Dr. Chris Cobourn
A fellowship-trained General Surgeon, Dr. Chris Cobourn has extensive training and experience in the use and placement of the LAP-BAND™ as well as performance of Gastric Sleeve, Mini Gastric Bypass and Revision surgeries.
In 1991, he introduced laparoscopic surgery to the Mississauga area, and since then has been focusing his time and practice on advanced laparoscopic surgery. Currently, he is a General Surgeon at Trillium Health Center and the CEO of SmartShape Weight Loss Centre in Mississauga.
His expertise in advanced laparoscopic procedures include LAP-BAND™, Gastric Sleeve and Revision surgery, gall bladder removal, hernia repair, advanced bowel surgery and spleen removal. In addition to his active practice in advanced laparoscopic surgery, he also specializes in Surgical Oncology, Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic surgery and has full hospital privileges at the Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga.
As an internationally respected and sought after speaker, Dr. Cobourn is honored to receive the opportunity to speak to the medical community on various topics regarding obesity and weight loss programs offered at Smartshape. In 2011, he was invited to speak at the two most prestigious international obesity conferences, the 2nd Annual Obesity Summit and the XVI World Congress of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders in Hamburg, Germany and continues to speak at National and International meetings.
Currently, he is serving on expert committees and panels to establish worldwide standards and practices for bariatric surgery.
1983 Completed Medical School at Western University
1988 Completed surgical residency at the University of
Toronto and began surgical practice in Mississauga
1991 Introduced laparoscopic surgery to the Mississauga area
1995 – 2006 Chief of Surgery at the Trillium Health Centre
2005 Founded SWLC
2013 Became CEO of Smartshape Weight Loss Centre in association with Centric Health
Member | Canadian Obesity Network – Réseau Canadien en Obésité (CON-RCO)
2004 – Present (12 years)
Member | American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons
2004 – Present (12 years)
Chief of Surgery | Trillium Health Centre
1995 – 2006 (11 years) | Mississauga, Ontario
Led the amalgamation of the Departments of Surgery of Mississauga Hospital and Queensway General Hospital to become the Trillium Health Centre
Dr. Chris Cobourn and the SmartShape Weight Loss Centre officially earned the title of Canada’s first Centre of Excellence in Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (COEMBS) in recognition of the high quality patient care and safety demonstrated at its centre for over 10 years.
Dr. Chris Cobourn is also the first surgeon in Canada to receive the Master Surgeon in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (MSMBS) as well as the Surgeon of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (SOEMBS) designations. These were awarded to him in recognition of the truly excellent patient care that he provides time and again through his work at the SmartShape Weight Loss Centre.
The Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) is a distinguished and respected leader in accreditation programs for quality surgical care and various disciplines.
Dr. Neil Orzech
Dr. Neil Orzech is a Royal College Board-certified surgeon, specializing in Minimally Invasive, Bariatric, and General Surgery at our Centric Health Surgical Toronto.
Dr. Orzech graduated with his Doctorate of Medicine (MD) from the University of Ottawa Medical School. He also holds a Master’s in Education from the University of Toronto. He was a Research Fellow within the division of Toronto General Hospital’s Wilson Centre for Research in Medical Education and was a Resident Researcher for the University of Toronto’s Surgeon Scientist and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Clinical Investigator Program.
He completed his residency in General Surgery at the University of Toronto followed by a Fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Orzech has co-authored 10 peer-reviewed publications and holds numerous awards including: The Harrison Award for Excellence in Teaching, Division of General Surgery Teaching Award for Surgical Excellence and the University Health Network “Sopman” Humanitarian Award
1999 Completed Bachelor of Arts, University of Western Ontario
2005 Completed Doctorate of Medicine University of Ottawa Medical School
2009 Completed Master’s In Education University of Toronto
2009 Research Fellow -Wilson Centre for Research in Medical Education, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Ontario
2009 Resident Researcher – Surgeon Scientist and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Clinical Investigator Program, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
2011 Residency – General Surgery, University of Toronto
2012 Completed Fellowship -Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery, Cleveland Clinic, University of Vermont
Member | Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, Association for Surgical Education, American College of Surgeons, Canadian Association of General Surgeons, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Ontario Medical Association
Dr. Orzech is affiliated with Centric Health Surgical Centre, Toronto Ontario.
Dr. Philip Mitchell
Dr. Mitchell did his premedical and medical degrees at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, followed by a rotating internship in Ottawa, and general surgical training at the University of Calgary. After obtaining his Fellowship in 1991 he went on to Adelaide, Australia to complete 2 years of advanced upper gastrointestinal and laparoscopic surgical training with Professor Glyn Jamieson (a world expert in the field). Establishing his practice in Calgary he has continued to push the laparoscopic envelope, introducing many of the advanced laparoscopic procedures to the Calgary area including laparoscopic banding in 2005.
Dr. Mitchell is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the University of Calgary and is helping to teach and train physicians and surgeons of the future. He has also been on the faculty of CMAS (Center of Minimal Access Surgery) in Hamilton, Ontario training surgeons in advanced laparoscopic techniques.
Working with 2 other UGI surgeons, and recently recruiting a 4th and possibly a 5th UGI surgeon, Dr. Mitchell has developed an Upper Gastrointestinal Center of Excellence (UGICE) in Calgary that manages many of Western Canada’s complex gastric and esophageal cancers and benign conditions such as reflux disease and large hiatus hernias. Dr. Mitchell maintains privileges at all hospitals throughout the Calgary Health Region.
Dr. Mitchell began Laparoscopic Banding in Calgary in 2006 with three other like-minded and skilled UGI surgeons and partnered with the Surgical Weight Loss Centre in 2008. Surgical Weight Loss Centre was purchased by Centric Health and rebranded to Smartshape™ Weight Loss Centre in 2012.
1983 Graduated from medical school Queen’s University at Kingston Ontario
1983-84 Rotating Internship – Ottawa Civic Hospital
1984-87 General Practice – Bobcaygeon Ontario
1987-91 General Surgery Fellowship Training – University of Calgary
1992-94 Fellowship Training in Upper Gastrointestinal and Advanced Laproscopic Surgery – Adelaide, Australia
1994 Established Practice of General Surgery with a specific interest in Upper GI and Advanced Laproscopic Surgery at the University of Calgary
2004 Established UGICE (Upper GI centre of Excellence) – Calgary
Member | Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of Canada, Fellow of American College of Physicians and Surgeons, Canadian Medical Association, Alberta Medical Association, Calgary Society of Surgeons – Former President, Canadian Association of Clinical Surgeons, Alberta Association of General Surgeons, Alberta Chapter of the American College of Surgeons – Former President and now treasurer, International Society of Diseases of the Esophagus (ISDE), OESO World Organization for Specialized Studies on Diseases of the Esophagus, Faculty Member of Centre for Minimal Access Surgery (CMAS)
Dr. James Bond
Dr. James Bond is a bariatric and general surgeon at False Creek Healthcare Centre. He is also a Thoracic Surgeon (Chief of Division), Director of Adult Chest Wall Deformity Program, and Director of Lung Nodule Rapid Autopilot Program at Surrey Memorial Hospital.
He received his Doctor of Medicine (MD) and completed his general surgery residency from the University of Calgary. He completed his Thoracic Surgery Fellowship from the University of British Columbia. He went on to pursue his masters in Adult Education from the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Bond has 6 published works, and 3 ongoing research papers related to the field of general surgery and thoracic surgery. On an ongoing basis, he serves as a lecturer on Thoracic Surgery Updates, Medical Professionalism and Thoracic Surgery Clinical Clerkship in the Vancouver area. His most recent award includes Teacher of the Year Award from the University of BC. He is registered and licensed by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia.
1987 Completed Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Calgary
1996 Completed Doctor of Medicine at the University of Calgary
2001 General Surgery Residency at the University of Calgary
2001 Fellowship -Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
2003 Completed Masters of Adult Education at the University of British Columbia
2004 Thoracic Surgery Fellowship at the University of British Columbia
Member | The British Columbia Thoracic Surgeons Association,
Canadian Association of General Surgery, British Columbia Society of Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, Canadian Association of Thoracic Surgeons and The Canadian Medical Association, Society of Specialist Physicians and Surgeons, College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia, Canadian Medical Protective Association and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Dr. Bond is affiliated with Surrey Memorial Hospital in Surrey, British Columbia and False Creek Healthcare in Vancouver BC.
Dr. Katherine Hsu
Dr. Katherine Hsu is a General and Laparoscopic Surgeon at our False Creek Lap-Band Clinic. She has extensive training and a proven track record in advanced laparoscopic techniques. She is also on staff at the Burnaby Hospital and an Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor. Previously, she has held locum positions at Lions Gate Hospital, Surrey Memorial Hospital, Royal Jubilee Hospital/Victoria General Hospital, Peace Arch Hospital, and the Pembroke General Hospital.
She received her Medical Doctorate (MD) in 2000 from the University of Western Ontario, followed by the completion of her Residency in General Surgery from the University of British Columbia. In 2004, she obtained her Masters in Surgery from the University of British Columbia and Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship from McGill University. Dr. Hsu has been published in Digestive Disease Week, Surgical Endoscopy, and Mastery of Laparoscopic Surgery.
1996 Completed Bachelor of Science with Honors at Queens University in Kingston, ON
2000 Completed Medical Doctorate at the University of Western Ontario
2004 Completed Masters in Surgery at the University of British Columbia
2006 Completed Residency in General Surgery at the University of British Columbia
2007 Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
Dr. Hsu has a Fellowship with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and is affiliated with the Burnaby Hospital in Burnaby, British Columbia and False Creek Healthcare Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Achievements | Published in Digestive Disease Week, Surgical Endoscopy, and Mastery of Laparoscopic Surgery, CAGS Scientific Poster Award, UBC Surgical Research Award, Honours in Surgery, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor
Dr. Ashley Vergis
Dr. Ashley Vergis completed his Doctor of Medicine (2002) and residency in general surgery (2008) at the University of Manitoba while concurrently earning a Masters of Medical Education through the University of Dundee, Scotland. He then completed a clinical fellowship in bariatric and minimally invasive surgery at the University of Toronto after obtaining his Canadian and American Board Certifications in general surgery.
He currently is an Associate Professor of surgery at the University of Manitoba. He is also the minimally invasive and bariatric surgery fellowship program director, postgraduate surgical skills director, and the clinical lead for the provincial bariatric surgery program. Dr. Vergis’ clinical and research interests focus on laparoscopic/bariatric surgery and surgical education. He has co-authored more then 30 peer-reviewed publications and multiple text-book chapters. Additionally, he regularly lectures presents his findings at national and international specialty meetings.
MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS
- Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons
- The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba
- Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
- The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
- Association for Surgical Education
- Canadian Association of Gastroenterology
- The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
- Canadian Association of General Surgeons
- American College of Surgeons
- Canadian Medical Association
- 2004 – 2007 Master of Medical Education, University of Dundee, Scotland
- 1998 – 2002 Doctor of Medicine, University of Manitoba
- 1995 – 1998 Bachelor of Science, University of Winnipeg, Manitoba
- 2008-2009 Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery, University of Toronto
- 2003 – 2008 General Surgery, University of Manitoba
- 2002 – 2003 General Surgery Intern, University of Saskatchewan
- 2008-2009 Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery, University of Toronto
- 2016 Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery
- 2011 Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
- 2008 Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery
- 2008 Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada
- 2008 Certified Specialist General Surgery (RCPSC)
- 2003 Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada
Dr. Vergis is affiliated with the Maples Surgical Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.