MSFHR Scholar receives national award

20 July 2009

MSFHR Scholar, Dr. Sam Wiseman, was recently honoured as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. He was selected from a slate of greater than 1,100 nominees for this national award. The award is based on five criteria: vision and leadership; innovation and achievement; community involvement and contribution; and strategy and growth. “It was a great honour to receive this award, especially since only 3-4 clinicians/researchers were recipients”, says Wiseman.

Dr. Wiseman was the first surgeon to be awarded an MSFHR Scholar Award. He is an Assistant Professor, in the UBC Faculty of Medicine (Department of Surgery), with a surgery practice at St. Paul’s Hospital that  focuses on Endocrine, Head and Neck, Oncologic and  General Surgery. His research interests focus on thyroid, breast, and colorectal cancer and parathyroid disease.

The Top 40 Under 40 award was only one in a line of recent accolades for Dr. Wiseman. He also recently was honored to be selected for membership in the Society of University Surgeons, and was also selected from surgeons world-wide to receive the 2008 American College of Surgeons Travelling Fellowship to Japan. While there, he attended the 108th Congress of the Japan Surgical Society in Nagasaki where he presented a lecture entitled “Not Lost in Translation” focused on his thyroid cancer research. He visited four cities and met with a number of prominent surgeons and researchers. “It was a fantastic experience. I was able to visit several Japanese surgical centers, to exchange ideas, to learn and to develop new academic collaborations and friendships. The experience has changed how I do things here,” says Wiseman.

Dr. Wiseman spends some time every week in the lab, and has developed collaborations with other researchers at UBC and BC Cancer Agency. As a researcher who maintains a clinical practice, these collaborations are important. Thanks to the recent awards he’s received, he’s also been able to build international collaborations.

This Assistant Professor, researcher and surgeon, has three areas of focus – academic, clinical, and mentorship. Wiseman says it’s exciting to be involved in the mentorship and education of others who he hopes will remain in B.C. and make contributions to the study and treatment of cancer.

He also enjoys seeing his clinical practice and his research interests intersect. Implementing what he calls a “bench to bedside approach to research”, Wiseman’s goal is to use what he learns in the lab to improve the care of patients. . “As a surgeon, I can help only one person at a time; as a researcher I have the opportunity to make a much broader impact.”

Dr. Wiseman is grateful to the Foundation for his Scholar award, “The initial support I received from the Foundation was critical for me to move forward with my research; there is no question that the Foundation provides essential support for BC researchers .”

MSFHR Scholar, Dr. Sam Wiseman, was recently honoured as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. He was selected from a slate of greater than 1,100 nominees for this national award. The award is based on five criteria: vision and leadership; innovation and achievement; community involvement and contribution; and strategy and growth. “It was a great honour to receive this award, especially since only 3-4 clinicians/researchers were recipients”, says Wiseman.

Dr. Wiseman was the first surgeon to be awarded an MSFHR Scholar Award. He is an Assistant Professor, in the UBC Faculty of Medicine (Department of Surgery), with a surgery practice at St. Paul’s Hospital that  focuses on Endocrine, Head and Neck, Oncologic and  General Surgery. His research interests focus on thyroid, breast, and colorectal cancer and parathyroid disease.

The Top 40 Under 40 award was only one in a line of recent accolades for Dr. Wiseman. He also recently was honored to be selected for membership in the Society of University Surgeons, and was also selected from surgeons world-wide to receive the 2008 American College of Surgeons Travelling Fellowship to Japan. While there, he attended the 108th Congress of the Japan Surgical Society in Nagasaki where he presented a lecture entitled “Not Lost in Translation” focused on his thyroid cancer research. He visited four cities and met with a number of prominent surgeons and researchers. “It was a fantastic experience. I was able to visit several Japanese surgical centers, to exchange ideas, to learn and to develop new academic collaborations and friendships. The experience has changed how I do things here,” says Wiseman.

Dr. Wiseman spends some time every week in the lab, and has developed collaborations with other researchers at UBC and BC Cancer Agency. As a researcher who maintains a clinical practice, these collaborations are important. Thanks to the recent awards he’s received, he’s also been able to build international collaborations.

This Assistant Professor, researcher and surgeon, has three areas of focus – academic, clinical, and mentorship. Wiseman says it’s exciting to be involved in the mentorship and education of others who he hopes will remain in B.C. and make contributions to the study and treatment of cancer.

He also enjoys seeing his clinical practice and his research interests intersect. Implementing what he calls a “bench to bedside approach to research”, Wiseman’s goal is to use what he learns in the lab to improve the care of patients. . “As a surgeon, I can help only one person at a time; as a researcher I have the opportunity to make a much broader impact.”

Dr. Wiseman is grateful to the Foundation for his Scholar award, “The initial support I received from the Foundation was critical for me to move forward with my research; there is no question that the Foundation provides essential support for BC researchers.”

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