Welcome to the Department of Surgery Research Page! 

A passion for study is an essential component of improving surgical care.  With diverse backgrounds, experiences and training, our shared spirit of collaboration in Saskatchewan fosters innovation and excellence.   The Department of Surgery advocates for research as integral to the challenges and solutions for health care in Saskatchewan.  I am eager to continue, along with the dedicated members of the Surgery Research Committee, our shared vision to be a model for basic surgical science and clinical-translational surgical research in Canada. I want to grow the research intensiveness in each of our Divisions to facilitate a new level of success at the national and international level.

From our trainees in undergraduate medicine and residency through our faculty, our work reflects a culture of inquisitiveness and a drive to address new challenges.  With advances in technology and innovation, the future for surgery has never been brighter.

Daryl R. Fourney MD, FRCSC, FACS
Professor and Director of Research

Division of Neurosurgery, University of Saskatchewan
Royal University Hospital
103 Hospital Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
S7N 0W8

Phone 306-844-1107

Research Coordinator/Navigator

Karen Mosier has a BA in Psychology and a MSc in Pharmacy. She has thirteen years’ experience in research administration. She has worked as a Research Coordinator/Navigator for the Department of Surgery, College of Medicine for almost 6 years, as a Research Facilitator in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine for 5 years, and as a Research Coordinator in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine for 4 years.              

Karen Mosier was hired as a Research Coordinator/Navigator by the Department of Surgery on December 1, 2015.  Her position was created to provide mentorship and research support for faculty and residents and to promote a dynamic research culture within the department. Her primary duties include finding funding opportunities for research projects, reviewing grant applications and budgets, providing guidance through the grant writing process, and educating and teaching on CCV development and ethic application submissions. She also acts as a liaison for the Department of Surgery with the Office of the Vice-Dean Research, College of Medicine and Research Services and Ethics Office to promote excellence in research and ensure timely processing of research applications.  Karen also works directly with the Research Director and coordinates the resident research programs and the Research Committee meetings and the annual Faculty Research Day and Resident Research Day.

Getting Started

The purpose of this brief guide is to provide quick assistance for you to read to orientate yourself to what funding opportunities you would like to apply for before you contact your Research Coordinator.

Surgery Research Handbook


The Clinician Investigator Program (CIP) is a RCPSC certified program, and is available to residents that have demonstrated interest and potential for a career as a clinical investigator. The program accommodates training in diverse research areas ranging from basic and correlative science studies of disease pathogenesis to epidemiological investigations of social/population determinants of health.

Are you writing a grant proposal and want to be inclusive of Indigenous knowledge, perspectives, and values in your research? Indigenous communities are very diverse, and many are interested in collaborative research partnerships.

A good place to start would be to visit the CIHR-funded Saskatchewan First Nations and Métis Health Research Network, housed at the University of Saskatchewan, for resources on the history of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people in Canada, contemporary issues in health and wellness, and principles on conducting health research in partnership with Indigenous communities.  

Chapter 9: Research Involving the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples of Canada, part of  the Tri-Council Policy Statement on Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS2), a joint policy of Canada’s three federal research agencies, provides guidance on ethical research policies and practices. The Tri-Councils’ Panel on Research Ethics has also produced a Chapter 9 Learning Module.

You can learn more about the Tri-Council Policy Statement from their online course on research ethics. 

The First Nations principles of OCAP® are a set of standards that establish how First Nations data should be collected, protected, used, or shared. They are the de facto standard for how to conduct research with First Nations. Standing for ownership, control, access and possession, OCAP® asserts that First Nations have control over data collection processes in their communities, and that they own and control how this information can be used. Visit the First Nations Information Governance Centre’s website for more information and the Fundamentals of OCAP® online course.

Métis and Inuit communities may also have data sovereignty and governance agreements in place, or want to develop research agreements as part of partnering on research.

Surgery Research Intranet

Research Support

The Biostatistical Support (BSS) is a new Biostatistics resource to clinical researchers at the Department of Surgery, University of Saskatchewan. The creation of Biostatistical resource raised the department to a new level effectiveness and relevance in clinical and health research. This support serving an important role in initiating interdisciplinary, collaborative research among divisions in the Department of Surgery.

Our Vision

The Biostatistical Support will provide the highest quality of services and will promote the highest standards in research.

Our Mission

Our mission is to conduct high quality innovative research, to provide research services and stimulate collaboration amongst investigators from all divisions. We will provide methodological support to clinical and biomedical researchers in a collaborative manner to assist researchers in making the best use of their resources in all phases of  clinical research.

To get support
  • Fill out the Clinical Research Support Intake Form

  • Provide a brief description of your project and the type of support needed

  • Be sure to submit the CRS Intake Form early

  • Submit the CRS Intake Form to Alex Cheng via email

Contact Information

Biostatistical Support - Department of Surgery:
Alex Cheng
Room B442, Department of Surgery
Health Sciences Building
107 Wiggins Road
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan   S7N 5E5
Phone: (306) 966-8029  Fax: (306) 966-8026

Research Days

The Department of Surgery Virtual Faculty Research Day occurred on Tuesday May 25, 2021 from 8 am – 12:30 pm. We also used Slido to conduct polls and ask questions to encourage more interaction with the presenters. The event began with an introduction from Dr. Daryl Fourney, Research Director, Surgery, followed by the welcome from Dr. Brian Ulmer, (Interim) Provincial Head. Over seventy people participated in our virtual event. We had 11 presentations from surgery faculty members and graduate students. The presentations were 10 minutes long with 5 minutes for questions.

Our moderators were: Session I: Dr. David Kopriva, Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Vascular Surgery, Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan; Session II: Dr. Stephen Gowing, Assistant Professor, Division of Thoracic Surgery, Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan; and Session III: Dr. Lalenthra Naidoo, Assistant Professor, Division of Otolaryngology, Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. Our special speaker was Dr. Andrew Seely, Professor of Thoracic Surgery & Critical Care, University of Ottawa. He spoke on “Developing Surgeon Scientists and Surgical Research”.

Our judges were Dr. Francis Christian, Clinical Professor, Division of General Surgery, Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Renee Kennedy, Associate Professor, Division of Thoracic Surgery, Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Jeremy Reed, Assistant Professor, Division of Orthopedic Surgery, Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, and Dr. Adam Wu, Assistant Professor, Division of Neurosurgery, Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan.

Congratulations to the winners from our 2021 Virtual Faculty Research Day:

  • 1st Place Podium Presentation - Elisabet Jakova (Dr. Francisco Cayabyab Lab) & Michael Zaki (Dr. Francisco Cayabyab Lab) 
  • 2nd Place Podium Presentation - Dr. Mike Moser (General Surgery)
  • 3rd Place Podium Presentation - Dr. Jonathan Norton (Neurosurgery) 
  • Honourable Mention - Dr. Gary Groot (General Surgery)

Faculty Research Interests

If you are a faculty member and you are looking for a collaborator for a research project or you are a resident, medical student, graduate student, or undergraduate student looking for a supervisor with an interesting research project please check out the research interests of our researcher faculty below. If you would like to add your research interests to this spreadsheet, please contact Karen Mosier at


The following faculty have clinical datasets that could be used for research purposes. Please see the information listed below:




Dr. Daryl Fourney

Spinal Surgery; Spinal Cord Injury

Rick Hansen Spinal Cord Injury Registry (RHSCIR) is a pan-Canadian prospective observational registry of individuals sustaining a spinal cord injury at 31 major Canadian acute care and rehabilitation hospitals. It links clinicians, researchers and health care administrators to facilitate the translation of research into clinical practice and promotion of evidence-based practices.

The ultimate goal of RHSCIR is to improve the quality of life of those living with spinal cord injury (SCI). Saskatoon database started in 2009, 220 participants were enrolled to the study in Saskatoon; There are currently more than 6,000 individuals with SCI enrolled in the registry nationally.

Dr. Geoffrey Johnston

Distal Radial Fracture

Clinical, radiographic and self-reported outcome data related to patient’s follow up to a maximum of one year post fracture.

Dr. Mike Kelly


Database started in 2015; time last seen normal; RUH imaging time; home hospital arrival time; home hospital imaging time; home health region of patient; VAN screen; imaging type; preliminary ICU; repatriation date; NIHSS at discharge: NIHSS at 90 days: MRS at 90 days.

Dr. David Kopriva

Carotid Endarterectomy

~192 patients; Variables: age; sex; ethnicity; lateralization; symptomatic status of carotid plaque; date of most recent symptom; date of surgery; preoperative medications; total cholesterol; LDL; HDL; triglycerides; blood pressure; smoking status; duration of smoking cessation; diabetes; biobank of carotid artery plaques & peripheral blood samples also available

Dr. Jeremy Reed/

Dr. Megan Dash

Sport Related Arthroscopic Surgery

Utilize clinic EMR system, in conjunction with diagnostic and fee codes, to identify patients of interest for post-op follow-up studies on clinical questions related to sport medicine as well as arthroscopic surgery of the knee and shoulder.

Resident Virtual Research Rounds

November 19, 2021 12-1 pm – “How to do a Thorough Literature Review & Revisiting Predatory Publishers” Erin Watson, Clinical Medicine Liaison Librarian, Leslie and Irene Dube Health Sciences Library

Meeting link:
Meeting number: 2594 156 1113
Meeting password: Surgery

January 21, 2022 12-1 pm – “How to Write a Paper” Dr. Daniel MacPhee, Professor, Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, & Karen E. Mosier, Research Coordinator/Navigator, Department of Surgery 

Meeting link:
Meeting number: 2594 693 4732
Password: Surgery

Events Calendar


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