Ray Rajotte Surgical Medical Research Institute

The Institute offers courses in Aseptic Techniques and Basic Surgical Skills.


In 2016, the University of Alberta celebrated the 60th anniversary of Canada's first successful open heart surgery - the RRSMRI enabled Dr. John Callaghan to do this. The institute is where renowned surgeons have taken breakthrough techniques, technology and world-leading surgery to the next level over the following decades.


The RRSMRI has a Minimal Invasive Surgery (MIS) operating room that can be used for teaching laparoscopic and/or open surgery that may require teleconferencing to our conference room or anywhere in the world. This suite can hold up to 2 operating stations and is complete with a camera in one of the operating room lights and a laparoscopic camera that can transmit images and sound from this room to anywhere in the world with similar technology.

Another unique feature that the RRSMRI has is a Microvascular Surgery laboratory. Dr. Lin Fu Zhu has more than 16 years of experience in the small bowel, heterotopic heart, kidney and liver transplantation, aortic valve implantation, thymusectomy, subtotal hepatectomy, and carotid artery cannulation. For any physicians or researchers interested in learning microvascular surgery through hands-on teaching, the RRSMRI is where Surgery 555 (a course on microvascular surgery) is held twice a year. More than 300 students, ranging from surgeons to research technicians have been trained in this course.