"MIS is part of our philosophy on improving patient care. The pre- and post-operative care also plays a huge role in the entire process, along with state-of-the-art operating rooms; top-notch teaching; and research and evaluation woven into everything we do."

Dr. Liane Feldman,
MUHC director of the Division of General Surgery and Steinberg-Bernstein chair of Minimally Invasive Surgery and Innovation.


Gerald M. Fried, MD, FRCS(C), FACS


Edward W. Archibald Professor of Surgery and Gastroenterology and Chairman of the Department of Surgery, and Surgeon-in-Chief, McGill University Health Centre.

He is a practicing general surgeon, and specializes in minimally invasive surgical therapies, especially as applied to treatment of digestive disorders. He founded the Steinberg-Bernstein Centre for Minimally Invasive Surgery and Innovation at the McGill University Health Centre to coordinate the clinical, research and education activities related to innovative and endoscopic therapies for GI disease. He has previously served as Adair Family Chair of Surgical Education, Program Director for General Surgery, Royal College Examiner for General Surgery.

He has served as President of SAGES, the James IV Association of Surgeons (Canada), The Canadian Association of General Surgeons and the Central Surgical Association, and is currently a member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of Annals of Surgery, Archives of Surgery, Surgery, Journal of the American College of Surgery, Surgical Endoscopy, World Journal of Surgery, and Surgical Innovation. He has been named to the Faculty Honour List for Educational Excellence of the McGill Faculty of Medicine, and has received the John Ruedy Award for Innovation in Education from the Association of Canadian Faculties of Medicine.

Research interests: simulation and the training and evaluation methods specifically applied to acquisition of novel technical skills in surgery

Clinical interests: foregut surgery, hernia

Liane S. Feldman, MD, FRCS(C), FACS


Dr Liane Feldman is Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of General Surgery at McGill University. She holds the Steinberg-Bernstein Chair in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Innovation at the McGill University Health Centre where her clinical focus is advanced laparoscopic gastrointestinal surgery. She is also the Program Director for the Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship.

Dr Feldman’s clinical and research interests center on the measurement and improvement of recovery and other outcomes of gastrointestinal surgery. This includes measurement of patient-centered outcomes during surgical recovery; training and assessment of surgeons in laparoscopic techniques; and organization of perioperative care processes. Dr Feldman established and co-chairs a multidisciplinary group implementing evidence-based Enhanced Recovery perioperative care plans throughout the Department of Surgery at the McGill University Health Centre and has spoken and taught widely on ERAS programs. Dr. Feldman represented Canada as the James IV Travelling Surgeon in 2010 and received the Canadian Association for Medical Education National Award for “distinguished contribution to medical education.” She was an invited member of the Colloquia at Balliol College, Oxford on evaluation of surgical innovation.

Dr Feldman is author of over 100 articles, book chapters and videos and co-editor of the SAGES manual on the Fundamental Use of Surgical Energy. Her work on ERAS and surgical education has been recognized nationally and internationally.

Clinical interests: solid organ surgery, gastric surgery, hernia

Research interests: surgical outcomes, physiology, education

Lorenzo Ferri, MD, FRCS(C), FACS


Associate Professor of Surgery, David Mulder Chair and Head of Thoracic Surgery at the McGill University Health Centre, Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital, and McGill University.
Associate Professor of Surgery and Oncology at McGill.

Dr. Ferri has published extensively in the fields of thoracic surgery, upper GI diseases, minimally invasive surgery and oncology. He has been a leader, a role model, and a sought-after mentor to his students and residents.

Clinical interests: gastric and esophageal cancer, benign disease of the esophagus, malignant pulmonary/chest wall disease

Research interests: altered leukocyte function in sepsis, lung/esophageal cancer cell migration, outcomes for esophageal resection, the role of circumferential resection margin status in esophageal cancer

Melina Vassiliou, MD, M.ED, FRCS(C)


Associate Professor of Surgery, the Associate Director of the McGill Medical Simulation Centre, and Assistant Program Director of MIS Fellowship Program. She completed her Master’s of Education at McGill during her residency at which time she obtained a Royal College Medical Education Research Grant to investigate the impact of simulation training on performance in the operating room. In 2009, she was awarded the Haemonetics Corporation Outstanding Paper Award at the ASE meeting for her work on the development of tools to measure flexile endoscopy skills.

Research interests: assessment of clinical and operative skills, simulation, and curriculum development

Sender Liberman, MD, CM, FRCSC, FASCRS, FACS


Sender Liberman, MD, is the Program Director of the Colon & Rectal Surgery Residency Program at McGill University. He holds the rank of Associate Professor of Surgery and Oncology at McGill.

His specialty interests include surgical and endoscopic treatment of colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and anorectal surgery. His practice focuses on minimally invasive techniques used to treat these surgical conditions. His main research interests are mainly in the field of modern management of rectal cancer, Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS), Minimally Invasive Surgery and Multimodal Prehabilitation.

Dr. Liberman earned his medical degree at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He then completed residency in General Surgery at McGill. His subspecialty training in Colon & Rectal Surgery was obtained in Chicago, Illinois at the Cook County, University of Illinois in Chicago and Lutheran General Hospital Program.

He is certified by the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in General Surgery, the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery, and holds a specialist certificate in Colon & Rectal Surgery from the Collège des Médecins du Quebec.

Dr. Liberman is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery. He sits on the Medical Advisory Board of the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada, and is Member at Large of the Canadian Society of Colon & Rectal Surgery.

Simon Bergman, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS


Dr. Simon Bergman obtained his medical degree from McGill University in 2001 and pursued his postgraduate training in general surgery. During this time, he obtained an M.Sc. focusing on surgical recovery and patient-centered outcomes. In 2008, he completed a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at The Ohio State University, under the mentorship of Dr. Scott Melvin.

Dr. Bergman is currently Assistant Professor of Surgery at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He is also a clinician-scientist in the Department of Surgery at the Jewish General Hospital, where he works as a general/MIS surgeon. Dr. Bergman is also Director of Undergraduate Surgical Education at McGill University.

Clinical interests: hernia and foregut surgery

Research interests: measurement of surgical recovery and the quality of surgical care in elderly patients

Patrick Charlebois, MD, FRCS(C)


Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, McGill University
Colorectal surgeon, McGill University Health Centre

Clinical interests: colorectal minimally invasive surgery

Barry Stein, MD, FRCS(C), FACS


Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, McGill University
Colorectal surgeon, McGill University Health Centre

Clinical interests: colorectal minimally invasive surgery

Roger J. Tabah, MD, FRCS(C), FACS


Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, McGill University
Program Director, Surgical Oncology

Clinical interests: minimally invasive parathyroid surgery

Elliot J. Mitmaker, MD, MSc FRCS(C)


Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, McGill University

Clinical interests: minimally invasive endocrine surgery (thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal)

Research interests: molecular mechanisms of endocrine malignancies of the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands

Kosar Khwaja, MD, MBA, MSc., FRCS, FACS


Director of Acute Care Surgery, MGH
Associate Director, Trauma Program
Critical Care Medicine

Shannon Fraser, MD, MSc, FRCS(C), FACS


Jewish General Hospital General Surgery Division Chief, Associate Professor of Surgery

The clinical expertise of Dr. Fraser lies in minimally invasive surgery with a focus on GI and hernia surgery, while her research interests include surgical education, surgical outcomes and patient safety innovations, on which she has published several journal articles and book chapters.

Carmen Mueller, BSc(Hons) MD FRCSC, Assistant Professor of Surgery, McGill University


Originally from Southern Ontario, Dr. Carmen Mueller completed Medical School and General Surgery residency training at the University of Toronto. She was the 2012-2013 McGill MIS fellow. In 2014, she completed a Masters of Education at McGill University, focusing on assessment of endoscopic proficiency. During her time at McGill, she has developed extensive clinical expertise in complex, minimally invasive and open luminal GI surgery, particularly benign and malignant foregut. Other clinical interests include advanced GI endoscopy and solid organ minimally invasive surgery.

Research interests:endoscopy training, motivation, curriculum development, clinical outcomes

Sebastian Vincent Demyttenaere, MD


Dr. Demyttenaere completed his general surgery residency at McGill and undertook an MIS fellowship at the Ohio state university in 2009.

Clinical interests: bariatrics, GI and hernia surgery, and endoscopy

Anaesthesia with MIS

Francesco Carli, MD, MPhil, FRCA, FRCPC


Professor of Anesthesia and Professor in the School of Nutrition, Montreal General Hospital,
Department of Anesthesia of McGill University.

Dr.Francesco Carli completed his medical training and anesthesia training in Turin, Italy and London, England. He has worked as Clinical and Research Fellow in Paris and Montreal. He completed a Master in surgical metabolism at the University of London, England. He was staff anaesthesiologist and research scientist at Northwick Park Hospital and Medical Research Centre, Harrow, Middlesex and the Hammersmith Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London, England before coming to McGill University as the Wesley Bourne Professor and Chairman of the department of Anesthesia (Chairmanship 1994-2004).
He is the Chair of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society International Education Foundation (CASIEF);Board Member of the Louise and Allan Edwards Foundation; President of the Peri Operative Program (POP).
Dr Carli has served as volunteer physician/educator at the Medical College of Monrovia (Liberia), at Centre-Hopitalo Universitaire de Kigaly (Rwanda), and at the Medical School of East Jerusalem and West Bank.
Dr Carli is the Canadian representative of the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS).

Research interests: metabolic changes associated with surgery and the impact of perioperative interventions (regional analgesia, nutrition, hormones, exercise) on postoperative recovery; evaluation of functional outcome measures during the surgical recovery process; prehabilitation of surgical patients

Gabriele Baldini, MD, MSc


Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesia of McGill University

Dr.Gabriele Baldini graduated in Medicine in 2003 from the University of Florence, Italy. After having completed his residency program in Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine in 2007 from the University of Florence, he completed a clinical fellowship in Anesthesia for Minimal Invasive Surgery and Fast-track surgery, and a clinical fellowship in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine at McGill University. He also received a Master Degree in Science Experimental Surgery at McGill University under the supervision of Dr .Carli and Dr. Feldman, studying the effects of intravenous lidocaine on short and long term outcomes in patients undergoing ambulatory surgery.

Since 2011 he works as anesthesiologist in the Department of Anesthesia at the Montreal General Hospital. Together with Dr. Carli and Dr. Feldman he is member of the Surgical Recovery (SuRe) Team, a multidisciplinary group developed with the aim to improve perioperative care. He is also in charge of the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) of the Montreal General Hospital.

Clinical interests: preoperative evaluation and optimization, development of perioperative clinical pathway; anesthesia for abdominal, thoracic, urologic, orthopedic and plastic surgical procedures; anesthesia for trauma patients

Research interests: optimization of patient physical and nutritional status prior to surgery, fluid management, choice of anesthesia, pain control and postoperative complications

Current Fellows, Residents, and Researchers

Julio F Fiore Jr, PT, MSc, PhD


Dr. Julio Fiore is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery and has been working with the MIS team since 2013.

His research program focuses on optimizing perioperative care and improving outcomes after major surgeries using a patient-centered approach. His program builds on over 10 years of research training at prestigious institutions in Brazil (Federal University of Sao Paulo), Australia (Melbourne University) and Canada (McGill University). Dr. Fiore has published extensively in the fields of enhanced recovery after surgery, postoperative exercise interventions and measurement of surgical outcomes.

Bernardo de Azevedo, MD


Bernardo de Azevedo was born in Brazil. He is General Surgeon specialized in advanced laparoscopic gastrointestinal surgery.

Currently, he’s enrolled in a Master program in Experimental Surgery and Surgical Education aside Dr. Liane Feldman and Dr. Julio Fiore. The aim of his research is to further develop the conceptual framework of expert mental model and implement an effective curriculum for intra-operative summative assessment (scoring rubric) to safely guide novice and trainee surgeons through a competency-based education which ultimately will improve surgical performance and patient’s outcome.

Roshni Alam, BSc


Roshni was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. Her ever present inquisitiveness and research questions have led her to extensive experience over the years, including: wet lab research at the Goodman Cancer Research Centre, clinical research at both the Shriner’s Hospital & Marie-Enfant Children’s Rehabilitation Centre, as well as qualitative research with the department of Minimally Invasive Surgery at the McGill University Health Centre.

She also spent two years working as a hospital ward coordinator at the Royal Victoria Hospital, which served to cultivate her strong affinity to value-based patient-centered care and patient-centered outcomes research

She obtained a B.Sc. degree in Anatomy and Cell Biology from McGill University and is currently pursuing her master’s degree under the supervision of Dr. Julio F. Fiore Jr. and Dr. Liane S. Feldman.

She is working on the development of a patient-centered outcome measure to assess recovery after abdominal surgery. Furthermore, she will be graduating from McGill University’s medical program; class of 2023.

With regards to future plans, Roshni aims to continue actively pursuing her interests in the amelioration of patient-centered care, the optimization of clinician-patient communication, as well as the promotion of patient empowerment & self-management.

Fateme Rajabiyazdi, PhD, Postdoctoral fellow


Fateme received a B.Sc. is Software Engineering from University of Tehran in 2010, a M.S. in Computer Science from Australian National University in 2012, and PhD in Computer Science from University of Calgary in 2018

Currently, she is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Experimental Surgery focusing on developing Patient-Reported Outcome Measurement. Her research interests are establishing effective patient-physician communication, measuring patient-reported outcome, and improving patient self-management.

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Negar Karimian, MD, MSc


Negar graduated with an MD degree from Ahvaz Jondishapour University of Medical Science, Iran in 2010.

She moved to Toronto right after graduation to pursue her Masters at the prestigious Institute of Medical Science at University of Toronto under Supervision of Dr. Mladen Vranic and Dr. Herbet Gaisano. Her research during her MSc training was focused on Somatosatin Receptor Type 2 (SSRT2a) antagonism and its role in improving Glucagon counterregulation to hypoglycemia in Type 1 Diabetes.

She has now joined MIS team as a PhD student within the department of Experimental Surgery under supervision of Dr. Liane Feldman and Dr. Franco Carli. The focus of her PhD training is on post-operative insulin resistance and protein catabolism as well as the interventions to improve the post-operative glucose and protein economy.

Elif Bilgic, PhD, Postdoctoral fellow


Elif Bilgic graduated from McGill University with a Bachelors of Science in Anatomy and Cell Biology in 2015, and PhD in Surgical Education in 2018.

Currently, she is a Postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Surgery, Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning. She is currently working with Dr. Melina Vassiliou and Dr. Gerald Fried. Her focus is on improving resident training in various settings through simulation platforms and assessment tools. She believes that modeling certain behaviours that are important in clinical setting is very important to bridge the gap between the complex skills required in the operating room and the skills targeted by current training platforms.

Tomonori Hada, MD


Dr.Tomonori Hada is a gynecologist and a visiting scholar of Steinberg-Bernstein Centre for Minimally Invasive Surgery.

Before coming here, he was a deputy chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Kurashiki Medical Center in Japan and experienced lots of gynecologic laparoscopic surgeries about 11 years.

He is award winner of the Honorable Mention Video-Gynecology at the 7th SLS annual meeting in 2008, the Best Video Award at the 49th JSGOE annual meeting, Outstanding Video Presentation at AGES 25th annual meeting in conjunction with the ISGE 24th annual congress 2015, and Best Video Award: APAGE 17th annual congress 2016.

Now he got a “Satoko and Richard Ingram McGill Surgical Education Scholarship” and started his research for surgical education since April 2018. The current research theme is assessment tools for gynecologic laparoscopic surgery.

He has a YouTube channel with educational videos of basic skills of laparoscopic surgery, such as suturing and needle holding (follow the link or search in YouTube “HADA LAPARO”.)

Sofia Valanci, MD, FACS


Dr. Valanci completed her general surgery residency in Mexico City at the American British Cowdray (ABC) Medical Center from 2009 to 2013, during that time she had an elective internship in Colombia to learn how to treat complex abdominal hernias, and published different papers on various clinical areas.

Before coming here, she maintained a private clinical practice and was an associate professor for general surgery residents at ABC Medical Center and served on the board of the surgical group in the hospital where she was in charge of the educational biweekly rounds and the video library which she still manages. She was also a teacher for undergrad students in the Anahuac University from 2013 to 2017, teaching introduction to surgery and gastrointestinal anatomy & physiology. Dr. Valanci was part of the national evaluation committee (CENEVAL) for the validation of the graduating exam for medical students.

Dr. Valanci has always had an interest in improving education, reason why she started her research in surgical education on January 2018. She is currently working with Dr. Mueller and Dr. Fried on coaching for practicing surgeons.

Past Fellows, Residents, and Researchers

Amin Madani, MD


Amin Madani is a general surgery resident at McGill University. He is currently finishing a Master of Science in Experimental Surgery and Surgical Innovation.

Amin’s thesis involves the development and validation of a novel simulation-based curriculum to teach surgeons and surgical trainees the principles and adverse-events related to the use of electrosurgery, in the hope to promote safety in the operating room.

Amin is also part of the new Surgical Innovation program at McGill University, bringing together the expertise of surgeons, engineers and entrepreneurs to develop novel devices and innovative solutions that will improve clinical outcomes for patients. He is currently involved in the development, validation and implementation of several novel medical devices.

Amin has received several operating grants and awards for his work, including the CAGS Ethicon© Research Award, CIHR Banting and Best Canada Graduate Scholarship, Fond de Recherche du Québec – Santé Research Grant, SAGES Research Grant, SSAT Residents & Fellows Research Conference Award Winner for best plenary oral presentation, amongst others. Highly committed to surgical education, he helps organize the weekly Surgical Foundations seminars for junior surgical trainees and is involved in the development of various educational modules. He has also co-authored and co-edited the Manual Of General Thoracic Surgery, a pocket manual for medical students and residents.

Yusuke Watanabe, MD


Yusuke Watanabe was born in Tokyo, Japan. He received his M.D. degree in 2004. He was a resident of Osaka University Hospital and affiliated teaching hospitals and a fellow of Hokkaido University Hospital with affiliated teaching hospitals. From April 2011 to May 2012, he was a surgeon in Hokkaido University Hospital.

Since June 2012, Dr. Watanabe is a research fellow in the Steinberg-Bernstein Centre for Minimally Invasive Surgery in Montreal General Hospital. The current project of Dr. Watanabe is to develop a comprehensive training for advanced laparoscopic surgery and bariatric surgery.

Clinical interests: laparoscopic gastric and colorectal surgery, hepato-biliary-pancreatic surgery

Research interests: surgical education and training

Madoka Takao, MD


Madoka Takao was born in Kyoto, Japan. She received her M.D degree in 2002. She was a resident of Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine and a fellow of affiliated teaching hospitals and Shizuoka Cancer Center. Since April 2014, she is a PhD candidate of Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine.

From October 2015 till October 2017, Dr. Takao was a visiting scholar in the Steinberg-Bernstein Centre for Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Montreal General Hospital.

Research interests: endoscopic education with a focus on advanced endoscopic skills training

Toshitatsu Takao, MD


Toshitatsu Takao graduated from Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine in 2002. He learned endoscopic diagnosis and advanced therapeutic skills for early gastrointestinal cancer in Shizuoka Cancer Center in Japan and had lots of experience as a clinical fellow. His specialty is colorectal Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection.

Toshitatsu was a visiting scholar since October 2015 till October 2017 in the Steinberg-Bernstein Centre for Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Montreal General Hospital. He is also a PhD candidate of Kobe University in Japan.

Research interests: medicine-engineering collaboration, training of advanced endoscopy

Satoshi Endo, MD


Satoshi was born in Chiba, Japan. He received his M.D. degree in 2004.

He began his surgical residency training at Kameda Medical Center. He was a fellow of Chiba University with affiliated teaching hospitals. From April 2015 to April 2016, he was an assistant professor in Teikyo University Chiba Medical Center.

From May 2016 till May 2018, Satoshi was a research fellow in the Steinberg-Bernstein Centre for Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Montreal General Hospital.

Clinical interests: laparoscopic colorectal surgery

Research interests: surgical education and training

Juan Mata, MD


Juan was born in Mexico City, Mexico. Graduated with an M.D. from the Autonomic University of Morelos in Mexico, he moved to Canada in 2010.

Juan graduated from the McGill University with MD in Experimental Surgery under the supervision of Dr. Liane Feldman and Dr. Julio Fiore. The focus of his MSc was on the implementation of technological aids to improve the adherence and outcomes of enhanced recovery programs in colorectal surgery.

Ioana Antonescu, MD


Ioana entered medical school in 2006, after graduating from the Health Science program at Marianopolis College and obtaining the Birks Bronze Medal for placing overall second in the Sciences program. She then completed one year in the Medicine Preparatory program and four years of medical school at McGill, receiving in 2010 the Wood Gold Medal for the most outstanding clinical performance in the two-year clerkship period.

Following this, Dr. Antonescu decided to pursue a training in General Surgery at McGill, driven by a particular interest for Vascular Surgery as well as for minimally invasive techniques in the field. A longstanding mathematical inclination and a fascination for the multi-dimensionality and complexity of managing surgical patients have motivated her to pursue a Master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology via the Intensive MSC-T program. She successfully completed a Master's Degree in Epidemiology (July 2012 - December 2013).

Having been offered funding from CIHR, FRSQ, and the Surgical Scientist program, Dr. Antonescu worked under the supervision of Dr. Liane Feldman on research focusing on patient-reported outcomes primarily after digestive surgery hoping to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to translate original ideas into useful clinical studies with the potential to directly impact patient care.

Ghada Enani, MD


Ghada Enani is a demonstrator at the department of General Surgery at King Abdulaziz University hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where she received her MBBS in 2012. She then pursued her Masters degree in Educational Psychology at McGill in 2013-2014.

Currently, Ghada is a general surgery resident at the University of Manitoba. Her current research project is on the development of advanced laparoscopic suturing skills curriculum under the supervision of Dr Melina Vassiliou.

Her research interests include surgical education with a focus on simulation studies and laparoscopic skills training.

Amani Munshi, MD


Amani was born in Mumbai, India and moved to Toronto at a young age. After getting her Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience from the University of Toronto, she attended medical school at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She then completed a general surgery residency in 2013 from SUNY Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, New York. She has also completed a Bariatric Surgery fellowship at the Centre for the Advancement of Minimally Invasive Surgery in Edmonton, Alberta.

She is currently the Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellow with the department at McGill. Her interests include minimally invasive foregut surgery, bariatric surgery, and surgical education and training.

Lawrence Lee, MD


Lawrence was born in Taiwan, and moved to the US when he was two years of age. After moving many across the country, he finally settled in Montreal, QC. Lawrence Lee began his surgical residency training at McGill University after completing his medical school, also at McGill. He currently enrolled in a PhD program after a Masters in Epidemiology.

Clinical interests: colorectal cancer, diverticular disease, gastric and esophageal cancer, benign upper GI diseases

Research interests: cost-effectiveness analyses of clinical pathways in abdominal surgery, functional status as a predictor of surgical outcomes

Chao Li, MD


Chao completed his degree in medicine at McGill University in 2009 and pursuing a residency in general surgery. He did a Master's of experimental surgery under the supervision of Dr. Liane Feldman on improving surgical outcomes. His interests include minimally invasive and endoscopic surgery.

Tanya Castelino, MD


Tanya Castelino was born and raised in Montreal. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Anatomy & Cell Biology from McGill University in 2007. She subsequently attended medical school at McGill and graduated with the MD CM degree in 2012. She is currently a General Surgery resident at the McGill University Health Centre.

She is also currently enrolled in a Master’s program in the department of Experimental Surgery, under the supervision of Dr. Liane Feldman. Her research interests include postoperative outcomes and enhanced recovery programs with a specific interest in early mobilization after surgery and patient-reported outcomes.

Nicoló Pecorelli, MD


Dr. Nicoló Pecorelli was born in Brescia, Italy. He’s a senior resident in general surgery at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan.

He was enrolled in the Master's of Experimental Surgery program at McGill under the supervision of Dr. Liane Feldman, focusing on the outcomes of the enhanced recovery pathway in colorectal surgery

Clinical and research interests: pancreatic surgery, perioperative care pathways, surgical outcomes

Andrea Petrucci, MD,MEd


Andrea was born and raised in Montreal and grew up in a little Italian community in the east end of the island. She was a competitive figure skater on the international circuit in ice dancing and synchronized skating and retired from my passion to pursue a career in medicine.

After completing a Health Science degree at Vanier College in the sports- study program, Andrea entered the pre-medical program at McGill University and then went on to graduate from the Faculty of Medicine. With a fond interest in surgery, she decided to pursue a career in General Surgery and was accepted in the General Surgery program at McGill University. Andrea is currently in her fourth year of training.

She is fortunate to have the opportunity to take time away from her clinical duties to complete a research leave. With the generous support form the Surgeon Scientist Program within the department of General Surgery, Andrea is currently completing a Masters degree in Educational Psychology with an interest in computer based learning for residency training. Dr. Petrucci has also served as VP Academic on the McGill General Surgery Residency Committee organizing educational events for the resident body.

Amy Anne Neville, MD, FRCSC


Clinical fellow, Minimally Invasive surgery

Originally from Quebec City, Dr. Neville graduated from McGill medical school in 2005. She subsequently completed her residency in General Surgery at McGill University where she participated in the Surgeon Scientist Program. Following residency she completed a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at McGill and is presently pursuing a second fellowship in Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Neville completed a Masters degree in Epidemiology focusing on the development of classification systems for post-operative complications. She plans to pursue a career in academic surgery with a focus on minimally invasive foregut surgery and bariatric surgery.

Research interests: surgical outcomes, measures of recovery and the use of physical activity as a measure of recovery as well as bariatric surgery.

Étienne Auger-Dufour, MD


Surgeon at the Centre hospitalier affilié universitaire de Québec, Hôpital de l'Enfant-Jesus. MIS, colorectal and acute care surgery practice.

Clinical and research interests: colorectal, MIS, upper GI surgery, paraesophageal hernias, hernia surgery, fast-track colorectal surgery

Nicole Kolozsvari, MD


Nicole received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Guelph and her medical degree from the University of Western Ontario. During her residency she completed a Master's of Science in Experimental Surgery at the Steinberg-Bernstein Centre for Minimally Invasive Surgery under the supervision of Dr. Liane Feldman. Her thesis project investigating different laparoscopic simulator training protocols married her interests in education and minimally invasive surgery and was awarded a SAGES (Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons) research grant. Nicole has presented her research at several national and international meetings and has several publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Nicole also has a fulfilling (insane/unhinged/scary/choose your word) home life thanks to her husband Darryl and their amazing (incredible/young but surprisingly large/choose your own word) daughter Mira. Nicole’s application for a Fellowship in Bariatric Surgery is confirmed.

Clinical interests: MIS and bariatrics

Research interests: surgical education

Giovanni Luigi Capretti, MD


Senior resident in general surgery at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan.

Clinical and research interests: hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery, minimally invasive surgery with the focus on the postoperative patient's management

Yo Kurashima, MD, PhD


Dr. Kurashima is Assistant professor of Surgery in the Hokkaido University (Sapporo, Japan).

In 2012 Dr. Kurashima has been selected one of two 2012 international surgical education scholars of ACS. He is the president of the 1st Surgical Education Summit in Japan that will take place in July, 2014.

Clinical and research interests: GI laparoscopic surgery with research interest in surgical education

Researchers & graduate students

Tanya Santella, MDCM Candidate 2014


Tanya is a medical student who has just completed her second year at Sherbrooke University. She entered medical school after completing a Health Science degree in a sports study program at College André Grasset, during which she was part of the national synchronized skating team. She competed in figure skating at both a national and international level.

She recently joined the MIS team as a summer student to gain experience in research, as well as in the surgical field. Under the supervision of Dr. Melina Vassiliou, Tanya will be studying the impact of social media on general surgeons and surgical trainees. She will also evaluate the potential value of social media in surgical education. She later on aspires to be a general surgeon.

Genevieve Chartrand, MD


Geneviève graduated from McGill University cum laude in 2011 with a Bachelors of Science in Physiology.

She worked with the Minimally Invasive Surgery research team at the Montreal General Hospital, where she became familiar with the FLS simulator. Under the guidance of Dr. Vassilou, Geneviève published an article: "The Effect of Acute Aerobic Exercise on the Acquisition and Retention of Laparoscopic Skills." This project received a SAGES grant. Geneviève graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City in 2016 and is currently completing her general surgery residency at the University of Montreal.


Debbie Watson, RN, MN


Debbie is the ERAS care pathway coordinator at the MUHC-MGH site.

Debbie completed a bachelor of science in Nursing from the University of Montreal followed by a master in nursing from Athabasca University. Debbie co leads a multidisciplinary group implementing evidence-based Enhanced Recovery perioperative care plans throughout the Department of Surgery at the McGill University Health Centre. Debbie has spoken at many world ERAS Congress and was invited grand rounds speaker at Duke University Hospital. Her surgical expertise comes from having worked in a variety of areas in her career including surgical wards, the Post Anesthesia Care Unit, the Preoperative Clinic and since 2008 coordinates the activities for the ERAS program.

Debbie is interested in health literacy, patient education and preparation.

Luc Binet, RN


Assistant Head Nurse, Minimally Invasive Surgery/Robotics, MGH

Administrative Assistants

Maria Cortese, Administrative Assistant, Dr. Gerald Fried's office


Coordinates the administrative activities of the MIS program. These include the financial management, correspondence, and a myriad of other administrative arrangements.

Liane Boucher, Administrative Assistant


Pepa Kaneva, MSc


MIS program coordinator, Pepa Kaneva, MSc, responsible for the development and administration of the MIS program's clinical databases. These databases track both short and long term patient outcomes.Coordinates the activities of the MIS research group.

Ekaterina Lebedeva, MLIS


Ekaterina is the coordinator of the Henry K.M. de Kuyper Education Centre opened in April 2011 in MGH where surgery media library is located and where different projects, workshops, and other educational initiatives generated by the Steinberg-Bernstein Centre for Minimally Invasive Surgery are held.

Kimberly Fried, Research Assistant


Provides clerical and administrative assistance for both the clinical and research activities of the MIS program.

Administrative Structure

The minimally invasive surgery program is a multidisciplinary program charged with coordinating the clinical activities, resources, research and education across surgical specialties at the McGill University Health Centre, and advising other McGill teaching hospitals when asked.

The Steinberg-Bernstein Centre for Minimally Invasive Surgery was established at the Montreal General Hospital by a generous endowment from Florenz Steinberg Bernstein in 1995. Resources from this endowment have been used to establish an endowed chair in MIS and Innovation at the McGill University Health Centre. It has also supported faculty development and the establishment of a physical identity for the MIS program at McGill.

McGill was recognized as a Covidien Auto Suture (formerly U. S. Surgical/Tyco Healthcare) Surgical Centre of Excellence in 1996, and has been supported through a generous unrestricted educational grant continuously since that time. The Covidien Auto Suture funding supports the fellowship, research program, and residency education programs.

MIS Centre Director: Liane S. Feldman, MD
MIS Fellowship Program Director: Liane S. Feldman, MD
MIS Program Coordinator: Pepa Kaneva, B.Sc.
Administrative Assistant to MIS Program: Maria Cortese

The success of the program is the result of the collegial collaboration of a number of surgeons, nurses, affiliated research scientists and excellent support from the Audiovisual Department, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Management, and the organizational skills of Maria Cortese, our Administrative Assistant.

Address inquiries to:

Maria Cortese
Steinberg-Bernstein Centre for Minimally Invasive Surgery
1650 Cedar Avenue, D6-136
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1A4
TEL: 514-934-8044
FAX 514-934-8438