Department of Surgery
School of Medicine Queen's University
 

Dr Dale Mercer

Dr Dale Mercer General SurgeonUniversity Position:
Professor Emeritus

Current Appointment:

Clinical Associate Staff in the Department of Surgery

Areas of Clinical Interest:

Esophageal and gastric disease

Areas of Research Interest:

Esophageal physiology, benign and malignant esophageal disease and surgical administration specifically Canadian surgical wait times


Dr. Dale Mercer has been a general surgeon and esophagogastric specialist at the Hotel Dieu Hospital and Kingston General Hospital since 1983. In addition to his clinical practice, he is a professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgery at Queen’s University, where he also completed his medical school and surgical residency training. His clinical interests focus on esophageal and gastric surgery and endoscopy. He was the first and only physician to perform minimally invasive benign esophageal surgery in Kingston.

Dr. Mercer was the Howard Wright Fellow at the Virginia Mason Medical Centre working with Dr. Lucius Hill in thoracoesophageal surgery. His early research stemmed from this fellowship and focused on esophageal disease. Currently, his research interests have shifted to questions related to surgical administration, specifically characterizing and minimizing surgical wait times. His varied research has resulted in numerous publications in peer-review journals and an edited comprehensive surgical textbook on the esophagus.

Dr. Mercer instructs in both the undergraduate medical and postgraduate surgical program at Queen’s University. He has been a visiting professor at a number of institutions worldwide - including in Canada, China, United States, Kenya and Guyana - normally speaking on clinical aspects of esophageal/gastric disease. He has received numerous teaching awards for his educational work including the Canadian Association of Medical Education Certificate of Merit.

Dr. Mercer has served in many administrative positions, both within the Kingston hospital system and the greater medical community. He has been the Queen’s University Department Head of Surgery and more recently Chief of Staff and Chief of Medical and Academic Affairs at the Hotel Dieu Hospital. He was the President of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and has continued committee work on educational and physician performance matters with this organization for over fifteen years.


Fellowship:
• Howard Wright Fellow 1983-1985
General/Thoracoesophageal Surgery - Virginia Mason, Medical Center – Seattle


Residency:
• 1978-1979 Intern, General Surgery, Queen's University
• 1979-1982 Resident, General Surgery, Queen's University
• 1982-1983 Chief Resident, General Surgery, Queen's University


Medical School Graduation:
• 1972-1974  Queen's University, Biochemistry
• 1974-1978  Queen's University, Medicine


Professional Memberships:
• 1982-1994  Canadian Medical Association
• 1982-present   Ontario Medical Association       
• 1984-present  Canadian Association of General Surgeons       
• 1989-present  Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract   


Awards:
• 1978  Isobel McConville Prize for Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Queen’s University
• 1978  Rattray Bequest in Urology, Queen’s University 
• 1981  First Annual Resident's Research Award, Dept of Surgery, Queen's University
• 1982  Second Annual Resident's Research Award, Dept of Surgery, Queen's University
• 1989  Physician's Recognition Award, American Medical Association   
• 2003  Teaching Award Clinical Skills Phase IIE, Queen’s University                         
• 2004  Canadian Teaching Merit Award, Cdn Association Medical Education (CAME)
• 2005  Teaching Award Clinical Skills Phase IIE
• 2006  Teaching Award Clinical Skills Phase IIE
 

Visiting Professorships:
• 1989 Department of Surgery  Victoria, BC
• 1991 Department of Surgery University Ottawa
• 1991 Department of Surgery University of Saskatchewan
• 1997 Department of Surgery University of Western
• 2002 Department of Surgery McMaster University
• 2004 Department of Surgery Newfoundland Surgical Society
• 2005 Department of Surgery University of Alberta
 

Publications:
Papers:
1) Mercer CD, Doris PJ, SalernoTA. Intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation in septic shock.    Canadian Journal of Surgery 1981; 24: 643-45.

2) Mercer CD, Ghent Wr. Gastroduodenal artery aneurysm associated with chronic  relapsing pancreatitis. Canadian Medical Association Journal 1982; 126: 1065-66.

3) Mercer CD, Rue C, Hanelin L, Hill LD. The effect of obesity on esophageal transit.  American Journal of Surgery 1985; 149: 177-81.

4) Mercer CD, Hill LD. Intradiaphragmatic abscess; an extremely rare complication of  pneumatic dilatation of the esophagus. Digestive Diseases 1985; 30: 891-95.

5) Mercer CD, Hill LD. Gastroesophageal reflux - What to do when conservative and  pharmacologic measures fail. Postgraduate Medicine 1984; 76: 77-80.

6) Mercer CD, Hill LD. Esophageal web associated with Zenker's diverticulum; a possible  cause for postoperative dysphagia. Canadian Journal of Surgery, 1985; 28: 375-76.

7) Mercer CD, Hill LD. Surgical management of peptic esophageal stricture - Analysis of a  20 year experience. Journal of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, 1986; 91:  371- 78.

8) Mercer CD, Hill LD. Reoperation after failed esophagomyotomy for achalasia. Canadian  Journal of Surgery, 1986; 29(3): 177-80.

9) Mercer CD, Hall SF, Kerr JW. A method for recovering a lost retrieval line under direct  vision, in children with oesophageal strictures. Journal of Paediatric Surgery, 1988;  23(2): 144-45.

10) Thor K, Mercer CD, Kozarek C, Hill LD. Reappraisal of the flap valve mechanism in the  gastroesophageal junction. Acta Chir Scand. 1987; 153: 25-28.

11) Walker R, Mercer CD. Assessing esophageal disease. Canadian Journal of Diagnosis.  1987; 4(8): 81-89.

12) Mercer CD, Minich P, Pauli B. Sutureless bowel anastomosis using Nd: YAG laser.  Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, 1987; 7(6): 503-06.

13) Mercer CD, Wren SF, DaCosta I, Beck T. Lower esophageal sphincter pressure and  gastroesophageal pressure gradients in excessively obese patients. Journal of  Medicine, 1987; 18(3, 4): 135-146.

14) Zelt DT, Mercer CD. Laser therapy in Gastroenterology. Medicine North America, 1988;  17: 3290-98.

15) Woolfson IK, Mercer CD. Postgastrectomy Syndrome. Medicine North America, 1988;  17: 3264-73.

16) Low DE, Mercer CD, James EC, Hill LD.  Post-Nissen syndrome. Surgery, Gynecology  & Obstetrics, 1988; 167: 1-5.

17) Mercer CD, MacDonald H. Hepatic abscess associated with subclinical ulcerative colitis.  Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology, 1989; 3: 123-25.

18) Mercer CD, Moon BC, Woolfson IK. Neodymium: Yttrium Aluminum Garnet laser  vaporization for palliation of obstructing esophageal carcinoma. The Journal of  Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 1989; 98(1): 11-15.

19) Mercer CD. Management of esophageal cancer. Annals RCPSC, 1989;22(6): 407-410.

20) Birnbaum PL, Mercer CD. Laser fulguration for palliation of rectal tumours. Canadian  Journal of Surgery, 1990; 33(4).

21) Mercer CD. Endoscopic laser therapy - one component of multimodality therapy for  esophageal cancer. Contemporary Surgery, 1992; 15-19.

22) MacDonald PH, Dinda PK, Beck IT, Mercer CD. The use of oximetry in determining  intestinal blood flow. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics, 1993; 176: 451-58.

23) Beck It Connon J, Lemire S, Mercer CD, et al. Canadian consensus conference on the  treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology,  1993; 6: 277-89.

24) Chan M, Conlan A, Scott J, Mercer CD. Whole lung torsion, a complication of  esophagectomy.  Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 1993.

25) Mercer CD.  Why is this patient septic?  Patient Care, 1995, 7(1): 71-74.

26) Huynh T, Mercer CD. Early postoperative bowel obstruction caused by spilled gallstones  during laparoscopic cholecystectomy.  Surgery, 1996; 119(3): 352-352.

27) Hill LD, Kozarek RA, Kraemer SJM, Aye RW, Mercer CD, Low, DE, Pope CE. The  gastroesophageal flap valve in vitro and in vivo observations.  Gastrointestinal  Endoscopy 1996; 44:541-7.

28) Beck It, Champion MC, Lemire S, Thomson ABR, Mercer CD, et al.  The Second  Canadian Consensus Conference on the Management of Patients with  Gastroesophageal  Reflux Disease. Can J Gastroenterol 1997; 11 (Suppl B):7B-20B.

29) Mercer CD.  Treatment of extraesophageal manifestations of gastroesophageal reflux  disease.  Can J Gastroenterol 1997; 11 (Suppl B):103B-105B.

30) Forse A, MacDonald PH, Mercer CD, Anastomotic and Regional Blood Flow Following  Esophagogastrectomy in an Opossum Model.  Journal of Investigative Surgery 1999,   12:45-52.

31) McMahon R, Mercer CD. National Trends in Gastroesophageal Reflux Surgery.  Canadian Journal Surgery 2000; 43(1), 48-52.

32) Makar M, Mercer CD.  Grooved director aids fascial enlargement and closure.  The  Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. 1999 3:159-161.

33) Wright F, Wasan S, Mercer CD. Radiation induced esophageal squamous cell carcinoma  in situ.  Diseases of the Esophagus (2000)13: 255-258.

34) Sobolev B, Mercer CD, Brown P, Fitzgerald M, Jalink D, Shaw R.  Risk of emergency admission while awaiting elective cholecystectomy.  CMAJ 2003;169(7):662-5

35) Dang Y, Mercer CD.  Treatment of esophageal achalasia with Heller myotomy: retrospective evaluation of patient satisfaction and disease-specific quality of life. Can J Surg 2006;4(4):267-271.

36) Bardell T, Jalink DW, Hurlbut DJ, Mercer CD.  Gastrointestinal stromal tumour: varied presentation of a rare disease.  Can J Surg 2006;4(4): 286-289.

37) Gilron I, Orr E, Bond D, Donsheng T, Mercer CD. Perioperative Administration of Gabapentin Meloxicam and their combination for spontaneous and movement-evoked pain after ambulatory laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Accepted Anesthesia & Analgesia


Book Chapters:
1) Hill LD, Mercer CD, Management of paraesophageal hernia. CURRENT SURGICAL   THERAPY. JL Cameron (ed.), Decker Inc., Philadelphia, 1984, pp. 22-24.

2) Hill LD, Mercer CD. Peptic esophageal stricture. INTERNATIONAL PRACTICE IN  CARDIOTHORACIC SURGERY. YK Wo (ed), The Science Press, Bejiing, 1985,  pp513-516.

3) Hill LD,  Mercer CD. Posterior fixation with sphincter calibration (Hill procedure).  ATLAS OF ADVANCED SURGERY. MS Litwin (ed), Yorke Medical Books, 1986,  pp 58-62.

4) Mercer CD, Hill LD. Hypopharyngeal (Zenker's) diverticulum. CURRENT  CONTROVERSIES IN THORACIC SURGERY. CF Kittle (ed), WB Saunders,  1986, pp 21-27.

5) Hill LD, Mercer CD. Gastroesophageal reflux - what to do when conservative and  pharmocologic measures fail. ACTUALIZACION EN CIRUGIA DEL APARTO  DIGESTIVO VIII. EM Gonzales, MH Pascual (ed).

6) Hill LD, Mercer CD. Posterior fixation and sphincter calibration (Hill procedure).  COLOUR ATLAS OF GASTROINTESTINAL SURGERY.  GL Nardi, C Cordiano  (eds), Piccin Nuova Libraria 1989, pp 135-47.

7) Mercer CD, Hill LD. Reoperation after failed esophagomyotomy for achalasia.  DISEASES OF THE ESOPHAGUS. JP Siewert, AH hols (eds), 1988, pp 984-990.

8) Hill LD, Mercer CD. Rings, Webs and Diverticula. THE ESOPHAGUS - MEDICAL  AND SURGICAL MANAGEMENT. WB Saunders, Philadelphia, 1988, pp 201-210.

9) Mercer CD, Hill LD. Perforation, rupture, and injury of the esophagus. THE  ESOPHAGUS - MEDICAL AND SURGICAL MANAGEMENT. WB Saunders,  Philadelphia, 1988, pp 211-219.

10) Mercer CD, Hill LD. Benign tumors and cysts of the esophagus.  THE ESOPHAGUS -  MEDICAL AND SURGICAL MANAGEMENT. WB Saunders, Philadelphia, 1988,  pp 231-36.

11) Mercer CD, Hill LD. Anatomy of the esophagus. THE ESOPHAGUS - MEDICAL AND  SURGICAL MANAGEMENT. WB Saunders, Philadelphia, 1988, pp 16-24.

12) Hill LD, Thor K, Mercer CD. Surgery for hiatal  hernia and esophagitis. THE  ESOPHAGUS MEDICAL AND SURGICAL MANAGEMENT. WB Saunders,  Philadelphia, 1988, pp 90-124.

13) Mercer CD, Velasco N, Hill LD. Paraesophageal hernia. THE ESOPHAGUS MEDICAL  AND SURGICAL MANAGEMENT. WB Saunders, Philadelphia, 1988, pp 148-156.

14) Hill LD, Mercer CD. Surgery for peptic esophageal stricture. THE ESOPHAGUS -  MEDICAL AND SURGICAL MANAGEMENT. WB Saunders, Philadelphia, 1988,  pp 139-147.

15) Mercer CD, Thor K, Hill LD. Surgery for motility disorders of the esophagus. THE  ESOPHAGUS - MEDICAL AND SURGICAL MANAGEMENT. WB Saunders,  Philadelphia, 1988, pp 193-200.

16) Mercer CD., McMahon RL. Has Omeprazole utilization influenced antireflux surgery.

17) Monduzzi Editore S.p.A. - Bologna (Italy), pg 113-118, 1994.

18) Mercer CD, Mungara A. Enteral Feeding in esophageal surgery.
 
19) Monduzzi Editore S.p.A. - Bologna (Italy), pg 71-74, 1994.

20) Paterson W, Mayrand S, Mercer CD.  The Esophagus. FIRST PRINCIPLES OF GASTROENTEROLOGY.  THE BASIS OF DISEASE AND AN APPROACH TO  MANAGEMENT. AstraZeneca Canada Inc., Toronto, 2000, pp 90-136.


Books:
1) The Esophagus: Medical and Surgical Management. Eds. Lucius Hill, Richard Kozarek, Richard McCallum, C. Dale Mercer. WB Saunders, Philadelphia, 1988, pp 365.


Other Publications:
1) Mercer, CD. Chronic hiccups may be due to reflux esophagitis. POSTGRADUATE MEDICINE. McGraw-Hill publication 1986, 015

2) Mercer CD.   a) Bloodless intra-oral surgery. b) Palliative Nd:YAG laser therapy for obstructing esophageal cancer. c) Sutureless bowel anastomosis using Nd:YAG laser. JOURNAL OF CITIZEN AMBASSADOR PROGRAM - PEOPLE TO PEOPLE.   1987.

3) Mercer CD. Infectious Dyspepsia. JOURNAL OF COLLEGE OF FAMILY  PHYSICIANS. Plenary session meeting 1987.

4) Mercer CD. Esophageal cancer therapy, scalpel, beams, chemicals or tubes. CURRENT ISSUES IN GASTROENTEROLOGY - POSTGRADUATE COURSE. Sponsored  by the American College of Physicians. 1989.

5) Stanton S, Parent K, DaCosta L, Mercer CD. The Impact of the AFP on Clinical Practice Patterns for Diagnostic GI Endoscopy.  Submitted to SEOHSC.

6) Mercer CD. Laparoscopic Antireflux Surgery in Adults.  Literature review.  GIMEC newsletter V3, N1, 1999.

7) College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Independent Health Facilities. Clinical Practice Parameters and Facility Standards Endsocopy – March 2006


Audio-Visual Publications:
1) Hill LD, Mercer CD. Posterior fixation and sphincter calibration (Hill Procedure). Presented at American College of Surgeons, San Francisco, 1984 as part of Subject oriented motion picture symposium, Surgery of the esophagus.

2) Hill LD, Kozarek R, Thor K, Mercer CD. Reconstruction of the anti-reflux barrier. Presented at the American College of Surgeons, Atlanta, 1989.

3) Mercer CD. Infectious dyspepsia. Audiocassette. Medifacts Program VXIX, N9, 1988.

4) Poenaru D, Paterson W G, Mercer CD. Waterbrash Park - GERD Module.  Instructional Interactive CD-ROM for Medical Students 1996.


Abstracts:

1) Girotti MJ, Langer B, Doris PJ, Mercer CD, Salerno TA, Demajo W. Intra-aortic baloon  pulsation in septic shock. Annals of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of  Canada 1981; 14:176.

2) Mercer CD, Wren SF, DaCosta LR, Beck IT. Gastroesophageal pressure gradients and  lower esophageal sphincter pressures in severely obese patients. Gastroenterology  1982; 2:1129.

3) Mercer CD, DaCosta LR, Beck IT. A provocative test using bethanechol (BET) for the  diagnosis of diffuse esophageal spasm (DES). Annals of the Royal College of  Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. 1982:15.

4) Mercer CD, Hill LD, Rue C, Hanelin L. The effect of obesity on esophageal transit.  Presented at Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. 1984.

5) Hagelberg RS, Mercer CD, Hill LD. Diagnosis and treatment of dysphagia following  surgery for achalasia. Presented at Washington State Chapter, American College of  Surgeons, 1984.

6) Gelfand M, Mercer CD, Hill LD. A ten year experience wiht pneumatic dilatation and  surgery for achalasia. Presented at American College of Gastroenterology, 1984.

7) Mercer CD, Hill LD. Surgical treatment of peptic esophageal stricture: Analysis of 20  years experience. Presented at Western Thoracic Meeting, 1985.

8) Mercer CD, Hill LD. Surgical treatment of peptic esophageal stricture: Analysis of 20  years experience. Presented at Seattle Surgical Meeting, 1985.

9) Mercer CD, Hill LD. Reoperation following failed esophagomyotomy for achalasia.  Clinical and Investigative Medicine 1985 8(3): A52,Presented at Royal College of  Physicians and Surgeons Meeting

10) Mercer CD, Hill LD. Surgical treatment of peptic esophageal stricture - Analysis of a 20  year experience. Clinical and Investigative Medicine 1985, 8(3) A118.

11) Mercer CD, James EC, Hill LD. Post-Nissen syndrome. Presented at American College  of Surgeons Meeting, 1985.

12) Mercer CD, Hill LD, Gelfand M. Surgery for gastroesophageal reflux in the elderly.  Clinical and Investigative Medicine, 1986.

13) Mercer CD, Hill LD. Reoperation following failed esophagomyotomy for achalasia.  Presented at International Esophageal Week, 1986.

14) Mercer CD, Pauli B. Laser welded enterotomy. Canadian Association for Laboratory  Animal Science Newsletter, 1986. Presented at Canadian Association for Laboratory  Animal Science.

15) Mercer CD, Thor K, James EC, Hill LD. Post-Nissen syndrome. Presented at  International Esophageal Week, 1986.

16) Mercer CD, Thor K, Kozarek C Hill LD. Valvuloplasty. Presented at International  Esophageal Week, 1986.

17) Mercer CD, Hill LD, Gelfand M. Surgery for gastroesophageal reflux in the elderly.  Clinical and Investigative Medicine, 1986.

18) Mercer CD. Components of an endoscopic laser training program. Gastrointestinal  Endoscopy 1987, v33(2) pp 186.

19) Mercer CD, Woolfson IK. Palliative Nd:YAG laser therapy for obstructing esophageal  carcinoma. Presented at Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons meeting  1987.

20) Mercer CD, Pauli B. Sutureless bowel anastomosis using Nd:YAG laser. Presented at  Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons meeting 1987.

21) Mercer CD, Low D, HillLD. Post-Nissen syndrome. Canadian Journal of Surgery 1987,  v30, N40. Presented at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons meeting.

22) Mercer CD, Hill LD, Gelfand M.  Hill Hiatus hernia repair for gastroesophageal reflux in  the elderly. Presented at International Esophageal Week, 1987.

23) Hall S, Mercer CD. Bloodless intra-oral surgery - the YAG laser sapphire acalpel.  Canadian Society of Otolaryngology - Head and neck surgery symposium. 1987.

24) Mercer CD, Moon B, Woolfson IK. Nd:YAG laser tumor vaporization for palliation of  obstructing esophageal carcinoma. Presented at Western Thoracic Surgical  Association meeting, 1988.

25) Low D, Mercer CD, James EC, Hill LD. Introductory Abstract - Post-Nissen syndorme.  Bulletin of American College of Surgeons 1988, 73(8): 37.

26) Mercer CD. Infectious dyspepsia - Campylobacter. Presented at Ontario College of  Family Physicians 1988.

27) Birnbaum PL, O'Brien P, Mercer, CD. Esophageal transit following Hill anti-reflux  surgery. Clinical and Investigative Medicine. 1989, v12 (4), pp 38.

28) Mercer CD. Laser therapy as one component of multi-modality treatment for esophageal  cancer. Presented at American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery meeting,  1991.

29) Mercer CD, Mac Donald PH, Dinda PK, Beck IT. The use of pulse oximetry in  determining intestinal blood flow. Presented at Society for Surgery of the Alimentary  tract meeting, 1991.

30) Mercer CD, MacDonald PH, Dinda PK, Beck IT. The use of pulse oximetry in  determining intestinal blood flow. Presented at International Society of Surgery  Meeting, 1991.

31) Mercer CD, Lovrics, P. Omeprazole response, a predictor of surgical outsome for  gastroeseophageal reflux disease. Presented at International Society for Surgery  meeting, 1991.

32) Mercer CD, MacDonald PH, Dinda PK, Beck IT. The accuracy of oximetry in the  noninvasive measurement of intestinal blood flow. Presented at Royal College of  Physicians and Surgeons meeting 1991.

33) Mercer CD, Drover J, Paterson WG. Mechanisms by which anti-reflux surgery prevents  gastroesophageal reflux (GER). Journal of Clinical and Investigative Medicine 1992,  Supp v15 (4), pp 296.    
 
34) Mercer CD, McMahon RL. Has Omeprazole utilization influenced antireflux surgery?  Canadian Journal of Surgery, 1994, 37(4): 346.

35) Mercer CD, Mungara   A. Enteral feeding in esophageal surgery. Canadian Journal  of Surgery 1994, 37(4): 346.

36) Mercer CD,  McMahon RL. Has Omeprazole utilization influenced antireflux surgery?  World Journal of Surgery (Suppl) 1994, 195, s43.

37) Mercer CD. Mungara A. Enteral feeding in esophageal surgery. World Journal of  Surgery (Suppl) 1994, 194, S43.

38) Mercer CD, Mungara A. Enteral feeding in esophageal surgery. Nutrition 1994; 10 (5):  485.

39) Mercer CD, McMahon RL.  National trends in gastroesophageal reflux surgery.  Canadian Journal of Surgery 1995.

40) Inaba K, Mercer CD. Abdominal pain not yet diagnosed, not yet over? Canadian Journal  of Surgery 1996.

41) Dunne D, Mercer CD, Paterson W G.  Decreasing frequency of esophageal dilatation for  peptic stricture correlates with omeprazole use. Canadian Journal of  Gastroenterology. 1997:11(A); 43A.

42) Mackenzie T, Paterson W G, Mercer CD.  A health and functional status instrument for  gastroesophageal reflux disease: a methodological pilot. International Society for  Health Technology Assessment Health Care. Barcelona 1997.

43) Poenaru D, Paterson W, Mercer CD.  Effect of Instructional modality on learning using a  computer assisted module.  Research in Medical Education (RIME/AAMC). 1997.

44) Mercer CD, et al.  The Second Canadian consensus conference on gastroesophageal  reflux disease (GERD) - surgery for GERD.  Canadian Journal of Surgery 1997.

45) Youssef YM, Boyd C, Mercer CD, Holowaty E, Mackillop WJ.  Comparison of the  management and outcome of carcinoma of the esophagus in Ontario and the USA.  Clinical and Investigative Medicine. Suppl 1997, 20; (4), s95.

46) Youssef YM, Boyd C, Zhang-Salomons J, Mercer CD, Holowaty E, Mackillop WJ.   Associations between socioeconomic status and the incidence, management, and  outcome of carcinoma of the oesophagus in North America.  Clinical and  Investigative Medicine. Suppl 1997, 20; (4), s90.

47) Paterson W, Mercer CD, Groll D, Hopman W, Seigal K. A health functional instrument  for gastroesophageal reflux disease.  Association for Health Services Research. 1998.

48) Mercer CD, Paterson W, Groll D, Hopman W. A Quality of life instrument for  Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease.  Presented at American College of  Gastroenterology Oct 1998.

49) Sobolev B, Mercer CD, Brown P, Jalink D, Risk of emergency admission while awaiting  elective cholecystectomy.  Presented at Health Policy Research Day – Kingston Nov  2002.

50) Dang Y, Mercer CD Treatment of Esophageal Achalasia with Heller Myotomy: Retrospective Evaluation of Patient Satisfaction and Quality of Life using Zaninotto symptoms score. Can J Surg v47 Suppl Aug 2004, pg 18.


Presentations:
1) Esophageal Club  Virginia Mason Medical Center "Complicated esophageal problems" 1983

2) Esophageal Club  Virginia Mason Medical Center "Achalasia" 1984 

3) Ryan Hill Research  Foundation Virginia Mason Medical Ctr "Reflux esophagitis" 1984

4) Guest orator  North Dakota State Chapter, American College of Surgeons "Benign Esophageal  Disorders" 1984

5) Nurses seminar  Virginia Mason Medical Center "Surgery for benign  esophageal disorders"  1984

6) Grand Rounds  Virginia Mason Medical Center  "Peptic esophageal stricture-analysis of a 20 year experience"   1985 

7) Ryan Hill Research Foundation Virginia Mason Medical Center "Esophageal Stricture"  1985

8) Combined Departments of Family Medicine, Kingston General Hospital, Hotel Dieu Hospital  "Esophageal Diseases" 1985

9) Surgical Grand Rounds, Dept of Surgery, Queen's University,  "Esophagus - past, present," 1985 

10) Clinicopathological Conference Queen's University  "Aortoenteric Fistula"  1986

11) CME  North Bay  "Benign Esophageal Diseases"   1986

12) Academic Program Honoring Dr. Lucius D. Hill Seattle  "Reoperation following failed esophagomyotomy for achalasia"  1986          

13) Resident Research Day, Dept of Surgery, Queen's University "Reoperation following failed esophagomyotomy for achalasia"  1986

14) Laser Symposium, Kingston "Nd:YAG laser - new therapeutic potential" 1986

15) Surgical Grand Citizen to Citizen Ambassador Program, China "Lasers in Surgery" 1987

16) Annual Meeting, Seven Cities Gut Club, "Sutureless bowl anastomosis using Nd:YAG laser" 1988

17) Annual Meeting Plenary Session, Ontario College of Family Physicians of Canada "Infectious Dyspepsia" 1988

18) Ontario Conferece, Ontario Association of Radiology technicians "The utility of esophageal scintigraphy for antireflux surgery and the measurement of esophageal motility"

19) Meeting, Current Issues in Gastroenterology "Esophageal cancer therapy: scalpel, beams, chemicals or tubes" 1989

20) Toronto Academy of Medicine, Surgical Division "Esophageal cancer update" 1989

21) Meeting, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons "Esophageal transit following Hilly antireflux surgery" 1989

22) Meeting, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons "Laser therapy for rectal tumors" 1989

23) Surgical Endoscopy Symposium, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons "Laser therapy in the GI tract" 1989

24) International Society for Surgery "Palliative laser therapy for rectal tumors: 1989

25) Department of Surgery, Virginia Mason Medical Centre "Lasers for gastroenterologists and general surgeons" 1990

26) Summer program for science teachers, Queen's University "Lasers in Surgery" 1990

27) CME, Queen's University "The laser and the surgeon" 1990

28) Educational Services, Hotel Dieu Hospital "Lasers in surgery" 1990

29) Session Chair, International Society for Optical Engineering "Biomedical Applications of Lasers" 1990

30) CME, Queen's University "Peptic ulcer disease forever - what are the long term options?" 1991

31) Kingston Medical Secretaries Association, Kingston "Laser applications in medicine" 1991

32) The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, New Orleans "The use of pulse oximetry in determining intestinal blood flow" 1991

33) Meeting, Seven Cities Gut Club "Esophageal and gastric disease: changing perspectives of gastroesophageal disease from the point of view of the surgeon" 1991

34) Meeting, McGill University Department of Surgery "New approaches to old problems in general surgery - less is more. Laser therapy for mycotic obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract" 1991

35) Guest Lecturer, McGill University Department of Surgery "Laser tissue welding for vascular and gastrointestinal applications" 1991

36) Consensus Conference, Canadian Association Gastroenterology "Gastroesophageal reflux disease, surgical management" 1992

37) Kingston Medical Secretaries Clinic Day, Kingston "Lasers in medicine" 1992

38) CME, Queen's University "Lasers in Surgery" 1993

39) The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, Boston "Has Omeprazole utilization influenced antireflux surgery?" 1993

40) Canadian Society for Thoracic Surgery, Toronto "Why your esophagogastric cardiovascular and anastomoses leak" 1995

41) CME Whistler Symposium, Queen's University "Surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease" 1996

42) Canadian College of Family Practise, Vancouver "Surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease" 1996

43) Canadian College of Family Practise, Vancouver "Surgery for oropharyngeal dysphagia" 1996

44) Surgical Management Consensus Conference, Chair - Toronto "Gastroesophageal reflux disease" 1996

45) Poster, Ontario Association of Pathologists "Cutaneous Metastases of Oesophageal Adenocarcinoma" 1996

46) Symposium, Canadian Association of General Surgeons "Health Care Reform, What Now?" 1996

47) Symposium, Canadian Association of General Surgeons "Appropriate Use of Upper GI Endoscopy" 1996

48) CME Brockville, Queen's University "Biliary tract complications following laparascopic cholecystectomy" 1997

49) Project CREATE, Developing Modules for Teaching and Learning about Addictions, Surgery module group leader 1997

50) CME Chair and Director, Queen's University "Laparascopic Nissen Fundoplication" hands on course 1997

51) Postgraduate Education Program, Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons "A survey of canadian female general surgery residents" 1998

52) CME - Whistler Symposium, Queen's University "Antireflux Surgery, Who, When and How?" 1998

53) CME Kingston, Queen's University, "Doc, I just had an operation and..." 1998

54) CME Brockville, Queen's University "Gastroesophageal Reflux surgery" 1999

55) Meeting, Ottawa Gut Club "Antireflux surgery in the new millenium" 2000

56) Belleville pharmacists, Belleville "Alternatives to antireflux medications" 2000

57) Course director, McMaster Laparascopic Antireflux Surgery "Techniques and outcomes of antireflux surgery" 2000

58) Course director, McMaster Laparascopic Antireflux Surgery "Techniques and outcomes of antireflux surgery" 2001

59) CME Kingston - Palliative Care course, Queen's University "Use of stents" 2001

60) GERD Kingston "Medical and surgical treatment for family doctors" 2001

61) CME Merrickville "Antireflux Surgery" 2001

62) CME Brockville "New treatment modalities in GERD" 2001

63) CME Kingston, Queen's University "Barrett's Esophageal Adenocarcinoma - controversies Kingston Regional Cancer Centre" 2002

64) Symposium on general surgical problems for the community general surgeon, Kingston "GERD Medical vs. Surgical therapy in this millenium" 2002

65) Later life learning seminar series, Kingston "Minimal access surgery - to see with a surgeon's eye" 2002

66) CME Trenton "GERD new techniques and drugs" 2002

67) 1st year medical student seminar, Queen's University "CPSO Who are we and what do we do?" 2002

68) CME Merrickville "Barretts Esophagus - Surgical Management" 2002

69) Royal College of Physicians Speaker, McMaster University Annual Residents Research Conference "Assigning Operating Time and Waiting Lists" 2002

70) CME Kingston, Queen's University "Stenting for Palliative Care Seminar Series" 2002

71) CME Perth "Surgery vs. Medical Therapy" 2002

72) CME Kingston - Family Drs "Dyspepsia Management" 2003

73) Canadian Institute, Toronto "Waiting Lists" 2003

74) CME Ottawa, Ottawa - Family Drs "Dyspepsia Management" 2004

75) CME at Sea, Queen's University, Organizer, Chair, Presented two talks 2004

76) CME Brockville Family Drs "GERD Management" 2004

77) Kingston, Queen's University Core Trainees "CPSO and Professionalism" 2005

78) CME Gananoque Family Doctors "GERD Management" 2006

79) CME Kingston Family Doctors "GERD Management" 2006

80) CPSO, Thunder Bay Ontario Physicians "Revalidation" 2006

81) CPSO, Peterborough Ontario Physicians "Revalidation" 2006

82) CPSO, Winchester Ontario Physicians "Revalidation" 2006

83) CPSO, Perth Ontario Physicians "Revalidation" 2006

84) CPSO, Kingston Ontario Physicians "Revalidation" 2006

85) Kingston Core Trainees, Queen's University "CPSO and Professionalism" 2006

86) Kingston Health Care Conference "Wait times in Ontario Where are we now?" 2007

87) Kingston Queen's University Panel Discussion "Professionalism" 2007

88) Kingston Queen's University Mini Medical School Robotics in Surgery 2007

89) Kingston Queen's University "Professionalism" 2008

90) Kingston Queen's University "Canadian Undergraduate Conference on Health Care" 2008


Radio/Television Interviews:
1) CBC radio program, All in a Day interview, laser therapy for cessation of smoking 1989

2) Ottawa Station News Service, Channel 6, medical feature - Rare Throat Cancer 1989

3) Multiple radio stations (15), Revalidation - June 2006

4) Multiple television interviews (10), Revalidation - June 2006


Newspaper Articles:
1) Kingston Whig Standard, Space age device makes cancer victims lives easier, 1987

2) Queen's University Gazette v(XX), n28, Shedding new light on lasers 1988

3) Ontario Medicine v7, n22. Laser craze breeds scams 1988

4) Ontario Medicine, Laser helps to lighten cancer patient symptoms 1989

5) Kingston Whig Standard, Rare throat cancer surgery performed at Hotel Dieu Hospital 1989

6) GI Post v3, n5 Palliation for esophageal cancer patients 1989

7) Kingston Whig Standard, Demonstration - Canadian science school teachers, physician uses laser as scalpel in surgery 1990

8) Queen's University Gazette v(XXII), n21 Canada's top science teachers learn latest on lasers 1990

9) Gastroenterology News, Endoscopic laser therapy - one component of multimodality therapy for esophageal cancer 1991

10) Medical Post, Approaches to gastroesophageal reflux disease 1993

11) Medical Post, National trends in gastroesophageal reflux surgery 1995

12) Hospital Perspectives v9 Issue 4, Tracking elective surgery waiting times on the web. An eHealth Pilot Project 2002

13) National Post, Medical College is on patients' side - Nov 15 2006

14) Medical Post, Resolutions reignite debate over revalidation - Jan 2006

15) Dialogue, Patient safety at top of agenda Jan/Feb 2006

16) Medical Post, Ontario college seeks to advance revalidation amid OMA distrust - Feb 2006

17) Medical Post, Ontario college listening to concerns over revalidation link to licensure - March 2006

18) Dialogue, Heartening news on the physician resources front - March/April 2006

19) Medical Post, Presiding during difficult times - March 2006

20) Kingston Whig Standard, Lifelong learning key concern for top doctor, May 2006

21) Multiple Newspaper Interviews, Revalidation - June 2006

22) Kingston Whig Standard, Few doctors taking on patients June 23 2006

23) Dialogue, Moving forward - July 2006

24) Dialogue, Patient safety and methodone - Sept 2006

25) Dialogue, A year of challenges and successes - Dec 2006


Research Funding:
1986
Dean's MERC Fund, Queen's University: Sutureless Bowel Anastomosis Utilizing Nd:YAG Laser

1987
Gastrointestinal Disease Research Group, Hotel Dieu Hospital: Sutureless Gastrointestinal Anastomosis Utilizing Nd:YAG Laser

1987
Principal's Development Fund, Queen's University: Ultrastructural Analysis of Experimental Bowel Anastomosis

1989
PSI Foundation: Mechanism of Action of Antireflux Surgery

1989
Canadian Association of General Surgeons Surgical Research Fund: Studies on the Mechanisms by which Anti-Reflux Surgery Prevents Gastroesophageal Reflux

1996
Breast Cancer and the Environment: Risk Associated with Organochlorines
Collaborator

1996
American Digestive Health Foundation TAP Pharmaceuticals Outcomes Research Pilot Program - A Health and Functional Status Instrument for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

1997
Faculty of Medicine Award in Postgraduate Medical Education Research (Wigle Award) - Is the World Wide Web an Efficient Tool for Medical Education

1997
Evaluation of the Power Star Scissors - Johnson & Johnson

1997
Endoscopic Hiatus Hernia Repair Animal Lab Bard, Inc.

1998
Canadian Analysis of Antireflux Surgical Techniques - Johnson & Johnson
$2,000

1998
Practice Patterns of Primary Care Physicians for GERD - Byk Solvay

1998
Development of an Endoscopic Spectrophotoflourometer (Co-investigator with Dr J Blakeman, Dr JC Kennedy) - KGH

1999
Development and clinical assessment of an endoscopic spectrophotoflourometer System (Co-investigator with Dr J Kenndy - Principle Investigator, R Brown, J Blakeman) National Cancer Institute Canada Grant #010421

Analgesic drug combinations in postoperative movement evoked pain - PSI foundation (Co-applicant with Dr I Gilron)


Research Supervision:
• 1990 Dr PL Birnbaum - PSI Foundation Award for Outstanding Resident Research
• 1991 Stephen White - MRC Summer Student Award - Presented at HDH Surgical ICU
• 1992 Ross McMahon - MRC Summer Student Award - Presented at SSAT
• 1993 Anil Mungara - MRC Summer Student Award - Presented at World Congress of Gastroenterology
• 1995 Kenji Inaba - MRC Summer Student Award - Presented at International Resident & Medical Student Research Forum
• 1996 Dr R McMahon - PSI Foundation Award for Outstanding Resident Research
• 1996 Dr A Forse - PSI Foundation for Outstanding Resident Research
• 1996 Nima Rabbini - Summer Student - Thomas Connell Award
• 1997 Dr Sebastian Gilbert - Postgraduate Medical Education Research Award
• 2003 Yen Dang - Summer Student - Thomas Connell Award
• 2004 Yen Dang - Summer Student - Thomas Connell Award


Updated May 20, 2014