University of Calgary



University of Calgary

Duration of Fellowship:

1 year with possible 2nd year to complete the Royal College of Canada Surgical Oncology accredited program.

Number of Available Fellowship Positions:


Program Director:
Program Director Email:

Adrian Harvey, MD
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Secondary Contact Name:
Secondary Contact Title:
Secondary Contact Email:

Christine Fjaagesund
Senior Program Coordinator, Office of Surgical Fellowship Program


Office of Surgical Fellowship Program
Foothills Medical Centre
North Tower, 7th Floor, Rm 733
1403 29 Street NW
Calgary, Alberta, T2N 2T9, Canada
Phone: 403 944 5172
Fax: 403 944 4301

Objectives of the Program:

To provide advanced training in the field of endocrine surgery including; parathyroid, thyroid, endocrine pancreas, adrenal and neuroendocrine tumors.This includes not only the technical surgical aspects, but the pathophysiology of these diseases, the work up, surgical indications and follow-up. This program is dedicated to meeting the AAES objectives in Endocrine Surgery. To provide an environment that fosters both education and research in the field of Endocrine Surgery, and provides the ground work for a career in academic surgery. Upon completion the candidate will be competent in providing advanced surgical oncological care in the field of Endocrine Surgery to their institution. The Fellow will be expected to attend the AAES and IAES meetings, with funding provided if they are presenting.

Highlights of the Fellowship:

The services compromises of 2 fellowship trained Endocrine Surgeons, Rotation with Endocrinology, Pathology and Radiology are each 2 weeks and worked into the schedule.
The candidate will be surgically involved in at least:
90-110 thyroidectomies/year
80-100 parathyroidectomies/year
20 - 30 Adrenalectomies/year
15 neuroendocrine pancreas cases/year
15-20 NET GI cases including Carcinoid syndrome /year
Dedicated Endocrine Surgical clinics 2-3/week.
Dedicated Neuroendocrine multi-disciplinary clinic with an endocrinologist, nuclear radiotherapist, hepatobiliary surgery, endocrine surgeon, medical oncologist held monthly.
Tumor Board for both thyroid cancer and NETs are held monthly
Dedicated Hereditary Endocrine Clinic with geneticist, genetic counselor, endocrinologist and endocrine surgery held 4 x year.
Weekly Endocrine Rounds and Surgical Oncology Rounds. Fellow will be scheduled to present at these rounds.
Three to six months of research or the foundational course work to pursue a Masters degree for those who are doing the two years of training. Flexibility to meet the needs of the applicant for their future career.
THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS are a short 1 hour away

International Medical Graduates:

Yes, must meet eligibility requirements and special considerations below.

Special Considerations:

- Must have completed, or be completing, a Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada (or the equivalent) accredited residency program in General Surgery.
- Must be eligible for an Educational or Independent license to practice medicine by the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta.
- Prospective Fellows must be proficient in spoken and written English and if language of medical school is not English, it may be necessary to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Spoken English (TSE) or the new TOEFL-lbt (

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Previous Fellows:

Dr. Mark Sywak 2000-2002 - Sydney, Australia
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Dr. Juan Chavez 2003-2004 - Mexico City

Dr. Anthony Chambers 2007-2009 - Sydney Australia

Dr Laura Chin-Lenn 2011-2013 - Melbourne, Australia
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Dr. Raj Patel 2013-2014 - Auckland, NZ
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Dr. Johanna Basa 2014-2015 - California, USA
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