Department of Surgery
School of Medicine Queen's University
 

Dr Shaila Merchant

Dr Shaila MerchantUniversity Position:
Assistant Professor

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

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

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Fellowship:
• July 2013 - June 2015
Surgical Oncology Fellow, City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, CA, USA

Residency:
• July 2007-June 2013
General Surgery Resident, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Master's Degree:
• September 2009-April 2010
Master of Health Sciences (MHSc), Clinical Epidemiology
Thesis: Pregnancy among residents enrolled in general surgery (PREGS): a survey of residents in a single Canadian training program
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Medical School:
• August 2003-May 2007
Doctor of Medicine (MD) (with Honors), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Master's Degree:
• September 2001-June 2003
Master of Science (MSc), Physiology (with Distinction)
Thesis: The role of matrix metalloproteinases in complicated pregnancies
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada


Certifications:
• American Board of Surgery, Complex Surgical Oncology (Certified April 20, 2016)
• Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Certified December 1, 2015)
• Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, General Surgical Oncology (Certified September 21, 2015)
• American Board of Surgery, General Surgery (Certified January 28, 2014)
• Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, General Surgery (Certified June 30, 2013)
• Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (December 16, 2008)
• Ontario Medical License (current)
• California Medical License (current)
• Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) License
• Fundamentals of Laparascopic Surgery (Certified May 2013)
• Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) (Certified January 18, 2015)
• Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) (Certified March 3, 2015)


Manuscripts:

• 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 (Epub ahead of print). 

• 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. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, November 2015 (Epub ahead of print)

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Merchant SJ, Ituarte P, Choi A, Sun V, Chao J, Kim J. Hospital readmission following surgery for gastric cancer: frequency, timing, etiologies and survival. J Gastrointest Surg, July 2015 (Epub ahead of print)

• 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 (Epub ahead of print) 

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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

• 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 (Epub ahead of print)

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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

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

• 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

• Merchant SJ, Li L, Kim J. Racial and ethnic disparities in gastric cancer outcomes: more important than surgical technique? World J Gastroenterol, Sept 7; 20(33): 11546-11551

• 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

• 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

• 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

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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

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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

• 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

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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

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

• 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

• 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


Abstracts:

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Merchant SJ, Ituarte P, Choi AH, Sun V, Chao J, Kim J. Hospital readmission following surgery for gastric cancer: frequency, timing, etiologies and survival (Presented at the Canadian Society of Surgical Oncology Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON, May 2015)

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Choi A, Nelson R, Merchant SJ, Kim JY, Chao J, Kim J. Endoscopic mucosal resection may not be appropriate for all T1a gastric cancers (Presented at Digestive Disease Week, Washington, DC, May 2015)

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Kessler J, Merchant SJ, Singh G, Park J. Margin extension with irreversible electroporation: a novel, adjunctive approach to treating liver malignancies (Presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology 40th Annual Scientific Meeting, Atlanta, GA, March 2015)

• Choi AH, Hamner JB, Merchant SJ, Trisal V, Chow W, Garberoglio C, Kim J. Underreporting of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors to the National Cancer Registry: Is the True Incidence Being Captured? (Presented at the Society of Surgical Oncology Annual Meeting, Houston, TX, March 2015)

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Falor A, Choi A, Merchant S, Lew M, Lee B, Paz IB, Nelson R, Kim J.  Outcomes Using Double-Stapled Technique for Esophagoenteric Anastomosis in Gastric Cancer (Presented at the 10th Annual Academic Surgical Congress, Las Vegas, NV, February 2015)

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Merchant SJ, Nelson R, Choi A, Chao J, Lin J, Kim J, Kim J. An alarming trend in the incidence of advanced gastric adenocarcinoma in young Hispanic males (Presented at the Society of Surgical Oncology Annual Meeting, Houston, TX, March 2015)

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Merchant SJ, Goldstein L, Kruper L. Complications and readmissions after immediate breast reconstruction: the California experience (Presented at the American College of Surgeons 2014 Clinical Congress, October 2014)

• Merchant S,Goldstein L, Vito C, Yim J, Chen S, Kruper L. Disparities in immediate reconstruction after mastectomy in California (Presented at the Canadian Society of Surgical Oncology Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON, May 2014)

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Merchant SJ, Schoellhammer H, Kim J, Lai L, Kessler J, Park J, Singh G. Early experience with irreversible electroporation in the treatment of liver metastases (Accepted for presentation at the 11th World Congress of the International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association, Seoul, Korea March 2014)

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Lam E, Merchant S, Knowling M, Lai A, McGahan C, Cheifetz R. Practice referral patterns and outcomes in patients with gastrointestinal stromal tumors in British Columbia (Presented at the Canadian Society of Surgical Oncology Meeting, Toronto, ON, April 2013)

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Johner A, Aslani N, Merchant S, Hameed M. Acute General Surgery in Canada: A Survey of Current Hand-Over Practices (Presented at the BC Surgical Society Meeting, Whistler, BC, May 2012)

• Merchant SJ, Hameed SM, Melck AL. Pregnancy among residents enrolled in general surgery (PREGS): A nationwide survey of attitudes and experiences (Presented at the Association for Surgical Education Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 2012)

• Merchant S
, Knowling M, Cheifetz R. Practice Referral Patterns and Outcomes for Primary Retroperitoneal Sarcoma in British Columbia (Presented at the North Pacific Surgical Association Meeting, Vancouver, BC, November 2011)

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Merchant S, Knowling M, Cheifetz R. Is there an association between timing of referral to a tertiary care centre and local recurrence in primary retroperitoneal sarcoma in British Columbia? (Presented at the BC Surgical Society Meeting, Parksville, BC, May 2011)

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Merchant S, Hameed M, Melck A. Pregnancy among residents enrolled in general surgery (PREGS): A survey of residents in a single Canadian training program (Presented at the Canadian Surgery Forum, Quebec City, QC, September 2010)

• Merchant S, Hameed M, Melck A. Pregnancy among residents enrolled in general surgery (PREGS): A survey of residents in a single Canadian training program (Presented at the University of British Columbia Department of Surgery Resident Research Day 2010)

• Merchant S, Yoshida E, Lee T, Richardson P, Karlsbjerg K, Cheung E. Exploringthe psychological effects of deceased organ donation on the families ofthe organ donors (Presented at the Canadian Association for Transplantation Annual Meeting, Banff, AB, March 2007)

• Merchant S, Yoshida E, Lee T, Richardson P, Cheung E. Exploring the effects of cadaveric organ donation on the families of the organ donors: learning how to make the transplant process better for British Columbia (Presented at the BC Transplant Research Institute, 10th Annual Transplantation Research Day, December 2006)

• Khazaei M, Moien-Afshari F, Merchant S, Laher I. Exercise improves endothelial dysfunction in db/db mouse model of type II diabetes. The FASEB Journal. 2005. March 4, 19(4): A631, 364.5

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Khazaei M, Moien-Afshari F, Merchant S, Laher I. Exercise improves endothelial dysfunction in db/db mice model of type II diabetes (Presented at the 35th Annual Experimental Biology Meeting, April 2005)

• SJ Merchant, SM Szabo, MJ Potter. Twelve month clinical outcomes following treatment of subfoveal choroidal neovascularization in pathologic myopia using photodynamic therapy with Verteporfin (Visudyne) (Presented at the 1st Annual Medical Undergraduate Society Medical Student Research Forum, November 2004)

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MJ Potter, SJ Merchant, SM Szabo. Twelve month clinical outcomes following    treatment of subfoveal choroidal neovascularization in pathologic myopia using photodynamic therapy with Verteporfin (Visudyne) (Presented at the 20th Annual Ophthalmology Research Day, May 2004)

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MJ Potter, SJ Merchant, SM Szabo. Twelve month clinical outcomes following treatment of subfoveal choroidal neovascularization in pathologic myopia using photodynamic therapy with Verteporfin (Visudyne) (Presented at the ARVO 2004 Annual General Meeting, April 2004)

• Veerareddy S, Hemmings DG, Merchant SJ, Baker PN, and Davidge ST. Maternal undernutrition affects modulation of myogenic reactivity in the uterine arteries in the pregnant offspring in the rat model (Presented at Society for Gynecologic Investigation Annual Meeting, March 2004)

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SJ Merchant, SM Szabo, MJ Potter. Twelve month clinical outcomes following treatment of subfoveal choroidal neovascularization in pathologic myopia using photodynamic therapy with Verteporfin (Visudyne) (Presented at the UBC Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference, March 2004)

• J Myers, S Merchant, M Macleod, G Mires, P Baker, and S Davidge. Elevated levels of MMP-2 and MMP-9 in the plasma of women who subsequently develop pre-eclampsia (Presented at the Blair Bell Scientific Meeting, United Kingdom, 2003)

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SJ Merchant, IP Crocker, PN Baker, LJ Guilbert, and ST Davidge. Decreased matrix metalloproteinase-2 release in placental explants from complicated pregnancies (Presented at the 11th Annual Western Perinatal Research Meeting, February 2003)

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SJ Merchant, LJ Guilbert and ST Davidge. Endothelial cells demonstrate a biphasic matrix metalloproteinase-2 release in response to varying oxygen tensions (Presented at the 50th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, March 2003)

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Tildesley H, Begg I, Singer J, Merchant S, Lavery MJ, Pottinger B, Johns K. The clinical utility of the use of a non-mydriatic camera in a diabetes teaching clinic (Presented at the American Diabetes Association Conference, June 2002)

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SJ Merchant, LJ Guilbert and ST Davidge. Human umbilical vein endothelial cell production of matrix metalloproteinase-2 and matrix metalloproteinase-9: effects of vascular endothelial growth factor stimulation and varying oxygen conditions (Presented at the Canadian Physiological Society Annual Meeting, February 2002)

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Lopez de Menezes DE, Merchant S, Chi K, Dragowska W, Sartor J, Wallis A, Mayer LD. Combination of Bcl-2 antisense and liposomal doxirubicin can suppress the growth of human breast cancer xenografted in SCID mice (Presented at Bridging the Straits of Georgia: the Fifth Symposium on Cancer Research, September 1999)



Invited Oral Presentations:

"Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy - Indications and Outcomes", Annual Breast Retreat, Kingston, ON, Canada, February 2016

• "Surgical Management of Esophageal and Gastric Cancers", Oncology Academic Day, Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada, February 2016

"Small Bowel Neoplasms: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly", Division of General Surgery, Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada, November 2015

"Surgical Management of Colorectal Cancer", Oncology Academic Day, Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada, October 2015

"Nipple Sparing Mastectomy: Considerations and Outcomes", Annual Breast Retreat, Kingston, ON, Canada, October 2015

• “Understanding readmissions following surgery for gastric cancer”, Canadian Society of Surgical Oncology Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON, Canada, May 2015

• "Multidisciplinary management of resectable gastric cancer", City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, CA, USA, April 2015

• “The role of cytoreductive surgery and intraperitoneal chemotherapy in colorectal cancer”, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, Canada, September 2014

• “Disparities in immediate reconstruction after mastectomy in California”, Canadian Society of Surgical Oncology Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON, Canada, May 2014

• “Ductal Carcinoma In Situ: Risk Assessment and Management Strategies”, City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, CA, USA, December 2013

• “Intra-operative radiotherapy in breast cancer”, City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, CA, USA, September 2013

• “Cytoreductive surgery and intraperitoneal chemotherapy in colorectal cancer – worth it?”, City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, CA, USA, August 2013

• “Cytoreductive surgery and intraperitoneal chemotherapy in gastric cancer – what’s the evidence?”, Foothills Hospital, Calgary, AB, Canada, April 2012

• “Pregnancy among residents enrolled in general surgery (PREGS): A nationwide survey of attitudes and experiences”, Association for Surgical Education Meeting, San Diego, CA, USA, March 2012

• “Enhanced recovery after colorectal surgery”, University Hospital of Northern BC, Prince George, BC, Canada, February 2012

• “Breast MRI – current indications and emerging evidence”, Victoria General Hospital, Victoria, BC, Canada, January 2012

• “Practice Referral Patterns and Outcomes for Primary Retroperitoneal Sarcoma in British Columbia” North Pacific Surgical Association Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada, November 2011

• “Role of completion axillary lymph node dissection for positive sentinel lymph nodes in T1 and T2 breast cancer”, St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, BC, Canada, May 2011

• “Is there an association between timing of referral to a tertiary care centre and local recurrence in primary retroperitoneal sarcoma in British Columbia?”, BC Surgical Society Meeting, Parksville, BC, Canada, May 2011

• “Breast abscesses”, Mount St. Joseph Hospital, Vancouver, BC, Canada, March 2011

• “Phyllodes tumors of the breast: evidence-based action”, Mount St. Joseph Hospital, Vancouver, BC, Canada, February 2011

• “Management of pancreatic trauma”, Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, BC, Canada, July 2010

• “Pregnancy among residents enrolled in general surgery (PREGS): A survey of residents in a single Canadian training program”, University of British Columbia Department of Surgery Resident Research Day, Vancouver, BC, Canada,  May 2010

• “Exploring the psychological effects of deceased organ donation on the families ofthe organ donors”, Canadian Association for Transplantation Annual Meeting, Banff, AB, Canada, March 2007

• “Exploring the effects of cadaveric organ donation on the families of the organ donors: learning how to make the transplant process better for British Columbia”, BC Transplant Research Institute, 10th Annual Transplantation Research Day, Vancouver, BC, Canada, December 2006

• “Twelve month clinical outcomes following treatment of subfoveal choroidal neovascularization in pathologic myopia using photodynamic therapy with Verteporfin (Visudyne)”, 20th Annual Ophthalmology Research Day, Vancouver, BC, Canada, May 2004

• “Decreased matrix metalloproteinase-2 release in placental explants from complicated pregnancies”, 11th Annual Western Perinatal Research Meeting, Edmonton, AB, Canada, February 2003

• “Human umbilical vein endothelial cell production of matrix metalloproteinase-2 and matrix metalloproteinase-9: effects of vascular endothelial growth factor stimulation and varying oxygen conditions”, Canadian Physiological Society Annual Meeting, Banff, AB, Canada, February 2002

 

Poster Presentations:

• “An alarming trend in the incidence of advanced gastric adenocarcinoma in young Hispanic males” Pending presentation at the Society of Surgical Oncology Annual Meeting, Houston, TX, March 2015

• “Complications and readmissions after immediate breast reconstruction: the California experience” American College of Surgeons 2014 Clinical Congress, San Francisco, CA, USA, October 2014

• “Early experience with irreversible electroporation in the treatment of liver metastases”, 11th World Congress of the International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association, Seoul, Korea, March 2014

• “Pregnancy among residents enrolled in general surgery (PREGS): A survey of residents in a single Canadian training program”, Canadian Surgery Forum, Quebec City, QC, Canada, September 2010

• “Twelve month clinical outcomes following treatment of subfoveal choroidal neovascularization in pathologic myopia using photodynamic therapy with Verteporfin (Visudyne)”, 1st Annual Medical Undergraduate Society Medical Student Research Forum, Vancouver, BC, Canada, November 2004

• “Endothelial cells demonstrate a biphasic matrix metalloproteinase-2 release in response to varying oxygen tensions”, 50th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation, Washington, DC, USA, March 2003


Grants:

"A population-based analysis of reconstruction following mastectomy for breast cancer" ($30,000.00). Research Establishment Funding granted by the Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen's University, March 2016 


Invited Peer-Reviewer

Annals of Surgery
Medicine

Memberships:

• Society of Surgical Oncology
• Canadian Society of Surgical Oncology
• Canadian Assocation of General Surgeons
Canadian Medical Association
• Ontario Medical Association
 Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
• Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada



Committees:

Program Evaluation Committee, Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program, City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, CA, USA, April 2014 - Present

 General Surgery Curriculum Committee, General Surgery Training Program, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, July 2011 - June 2012


Updated May 2, 2016