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Lisa VanHouwelingen

  • Assistant Professor,
    Pediatric Surgery Program
  • Directo​r,
    Pediatric Surgery Residency Program



Subspecialty training in Pediatric Surgery is offered at McMaster Children’s Hospital.  The learning objectives are aligned with the specialty requirements of the Royal College but are specific to McMaster University.

It is a 2 year program, fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Trainees learn under the supervision of 6 faculty members: Drs P. Fitzgerald, M. Walton, K. Bailey, H. Flageole, L. Van Houwelingen and M. ​Livingston.

McMaster Children’s hospital serves a population basin of over 2 million people in southern Ontario and is home to one of the largest and most modern neonatal units in Canada.

Pediatric Surgery Fellowships

McMaster University will be participating this year in the North American MATCH for a fellowship position starting July 1, 20​23. Interviews are held at the university typically in late February or early March. If you're interested in applying, ​please visit

If you have general enquiries about the fellowship position, please feel free to e-mail ​​Carol Dow, our Senior Education Program Associate at 


The curriculum is divided in 2 years.  Residents spend 18 months of the pediatric surgery service and the other 6 months doing elective rotations including neonatal ICU, pediatric ICU and global surgery.  There is also an opportunity to spend 1-2 months in research activities or other elective training that would be of benefit to the resident.

Formal Academic Curriculum


Trainees in the McMaster program benefit from a dedicated academic half-day with organized teaching seminars in addition to weekly Pediatric Surgery Grand Rounds, Pediatric Grand Rounds and many other learning opportunities.


Pediatric surgery residents are evaluated every 4 months using CanMEDS  formatted goals and objectives. There are practice written and oral examinations at similar intervals.


Pediatric Surgery Residents are strongly encouraged to participate in clinical research throughout their stay and may spend up to 2 months dedicated to research.  McMaster University has a strong background in evidence-based medicine and furthermore, the McMaster Pediatric Surgery Research Collaborative, with a research coordinator, Ms B. Easterbrook, and several full-time research assistants.


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