Department of Surgery
School of Medicine Queen's University
 

Dr Ross Walker

Dr G Ross Walker General Surgeon Queen's University Kingston General HospitalUniversity Position:
Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education
Associate Professor, General Surgery

Current Appointment:
Attending Staff, Kingston General Hospital
Attending Staff, Hotel Dieu Hospital

Areas of Clinical Interest:
Endocrine SurgeryHead/Neck (excluding oral-pharyngeal)
Breast Surgery


Areas of Research Interest:

Postgraduate Education


Contact Information:

Burr 2 Room 076
Kingston General Hospital
76 Stuart Street
Kingston, ON
K7L 2V7
Tel: (613) 549-6666 ext 4743
Fax: (613) 548-2500

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Fellowship:
• 1987-1989   Clinical Fellow, Surgical Oncology, Roswell Park Memorial Institute, Buffalo, New York

Residency:
• 1982             Straight Surgical Internship, Queen’s University
• 1983-1986    General Surgical Resident, Queen’s University
• 1986-1987    Chief Resident, General Surgery, Queen’s University

Medical School Graduation:
• 1982 MD, University of Western Ontario


Professional Memberships:
• 1982 to Present    Ontario Medical Association
• 1982 to Present    Canadian Medical Association
• 1989 to Present    Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
• 1989 to Present    College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
• 1989 to Present    Canadian Association of General Surgeons
• 2002 to Present    Canadian Association of University Surgeons


Awards and Distinctions:
•  1982   
Robin Middleton Memorial Award, University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Medicine

•  1982
Honour Society membership, University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Medicine

•  2004   
Nominated for Canadian Association of Medical Education (CAME) Award of  Merit

•  2005
Nominated for the Professional Association of Internes and Residents Excellence in Teaching Award

•  2006
Nominated for the Professional Association of Internes and Residents Excellence in Teaching Award

•  2006
Recipient of the PAIRO Residency Program Excellence Award (Program Director attends Awards Ceremony to receive award)

•  2007
Nominated for the Queen’s Faculty of Health Sciences Education Award

•  2008
Canadian Association of Medical Education (CAME) Certificate of Merit award winner


Committees:
National
1997 – Present    Royal College General Surgery Specialty Committee, Member

1999 – 2004        Royal College General Surgery Oral Examination Board, Member

2001 – Present    Royal College General Surgery Test Committee (Written Examination)

2004 – Present    Royal College General Surgery Examination Board, Executive  Sec.

1997 – Present    Canadian Association of General Surgeons, Postgraduate Ed Committee Member

2002 – 2005        Canadian Association of General Surgeons, Postgraduate Education Committee, Chair

2002 – 2005        Canadian Association of General Surgeons, Program Ctte Member

2002 – 2005        Canadian Association of General Surgeons, Board of Directors, Member

2004 – Present    Canadian Association of General Surgeons, Endocrine, Head and Neck Committee, Member

2005 – Present    Medical Council of Canada, OSCE Test Committee, Member

April 2006             Royal College Accreditation Surveyor, McGill University On-site Survey

Provincial:
2001 – Present    Centre for Evaluation of Health Professionals Educated Abroad (CEHPEA, formerly IMG Ontario), General Surgery Selection Committee

2005 – Present    CEHPEA. General Surgery Lead Program Director

University
1997 – Present    Postgraduate Education Committee, Member
1994                    Department of Surgery, Headship Search Committee, Member
1997                    Department of Surgery, Headship Search Committee, Member
2004                    Department of Surgery, Headship Search Committee, Member

Faculty
2004                    Postgraduate Education Internal Review, Nephrology, Chair
2007                    Postgraduate Education Internal Review, Core Internal Medicine, Chair

Departmental
1994 – Present    Surgical Council, Member
1994 – 2006        Finance Committee, Member

Hospital
1992 – 1999        Outpatient Procedure Committee
1995 – Present    General Surgery Joint Practice Committee       
2001 – 2007        Credentials Committee, KGH & HDH, Member
2003 – 2007        Credentials Committee, KGH & HDH, Chair
2003 – 2007        Combined KGH & HDH Medical Advisory Committee, Member


Other Positions:
1989 – Present    Trauma Team Leader, Kingston General Hospital
1991 – 1997        Core Surgery Program Director, Queen’s University
1997 – Present    Program Director, General Surgery, Queen’s University
1993 – 2000        Director, Endoscopy Unit, Kingston General Hospital
1994 – 1997        Deputy Chief of Surgery, Kingston General Hospital
1995 – Present    Service Chief, General Surgery, Kingston General Hospital
2002 – 2005        Canadian Association of General Surgeons, Postgraduate Education Committee, Chair
2004 – Present    Royal College General Surgery Examination Board, Executive Secretary
2005 – Present    Centre for Evaluation of Health Professionals Educated Abroad, Lead Program Director for General Surgery (CEHPEA, formerly IMG Ontario)
2005 – Present    Medical Council of Canada, OSCE Test Committee, Member


Research Grants and Funding:
2006 Controversy in the management of differentiated thyroid cancer:  “Can 75% of surgeons be wrong ?” PI - Dr Stephen Hall, Co-Applicants; Dr PA Groome, Dr J Irish, Dr R George, Dr S Archibald, Dr W Kent, Dr W Shelley, Dr R Houlden, Dr A Dreiger, Dr P Isotalo
CIHR Fall 2006 – Collaborator

2005 “A prospective study to determine the role of 2-(18F) fluoro-2deoxy-D-glucose (FDG) Positron Emission Tomography (PET) in the assessment of regional nodal spread of disease in breast cancer patients” - Contributor
Ontario Clinical Oncology Group
Amount – per case funding
Status: Trial Closed

2004 “ Molecular epidemiology of breast cancer” - collaborator
K Aronsen et al.
Canadian Institute Health Research (CIHR) September 2003
Amount $1,179,667.00 CDN
Status: Funded

2004  “Treatment variation and treatment outcomes in differentiated thyroid cancer” –
S Hall et al. - collaborator
CTAQ Endowment Fund, Career Development Award
Amount $9300 CDN
Status: Granted


Peer-Reviewed Publications:

1.Minor S, Park J, Belliveau P, Walker GR. A better lifestyle during surgical clerkship may not increase applications to General Surgery. World Journal of Surgery, March 2007, Vol. 31, No. 3, pg. 607- 611.

2.Isotalo P, George R, Walker GR, SenGupta S. Malignant phyllodes tumour with lipsarcomatous differentiation. Arch Pathol Lab Med, March 2005 Vol. 129 pg. 421-422

3.Huang J, Walker GR, Groome PG, Shelley W, MacKillop WJ. Risk of thyroid cancer in a female population after radiotherapy for breast cancer. Cancer, 2001, 92/6, 1411-1418.

4.Sidhu R, Walker GR. Residency continuity of care experience in a Canadian General Surgery training program. Canadian Journal of Surgery, 1999, vol. 42, no. 5, pg 353-357.


Submitted to Peer-Reviewed Journals:
1.Masry P, George R, Jackman M, Thain D, Walker GR, Warner J, Wintonic A, Melinyshyn S, Sunderland C. Antidepressants and breast cancer risk: Causal link or no cause for concern? The Breast Journal (submitted March 2006)


Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications:
1.Isotalo P, George R, Walker GR, SenGupta S. Pleomorphic liposarcomatous differentiation in a malignant phyllodes tumour: a case report and review of the literature. Journal of Pathology, Abstracts – Research and Practice (2004) pg. 644

2.Mercer CD, Walker GR. Assessing Esophageal Disease. Canadian Journal of Diagnosis, 1987. V4, N8, 81-89


Abstracts:
1.Tsang M, George R, Isotalo P, Walker GR, Warner J, Wintonic A,  Melinyshyn S. High initial Gail scores: a powerful predictor of second breast cancers. San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, San Antonio TX, Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, Suppl., 1 December 2006.

2.Masry P, George R, Jackman M, Thain D, Walker GR, Warner J, Wintonic A, Melinyshyn S, Sunderland C. Antidepressants and breast cancer risk: Causal link or no cause for concern? Abstract. Breast Cancer Research     and Treatment, Vol. 94, Suppl 1., 2005 pg. S249

3.Saettler E, George R, Thain D, Walker GR, Warner J, Wintonic A, Melinyshyn S, Sunderland C. Ductal carcinoma in situ and risk factors for breast cancer: Can we target individuals for surveillance? Abstract. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, Vol. 94, Suppl. 1, 2005, pg. S251

4.Paun B, George R, Walker GR, Henson J, Thain D, Wintonic A, Lloyd S, Warner J, Isotalo P. Gail scores in women with a breast complaint: predictive of malignancy except in the over 70 population Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, Vol. 88, Suppl. 1, 2004, pg. 55

5.Jackman M, George R, Walker GR, Henson J, Warner J, Wintonic A, Lloyd S. Antidepressant use among a prospective cohort of breast assessment patients: no link to breast cancer incidence. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, Vol. 82, Suppl. 1., 2003 pg. S23


Invited Presentations:
International
High initial Gail scores: a powerful predictor of second breast cancers. Tsang M, George R, Isotalo P, Walker GR, Warner J, Wintonic A,  Melinyshyn S. San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, San Antonio TX, December 2006 (Poster)

Antidepressants and breast cancer risk: Causal link or no cause for concern? Masry P, George R, Jackman M, Thain D, Walker GR, Warner J, Wintonic A,    Melinyshyn S, Sunderland C. San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, December 2005, San Antonio, Texas (Poster)

Ductal carcinoma in situ and risk factors for breast cancer: Can we target individuals for surveillance? Saettler E, George R, Thain D, Walker GR, Warner J, Wintonic A, Melinyshyn S, Sunderland C. San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, December 2005, San Antonio, Texas (Poster)

Gail scores in women with a breast complaint: predictive of malignancy except in the over 70 population. B Paun, R George, GR Walker, J Henson, D Thain, A Wintonic, S Lloyd, J Warner, PA Isotalo. San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium 2004, Texas (Poster)


National
Hyperparathyroidism, The diagnosis; Is the NIH criteria helpful or not? Walker GR, Canadian Surgical Forum, CAGS Postgraduate Course, Endocrine Surgery: Part III, Calgary, September 2007 (oral)

Recurrent Hyperparathyroidism: Now what! Walker GR, Canadian Surgical Forum, CAGS Postgraduate Course, Endocrine Surgery: Part II, Montreal, September 2005 (oral)

Surgical indications for hyperparathyroidism and the benefits achieved with surgical intervention. Walker GR, Canadian Surgical Forum, CAGS Postgraduate Course, Endocrine Surgery: Part I, Ottawa, September 2004 (oral)

Breast cancer risk stratification using the GAIL score at first presentation of a breast complaint. B Paun, R George, GR Walker, J Henson, L Fenkell, D Thain, A Wintonic, S Lloyd, J Warner, PA Isotalo. Canadian Association of General Surgeons, annual meeting, September 2004, Ottawa (Poster)

Pleomorphic liposarcomatous differentiation in a malignant phyllodes tumour: A case report and review of the literature. PA Isotalo, R George, GR Walker, S SenGupta. Canadian Association of Pathologists, annual conference, July 2004, Montreal (Poster)

Laparoscopic Bilateral Adrenalectomy. Walker GR, Jalink D, Canadian Association of General Surgeons Annual Meeting, September 1999, Montreal (Video presentation)


Provincial
Primary Hyperparathyroidism – The asymptomatic patient: To operate or not? Walker GR, University of Ottawa, General Surgery Grand Rounds, April 2005 (oral)

CAGS Initiatives for Surgical Residents – The Role of Advocacy, Walker GR,
University of Ottawa, Division of General Surgery Resident Review Day, April 2005 (oral)


Continuing Medical Education Presentations:
• Surgical Oncology – Presentation to the Queen’s Surgical Interest Group (Undergraduate Medical Student organization), January 30, 2008.

• Breast Disease from A to Z – A workshop on Breast Problems for non-General Surgeons, 30th Annual Memorial Program, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Queen’s University, October 18, 2007.

• The investigation and management of thyroid nodules, including incidentalomas. Queen’s CME, Oncology, Donald Gordon Centre, November 2004

• What’s new in breast surgery? Ontario Breast Screening Program – Regional Education Day, Donald Gordon Centre, November 2004

• Breast Assessment, Queen’s CME, Donald Gordon Centre, October 2001

• Principles of Breast Cancer Surgery, NCIC Clinical Trials Seminar, April 2001

• Papillary Carcinoma of the Thyroid, Thyroid Cancer Update, River Mill Restaurant, May 2000

• Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy, Oncology Rounds, Kingston Regional Cancer Centre, February 1999,

• An Overview of Thyroid Surgery, Thyroid Foundation of Canada, Kingston Chapter, Public lecture, October 1997

• Thyroid Nodules, Queen’s CME, Brockville, September 1997

• Management of Bowel Injuries, Queen’s CME, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Memorial Day, November 1995

• Abdominal Pain in the Elderly, Queen’s CME, Department of Surgery, March 1995

• Thyroid Cancer, Queen’s CME, “Cancer ‘94”, October 1994

• Colon Cancer Screening in the 90’s, Queen’s CME, Picton Spring Conference, May 1994

• Management of skin cancer in the elderly, Queen’s CME, Cancer in the Elderly, March 1993

• The Acute Abdomen During Pregnancy, Queen’s CME, January 1992

• The Family Physicians Role in Prevention, Screening and Early Diagnosis of Cancer, Queen’s CME, March 1991

• Advances in Adjuvant Therapy for Colorectal Cancer, Queen’s CME, Belleville, September 1990

• Surgical Oncology Controversies in Breast Cancer, Queen’s CME, Napanee, March 1990

• Oncology, Problems in Everyday Practice, Queen’s CME, November 1989


Other Scholarly Activities:
Educational Courses
•  ATLS Instructors Course, Re-certification, Kingston, September 2005

•  ATLS Providers Course, Re-certification, Kingston, December 2004

•  “Talking Tools” Workshop on Communication Skills, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Ottawa, October 2004

•  Basic Modular Workshop on Evaluation, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Ottawa, September 2004

•  Basic Modular Workshop on Evaluation, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Ottawa, September 2002

•  Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy Course, Lee Moffitt Cancer Centre, Tampa, Florida, May 1999

•  ATLS Instructors Course, Kingston February 1998

•  Surgeons as Educators Workshop, American College of Surgeons, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, November 1998

•  Clinical Observership/Mentorship,  Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy, Dr. Adrian Park, St. Joseph’s Hospital, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, February 1997

•  Problem Based Learning Workshop, Queen’s University, January 1996

•  Resident Evaluation Workshop, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Montreal 1995

•  Clinical Observership/Mentorship, Laparoscopic Splenectomy, Dr. Michael Marcaccio, Chedoke-McMaster Medical Centre, McMaster University, April 1995

•  TIPS Course, Queen’s University, April 1995

•  Canadian Medical Association, Leadership Conference, March 1995

•  Continuous Quality Improvement Workshop, Kingston General Hospital, March 1993

•  ATLS Instructors Course, Kingston, November 1993

•  Educating Future Physicians in Ontario (EFPO) Workshop on Clerkship, Queen’s University, November 1992

•  Workshop on Resident Education and Appeals, University of Toronto, October 1992

•  Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Course, Queen’s University, May 1991