About Us

Dr. Elijah Dixon

Department of Surgery

Dr. Elijah Dixon
Interim Department Head
403.944.3045

Message from the Interim Department Head

Welcome to the Department of Surgery.

The Department of Surgery is a collaboration between the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, and Alberta Health Services, Calgary Zone. We are committed to high-quality patient care, excellence in education, and fostering an innovative research culture.

Our department is one of the largest surgery departments in North America, with 14 surgical sections, over 400 members, and more than 80,000 surgical procedures performed annually. We provide surgical services at five acute care hospitals in the Calgary Zone, including the Alberta Children's Hospital, Foothills Medical Centre, Peter Lougheed Centre, South Health Campus, and Rockyview General Hospital.

We have 11 residency programs and 24 fellowship programs that are highly sought after by trainees from around the world. Each year, our programs see over 120 residents, extended residents, and fellows. In addition, we are responsible for the surgery rotation of third-year medical students and provide a robust continuing medical education program for faculty.

The University of Calgary is a top research university in Canada, and the Department of Surgery strives to promote, support, and enhance research initiatives within the department. Our members have a successful record of obtaining external and internal funding, illustrated by the innovative research projects currently in progress. All funding received directly supports our members' research activities.

Our department is committed to a professional and academic culture that is continually progressing and improving.

Vision

Together, leading and creating excellence in surgical care.

Mission

The Department of Surgery is committed to the delivery and advancement of collaborative, efficient, evidence-based surgical care through research and education that promotes the wellbeing of patients, providers, and the community as a whole.

Values

The Department of Surgery has three core values for improving outcomes: access, quality, and cost.

The goals of delivering timely and equitable access to care and advancing the quality of healthcare services while maintaining cost-effectiveness are supported by three additional strategic priorities, which include research and innovation, education, and collaboration and engagement.