Department of Surgery
School of Medicine Queen's University

Dr Shaila Merchant

Dr Shaila MerchantUniversity Position:
Assistant Professor

Current Appointment:
Attending Staff, Kingston Health Sciences Centre

Areas of Clinical Interest:
Surgical Oncology

Areas of Research Interest:
Health Services Research

Contact Information:
Department of Surgery
Division of General Surgery
Burr 2
Kingston General Hospital
76 Stuart Street
Kingston, ON    K7L 2V7
Tel. (613) 549-6666 ext 7602
Fax. (613) 548-2500


1.     City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, CA, USA
Fellowship in Complex Surgical Oncology
July 2013 – June 2015

2.     University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Residency in General Surgery
July 2007 – June 2013                                                                                                 

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada                                 
Master of Health Sciences (MHSc), Clinical Epidemiology
September 2009 – April 2010          

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada                                           
Doctor of Medicine (MD) (with Honors)
August 2003 – May 2007                

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada                                                      
Master of Science (MSc), Physiology (with Distinction)
September 2001 – June 2003

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada                                   
Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry    
September 1996 – May 2000                                                                       



  1. American Board of Surgery, Complex Surgical Oncology (April 2016)

 2. Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (December 2015)

 3. Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, General Surgical Oncology (Sept 2015)

 4. American Board of Surgery, General Surgery (January 2014)

 5. Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, General Surgery (June 2013)

 6. Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (December 2008)

 7. Ontario Medical License (current)

 8. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) (January 2015)

 9. Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) (March 2015)

 10. Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (May 2013)


1. Merchant SJ, Brogly SB, Goldie C, Booth CM, Nanji S, Patel SV, Lajkosz K, Baxter NN. Palliative Care is Associated with Reduced Aggressive End of Life Care in Patients with Gastrointestinal Cancer. Annals of Surgical Oncology, March 2018, Jun;25(6):1478-1487

2. Patel SV, Brennan KE, Nanji S, Karim S, Merchant S, Booth CM. Peri-operative blood transfusion for resected colon cancer: Practice patterns and outcomes in a population-based study. Cancer Epidemiology, Dec 2017;51: 35-40

3. Merchant SJ, Lajkosz K, Brogly SB, Booth CM, Nanji S, Patel SV, Baxter NN. The final 30 days of life: a study of patients with gastrointestinal cancer in Ontario, Canada. Journal of Palliative Care, Dec 2017; Jul/Oct;32(3-4):92-100

4. Merchant SJ, Nanji S, Brennan K, Karim S, Patel SV, Biagi JJ, Booth CM. Management of stage III colon cancer in the elderly: practice patterns and outcomes in the general population. Cancer, February 2017.

5. Choi A, O’Leary MP, Merchant SJ, Sun V, Chao J, Raz DJ, Kim JY, Kim J. Complications of feeding jejunostomy tubes in patients with gastroesophageal cancer. J Gastrointest Surg, October 2016.

6. Merchant SJ, Nelson R, Choi AH, Sun V, Chao J, Kim J. A rising trend in the incidence of advanced gastric adenocarcinoma in young Hispanic men. Gastric Cancer, February 2016

7. Choi AH, Nelson R, Merchant SJ, Kim JY, Chao J, Kim J. Rates of lymph node metastasis and survival in T1a gastric adenocarcinoma in Western populations. Gastrointest Endosc, November 2015

8. Merchant SJ, Ituarte P, Choi A, Sun V, Chao J, B Lee, Kim J. Hospital readmission following surgery for gastric cancer: frequency, timing, etiologies and survival. J Gastrointest Surg, July 2015

9. Choi A, Hamner JB, Merchant SJ, Trisal V, Chow W, Garberoglio C, Kim J. Underreporting of gastrointestinal stromal tumors: is the true incidence being captured? J Gastrointest Surg, May 2015

10. Schoellhammer HF, Goldner B, Merchant SJ, Kessler J, Fong Y and Singh G. Colorectal Liver Metastases: Making the Unresectable Resectable Using Irreversible Electroporation for Microscopic Positive Margins – A Case Report. BMC Cancer, April 2015; 15: 271

11. Sun V, Kim J, Kim J, Raz D, Merchant SJ, Chao J, Chung V, Jimenez T, Wittenberg-Lyles E, Grant M, Ferrell B. Dietary alterations and restrictions following surgery for upper gastrointestinal cancers: key components of a health-related quality of life intervention. Eur J Oncol Nurs, Feb 2015

12. Merchant SJ, Goldstein L, Kruper L. Patterns and trends in immediate post-mastectomy reconstruction in California: Complications and unscheduled readmissions. Plast Reconstruct Surg, July 2015; 136(1), 10e – 9e

13. Merchant SJ and Chen SL. Prevention and management of lymphedema after breast cancer treatment. The Breast J, May 2015; 21(3): 276 – 284

14. Merchant SJ and Chen SL. The exportability of the ACOSOG Z0011 criteria for omitting axillary lymph node dissection after positive sentinel lymph node biopsy findings: a multicenter study (Commentary). Breast Diseases Quarterly, May – June 2014, 25(1): 60-61

15. Merchant SJ, Li L, Kim J. Racial and ethnic disparities in gastric cancer outcomes: more important than surgical technique? World J Gastroenterol, Sept 2014; 20(33): 11546-11551

16. Merchant S, Hameed M, Melck A. Pregnancy among residents enrolled in general surgery (PREGS): A nationwide survey of attitudes and experiences. Am J Surg, Oct 2013, 206(4):605-610

17. Johner AM, Merchant S, Aslani N, Planting A, Ball CG, Widder S, Pagliarello G, Parry NG, Klassen D, Hameed SM. Acute general surgery in Canada: a survey of current handover practices. Can J Surg, June 2013, 56(3): E24-8

18. Merchant S, Cheifetz R, Knowling M, Khurshed F, McGahan C. Practice referrals patterns and outcomes in patients with primary retroperitoneal sarcoma in British Columbia. Am J Surg, March 2012, 203: 632 – 638

19. Merchant S, Hameed M, Melck A. Pregnancy among residents enrolled in general surgery (PREGS): A survey of residents in a single Canadian training program. Can J Surg, Dec 2011, 54(6): 375 – 80

20. Merchant SJ, Cheung E, Yoshida EM Exploring the psychological effects of deceased organ donation on the families of the organ donors - a response. Clin Transplant, 2008 Sept; 22(5):687

21. Merchant S, Yoshida E, Lee T, Richardson P, Karlsbjerg K, Cheung E. Exploring the psychological effects of deceased organ donation on the families of the organ donors. Clin Transplant, 2008, May-Jun; 22(3):341-7

22. Myers JE, Merchant S, Macleod M, Mires GJ, Baker PN, Davidge ST. MMP-2 levels are elevated in the plasma of women who subsequently develop preeclampsia. Hypertens Pregnancy, 2005, 24(2):103-15

23. Merchant SJ and Davidge ST. The role of matrix metalloproteinases in vascular function: implications for normal pregnancy and preeclampsia. BJOG, 2004, 111:1-9

24. Merchant SJ, Crocker IP, Baker PN, Davidge ST, and Guilbert LJ. Matrix metalloproteinase release from placental explants of pregnancies complicated by intrauterine growth restriction. J Soc Gynecol Investig, 2004, Feb; 11(2):97-103

25. Merchant SJ, Narumiya H, Zhang Y, Guilbert LJ, and Davidge ST. The effects of preeclampsia and oxygen environment on endothelial release of matrix metalloproteinase-2. Hypertens Pregnancy, 2004, 23(1):47-60

Updated May 2, 2018