICU/CCU), Regional Cancer Services (Inpatient Oncology, Windsor
Regional Cancer Centre, Breast Health Centre), Neurosciences and Mental Health Services to 400,000
people in Windsor and Essex County. WRH provides Acute Care Services with over 600-beds on our
multi-site locations.

About Windsor and Essex County

The Windsor-Essex area is ecologically rich with extensive parkland along with a southwest location that
extends warm weather activities such a golfing, gardening, and water sports. Windsor offers the unique
opportunities of a larger metropolitan area and the benefits of a smaller community. Living directly
across the border from Detroit, Michigan places you on a cosmopolitan stage where arts, culture, big
league sports, and entertainment are just moments away. Best of all, you can enjoy access to all of these
big-city advantages while living in the relative tranquility (and low costs) of a much smaller, friendlier

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – General Surgeon with certification in General Thoracic Surgery
  • Skills in minimally invasive surgery as well as pacemaker experience would be an asset
  • Eligible for independent Licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
  • Willingness to take on an active role in the medical education of students and residents

Please submit a most recent CV to:
Jessica Bennett, Director, and Medical Affairs
Windsor Regional Hospital

Grand River Hospital and St. Mary’s General Hospital are jointly recruiting for one full time Thoracic Surgeon to fill vacant position in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.Grand River Hospital and St. Mary’s General Hospital are two separately governed hospitals that function as an integrated system with well-defined and complementary clinical programs to serve both the local community and the region. As part of their integration strategy, the hospitals have a common medical staff, joint medical and administrative leadership positions, and an integrated planning system. Each hospital has acute care ER with patient volumes reaching approximately 55,000 visits / annum.

St. Mary’s General Hospital is a Centre of Excellence for Respiratory and Thoracic Care and a Level One Thoracic Surgery Centre. Working with Cancer Care Ontario, two thoracic surgeons complete approximately 100 lung resections and 15 esophagectomy operations for cancer annually. The Thoracic Surgery team is part of the Diagnostic Assessment Program (DAP) located at Grand River Hospital’s Grand River Regional Cancer Centre. This close relationship with the Cancer Centre allows health care professionals to work with patients with lung cancer to develop a holistic plan of care that spans the health care continuum.

The Thoracic Program continues to explore new options and best practices related to thoracic surgery and as such has developed a combined Nurse Practitioner and First Assist position that offers a patient focused approach to care. The Nurse Practitioner / First Assist participates in all aspects of a patient’s care, from assessment to assisting the surgeon during the operation, to managing post-operative care throughout discharge and follow up.

The hospitals are seeking a thoracic surgeon who will work with the other two Consultants, to provide specialized clinical care for patients with a wide range of serious diseases of the thorax (the chest). These include conditions of the lungs, mediastinum (middle of the chest), chest wall, and esophagus. A candidate with an additional interest in general surgery is preferred. Certification in thoracic and general surgery by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and eligibility for licensure in the Province of Ontario are required.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application and curriculum vitae to Tanja Cvijetic, Medical Affairs Coordinator, at

Thoracic Surgeon
Victoria, BC

Island Health Thoracic Surgery Program invites applications for a half-time locum General Thoracic Surgeon to join our Division of Thoracic Surgery in the Department of Surgery at the Royal Jubilee and Victoria General Hospitals. The duration of the locum would be 12 months starting on February 1, 2017 or when available.

The Division is a 2.5 surgeon group, with the .5 surgeon retiring at the end of 2016. We are working towards a 3 full-time surgeon group.

Eligible applicants must hold FRCSC certification in Thoracic Surgery and be eligible for full licensure with CPSBC. The successful applicant will hold advanced training and skills in general thoracic surgery and minimally invasive thoracic surgery as well as have experience in both esophageal (benign and malignant) and pulmonary thoracic surgical care. Training in Endoscopic Bronchial Ultrasound will be a strong asset. Applicants should demonstrate a record of excellence in surgical residency training, clinical service and academic expertise.

The Royal Jubilee and Victoria General Hospitals provide a comprehensive clinical and expanding academic regional program. The Thoracic Surgical Program is primarily based at the Royal Jubilee Hospital with consultative and emergency operative coverage at the Victoria General Hospital as well as appointments to the British Columbia Cancer Agency consultative staff.

Remuneration is based on an alternative payment program with a separate compensation for on-call coverage. Rank as a member of the Clinical Faculty will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Our program provides tertiary services across Vancouver Island to a population of over 750,000. This position is affiliated with the University of British Columbia Department of Surgery and Division of Thoracic Surgery. The Royal Jubilee and Victoria General Hospitals are part of the academic campus of the University of British Columbia Medical School-Island Medical Program.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, CV, and names of three references by January 31, 2017 to:
Eva Vincent, Interim Manager Physician Recruitment & Retention
Email: / FAX: 250-716-7747