My passion is to ensure my patients have the best possible outcomes from treatment of gastrointestinal (GI) conditions and to ensure we have the most effective and advanced endoscopic tools at hand to deliver that treatment. Advances in endoscopic intervention have made a significant impact on our ability to diagnose and deliver less invasive treatment for conditions previously treated only with surgery. I am committed to the broad sharing of new knowledge so that consistency in excellent patient care is achieved.
Dr. Gurpal Sandha graduated from the Christian Medical College, Punjab University, India and did his residency in internal medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio. He then completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia followed by advanced training in therapeutic endoscopy at the Wellesley Hospital, University of Toronto and endoscopic ultrasonography at the Université de Montréal. He was recruited to the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Alberta in 2002 and is currently Professor in the Department of Medicine.
Leadership and Collaborations
Dr. Sandha is Director of the Allan Owen Endoscopy Suite at the University of Alberta Hospital. Soon after he joined the Department of Medicine, he established endoscopic ultrasound, and a few years later, cholangioscopy, as standards of care in two new programs for a variety of gastrointestinal disorders.
He has served in several leadership roles in the area of endoscopy including as Program Director of the Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship Program for the University of Alberta, Director of Endoscopy at the University of Alberta Hospital, and a member of the Medical Advisory Board of Boston Scientific Corporation.
Dr. Sandha has won several awards for his teaching excellence including the Osler Resident Award from general internal medicine residents and the Endoscopy Teaching award from gastroenterology residents. He is integrally involved in the Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship training program at the University of Alberta.
Dr. Sandha’s clinical research has focused on the clinical and cost outcomes of interventional endoscopic techniques including ERCP/cholangioscopy and endoscopic ultrasound. He is frequently invited to speak at conferences and continuing medical education sessions locally and nationally. Some of his recent publications are listed below:
Falk V, Kenshil S, Sandha S, Teshima C, D’Souza P, Sandha G. The evolution of EUS-guided transluminal drainage of pancreatic fluid collections: A comparison of clinical and cost outcomes with double-pigtail plastic stents, conventional meta stents and lumen-apposing metal stents. Journal of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (doi:10.1093/jcag/gwy049 accepted for publication).
Eccles J, Wiebe E, D’Souza P, Sandha G. Pancreatic pseudocyst-portal vein fistula with refractory hepatic pseudocyst: Two cases treated with EUS cyst-gastrostomy and review of the literature. Endosc Int Open (accepted for publication).
Sandha G, D’Souza P, Halloran et al. A cholangioscopy-based novel classification system for the phenotypic stratification of dominant bile duct strictures in primary sclerosing cholangitis: The Edmonton classification. Journal of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology, 2018;1:174-80.
Sandha J, Veldhuyzen van Zanten S, Sandha G. The safety and efficacy of single-operator cholangioscopy in the treatment of difficult common bile duct stones after failed conventional ERCP. Journal of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology, 2018;1:181-90.
Eccles J, Thiesen A, Sandha G. Single-operator cholangioscopy for diagnosis of cholangioadenoma (bile duct adenoma) and its potential impact on surgical management. Endosc Int Open, 2018;6:E1312-6.
Falk V, Low G, Bigam D, Sandha G. Acute acalculous cholecystitis of an intrahepatic gallbladder causing Mirizzi’s syndrome. BMJ Case Rep., 2018 Aril 13;2018.
Percutaneous transhepatic cholangioscopy for indeterminate biliary strictures using the spyglass system: A case series. Endoscopy, 2015;47:1054-6. Du L, D’Souza P, Thiesen A, Girgis S, Owen R, McNally D, Sarlieve P, Sandha G.
Zepeda-Gomez S, Sultanian R, Teshima C, Sandha G et al. Gastric antral vascular ectasia: A prospective study of treatment with endoscopic band ligation. Endoscopy, 2015;47:538-40.
Teshima CW, Zepeda-Gomez S, Alshankiti SH and Sandha GS. Magnetic imaging-assisted colonoscopy vs. conventional colonoscopy: A randomized controlled trial. World J Gastroenterol, 2014;28:13178-84.
Teshima CW and Sandha GS. Endoscopic ultrasound in the diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic disease. World J Gastroenterol, 2014;20:9976-89.
Refractory bleeding from a malignant duodenal ulcer treated with placement of a fully covered gastroduodenal stent. D'Souza PM, Sandha GS, Teshima CW. Dig Dis Sci., 2013;58:3359-61.
Clinical application of a single-operator direct visualization system improves the diagnostic and therapeutic yield of endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography. Alameel T, Bain V, Sandha G. Can J Gastroenterol, 2013;27:15-9.
A randomized controlled trial of four pre-colonoscopy bowel-cleansing regimens. Kao D, Lalor E, Sandha G et al. Can J Gastroenterol, 2011;25:657-62.
Acetylsalicylic acid use in patients with acute myocardial infarction and peptic ulcer bleeding. Cheung J, Rajala J, Moroz D, Zhy Q, Stamm M, Sandha GS. Can J Gastroenterol, 2009;23:619-623.
Does onsite cytotechnology evaluation improve the accuracy of endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy? Alsohaibani F, Girgis S, Sandha GS. Can J Gastroenterol, 2009;23:26-30
Allopurinol to prevent Pancreatitis After Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial. Romagnuolo J, Hilsden R, Sandha GS et al. Clin Gastro Hepatol, 2008;6:465-471.
Is positron emission tomography useful in locoregional staging of esophageal cancer? Results of a multidisciplinary initiative comparing CT, positron emission tomography and EUS. Sandha GS, Severin D, Postema E et al. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 2008;67:402-9.
The impact of preoperative endoscopic ultrasound on the surgical management of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. Alsohaibani F, Bigam D, Kneteman N, Shapiro AMJ and Sandha GS. Can J Gastroenterol, 2008;22:817-20.
Nassir Alhayaf, Eoin Lalor, Vincent Bain, John MCKaigney, Gurpal Singh Sandha. The clinical impact and cost implications of endoscopic ultrasound on the use of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography in a Canadian university Hospital. Can J Gastroenterol, 2008;22:138-42.