VGH Trauma Services has pursued a diverse and collaborative research agenda that has been built and sustained by multidisciplinary input and collaboration. The research group has chosen to focus primarily on aspects of public health in injury control placing strong emphasis on trauma systems and injury prevention, although new and unique research areas are emerging all the time.
Our research program is based on the work of Dr. Richard Simons, a recipient of the 2014 Meritorious Achievement Award given by the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons for his work on establishing trauma systems in British Columbia (BC) and Canada, and the 2014 Dr. R.J. Finley Senior Scholar Award from the Department of Surgery at UBC for excellence in research. Dr. Simons has achieved local, regional, national, and international recognition for his work on access to high-quality trauma systems, which started with the reorganization of Vancouver General Hospital and its emergence as a state-of-the-art provincial Level 1 trauma center.
His work has taken a public health perspective to injury control, and his vision of trauma systems has subsequently shaped a provincial network of trauma care aimed at addressing local challenges in injury control and reducing the burden of injury in BC. Provincial trauma directors have expanded upon his work including VGH Trauma Services’ Directors Drs. Ross Brown and David Evans, who have both helped to ensure that our research flows naturally from this foundation and that it informs and shapes its evolution.
Building a Sustainable Research Program
The trauma research group is dedicated to educational advancements and views academic mentorship as an integral and vital investment in the future of trauma research. We have had the privilege of training graduate students at the postdoctoral, doctoral, and master’s levels. We have also mentored fellows, residents and medical students in the completion of research that has been presented at national and international meetings and published in peer review publications.
The 2016 TAC Residents Paper Competition was held in conjunction with the Canadian Surgical Forum in September 2016. Dr. Kristin DeGirolamo won Best Clinical Paper Western Canada (Region XII)– Title: Processes Mapping as a Framework for Performance Improvement in Emergency General Surgery. Dr. DeGirolamo’s Research Supervisor is Dr Morad Hameed. Dr. DeGirolamo’s paper also won the annual UBC Chung Research Day Best Paper Competition.