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Welcome to the Department of Surgery at McMaster University, world leader in the provision of evidence-based surgical education, research and patient care. Our large faculty contributes extensively to the department's ability to provide specialty care for Hamilton and the surrounding communities through St. Joseph's Healthcare and the Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation.

Committed to integrating innovative clinical care, world-leading research and outstanding educational resources, the Department of Surgery aspires to continue to be a leading department in academic surgery nationally and internationally. 

Susan Reid MD, FRCSC Professor / General Surgery

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Dr. Sheila Singh

The Royal Society of Canada has unveiled the newest members of the College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists. Among this year's inductees is Neurosurgery's Dr. Sheila Singh. Here she explains the importance of her work, and why she was ultimately chosen for the honour. 

Alumni Spotlight

Dr. William Orovan grew up in Brockville, Ontario and studied at McMaster University, completing a BSc in 1966. Over three decades later, he would go on to become the Chair of McMaster’s Department of Surgery.

Dr. William Orovan MD Chair of Department of Surgery


Nov 14, 2017

Every Day Heroes: Volume 1

It’s not every day that surgeons are called to perform surgery outside of the hospital, so when Dr. Niv Sne and Dr. John Harlock were rushed to the horrific scene of a partial-dam collapse, you can imagine the cocktail of adrenaline, concern, and excitement coursing through their bodies. Here, roughly one year after the incident, they reflect on what is sure to be one of the most unusual days of their entire medical careers.

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