Advanced Fellowship in Thoracic Surgery

The University of Alberta offers a one-year fellowship in Thoracic Surgery. This fellowship program provides advanced training for qualified surgeons who wish to expand their skills and knowledge in general thoracic surgery, thoracic surgical oncology, foregut surgery and minimally invasive/endoscopic techniques.

Fellows will gain a wealth of experience in the surgical care of patients with conditions within the full breadth of Thoracic Surgery, including both benign and malignant disease of the lung, esophagus and GE junction, mediastinum, pleura, chest wall, trachea and diaphragm as well as thoracic trauma.

The Division of Thoracic Surgery performs over 350 anatomic lung resections and 50 esophageal resections each year, the vast majority of which via a minimally invasive approach. The fellow will also be trained in advanced endoscopy including rigid bronchoscopy, endobronchial ultrasound, endoesophageal ultrasound and therapeutic endoscopy including stenting of the airway and esophagus. Fellows will attend clinic weekly, will be involved in active research projects and participate in weekly academic teaching and multidisciplinary rounds. The fellow will receive regular competency-based assessments of their progression and skill development.


Royal Alexandra Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta


12 months

Positions Available:

1 fellow per year


Candidates must have completed an accredited training program in Thoracic Surgery, Cardiac Surgery or Cardiothoracic Surgery and be eligible for educational licensure through the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta http://www.cpsa.ca/eligibility/postgraduate-training/

Unless exempt, candidates must provide evidence of English language proficiency via IELTS (International English Language Testing System).


Fellowship Director: Dr. Simon Turner


Dr. Eric Bédard, Division Chief

Dr. Azim Valji

Dr. Ken Stewart

Dr. Scott Johnson

Dr. Bryce Laing

Clinical Responsibility: The Thoracic Surgery service typically has eight elective OR days per week, which will provide the fellow with ample operative experience. The fellow will also spend at least one day each week alternating in endoscopy or outpatient clinic. The fellow will be responsible for coordinating the daily management of the inpatient Thoracic Surgery service and consults at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, including leading morning rounds on weekdays. Hospitalists will participate in morning rounds and provide ward coverage during the day and overnight. The fellow will take at home call one night out of three, including two weekends per month, being responsible for assisting with non-elective operations, inpatient issues and new consults.

Academic Responsibility: The fellow will benefit from and be expected to participate in academic rounds scheduled at least once weekly. These include formal a teaching conference, case based presentations, multidisciplinary tumour board, thoracic radiology rounds, thoracic pathology rounds, multidisciplinary foregut rounds and morbidity and mortality conference. The fellow will contribute to the teaching of rotating junior residents and medical students.

Research: The fellow will be expected to complete one research project during the year and will receive funding to present at one national or international conference. At least one publication is expected resulting from the fellowship. Active areas of research within the Division of Thoracic Surgery include lung and esophageal oncology, surgical education, lung cancer stigma, quality improvement and biomarker development for early diagnosis and follow-up of patients with lung cancer.

Salary: TBD commensurate with experience level

Application Requirements:

  • Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of reference

Please forward to:

Division of Thoracic Surgery

Attention: Dr. Simon Turner

416 Community Services Centre

Royal Alexandra Hospital

10240 Kingsway Avenue

Edmonton, Alberta T5H 3V9

Tel: 1-780-613-5888

Fax: 1-780-735-4245

Email: sturner@ualberta.ca

Note: This fellowship does not lead to certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada